Marathon Training Update #5: I am doing this!

Two days ago, on Saturday, I ran 20 miles. And I’m happy to report that, as of this run, I feel ready. That’s right: bring on 26.2 miles. A key feature of Saturday’s run is that I started at what I plan to be the actual starting line. From there, I ran 13.1 miles to what will be the actual halfway point. I got there in 2 hours and 3 minutes, then started back. My run stopped less than 6 miles from the actual ending point–which is my starting point…

I Decided to Be Happy

As I sit at my computer table/breakfast table/teaching station, it is almost 9pm on December 30th, 2020. There are barely 27 hours left in the year, and 2020 will be a memory. My, what a memory. I do not even need to tell you, since you have your unique experience. Yet I think it is fair to say that everyone alive has had an experience with this year that they will not soon forget. It is quite possible that 2020 has been the most memorable, the most eventful, the most…

Practicing Ease and Effortlessness

These days, I’m starting to look for ways to work easy, to let things happen effortlessly, to leverage the wonderful ways that things can get accomplished as if by magic, without stress or strain. More and more I’m striving to take “the path of least resistance,” as Abraham-Hicks talks about. More and more, I have the optimistic notion that this Universe is looking out for me. Why not align with it and trust it to help things work out on my behalf? Most of us learned of the (supposed) virtue…

Not Nice Chris Comes Out to Play

I’m reading a book about overcoming “being nice,” and it’s challenging me to re-think some of my own behaviors. So I decided to create a little list of some things I think. Some of these things I would normally keep to myself for fear of looking bad or offending someone. Not tonight. A Little About Me: Behaviors I respect: Reading books Athleticism Standing for what you believe in Creativity Excellence Financial Savvy Honesty Courage Being Great with People Making Friends Easily Good organization skills Making your own weather, following your…

Top 10 Personal Accomplishments of 2020

I believe in making lists of things I’m proud of, things I’m enjoying, things I appreciate. So here goes a list of ten personal accomplishments from 2020 (in no particular order): Sometime Blogger Excels: This year I took a flexible on-again, off-again approach to blogging (though when I blogged, I did it every day). The months I blogged were April , June, and starting up in mid-October through today. Myhappinessobsession continues to be a great healing and creative personal outlet. Run, Man, Run! This year has probably been the best…

Create Your Own Weather (Version 2)

(This is a different draft of yesterday’s post, which I wrote before my website went down for a few days. I decided there was merit in publishing this version as well, as it is different enough in wording from yesterday’s, and this is my blog, so what the hey!) Imagine a world where people were always pleasant to you. Where they were always generous, always kind, always considerate, and always conscientious. Imagine a world where people cared about what you care about, the way you care about it, and for…

Create Your Own Weather

(Disclaimer: This post was an early draft of what I was planning to publish four days ago. However, I had an issue with the site, and it has been down for several days. Thankfully, we are back on line. I decided to leave this post as it is) One of the central concepts that I am appreciating lately from Abraham-Hicks’ teaching is the idea that I take charge of creating my own experience. I like to think of it of creating my own weather 🙂 I have gone to town…

Clear as Daylight

In the past week or so, for the first time in several years, I’ve actually looked at joining someone else’s coaching program (and I did it by clicking on YouTube ad, of all things). I have been completely uninterested in joining any kind of coaching program for several years, preferring to go it alone, read books, and generally do the kinds of “personal well-being” activities I write about on this blog. Though I decided not to pursue this particular opportunity right now, it’s a big deal to me that I…

Making Peace With What Is (Part 2)

So just a few minutes ago I was sitting here at my computer, aiming to clear my mind and get some things done. Admittedly, my mind was a blur. I was feeling overwhelmed and scattered, frustrated. All of a sudden, I saw an alert on my phone. A unexplained charge went through from one of the services we use. It was not a huge charge, but definitely enough to notice. Also, it was not the first time this has happened with this service. Unfortunately, I had the same knee-jerk reaction…

The North Star of Happiness Beckons

Earlier this year I wrote about my intention not to do things that suck :). My “No More Suckiness” Philosophy resulted from life experiences that really sucked. After all the confusion, lack of clarity, and unhappiness created by not checking in with how things felt for me, the “No More Suckiness” commitment is a comical way of describing a true passion of mine: to be in alignment in all that I do and am! In fact, one reason I am such an avid writer (both on this blog and in…