Hello Again,

It has been a series of ups and downs since my last post.  Where did the time go?  I stopped writing this blog as I was getting discouraged.  I came into the blog with a burning desire to help others as I went on the journey to find how to live happily while spending less money.  I also had a burning desire to earn a living off the blog.  No, I never expected to become as awesome as Jill from One Good Thing By Jillie.  I did want to earn enough off of the blog to take the place of a job for me....more

5 Reasons to Forgive Yourself Today

It’s hard to forgive others when you haven’t forgiven yourself. Perhaps it sounds foreign, but the root of forgiveness starts within, and once you learn to forgive yourself, forgiveness in general is much easier to implement. I have personally struggled with self-forgiveness in the past, and here are my 5 reasons why you need to forgive yourself today....more
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Arianna Huffington on Burnout and How to 'Thrive'

BlogHer '14 keynote speaker Arianna Huffington knows first-hand what burnout is like—and how important it is to take care of yourself to avoid getting to that place. Watch as she talks about the point in her life that made her slow down and take better care of herself: ...more
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Gratitude Linkup - Week of 8/3/14

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more
BlessedSuccess It is quite uplifting!  Gratitude is really a great antidote to busy-ness, ...more

winners, farm update, & marathon monday starts soon!

Hi friends! Just a few quick updates as this fresh new work week gets going.First, our giveaway. The five winners have been chosen for that fabulous new furniture painting e-book by Refunk My Junk, and I contacted everyone early this morning. If you see your name here, please send me an email address so we can get you a promo code and you can download this gorgeous and fun book pronto.http://lazywmarie.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/RMJ-book-cover.jpg...more

All or Nothing

Yesterday I found myself on a train into New York City to have lunch with two friends. One who lives in Manhattan and one who was visiting from out of town for a conference.When my husband handed me the train ticket, I jokingly thanked him for issuing me my “day pass” from the insane asylum.As I sat on the train I marveled at how quickly I have always been able to disconnect from my kids. Even when they were babies....more

Mondays Don't Have to be BLAH

Let me start off by saying, "Happy Monday. You are Awesome".See, Monday is already starting on a positive note.We party, relax and have so much fun over the weekends that we just want it to last a bit longer. Then the alarm goes off (or if you are like me a little one wakes up) and you realize that it marks the beginning of a new week. ...more

I Missed My Aha Moment!

An Invitation!On June 25th, I received an interesting email.  It was from a woman named Rachel who works for the company that produces the Mutual of Omaha's Aha Moment campaign.  In her email, she stated that she had come across my website (this blog!) and she “couldn't help but think” that I “might have an aha moment to share.” Her email continued as follows:...more

Living a "Self" Center life leads to joy and happiness!

We think that we should be selfless, think of others, not oneself. To be a good person you should put others before yourself, always focusing on the other person, not you. This way of viewing how we should live does not lead to living with joy and happiness. In fact the opposite is usually the result of focusing on others, not you gives all your power to others instead of inwardly focusing your power on you....more

"Memory Provides What Life Does Not"

"Memory Provides What Life Does Not"Last December, I took a fall outside my apartment where I've lived for 15 years. When I came to, an ambulance was rushing me off: about 50 miles across the Los Angeles Basin .There were  never any X-rays, MRIs or medical attention given to me....more