I’m Ready for Spring. How About You?

Photo Credit: Mary Kate McDevitt

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged a single thing since the day after Thanksgiving.

Yep, it was that kind of winter.

I lost my happy.

Luckily, I came across a book that inspired me to find my happy again. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness by C.C. Chapman has 35 chapters and about 200 pages, but it is small in size. This allowed me the ability to finish it on a short flight from Dallas to San Francisco. Here are some gems of wisdom that helped kick my butt back in gear:

  1. Simplify, focus, and attack.
  2. Successful people are doers.
  3. Risk can be scary; embrace it and move forward.
  4. Figure out what tasks you hate and outsource them.
  5. Delegation can save your sanity.
  6. What is the cost of your happiness?
  7. If you never ask, you’ll never receive.
  8. Life is too short for bad wine.
  9. Stop thinking about what you want to do, and go out and do it.
  10. Be a duck.
  11. One of the greatest things about the human race is that we are each entitled to our own opinions and beliefs.
  12. Every new experience makes you a better person. Strive to experience as much as you can.
  13. Embrace the detours between today and tomorrow. The path of life is rarely a straight line.
  14. Suck it up.
  15. Live.
  16. Learn everything you can and share everything you know.
  17. Say “Hell Yeah” or say no.
  18. Happy people come from small towns.
  19. The only way you are going to meet new people is by saying hello to a stranger.
  20. Learn people’s names and then use them.
  21. People like to do business with people they know.
  22. Think about the rules that bother you. Now think about how you can bend them without breaking them.
  23. Handshakes and hugs will always trump likes and shares.
  24. The earth is a big place but you can make it smaller by experiencing it.
  25. Open your heart; serendipity doesn’t appreciate a closed soul.
  26. Magic is reserved for those who believe in it.
  27. Never, ever, ever feed the trolls.
  28. Dive in. Jump in a puddle and dance in the rain.
  29. Read “Oh, the places you’ll go!“” by Dr. Seuss. You just can’t argue with playful.
  30. Find reasons to smile. Always.

Photo Credit: Mary Kate McDevitt

If you want a simple book filled with practical smart advice, real-life examples, and thoughtful encouragement to do amazing things, I suggest you get off your butt and read this book. And then, if you are anything like me, you will start madly searching Etsy for “Amazing Things Will Happen” artwork to decorate your home and office.

Now, I can’t wait to clear my life of some much needed clutter and get ready for spring.

6 thoughts on “I’m Ready for Spring. How About You?”

  1. I wish you could see the smile on my face right now.

    The fact that my words inspired you to dust off the blog and get back to writing makes me extremely happy. I can’t wait to read more about the words you chose and how you start using them in your daily life.

    Glad our paths crossed. Talk soon!

  2. I’m so happy I went to CC’s session at Blissdom. He gave us a copy of his book and signed it. I can’t wait to read it. He is such a good guy – actually tweeted me back and I can see that he even commented on your post. He lives in the town right next to wear I grew up too!

    It was so nice meeting you at Blissdom. I looking forward to reading your blog so get posting!! :)

  3. So bummed I missed his session. Can’t wait to watch it from home. I will definitely check his book out. Thanks for sharing! Great meeting you on the flight home :)

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