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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.


Life Advice: Healthy Ways to Recover When You’re Feeling Sad

Portrait of sad young girl with the big chocolate

We all know the cliché.  A sad, depressed girl sits alone in her apartment in the dark, unshowered, wearing sweatpants, eating a carton of ice cream while watching cheesy movies and listening to sad music that speaks to her soul.  And let’s not forget the constant bouts of sobbing.

 The worst part of this picture is that the cliche is pulled straight from reality.  At one time or another, most girls (and even some guys) have indulged in just this way.  Often, when life hands you a major disappointment the instinct is to close ranks, wallow and stop functioning until the pain passes.  As a culture, as friends, we encourage it.

“Whatever makes you feel better.”
“Take a load off.”
“Do what you have to.”

But this is the WRONG approach.

All the things people usually do to comfort themselves when life gets hard are, in fact, the exact opposite of what would actually make them truly feel better. Take a day or two away from the rest of the world to lick your wounds, but the longer you shut down, the more likely you are to stay down.

I recently went through some major setbacks that touched on many aspects of my life, creating a domino effect and causing me to question my career, my purpose in life and my qualifications for being anyone’s friend.  I’m not alone in this – turns out this kind of experience happens to all of us at least once.  But I’ve been in the business of making people’s lives better long enough to know that I needed some additional support, especially given that the situation was so unfamiliar to me. I spent a lot of time researching how to get better as quickly as possible.  Here are a few great tips on how to cheer yourself up when life has you down.

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Holiday Stress Busters

HolidayStress Image from SheFinds/Shutterstock

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a perfect match for the gal who is dedicated to moving forward with her life. Occasionally, however, the merry-go-round of family, end-of-year deadlines, holiday parties and frenzied shopping can overwhelm even the most motivated, dedicated soul. The world is not about to stop for you, though, so it’s up to you to find a quick fix to de-stress and re-energize. Because making sure that you get what you need to stay focused and vibrant is always Emma Approved!

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