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Life Advice: Dealing with Envy

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Jealousy and envy can be crippling emotions. When we spend our time looking at how others do things or at what they’ve accomplished and then find ourselves lacking in comparison, it takes away from the energy we could be using to move our own lives forward. It can be tough, though, to not fall into a chasm of self-doubt when we see someone who appears to do what we do, only better. Who everyone else seems to admire without reservation. Who seems to achieve all that we want without as much of the struggle we seem to face.

Instead of wasting time feeling small when faced with someone who stirs up jealousy, turn that emotion around to make it work for you instead of against you. Here are a few suggestions to turn envy into victory.

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Life Advice: Starting Your Own Club

I’m a huge fan of inspirational quotes, and two of my favorites are from George Bernard Shaw. The first is, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  The second is, “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

Empowering, aren’t they?  The idea is simple.  Life is about creation, whether it’s starting a company, a family, making a piece of art or organizing a party.  Life truly is what we make of it and nothing is sadder than when someone feels they have no control over their own happiness.  Yes, circumstances happen.  Yes, other people can let us down.  But if you never give up and think outside the box, then there is always a chance that everything will work out as you dreamed. Remember, you are the hero or heroine of your own story!  So never stop rewriting.

One great example is my friend and assistant Harriet.  After weeks of searching for a new hobby or a club to join she simply couldn’t find the perfect fit.  Instead of giving up, she thought long and hard about what she loved to do with her spare time.  The answer?  Playing the ukulele and singing.  She could not find a musical group or venue that was in need of her particular talents, but instead of losing heart and giving up, she turned her attention to moving forward and started her own club!  Since she didn’t personally know enough musicians to populate it, she decided to look for them using the Internet, that way anyone could join.  How awesome is that?

Starting today, Harriet will be using my YouTube channel to launch her own music club.  She plans to write her own original songs and record herself performing them.  Once they’re released, the sheet music will be made available and hopefully others will join by recording their own covers and sending them in.  The more the merrier. If you want to join too, tweet your song to @TheHarrietSmith and use #HarrietSongs.

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.  There’s nothing like a new endeavor to inspire us all. I could not be prouder of my talented, determined and passionate friend. Wishing her luck to her, as well as to any of you who decide to take charge of your lives and write your own story.

Emma