Acceptance, Mindfulness and Vulnerability = Recipe for Optimal Happiness

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It’s hard to believe I haven’t written in over a year. I still love the idea behind Functionably Happy. Maximize happiness within responsibility, be efficient and productive while connecting with other fellow humans through humor. Anyway…yesterday a dear friend texted “I miss you, I’m struggling, can we have lunch soon!” and after a quick call [...]

Updated and Continually Re-Balancing!

Daily Deal written by Debbie Markham

Back in October I applied for a 2nd job as a copywriter to supplement my photography income. Updating my resume and submitting several writing samples, coupled with fearing not being experienced or creative enough for the job was really nerve-racking. When I apprehensively tapped the ‘enter’ key on my laptop – sending my cover letter [...]

Volunteering for the Grammar School can lead to Triathlete Training!

Mom volunteer and triathlete Debbie Markham

You say you don’t have time to volunteer, but YOU DO… LOL! I turned my volunteer time into a good story here and wrote a blog post on it… just think of what fun you could have too! This morning I promoted our school’s fundraiser event, “Out of this World Book and Science Fair,” by [...]

Meditate while mixing Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Oatmeal Muffin by Debbie Markham

I really enjoy mixing up some batter or dough and baking it right away with my kids after school.  Then they do homework, I work, and we smell the delicious treats we’ll soon sample after our focused effort.  These fantastic muffins provide dairy, fruit, fiber and protein in 1 healthy, tasty snack item. Grab 2 [...]

Go out on a limb…thats where the fruit is!

Paddleboarding in South Carolina, trying something new

As I enter my 4th decade, I find it harder and harder to spend time with my dearest friends.  All our kids are involved in 2+ activities and being active parents we’re also overextended between work, parenting duties, volunteering and our own extra curricular activities.  Who KNEW how easy college made it to associate with [...]

Reflecting on Mayhem Festival

Mayhem Festival 2011

Last Sunday I attended the Mayhem Festival at Shoreline Amphitheater with 20,000 other people in San Jose.  The headliners were Godsmack, Disturbed, Megadeth & Machine Head who sing powerful angry lyrics about hating this or that, various pains, suffering, unfair life situations…etc.  I hide the fact that I listen to hard rock, unsure if people [...]

[VIDEO] How to learn Freestyle Aerial Skiing in 3 hours!

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“Keep your eyes up!”  That’s what the freestyle aerial ski coach told me.   Last Fall I took an Intro Course to the sport at Olympic Village in Park City UT, where Olympic athletes do summer training. Whenever I look up (when running, shopping, or walking my dogs) I feel a rush of excitement and hope [...]

I’m wired for distraction…are you?

Kayaking

As much as I don’t like to “label” anyone, I feel o.k. with my self-diagnosis of being ADD.  I enjoy it much of the time, but today’s social media isn’t helping me AT ALL!  I feel like I’m continually partially involved with many things which makes me a bit anxious at times.  Between volunteering and [...]

How can you increase your level of satisfaction?

Kid success flattening paper

We just spent 2 days helping our friends unpack from a big move.  After unwrapping boxes and boxes of their dishes, china and appliances from the moving company’s white paper, we had a HUGE mound of crumpled up paper too big to live with until the next week (when the moving company was scheduled to [...]

Life is like a game of pool

Pool balls racked

I relate my “brain” to a computer having 15 windows open, simultaneously running different software programs.  So, re-racking my brain like pool balls is a necessary goal.  I like this allegory better than “having many balls in the air” because it aligns with playing and/or enjoying different strategies or outcomes in life as I play [...]