Follow your Joy



                        “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you

– Joel Olsteen

Happy Spring! This is my favorite time of year, the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and nature around us is singing with the new season. Woohoo!

Change, however, does not always feel good especially when life feels as if it is happening to us versus creating our destiny. We all experience both positive and negative incidences in our life and often the response is to react, this is human nature. As things don’t always come together as we plan, and this creates frustration and even, stress. So how can you take your lemons and turn them into lemonade?  Try these 4 mind shifts and tips, to learn to take on the CEO position of your destiny.

Mindshift One: One incident or change in your life does not define you, in fact, it shapes you toward an exciting new destiny, you  just don’t see it yet. Usually, the missing piece is what brings things all together. It may not make sense right now, however, what is in your future is greater than what’s in your past. Tip: Keep moving forward!

Mindshift Two: Strain means blame. By placing blame you create strain in your mind and your body which leads to negative energy in your life. Tip: Stop the blame game and think of solutions more and problems less.

Mindshift Three: Remember that a temporary setback to a temporary situation leads to a temporary feeling. Hit the pause button, breathe, relax and know all will be well. Stay in pause and take care of you first, this may mean go for a walk, declutter your mind and allow fresh new and positive thoughts to enter in. Tip: Say WELCOME! Welcome in originality to your life.
Mindshift Four: What might be the answer is just around the corner in the shadows of fear or denial. Raise your vibration as the depths of your past is the height and brightness of your future. Tip: Place radical intention and attention on your desires, not your fears.

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Jackie Ruka skyrockets busy professionals from breakdowns to breakthroughs, knowing the best opportunities are the ones we create consciously. As “America’s Happyologist” her mission is assisting clients to reach the vibrant life and business one has dreamed of. Jackie is an award-winning marketing professional, trained Art Psychotherapist, Well-Being expert, and Founder of Get Happy Zone.com. Grab her best-selling book, Get Happy and Create a Kick- Butt Life! She leads courses and lectures nationally to teach you how to live a happier life by design. Want a happier life? Reach into the happiness kit for positive tools to design your journey forward today!


How to be happier  We see it in the blossoming trees, in the blooming flowers, and in the flowing rivers. Spring is here, and it is all around us. The seasons and the nature have all made noticeable transformations…have you? What constructive changes have you made to your life lately? I suppose you wouldn’t have to change a single thing if you are completely satisfied with all aspects of your career, your education, your relationships, and yourself, but I can’t say I know many people who are. And if you’re not completely satisfied, what’s stopping you from trying something new?

“If you want something you’ve never had,

you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” 

–Thomas Jefferson


We  waste too much time finding excuses for why we haven’t made adjustments in our lives. It is too easy to use busyness as justification for becoming complacent with our situations—and I can’t say I haven’t fallen victim to this as well. Perhaps we don’t have blocks of two or three hours that we can dedicate to the sole purpose of bettering ourselves; however, we all have smaller blocks of ten or fifteen minutes scattered throughout our day that we haven’t used to their full potential. Instead of using this time to make yet another creative excuse, use it to form new habits or to reconnect with those you have lost touch with. Spend five minutes in the morning packing a salad for lunch instead of hitting drive-through on your lunch break; spend ten minutes on your way home from work or while you’re cooking dinner to call up an old friend or family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while; spend one and a half minutes at night remembering to floss before you go to bed. By improving ourselves, we gain confidence, strength, and positivity that will reflect on the other characteristics of our lives.

Drastic changes that are difficult to maintain are considerably easier to give up on. The most successful goal-maker is one who sets achievable goals. So don’t start something that you know you will give up on in a week; find something meaningful that you want to change for the better, and change it gradually. Most importantly, don’t be complacent. If we change our standards to fit our current condition, we will never find out what we are fully capable of. You don’t have to wait until New Years to find something about yourself that you want to change for the better. Spring is a time of renewal, so spring forward in your life and renew your energy by taking a positive step toward improvement.

Addendum: As we face fear in times of tragedy, our hearts go out to those suffering and experiencing a loss at this time. You are not alone and our hearts go out to you and your loved ones.

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) 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 and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

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