Triggers to Increase Your Happiness Every Day!


Hello and welcome to Empowerment Monday!!!!!! As you can see I am having a very colorful start and today thus far has been absolutely amazing!!!! It is my goal today to change your mindset and mentality toward Mondays. Too many people are dreading the idea of having to get up out of their bed and begin their day simply because it’s Monday!

I too understand how it can be to dread going to a job that you hate, or to awaken to the same pain you felt the night before praying and wishing that you could possibly sleep it away but sometimes life just doesn’t work that way! Today, I want to share with you how to SNATCH BACK your happiness NOW!

I am currently reading a book by one of my favorite authors and speakers, Valorie Burton entitled, “Happy Women Live Better: 13 Ways to Trigger Your Happiness Every Day”. For the next 12 days I have committed to reading one trigger per day (while no the elliptical or treadmill) and applying them to my daily life.

reading on elliptical

One thing you may not know about me is that I once wrestled with depression and my emotions would often go up and down; I literally felt like a yo-yo. I could be having a great day then all of a sudden one phone call, one person cutting me off on the highway, one unexpected bill had the ability to do something different. Well, like I am encouraging you to do, I had to learn to SNATCH BACK my life and not allow myself to be controlled by anything or anyone except the Holy Spirit!

Inside Valorie’s book I learned that Trigger #1 is: ANTICIPATION. She shares that is important to have at least one thing you look forward to EVERY day. Whether it is seeing your honey, greeting your children as they arrive home from school in the afternoon, seeing your favorite movie, meeting with your team; etc.

mother with son

Valorie shares if there is not anything currently on your schedule for you to look forward to, then create it! Meaning don’t wait for a friend to invite you to an event or outing, but you be proactive and invite him or her to join you! She also went on to share how we must learn to be present in the moment. In a society where everyone’s eyes are glued to their cell phones email and social media she shares the importance of “savoring the moment” and not allowing yourself to miss the moment because you are more concerned about sharing the moment than actually enjoying it. This really stuck with me because I am so quick to share things rather than enjoy them and share them later. Trust, I’ll be keeping Valorie’s advice in mind moving forward.

Friends Having Lunch

Valorie went on to share 5 Simple Ways to Build Anticipation:

1. Set a goal: You all know my favorite saying, “A goal without a strategic plan of action is simply a wish.” Valorie says your goal does not have to be to conquer the world but you must be willing to conquer your current day. Isn’t that powerful? Why focus on conquering the world when you can literally only live one day at a time therefore, why not enjoy it!

2. Make a list of simple pleasures: Write out what makes you happy; what you enjoy that adds laughter, smiles and joy to your day. Eliminate anything that depletes you and takes away from you enjoying your current moment. Here is where you may have to re-evaluate friendships and relationships as well as establishing much need boundaries to protect your “happy place”.


3. Talk About It: Valorie say share your anticipation with others. Talking about what you are looking forward to increases your anticipation which in turn triggers your happiness and brings great joy your way.

4. Add to the Joy: Include others in your “happy” moments. Perhaps invite a friend to join you in the park, or at your favorite coffee shop or book store. Be open to being creative in order to add to the joy.

happy woman

5. Count Down: Be a kid about what you are anticipating to take place in your life. Count down. Write it on the white board in your office, change out a sticky note on your frig or mirror daily reminding yourself of what you have to look forward to!

Implement these 5 simple ways to build anticipation and SNATCH BACK your life! Know that life is worth living, but you must tap into your creative power and remember that you are responsible for the outcome of your life. Your divine happiness does not lay on the shoulders of anyone else except yours. Take steps to getting back to happy or remaining in that happy place daily. Sure things will happen, but you deal with them, release them and get right back to your happy place!

Next week we will tackle trigger #2: SMILE! Get ready for your journey of overcoming depression and getting back to happy with your Transformational Coach, using this book as a tool!!!!!

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How to Get Your Bounce Back!


As we all know life can often deal us a hand in which we were not prepared to have to play. We experience various different emotions from happiness to sadness, joy to grief, encouragement to discouragement and much more. In spite of it all the key to making the best out of life is to refuse to take things personal and know that if it is currently raining in your life the sun will eventually shine again. What you are experiencing currently is simply there to help get you a step closer to where you were destined to be. The betrayal was a part of the making of you. The disappointment was allowed to develop an inner encouragement so you can become self- motivated rather than waiting on someone else to cheer for you, you now learn how to cheer for yourself! footerpromo_panel2_0_footer-1348188273 The financial loss was only there to show you what to do as well as what not to do the next time around! In life you must know that things are going to happen but what’s more important is how you choose to respond to them that make the difference. Many of today’s greatest innovators from Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey each experienced their own personal trials and setbacks. But guess what the difference is between successful and unsuccessful people? 1907328_885803821450766_3467361399717286068_n-619x375 Unsuccessful people complain and make excuses while successful people take ownership of whatever takes place in their lives and they take on the attitude of Dwayne “The ROCK” Johnson who is famously quoted for, ‘When life throws you lemons…..CRUSH’EM!” I know we are so used to hearing, “When life throws lemons, make lemonade,” and that’s cute but it’s time to get aggressive about your future and snatch back your power and refuse to be unhappy another day of your life!


Below are a few steps on how you can get your bounce back:

  • Face life with an optimistic point of view daily
  • Never compare your process to others
  • Own your problems and develop ways to overcome and make them work for you
  • Find mentors who have overcame in areas in which you too desire
  • Listen to motivational speakers daily such as Joyce Meyer, Eric Thomas and Les Brown
  • Monitor your thoughts: Whatever you think you will do, whatever you say will become your reality
  • Be resilient in the midst of it all by refusing to give up
  • Celebrate yourself even if at times you have to do it alone
  • Develop a network of friends who support you and help build/strengthen you in your weak areas
  • Be authentic at all times and especially true to yourself
  • Love yourself as you are becoming and yet transforming into who you were created to be
  • Rejoice in every season of life
  • No matter what happens, learn from it all

Now that you have been equipped on how to get your bounce back I want you to go and execute each of them beginning now! Tweet me the step (tip) above that stood out the most to you and I will be your accountability partner to help you stay on the right track!!!   1617698_875878369122457_6893770582011439409_o If you desire a coach or mentor I would love to serve you for I am preparing to launch Trailblazers Coaching Academy on March 9, 2015 which is for the advancement of women in ministry/business to help improve, strengthen and help them develop stronger confidence levels to know all things are truly possible if we would simply use what’s in our hands to create the life we desire and deserve and share our stories from a place of power rather than pain and pity! Sign up and learn more about Trailblazers Coaching Academy today by clicking here :!

Prepare For the Best Year of Your Life!


With only 22 days left until the New Year I’m sure you have found yourself with various emotions. Perhaps you are excited about what the New Year holds because you have accomplished all or the majority of what you set out to do this year.

Or maybe you find yourself slightly disappointed or even discouraged because things didn’t go as you had planned for 2014 and you find yourself praying that 2015 will be your year!


What if I told you I could provide you with an action plan to ensure that 2015 was one of the best years of your life if you followed it? Now I bet your smiling! The key to your success is being teachable and developing a plan.

I know you’re probably like, “that’s it?” Yes! That’s it! I’m sure you have heard of the saying, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Implementing one simple change such as
a.) Identifying your goals and b.) Developing a strategic plan of action can make all the difference in your life!

Here are 3 key things you can do to develop an action plan:

  • Identify what it is you desire to accomplish– Knowing what you want to do is a prerequisite to actually doing it. In order to identify an action plan you must first identify what your goals are as well as your “why” for desiring to accomplish them?
  • Establish a time line in which you would like to reach specific goals– This key is two-fold: Number one, you must identify your goals specifically. For example: Instead of saying: “I want to lose weight,” you would say, “I want to lose twenty pounds within the next ninety days.” Number two, you must develop a realistic execution plan on how you intend to achieve those goals.
  1. Just Do It– Too often we spend entirely too much time talking the talk rather than walking the walk. It is past time to begin moving our feet as swiftly as we move our tongues. Many people waste a lot of time talking about what they are going to do rather than committing to actually doing it.Make a commitment in NOW to prepare for 2015 by talking less and doing MORE!


Don’t get too caught up in the process where you are stuck planning for months and months rather than carving out a few hours in one day identifying what you would like to do with your life. Doing so will enable you to spend the next couple of months executing the vision which in return will set you up to live the life of your dreams!

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