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“We’re close to another New Year,” says Jim Ryan, founder and president of Jim Ryan Talks, an organization dedicated to the cultivation and development of each individual’s potential for living a life full of joy, fulfillment and success. Jim is also author of Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up.

He continues: “Take steps to make your life better, to accomplish something great. Come up with one thing that you intend to make happen in 2015.”

Need more inspiration?  Following are some excerpts from Jim’s blog:

  • Live with purpose and awareness:  Your life is made of both small and big things. Pay special attention to how you feel in each moment. That awareness will help you live a life of more purpose, with  better choices and better feelings.
  • Release the parking brake of your life. Our limiting beliefs are like a parking brake. Once we rid ourselves of those beliefs that tell us who we can’t be and what we can’t do, watch out—because we’ll start living life full speed ahead.

Many of us live our lives like we’re driving a car with the parking brake on…going through the motions but not really living.

  • Harness the power of your mind. Build a strong belief in yourself. Be determined. Be positive. What is your goal? Make the attainment of that goal your dominant thought. Visualize your achievement often during the day. When the negative thoughts arrive, acknowledge them and maybe even thank them for their service– but quickly turn to the affirmation of your success.
    Check out this short video. Refer to it often. http://bit.ly/kBkwBG
  • Enjoy your own company: “ I crack up laughing whenever I hear someone say ‘I was bored out of my mind. It’s okay to be bored. When we notice ourselves feeling bored, that’s the best time to work on enjoying our own company. It’s time to reflect, plan, dream, to connect with our divine side. Notice when you have nothing pressing to do. Sit for a minute or two and just think. Reflect. Consider what you love about yourself. Consider the many ways in which you are blessed. Be happy with who you are. Check out this video and enjoy one of nature’s beauties: http://bit.ly/lYEPZO.
  • Focus on your accomplishments:  What have you done that you feel good about? Look at everything: family, career, personal, health & fitness, money saved, debt reduced, books read, trips taken, volunteering. List the big things and the little ones. Feel good about what you have achieved. (Editor’s note:  We once knew someone who kept a “Success Log” and whenever she had a particularly difficult day, she’d pull it out to read.  Too often we just focus and beat ourselves up.)


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Holiday season is right around the corner!


What stresses you most?  Juggling spending?  Shopping for that perfect gift for someone?  Travel?  Personal and Professional commitments?


  • What we eat matters—always! The holiday season is one 45-day stretch with 3 holidays—not a 45-day holiday.  Don’t use it as an excuse to load up on sugary, high fat foods.

For one thing, that’ll make you gain weight—and do you really need one more thing to get stressed about?

Second, those foods cause wild blood sugar fluctuations, affecting your mood, energy level and probably even keep you tossing and turning in your sleep.

  • On the other hand, don’t be too rigid with your food. If you’re too strict and always live in that place of “I should,” you’ll actually lower your vibration and will possibly experience depression or overeating.’
  • Get away from it all! Take some time for whatever gives you pleasure, whether it’s playing with the kids and pets or reading a good book. One woman we know runs to the beach every so often so she can enjoy the solitude and sound of the waves.  Don’t forget—sand is a natural conductive, so if it’s not too cold, take off your shoes and take a walk to absorb those positive electrons.
  • Stop and smell the roses.  Abundance is all around us in the form of trees, shrubbery, wildlife and more—free for the asking.
  • Walk on the Ground Outside. Many of us spend our time inside, but make an effort to walk barefoot outside; if it’s too cold, or snowy, pluggz (www.pluggz.com) is a great alternative, with a footwear line that combines fashion, comfort AND grounding shoes so when you are outside you are still able to connect with the Earth’s energy.  This will help you feel connected to the earth and its many natural healing powers.



One of our favorite blogs at is Zen Habits by Leo Babuta.

 Babuta, whose blog frequently makes “the best of…”, says in his post, “The Habits That Make You Happy,” that “I remember being unhappy most days, at one point in my life. It wasn’t because I hated the people in my life — I had a lovely wife, great kids, other wonderful family members and friends,” he writes on this post.” It was because I was unhappy with myself, and that caused growing debt problems, unhappiness with my job, health problems and more. I felt like I couldn’t change any of that.”

To read his entire post, click here.

Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from his post:

  1. List 3 Good Things:  This can create a mental habit of gratitude that you can use other times in your day, when you’re focused on the things you don’t like or have. (Editor’s note:  Do this one every day, because even the most difficult day has a few bright spots!)
  2. Help Someone. When we focus on ourselves, and the woeful state of our lives, we are self-centered. This shrinks the world to one little place with one little unhappy person. But what if we can expand that worldview, and expand our heart to include at least one other person?
  3. Meditate. Meditate for just 2 minutes a day, and you’ll create a habit that will allow you to notice your thoughts throughout the rest of the day– that will help you to be more present (unhappiness comes from not being present) and will help you notice the source of anxiety and distraction. That’s a lot that can be accomplished in 2 minutes!
  4. Exercise. Everyone knows you should exercise, so I’m not going to belabor this point. But it really does make you happier, both in the moment of exercise (I’m exerting myself, I’m alive!) and throughout the rest of the day.

A personal note from pluggzWe hope you enjoyed our “Happiness Week” theme.  Even more, we hope you’ll take some of the suggestions, apply them to your day-to-day life–and create the happiest, healthiest life ever!




Happy_lifeEver wonder why we feel so good when walk barefoot on the grass or plant our feet in the sand? Notice that we seem to sleep so well at the beach? This is scientifically proven:  when our bodies make direct contact with the ground, this allows for the flow of the earth’s beneficial and free energy, called electrons, in to our bodies. We soak up the positive, let go of the negative—and our entire well being is affected (in a good way).

That got us thinking even more at pluggz—why do some people always seem calm and happy, no matter what the universe dishes out?

And notice that there seems to be a direct correlation between fulfilling and happy???

YOU can be one of those people, too!  Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Give yourself a little time off, even if it’s just 5 minutes:  Do something you love, whether it gardening, playing or just strolling.
  • Take care of YOU: a hot bath, a massage, a good book—these can all give you “quiet time” where you just focus on you.
  • Don’t gobble your food. This one’s a toughie, since our fast food culture seems to condone us eating on the run.  But enjoy, taste and smell—your digestion will be glad you did—and you’ll end up being a lot calmer and focused.
  • Feeling anxious?  Just breathe!  Calm down by taking a few deep breaths and exhaling.
  • Reach out and re-connect with someone: The Internet makes it easier than ever to find people whom you haven’t seen in years.  Not only does it “complete your story,” but you’ll start to remember some very joyous (and humorous) memories—things you haven’t thought of in years.
  • Practice Gratitude: This seems to be said time and again, but with good reason—it helps us focus on the positive, not the negative.  Even the worst day has a few bright spots, so every night, make a list of at least 3 things for which you are grateful.



“Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me” –Deepak Chopra

Grounding, also known as Earthing, has been around for thousands of years; in fact, our ancestors walked barefoot just so they could stay connected to the earth.  Now, it’s getting a lot of attention again by health and wellness experts – and that’s the concept behind the Pluggz shoe.

Simply, the earth is one of the most powerful energy sources.  When our bodies make direct contact with the ground, we absorb the earth’s beneficial and natural energy, called electrons, allowing us to absorb the positive and let go of the negative.  Our entire physiology is affected and we become calmer, more peaceful, happier, and healthier.


According to some, their most powerful inner work is done just laying on a big rock in the sun, completely alone, being contemplative and receiving guidance—and when you stay away from nature for too long you cease to hear that voice.

“A few years ago I got the flu and as I lay in bed, I could hear that one of the reasons I got sick is that I need to adjust my work-life balance even more, that I am not getting out in nature enough, that I need to do it nearly every day,” says Business and Executive Coach Nina Cherry who takes women on nature retreats  “I need to balance what I receive from nature with the immense amount of energy that I put out to my clients, my grown children, and my community–as many professional women do.”

As a result, she loves to hike by herself to get into communion with Nature and Spirit—at power spots like the top of the 10,000 ft. dormant volcano on Maui, “ but you don’t have to go to such an exotic place, just remember how healing the earth can be.”

Nina also conducts retreats in Maui to help women reconnect with nature, empower themselves–and do deep transformative work, many times resulting in their making important lifestyle changes for their continued health and well-being.