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Val White Val White artist. story-teller. bohemian soul.

Val White has done it all, from Christian singing groups to teaching children's theater. He's thrilled to be part of the lifebyme.com family. [www.valwhiteonline.com]

The most important thing to me is being happy. Really and honestly joyful, and staying present in this moment to appreciate all that life has to offer without taking anything for granted.

I’ve experienced a lot of change in the last two years, and a lot of that change came in the form of loss. This led me down a destructive path of way too much alcohol and abusing myself and my relationships with people who loved me through destructive behavior that didn’t really make sense to anyone, especially me.

I finally hit rock bottom, and there was nowhere to go but up. Gradually, I started rebuilding myself. I wanted to live a more authentic, meaningful, and joyous life then I had been living. I knew, as I was climbing up out of the hole of shame and fear, what I had to change in order to avoid ending up there again.

When I started to look at things differently, I started transforming before my own eyes. I knew I wanted to help other people to live happy and joyous lives. From working at lifebyme.com before I moved from LA, I knew sharing my story was one of the best ways to do that.

I started writing a book, but that takes a while, and I wanted to do something more immediate, so I started the “Happiness Hunting” podcast.  It’s new, and the followers are steadily growing, but it feels good to know that something I say in two to three minutes of somebody’s day might help them find some happiness in their own life that they may have overlooked.

It also serves as a reminder for me. If I get off track, on any given day, when I sit down to the computer to record the podcast I immediately come face to face with the lessons I’ve learned in the process. Then I can use those lessons, create a few inspirational moments, and hopefully kick-start someone’s day in a happy way.

Sometimes people get distracted by their daily lives and forget to notice the meaningful moments. It’s not about the big checks, or the cars, and houses that everyone’s working so hard for. It’s the love between people, connection to nature, and enjoying being alive that really matters. I want to help remind people that when we look back and recount the important things in our lives, those are the top of the listers!

– Val White

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