Who doesn’t like a party, right? This is no ordinary party though — no costumes, masks, or facades allowed. Just you, showing up in all your glory! It’s been said that 90 percent of succeeding is showing up! We are all experiencing a transformational awakening together. What is so cool about this is that it gives us all a second chance to be who we really want to be, do what we truly desire, and live with our hearts and minds open. Have you heard of the term, tabula rasa? The Latin term means “blank slate” and according to Webster’s Dictionary, it is defined as “something existing in its original pristine state.” The mind is in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions. By re-training the brain, I believe that we have the power for this to occur at any time. By abiding by our true nature, our minds become clear, and our brilliance unfolds as we rediscover the intelligence of our essence. It is a type of rebirth where you get to start again with this clear mind. It may be hard to grasp what a clear mind actually feels like without taking a long, relaxing vacation away from personal issues and the complexities of today’s world. You want to find clarity — but what will it take for you to grasp what a clear mind feels like?

Conscious Happiness

Remember Cindy Lou Who from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?” by Dr. Seuss. She was the bright-eyed, little girl and the hero of the story. A timid child, she displayed the most profound courage of anyone (including adults) in the city of Whoville. She represented and reclaimed what she and all the Whos of Whoville most loved, the happiest feeling known to its inhabitants: the feeling of Christmas.

Cindy faced up to the meanest, greediest, most self-absorbed creature — the Grinch — who was slowly stealing and hiding the happiness of each inhabitant until there was no happiness left. The Grinch believed that stealing every trinket, toy and piece of tinsel that symbolized happiness would leave an emptiness that the Grinch was all too familiar with: misery. As the snow began falling in Whoville, all the Whos gathered and sang joyous songs despite not having any symbols of their happiness. Cindy Lou represented the conscious happiness of the story, and the Grinch represented the false belief of perceived happiness. When the symbols were eliminated, the Grinch believed his response would be satisfaction. However, the true response was emptiness, a projection of the Grinch’s deep insecurity. The conscious happiness, however, is what prevailed. You see, what you might believe represents your happiness is a misperception or illusion. When you elevate your consciousness, you begin to see what truly is fulfilling to you. You can still create your own happiness, but it lies beyond your familiar perceived mindset.

In recent history, society has sought instant gratification. This collective consciousness has instilled what we believe is happiness but that is really a false sense of entitlement along with a mistaken sense of happiness. In reality, we all have the capacity to live happily when we follow our individual truth and don’t look for instant results. Each of us was born with a “barometer of happiness.” It’s our task to regulate this internal barometer so we can feel 100 percent happy more often than not. It will take a new belief system and conscious intention. We are all here to learn unconditional love where happiness is not only a lifestyle — it’s a conscious party!

(excerpt from Chapter One of: Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life!, by author Jackie Ruka)


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Jackie Ruka, “America’s Happyologist,” is a Well-Being expert who skyrockets CEO’s, Leaders, and Women in Business, on how to consciously live stress-free by creating positive mindful systems to launch a life and business you love. To learn more about Jackie visit her online; Facebook, Twitter or grab a copy of her best-selling book Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life!


We fear the thing we want the most” – Robert Anthony

You know the term you can run but you cannot hide? Well, this may be the case with fear, if you allow it. Which leads to the question what is fear, really? From a clinical psychology perspective; fear is the loss off love or loss of a love object.  Deep down we all have fear in relation to loss and the what if’s , loss is inevitable as we gain something in our life usually something drops off from our life, this is how energy works.  Point is, we all have fear, this is the norm. The majority of us have fear of success. Success could actually cause loss, in our minds. Yet, when you start to truly love and believe in yourself there is no overwhelm or self – doubt. The purpose of walking your path is to learn the lessons along the way, as everything you want is on the other side of your fear.

What is paradoxical about fear is it can leave us in a comfortable space so as not to really face our inner stuff , living a life of complacency. But, you see fear is just a smoke screen for avoiding our authentic self as we are not meant to live a life of complacency. We are meant to live a life of truth.

Often when coaching clients, the question I hear is, who am I meant to be or what is my purpose? My take on this question is stop and  listen to your body and your heart. Moving from a life of existing to a life of living starts by paying attention to  tuning into what your heart and body yearns to do the most of.  An exercise to find your purpose or meaning I have found is visualization. Here is a life enhancement  technique to begin to visualize  your future self through a visualization manner that resembles what the Universe is asking you to evaluate as the NEW future YOU that you have the ability to manifest and watch your life change turn around for the better!

– What does my life FEEL like everyday?

– Where do I spend my time, how do I spend it and who do I envision this with?

– What does my body crave?

– What are the actions I am doing that satisfy what my body and heart desire?

– What brings you closer to your goal?

In a dream I had a few months back, I was feeling a restless and anxious kind of  sleep, with a pull of indecision and fear. The message that came from this dream was when  my father appeared  and simply stated to me, do what makes you happy. Doing what makes you happy is an inside job, it’s about what FEELS good and whole. My advice then is to do what feels good, what inspires you and simply give yourself permission to dream out loud as there is nothing to fear, except fear itself. Life has it’s scary moments as we don’t see what is on the other side and become unsure of how to navigate the unknowns. The test is recognizing your own strength, we are much stronger than we realize. The fear is a mask preventing one self from going outside of the comfort zone. My question to you is, if you don’t take the step outside of your comfort zone where will you be this time next year?

What next step will you take TODAY to step outside of your comfort zone?

Please leave a comment and get in the Zone, we thrive on your contribution with what resonates with you !

To Your Happiness,




“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and  art therapist, who founded the Get Happy Zone ( personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie for a free  30  minute strategizing session, change your life for the better! CONTACT NOW.




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Today I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the importance of how to Up Your Happiness in a Down economy. Happiness plays  a significant role with improving the quality of our lives while in a down economy, especially related to health and longevity.  You will learn the key behind being the CEO of Your Life with unlocking the code to activating Conscious Happiness. To learn more please listen in to the Why Wait radio show by clicking on this link: Up Your Happiness in a Down Economy with Guest Jackie Ruka

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your unique happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here,, to read Jackie’s blog.

Weekly Quote: “If all you focus on is money you will have a hard time getting any. Focusing on the money only is like focusing on the apple, but forgetting the seed. The seed of TRUE abundance is not money, but doing what you love. Love is the strongest energy in the Universe and if you step away from the life that you know and begin to step towards a life of doing what you love, you will be planting very powerful seeds. After enough time and care the seeds you plant will begin to blossom and bare amazing fruit. Money and many other forms of abundance will literally chase you. Focus on what makes you happy, take risks in that direction and don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t possible. Look to those who inspire you and ask yourself what would they do? These folks know about true abundance, take note.” Jackson Kiddard


Do you ever wonder why things just are not going your way toward happiness? You’re making changes, or trying to, yet you keep hitting the same walls and obstacles. We have all been there and sometimes this calls for an awakening. But first we need to recognize that the tail we are chasing continues to lead to the same place, I term this as a life rut. A life rut can go on for months or even years. Often we choose to be in this life rut or perhaps on a subconscious level you are fearful of change.  I say, No More Excuses, it’s time to get off the life rut bus and onto the speedway to happiness.

When my Dad passed away, I was heartbroken but kept a strong front. Inside I was hurting and found it difficult to look at a photograph of him without feeling completely crushed inside. A couple of years passed before I realized how unfulfilled my life felt. Sometimes, we start to think , “oh well, guess this is the way it is supposed to be”. Uh, no, I don’t think so, not if you are the CEO of your life ! The question is, have you been ACTING like the CEO of your life or have you been putting off the feelings of yesterday that you choose not to address with the same fears that are holding you back? At that time in my life,  I was choosing to squash my feelings. As Dr. Phil would say, how’s that working for you?  Afterall, recognizing and dealing with your feelings/fears is an act of loving yourself, yes?

Get Happy Tips:

1. Unlock your feelings :Recognize your feelings, feel them, express them out loud to a support person, or seek a therapist, counselor, mentor as a sounding board.

2. Find your catharsis: Determine what makes you feel in a groove of insightfulness. Is it drawing, running, surfing, blogging,  journaling, yoga, dancing, cleaning, building, creating ? Choose to move your body and your mind into a state of fluidity. Get your juices flowing !  Exertion of your self  and your brain is the physical act of moving your life in a forward position instead of keeping it in neutral.

3. Do the opposite of what you have been doing. Set new boundries with your self and others and start acting like the CEO. Take back your power and choose to live in your freedom. This is a process of letting go of your old paradigm to begin anew.

4. Practice JOY. What I mean by JOY is to Just Own Yourself. Accept all of you, the good bad and the ugly. You are not perfect yet everything in life is just temporary. We live in a society of constant change. If your not in your JOY, you will be run down, burnt out and fried. When you practice JOY, you become the decision maker, you set the shots and you also live by them.

5. Delegate. The art of being a consistent leader is delegating. The trait of a good leader is asking for help. You cannot do it all. So, go to the professionals who can help you make sense of the road your on and help sort out the  trail you intend to blaze.

6. Take a cup of courage and no this does not mean experimenting with new flavored vodkas, although tempting. The rut bus might seem safe compared to the speedway to happiness of going outside of your comfort zone. When you travel outside of your comfort zone, you will begin to realize that you are not only way more capable than you give yourself credit but you will begin to have way more fun, even if that means making a few mistakes. Mistakes are lessons and stepping stones that get you one step closer to redefining your happiness and success.

Daily Quote: The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. Tony Robbins

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist, therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Go here,, to read Jackie’s blog.


In today’s world we all seek happiness and can benefit from a little more happy in our lives.  How does one go about doing that and where do you start ? How about creating a happy movement for yourself ? The how, in a word it starts with your PASSION. What are you passionate about? When you think of your passion often times it’s your hobby and not necessarily your job. Few if any are doing their passion as a career. This is not to say it is not possible, it is very possible, if that is what you want. How often do you hear about a co- worker who left her corporate life to open a scrapbook store or a lawyer turned writer. These are folks whose inner compass pointed to their happiness, a place where fulfillment resides. In turn, they listened to self and created their own happy movement by taking a leap of faith.

According to the Conference Board poll  45 % of Americans are unhappy in their jobs,  polled in 2010. That is nearly half of Americans out there, walking the streets and driving to work everyday , a destination they are unhappy spending more than 60% of their time a week. This is a scary statistic and not one to live by.  Perhaps it’s not the job per se, but the lack of fulfillment surrounding the circumstances related to it. Many  talents are underutilized and we are withering away from our full potential. The Universe has so much more in store for all of us.  If this is you, quitting your day job may not be the best strategy but forming an exit plan is. What is an exit plan? The best exit plan is one you proactively devise by leaving a job, career or even an unhappy situation, based on your own terms and not someone elses. This is not to say that there are not sacrifices involved, however the potential benefits out weight the risks.

For those who have been laid off or been a part of a company downsize,  it does not feel so good and it can be a confusing time forming a new identity during economic downturn, at least for right now. The good news is you have been spared from being a statistic in the pool of unhappy people . The more profound insight is, you now have the opportunity to synergistically utilize your knowledge and expertise in ways far beyond a job description. You have the power to create your own job description and life description. Just imagine how good it is to gain the freedom you deserve and utilize it to feel a more fulfilled life.

When you continue to operate in the live, work, create, play, mode, you become this, a mold to a mode. In your happy movement you begin to imagine, align and expand in areas of your life left untapped. This especially is so, when you brilliance has been left dormant or not fully utilized. Nine out of ten times, any action you place toward your happy movement will bring a result. When you deliberately create, you are aspiring toward your happy movement. Creating is the life force behind all that we do and when you imagine your future as bright, it will be bright.

We are all going through a transformation of some sort. One way in which I counsel those who are reinventing self is to begin to imagine. Your imagination is the platform to the key of your calling. Listening to your dreams at night and writing your aha moments can be a tell tale sign that your percolating into existence a message, a recipe, a song, a delivery system, a book , a design, a new project. Whichever it may be,  decide to unleash your happiness movement and your brain will follow. You are only one thought away from your magic, one word away from love, one email away from opportunity and one new outlook away from a new lease on life.

The research shows that money does not equate to happiness. What it does show is that your health improves, your stress level goes down and you tend to rest easier in your day to day life when you choose happiness over adversity. Your ability to succeed is far beyond what you currently believe. The time is now to break out of your old paradigm and start anew.

I am excited about your happy movement and I want you to be too ! So, get on it, put together that happiness blueprint and begin a big beautiful life plan, express yourself and let it roll with faith in knowing,  your future is bright !

Weekly Quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

Jackie Ruka is an author, artist therapist and lifestyle expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for the Life You Desire.” Go here,, to read Jackie’s blog.

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You may be asking yourself, so what IS consciousness ? According to Wikipedia, consciousness is: subjectivity; awareness; the ability to experience feelings; wakefulness; having a sense of selfhood; or the executive control system of the mind.

To put it bluntly: Wake up, it’s time to start living! Of course, you are living. But is it in a manner where you’re expanding or just existing, waiting for something bigger or better to happen? Or perhaps, you are doing what you’re “supposed to be doing” based upon unhealthy expectations? If this is so, then conscious living is absent from your soul’s radar. Often we are distracted by work, details, money, kids, family matters, relationship woes, schedule conflicts and the like. As our brains are racing around with all this stuff going on, we are racing through to reach the end of the day with few moments to reflect upon self. This is precisely the exact opposite of what conscious living and consciousness entails.

Much of  learning in life is determining what you don’t want , so you can choose more of what you do want. When you are  aware and focused you are applying your conscious self. The action behind fully embracing what you do want is living consciously. However, you have to genuinely believe in what you want so much that you set the clear intention and action behind it. So, before you decide to continue to overstretch yourself, perhaps it’s best to redefine what success means to you.

Most of us tend to compare our last success to a current one. This is a mind set that you can quickly change. Whether it’s parenting, a work project, a book you’re writing or building a new relationship, look at each endeavor with a fresh perspective. Release your old paradigm to create a new one; it can be done. Usually, there is some pain involved with letting go of the old, however, no pain, no gain. All is temporary and the new shall come in and prevail, if you are willing to allow it.

To allow for expansion of your paradigm, try these four thought-shifting questions in which you can expand your consciousness:

– Am I feeling good about taking on this new endeavor; will it allow me to grow?

– What else in my life will change and how will it effect my relationships, health, finances and lifestyle?

– When I set a new intention, is it with joy, excitement and burning desire?

– How do I envision my daily life with the intentional changes I make?

Set yourself up to dream and dream big You deserve the life you want to live!

TODAYS QUOTE: “The whole purpose of living in freedom is to enjoy the choices that you make in every successive moment of the present.” Deepak Chopra


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