When you first wake up in the morning. How do you feel? What is your mood like? Do you start out happy and positive or grumpy and mean? Scared or sad or heartbroken?  What does your heart feel like when you first get out of bed? What does your voice sound like when you say your first words?

At what point does your mood start to change? Who impacts your happiness? Kids? Spouse? Traffic? Coworkers? Weather reporter?

I took the picture above at a conference last week.* It was the first time I had heard that particular phrase and it got my attention.  ”Never put the key to your happiness in somebody else’s pocket.” Yes, that makes sense.

We get to decide how we act and how we react. We have the power to make something worse or make it better. We get to decide who we spend our time with. We always have the choice to say “no” or “this doesn’t work for me,” even if we find it incredibly difficult to do so.

And when we get stuck (emotionally or physically), we get to choose if we want to stay stuck or try to get unstuck.

All of these choices are gifts. And the amazing, wonderful thing about this is that each day we have the opportunity to make new choices. Even if they are different from yesterday. Especially if they are different from yesterday.

And so, when you go to sleep tonight, how will your heart feel? What will your voice sound like as you go to bed? What choices can you make today to influence your tonight and tomorrow morning?

*Slide and presenter from Experience Happiness.

I recently came across a series of short YouTube videos which demonstrate using an epinephrine auto-injector for a severe allergic reaction. The videos show a pair of hands holding the devices and injecting them into the air, rather than into an orange or banana like I’ve seen in the past.

The neat thing about these videos is you can actually watch the needle and medicine eject from the device, and then watch it retract. This is particularly interesting because many people have a lot of fear and/or anxiety  using these “shots” themselves.

The EpiPen is the device produced by Mylan Pharmacutical and has been on the market the longest. The instructions say to hold the injector in place for 10 seconds after injecting.

EpiPen® Firing Demo (adult dose)

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For my Minnesota friends, are you participating in Give to the Max Day? What charities are you supporting?I love hearing the stories of why people donate.

I was invited to share my story about a non-profit close to my heart by the folks over at Red Current. You can see it here: Saving and Changing Lives Affected by Food Allergies. A big thank you to Red Current for giving me the opportunity to share.



When I heard this song on the radio last week, I had to Shazam it and find out who sang it. The singer is Ed Sheeran, which didn’t surprise me because I had used Shazam on two other songs he sings in the last few months. I figured it was enough of a trend that I’d probably like his album and so I bought his latest one “x” which came out in June 2014.

And then I found the music video for the song “Thinking Out Loud” and I was mesmerized. Incredibly impressed with Ed’s dancing ability but even more so with the woman who dances with him. So beautifully choreographed. The best is watching the expressions on Ed’s face – usually smiling or smitten. He could have a future in acting, too.

Other songs I love from this album include “Don’t” and “Tenerife Sea.” Are you an Ed Sheeran fan? How did you first hear his music? I’d love to know.


Schools can get free EpiPens and trainer pens, and other resources, through

Do the schools in your State carry stock epinephrine? Such as EpiPens they can use on any adult or student who has a severe allergic reaction but doesn’t have their own emergency medications? Help spread the word to the schools in your area about the free EpiPens and resources from Mylan (more info below).

There are so many allergic reactions that happen in schools, it’s critical for school staff to be knowledgeable on how to prevent, recognize and treat a reaction. Whether it’s a bee sting reaction, a peanut allergy or an unknown allergy, lives are literally on the line. At last count, 47 states having laws or policies allowing or allowing (or requiring) schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors – meaning they can have them and use them for general use – not prescribed to a specific student. See a map here showing which states require v. allow the epi in schools.

Mylan Specialty has launched new resources available in their program to support the growing need for education among school staff about anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. The program gives schools up to four free EpiPens or EpiPen Jrto qualifying schools* through the program and now offers a training video for school staff and administrators.

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