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Welcome To Breath of Optimism!

Are you always unhappy? Are you overwhelmed with negative thoughts? The goal of this site is to help you become the best you possible. By changing your thought and your outlook, you can change your life. The good news is that doing this is relatively easy. Start off by learning more about who I am and why I started this site and from there start to change your life!

One Step At A Time

one step at a timeA dear friend’s daughter just learned how to walk. Toddling around at 14 months old, she delights all of us present by delighting in her own abilities, grinning as she moves towards a formally unreachable toy, or stretching her eyes wide in surprise when she unexpectedly loses balance and plops onto her bottom.

We applaud when a child takes those first, halting steps, or uses the potty for the first time, or pronounces their first recognizable word. We profess astonishment when they sing their ABCs, recite their numbers or stumble over their first words on a page.

They’re learning, and growing, and the process may be a little imperfect, a little messy (think feeding themselves for the first time!), but these learning processes are usually celebrated with joy. We expect there to be mistakes, bumps along the road, otherwise how would they learn? And yet, when it comes to ourselves, as adults, we often take the opposite approach. [Read the full article]

5 Questions To Ask Yourself That Lead To Greater Success

questions to ask yourself

We all want to be more successful in life. We read books, listen to podcasts, really anything that we think might give us an edge. But I wonder how many people question themselves? Not in the sense of doubting their abilities or the decisions they have made, but rather asking yourself the right questions so that you can achieve greater success. My guess is that many people overlook this important habit. In this post, I am going to walk you through 5 questions you need to … [Read the full article]

15 Tips For Easily Building Self Confidence

building self confidence

It seems as though some people are born with confidence and others have to work hard to build theirs up. I fall into the building category. When I was younger it was tough building self confidence. I was always comparing myself to others and always looking at the negatives – what I lacked – as opposed to what I brought to the table.As I have gotten older though, building self confidence has become easier. I don’t know it if is because I have stopped comparing myself … [Read the full article]

Traits of Successful People

traits of successful people

I think the best way to get something you want is to find someone else who has it and copy what they did. After all, what they did worked and it should work again. Of course, this isn’t foolproof and times change. But this holds true in many aspects of life, including successful people.I love reading about successful people and how they became successful. I talked about the 80 richest people before and think that it is important to learn from great minds. So after … [Read the full article]

How To Train Yourself To Have Happy Thoughts

happy thoughts

Do you find yourself always going right to the negative when you hear or see something? Do you tend to always think negative thoughts? If so, don’t be alarmed. Many of us have a natural instinct to think negative thoughts before happy thoughts. But you can teach yourself how to have happy thoughts. And the good news is that having happy thoughts is a lot easier than you might think. In fact, this post is going to give you some simple tricks to help train you to have … [Read the full article]

How To Be Successful In College

how to be successful in college

For many students, going away to college is a shock to the system. For the first times in our lives, we are on our own and have complete freedom. Unfortunately, this can easily lead to disaster. Since college is such an important part in life – not just with helping you land a decent paying job, but also with learning about who you really are – it goes without saying that you need to treat college with respect. In this post, I am going to outline how to be successful in … [Read the full article]

Making Connections

making connections

It is not uncommon to return home from a walk with my children with my purse or pockets full of interesting specimens we’ve collected. Bark, seedpods, and glittery rocks abound, as well as pictures on my phone of the living things we want to name but can’t (and won’t try to) carry home with us.Why do I thrill at learning that the little brown and yellow tufted bird I spotted by the pond is known as a great crested fly-catcher, or marvel all the more at the ink-blot … [Read the full article]

Achieving A Work Life Balance

work life balance

I would always chuckle at work when we were in a company meeting about work life balance. The presenter would be talking about how important it is to have a solid work life balance so that you can be happy and healthy. Yet as she was telling us this, all I could think about were the late night emails and voicemails from my boss about the various projects at work. Clearly, he didn’t get the memo.Sadly though, it wasn’t only him, it was just about every boss I worked … [Read the full article]