The Happiness Bucket seed was planted in my heart many years ago when I was in college interning as a Sentencing Advocate. At the time, I realized that there are many life circumstances that make us who we are today. Regardless of whether your circumstances are good or bad, they can affect your life in many ways. The key thing to remember is that nothing is permanent. You can always change your circumstances if you have determination, the right circle around you and you are willing to make the necessary changes in and around yourself. My idea of the C.H.A.N.G.E Center, which is what it was called at the time, was centered around reusing an old school building that would house a number of service agencies (social security, police, fire stations) trade schools and a community center. It would also have a restaurant that would train non-violent offenders in the restaurant industry. The entire idea was to have a central place where you could get your problems addressed, grow as a person and feel safe. It would be the center safe place of the community where you were honoring excellence in one another. Although this idea has never completely gone away, it was never completely born either.
Fast forward to 2008, when I had the opportunity to talk with a group of women who were going through a lot of personal issues. In listening to their stories I knew I could help on a different scale. In that mini-mastermind session, I began to dig deeper with the ladies by working to discover the center of their happiness. You see, they truly didn’t know what would make them happy and that was part of the root cause of their problems. By the end of our visit, each woman had a plan of action and was reassured that they would make it through and past their situations to become a happier version of themselves. I’m happy to say they all began working towards their goals and were successful in accomplishing many of them. Thus this session reignited that original dream of a community of excellence, just from a different angle.
The C.H.A.N.G.E ACADEMY
Out of that session in 2008, a Community Honoring A New Goal of Excellence, the C.H.A.N.G.E Academy was born. It was developed specifically to help provide guidance, workshops and encouragement in reaching your individual goals. It is a place where I want you to feel safe sharing your most intimate dreams and fears and know you will receive genuine support. This is a safe place to ask questions and a place where it is okay to laugh and cry.
The C.H.A.N.G.E Academy is a holistic learning portal. Here at the Happiness Bucket, I believe we have to deal with our lives in totality. You are one person with many different hats on, why then would we only address a hat and not the person? Your family is made of many different people with many different hats, why then would we not deal with the individuals and then the family unit? As Michael Jackson said, “Start with the [wo]man in the mirror”.
There are two ways in which you can be a part of the Academy:
- Join our Change Academy Facebook Group – this is our community of support, where THB Family Members gather to share all types of information, provide support and learn.
- Visit our Change Academy Portal – this is where our coursework takes place. You can find both free and paid courses and resources in the Academy Portal. All of the educational resources are centered around the organization of your space, life, soul, and business.
Take whichever route makes the most sense for you today (if not both), just take action and do something. I look forward to working with you on a deeper level as you begin your C.H.A.N.G.E Journey today!
What is The Happiness Bucket About?
As you look at the Happiness Bucket’s theme I know some of you are wondering what it represents, what it is about. You see our company represents change, growth, and beauty. It represents the flourishing life you were meant to have. You are a seed that needs to be watered and nourished to grow into what God has made you to be and that is what The Happiness Bucket tries to bring to your life…that water and food you need to grow.
So how do you grow? By letting go…letting go of that barrier that is keeping you from reaching your dreams and goals. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Let go and let God”, and that is what you need to do. Make the decision to take the back seat in your life, behind Jesus, and begin doing the work so you can do what you were made to do. You see He drives me and guides me down the path that I need to go. When I try to take the wheel, I always end up on the wrong path and I don’t get back on the right path until I let Him take the wheel again. The same, I’m sure is true for you. So…my message to you today is to let go and let God take the wheel in your life and you will be amazed at where you can go. Trust Him, even when you don’t really understand or want to because when the time is right He will make the path and purpose clear to you.
Rooted in Organization
So what does this have to do with Organization? Well, organization is the root of all things…you are either organized or disorganized. In most cases, you feel the effects pretty quickly in either direction. By using project management principles, The Happiness Bucket can help you organize your space, life, soul, and business ultimately allowing you to live your happiest life. You see, if you are struggling in any of those areas, you more than likely are experiencing some level of disorganization in all areas. Conquering that problem at the root will help you build on a solid foundation, and trust…once you start you won’t want to stop!
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