Welcome to the very first episode of the Embracing Happy podcast. I thought I would take this initial episode to introduce myself and the podcast to you and explain a little bit more about what Embracing Happy means to me. Take a listen!
Links mentioned in this episode of The Embracing Happy Podcast
Please Don’t Call Me a Life Coach
Ten Random Facts About Kim Yuhl
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Let me start off by introducing myself. Hi, I’m Kim and I write about things that make me happy. I am going to be a bit honest when I say I am a bit over the word happiness.
In fact, I recently wrote how I am sort of sick of all the metaphors, hyperbole, and jargon. The way happiness is used today makes it seem so simple to achieve. In fact, I am even guilty of writing the occasional list of habits to make you happier.
The reality is happiness doesn’t come from habits, it comes from doing more of the things that make you feel good and less of the things that don’t. It really is that simple. Simple to write and less simple to do.
That all came about when I was called a life coach. I don’t consider myself a life coach at all. I consider myself more of a writer and a friend. In that post, I explain what I do like this:
Do you remember a time when you felt like everything was going wrong when you felt like you just wanted to give up? You might have even asked, “Why me?” Remember? If I were to guess, you probably felt lost and all alone. Well, I am the friend that holds your hand while you are searching for the light at the end of the tunnel and then I write about the lessons we learned along the way.
I am qualified to hold your hand because it wasn’t too long ago that I was in the tunnel. I was looking for a way out and after following every piece of advice I could find, I was still lost. And that is when I started paying attention to me and my feelings.
As a result, I wrote a book called Embracing Happy. It’s where I talk about the -ER principle and Habit Mapping and why making decisions based on your feelings first will never lead you astray. I am also big on action. Small actions that feel right and keep you moving forward.
If you want to know more about me and my journey, there are plenty of articles on my website about it and I will link to them in the show notes. One of my favorites though is a video with ten random facts.
In the video, I mention the Berlin Wall, my “godfather” – godfather being in quotes if you know what I mean – traveling to over 40 countries, why I paid $5 for an axe on a street corner in a foreign city, my favorite meal and why mother thought something was wrong with me when I was born. Plus more – you don’t want to miss it – if I do say so myself.
First of all, I love to meet new people. One of my greatest joys is getting emails from our happy community. Sometimes it is just to say hi, sometimes it is a truly touching and personal story and sometimes it is a cry for help.
I bet you are wondering how I help people, considering I am not a coach. Well, I share stories and I ask questions. I find most often that people are looking for support to do the thing they already know what they need to do. Like I said before, I am that friend that will hold your hand through it.
I am a believer that the answers lie within, sometimes the question just needs to be asked. So if you are here looking for a plan you can follow, you are probably in the wrong place. But if you are looking for the strength to forge your path, then hang around because you are among supportive friends here.
What is Embracing Happy
I have been using the hashtag #embracinghappy for awhile now. And I am often asked what embracing happy means. I recently wrote about this too. See, I told you I write a lot.
Embracing happy is the name of my new book and my philosophy on life. Embracing Happy is about embracing yourself and living a life that matters. It’s about embracing your dreams, your wants, and your feelings. It’s about having the courage to live your life and not the life others want you to live.
Over the years, my definition of happy has changed. It isn’t all about smiley faces and celebrations, it is about making the right choices, choices that make me feel good.
Happy isn’t about being cheerful, it’s about feeling like I am doing things that matter. Sometimes that comes with all the bells and whistles and sometimes it is just enough to remind me I am on the right track.
Embracing happy is being okay with the definition of happy you have for yourself today, as long as it is your definition. It’s important that we let our definition evolve as we evolve and if you can embrace that then you are well on your way to being happy
More About this Podcast
This podcast will be a combination of interviews with people living their happy life and how they got to where they are today and an introduction to ideas that are proven to help people be happier.
It is important to know that not every idea will resonate with you or make you happier. I am not here to tell you how to live your life. I am here to help introduce you to ideas that might make your life a little better, a little easier and yes, a little happier.
Only you know what is right for you. I encourage to try things on and see how they feel. Join the conversation and see how people include certain ideas to their lives. Because there isn’t only one way to be happy, the right way for you to be happy is your way and that is unique to you.
Right now, I am offering a Free Workshop, called The Happier Life Challenge that discusses the 12 common happiness characteristics I discovered after reading over 70 books on the subject of happiness.
The workshop includes easy and practical exercises to help you start living a happier life today. The link will be in the show notes and again those can be found at embracinghappy.com/1.
Now one last thing, if you like the idea of this podcast, I would appreciate it if you could take just a few minutes to review it on iTunes. Since it is a new podcast, your review will help others find it.
And if you ask me, the world could use more happier people and I think this podcast can help. Thank you so much for listening and your support. I hope you know how much I appreciate it!
So that is a bit about me and this podcast. I would love the chance to say hi. You can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you do, you will hear back from me, not an assistant, not an auto-responder but me. Talking with you is one of my greatest joys and now you know where to find me.
Until next time, be happier.