Apr 14

Happiness Is In How You Choose To Play The Cards

ace of spades

We are all just trying to do the best we can with what we have.  After all, isn’t that what life is truly about? We’re dealt a certain hand of cards from the beginning. A predetermined set of opportunities and circumstances that ultimately have an impact on our happiness. Some might call it luck. I …

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Apr 07

It All Starts With A Vision

have a vision

  It all starts with a vision. Having a vision is a fundamental key to happiness. If you want the best, you must be willing to let go of the average. You cannot grab a hold of better if both your hands are holding on to good enough. The best does not exist in mediocrity. With …

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Mar 31

Transformation Tuesday: 102 Days In Hell

transformation grace

Since starting Miracles Are Brewing, I have been approached by many people for advice on getting sober, which tends to lend itself to a conversation of faith as well. Last August I was introduced to a friend of a friend who was at the height of a breakdown from alcoholism, addiction and the harsh reality …

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Mar 18

A Simple Exercise To Find Happiness By Reconnecting To It

kid with a cape, fearlessness, transformation

When I was a little girl, I would play office. Some little girls played with dolls or Barbie’s or had tea parties, but nope, not me. I’d set up my desk for success with staplers, pens, paper in a variety of assortments if I might add, a phone and yes, even invoices. My happiness was …

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Mar 04

Transformation Tuesday: 15 Lessons of Transformation

carly benson transformation tuesday

Some times I get people who ask me how I changed my life. How did I quit drinking and using cocaine? Why did I quit? There must have been something absolutely terrible that happened to make me undergo such a drastic transformation. Sure, I had my fair share of regrets, bad decisions and less than …

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Feb 26

8 UPsides of Upside Down

upside down life

Man, my world was rocked recently! Flipped upside down. Faith challenged. Tested and dragged beyond my comfort limits. A dramatic series of events and intense emotional warfare I haven’t experienced in a very long time. But guess what? I’m not going to dwell in the suckery of it all. I’m going to spare the details, …

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Feb 12

Balance In Life Is Fundamental To Happiness

balance in life

Life is a delicate and constant balancing act. It takes work. But more importantly it takes awareness. Too much of any thing can throw us out of step. On the flip side when we lack certain things, it can also cause us to feel out of sync, which is why I believe balance in life …

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Feb 04

Intention Setting


Many people come to me and ask for advice on getting started with various life change experiences. I have a very clear-cut and simple starting point: Set Your Intention. Let’s just think on this for a minute. The definition of intention is an aim or a plan. The thing you intend for or wish to …

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Jan 27

Turn The Past Into Lessons

life lessons

Living in the past will never change it.  I think a lot of us tend to get a little stuck on things that happened to us whether is for purposes of reference, comparison or nostalgia. It’s healthy to reflect and to process things that have occurred, but to dwell or be full of regret can become …

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Jan 23

6 Steps to Get Back On Track

get back on track

I have something I need to get off my chest.  The past few weeks I have been completely sidetracked and have fallen out of my routine.  I’ve felt like my writing wasn’t good enough to post and started to feel like what I was talking about wasn’t relevant. The goal is to get back on …

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Dec 30

Top 50 Takeaways from 2013

50 lessons from 2013

As I look back on this year, I can’t help but be nostalgic a little. In just this year alone I moved into a new place, started this blog which was only a thought last year, started public speaking, started dancing again, traveled in proportion to my wanderlust, made a lofty bet that I would …

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Dec 18

12 Lessons I’ve Learned About Giving

tis the season

This past weekend a large group of us went out and donated boxes upon boxes of food to the needy.  As we were handing the boxes out in a small apartment building, we knocked on a door to an older woman who only spoke Creole. When she realized we came to bring her a big …

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