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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Elizabeth Jayne Liu Elizabeth Jayne Liu writer. list maker. self challenger.

Elizabeth Jayne Liu gives herself a weekly challenge every Monday. She fails a lot, but has a great time doing it. [www.flourishinprogress.com]

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For some people, happiness means doing things that are meaningful, or being surrounded by a lot of children, but for me it’s just waking up in the morning and feeling a deep sense of peace about where I am in my life. I remember many mornings throughout my twenties when I’d wake up and as soon as I gained consciousness, I’d have an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. It’s debilitating not to feel at peace. Being at peace is most meaningful to me and ultimately leads to my happiness.

I spent my twenties working at a series of low-paying, unsatisfying jobs. I felt very unhappy and thought there was nothing I was good at, nothing I could do to contribute to society or to the people I knew. But then I started writing.

Through my blog, I often get emails from people who feel down-and-out and are seeking their own happiness. I always give them the same answer: Just keep on moving, one step at a time, doing one thing at a time, and eventually you’ll find your purpose. I get emails back all the time saying, “That is the most nebulous, unhelpful answer I’ve ever received.” But, then, months later, I’ll get another email saying, “You know what? You were absolutely right!” When it’s your time to find your calling, it’s going to happen.

If you haven’t found your calling, don’t sit back and wait for the universe to push it in your face. Make a proactive effort. Try things out. Reach out to people you admire or people doing things you’re interested in. Play an active role in who you’re supposed to become.

I like to make lists, so when I’m not feeling at peace, I make a list. It doesn’t need to be long, because usually after listing three or four items I already feel a lot better. I list things that are going right in my life or things that bring me joy or people who’ve been wonderful and loving and supportive. Sometimes I list people who’ve brought me joy that week or things that have happened that made me smile. As I make the list, I come out of the funk and can set my mind right and go on with my day.

When you don’t know where to start, just start with the simplest thing. It builds confidence. Then it’s very easy to feel like you’ve already accomplished something and you’re moving forward.

– Elizabeth Jayne Liu

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