What I’d Tell My Overweight Self

Posted on February 25, 2015 in Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

Today I am 45 and fit, but I spent a good chunk of my life overweight. My weight was like a roller coaster because I never took control of it. I’ve always loved exercise, but I also love food—and I used food  to comfort myself way too many times.  (Picture it:  Alone in my apartment, Golden Girls reruns, a pint-size of ice…

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The One Question that Can Change Everything

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Fulfillment by Sandra Bienkowski

If I could go back in time and have a little sit down with the 20-something me, I’d tell her: You have the power to change EVERYTHING in your life. Think Wizard of Oz where Glinda, the Good Witch tells Dorothy: You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along. Let’s just say…

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Happy Homework

Posted on February 3, 2015 in Happiness by Sandra Bienkowski

About half of your happiness is genetically determined, but the other half is in your hands. Want to be happier? Live Happy can help! We put together the Ultimate Happiness Hot List with 54 things to help you become happier today. Need more happiness to savor with your morning coffee? Check out Live Happy’s Wake Up…

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Why You Should Leave One Thing Unsaid a Day

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Relationships by Sandra Bienkowski

My husband and I have one rule we follow that makes our marriage more blissful. We leave one thing unsaid each day. This simple act can prevent minor irritations from escalating. This one rule can be a peacekeeper. I’m not exactly a leave anything unsaid person, so it takes work. I have to catch myself…

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You Must Be Present To Win

Posted on December 9, 2014 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

Truth be told, I am a little tired of the words mindfulness and gluten. What do those words have in common? They are both overused. Forgive my grumpiness, but when you wake up with twin toddlers (or any child, a job, a business or all of those) how are you supposed to start your day…

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You Have More Power than You Think

Posted on December 4, 2014 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

The most difficult thing is when you know exactly how to help someone you love, but it’s as if that person can’t hear you. Not really. She wants my advice. She listens to my words. She even agrees with the things I say. And then nothing changes. She is in pain. I know she is…

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Stop Looking Forward to the Weekend

Posted on November 12, 2014 in Entrepreneurs by Sandra Bienkowski

I dislike the whole dread the work week, look forward to the weekend mentality. Why would you dread five days and look forward to two? I’m not great in math, but that adds up to more dread than happy anticipation from my calculations. If your weekends are way more fabulous than your work week, it’s…

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Why We Should Share Our Stories

Posted on August 26, 2014 in Adoption, Fulfillment, Happiness, Relationships by Sandra Bienkowski

“No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”  – Robin Williams Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies. I love all of its messages … Seize the day. Live deliberately. Constantly look at things in a different way. Find your own voice. It’s not easy to find your own…

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I Have Not Disappeared (Completely) into Mommyhood

Posted on June 14, 2014 in Happiness, Relationships, Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

Yes, you might just find me in the morning picking up Cheerios off the floor and smashed banana pieces off my clothes. I turn my back for two seconds and my 17-month girls have found a way to dump water out of their sippy cups or make each other giggle by throwing food on the…

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You Gotta Love Love

Posted on February 13, 2014 in love, Relationships by Sandra Bienkowski

When did it become so popular to dislike Valentine’s Day? Judging from my Facebook newsfeed, Valentine’s Day needs some Likes. Some vent about “the forced holiday.” Others are bugged by the commercialism. I gather some people don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s shines a light on the status of their relationship, and they aren’t so…

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