So What’s Mindfulmazing All About?

 

My name is Tina. And I teach Mindfulness techniques to topnotch people who live real lives.

In other words: I write about kick-starting happiness for every day, awesome people like you, through practical, easy to apply mindfulness techniques that are easily incorporated into busy lives.

I’m pretty sure I already told you that on the homepage, but I figured it was worth repeating. You know. Just in case you weren’t paying attention or something.

 

Anyway, this is the “About” page, so I should probably tell you my story.

<10 years ago>

I grew up in a small town in Ontario Canada, near picturesque cottage country. Upon graduating from College, I started my professional journey in the accounting industry. Yes, you read right. Accounting. Could I have picked a more meaningful profession?

What was I thinking?

Now, I get that being an accountant doesn’t really make sense given my current interest in Mindfulness, however, I’ve discovered an interesting revelation about Mindfulness, it doesn’t matter what you do, who you are, or where you live — it works for everyone.

After college (and long before) I was stuck and unhappy. I worked too much, partied, lived recklessly in my free time and flitted from one tumultuous relationship to the next, which seemed normal, because my friends lived the same way, and it was fun – at the time. Just getting the latest Alanis Morrisette album felt great – for a while. But for different reasons, we were all running, whether blaring our music in our cars or getting drunk at a party, struggling to escape jagged pasts or avoid uncertain futures. But one thing was certain: our behavior guaranteed happiness wouldn’t stop at our doors for long.

I started to grow tired of this continuous broken record so I decided in my late twenties to embark on a backpacking trip across the world.

Expand my horizons, live a little, you know.

I took a sabbatical from my accounting job and flew to New Zealand (first time on a plane at 28 years old — and 60 hours later…).  Needless to say, I was more than a little out of my comfort zone. Next, I spent many months living in a van in Australia and ended my journey in magical Thailand.

I was finally living — or was I?

 

Change Begins

I didn’t know it at the time but that adventure changed my life in an unexpected way. (More on that later). I know statements like that belong on cheesy “buy my $1,000 happiness secrets” sites (don’t worry I’m not selling anything more than possibly a book — which I’m feverishly working on right now) but it’s actually true.

However, within a year of returning from my trip the same broken record starting playing again.

Uh oh.

At this point, I began reflecting on my journey thus far, (particularly my experiences living in a van) and realized I needed, no let me rephrase, I had to make some changes.

But what should I do?

Many thoughts popped into my head: “I think I’ll have two kids, one dog, a big house in the country, and find the perfect job.”

Sounds good, right?

Or maybe that concoction of circumstances won’t work, so maybe I’ll change the ingredients (some might call this a midlife crisis).

“I’ll add in a younger husband, lots of traveling, and a new car.”

Yes, this is the magic formula for happiness. I’m sure of it. But here’s the thing, this type happiness is only pleasure, and is thus short-lived. I wanted long-term, true happiness. So I kept going onto the next goal, and then the next — searching.

Sigh…

Everywhere I’d been trying to find happiness up until that point wasn’t working. But I didn’t know where to look for the solution, and more importantly, I didn’t understand or know how to change my current habits. I’d started to ask: Does happiness exist, and why aren’t my current efforts working?

So, how does a young woman who is mixed up, stuck, working in a mundane accounting office suddenly generate unbreakable happiness? Especially when the odds were stacked against me (can you say bad childhood and awful personal boundaries?)

 

The Turning Point

At this point, unsure of where else to turn, I proudly declared, “I’m going to find myself.” It’s a common enough goal, a lot like the goal of the shepherd boy in The Alchemist who goes in search of grand treasures.

I just didn’t know how.

Well, of course, the answer was smack dab right in front of me.

Google.

I know, I know, how can Mindfulness and Google go together?

Simply put, I typed into google: How to find meaning in your life? Instantly a local meditation center popped up and a few days later I stumbled into that very meditation center and that’s when I had my first A – HA moment.

Within 6 months of attending that class, I had started my own lifestyle blog – Barefoot Beginnings (now called Mindfulmazing), mainly because I wanted to keep a record of what I was learning for myself and because I wanted to connect with other people interested in this topic.

But life started to change. I started to fall in love with my life for the first time in my life.

Since then I’ve had well over 500,000 readers, connected with many of you, and continued to improve my life.

Not bad for a small town accountant.

Why Mindfulmazing?

This site explores mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, and happiness. This site is dedicated to helping everyday people learn the skills of Mindfulness, share their own experiences and enhance their lives.

This blog isn’t about you joining a meditation center or running out and purchasing the Buddhist robes. You don’t need to do that.

It’s for everyday people looking to enrich their routine lives. Maybe you’ve just lost your way between the endless daily tasks of life.  I get it,  shuffling my son to and from daycare, full-time work, cook dinner, bath, bedtime, repeat.  But if I can find meaning in all this, including my accounting job (and really I have) then I know you can too!

I think somewhere inside all of us we believe happiness is possible.

The content here will uncover a roadmap to get to “that place” inside of ourselves, and you don’t need starry nights on exotic sailboats to get there.

Put simply, you can learn to live a life worth living.

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of the questions below, you’re in the right place.

“How can I reduce my stress?”

“How can I improve my focus and concentration?

“How can I cultivate meaningful relationships? Improve my marriage or partnership?

“How can I improve my health?”

“How can I find meaning in the mundane tasks of everyday life?”

“How do I control my anger or jealousy”?

“How can I improve my self-awareness?”

“How can I bring spirituality into my life?”

“How can I stop worrying all the time?”

 

It starts with small change, change one small thing each day, and the advice on this site will guide you with practical tips to do that.

In time, all those small changes will result in BIG changes. Trust me! It won’t hit you like a tidal wave and invade every part of life in one powerful rush. It seeps in slowly, methodically, like a warm spring day after a bitter winter.  As I changed and rewired habits, eventually my happiness bloomed like a warm summer day.

This blog also isn’t about you spending 1,000’s of dollars on happiness courses. They don’t give out Mindfulness degrees at Harvard, so the good news ANYONE can practice, and you can reap the benefits right now.

As my blog has grown in popularity I’ve connected with many readers and am happy to say these concepts have also changed the lives of many others. I’ve slowly been building my blogging into something that is helping others. But the best part of this blog is getting to connect with people like you. Please be one of those people and find me online and say hi!

Let’s Connect!

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If all else fails, just contact me!

Thanks! I really appreciate you stopping by and hanging with me!

You might also like to visit my author pages at some of these well-known sites:

 

The Huffington Post

Mind Body Green

Care 2

Life Hack

Tiny Buddha

The Change Blog

Pick the Brain

 

 

 

 

Or if you have a few minutes check out this article I wrote which was featured in a Huffington Post women’s retreat in New York, in this article I give advice on overcoming pain and suffering.

And lastly, start by learning the basics of Mindfulness here, and the basics of meditation here.

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