Look what I found …

A cool new blog by a guy named Dayne. It’s called The Happy Self.
Here’s the link.

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Here’s what Dayne shared on Monday.

Life, if you haven’t noticed already, is a classroom. It’s the place where we can choose whether we want to sit in the back and doodle in our notebooks or whether we want to sit in the front row and diligently take notes. We have a choice. We can coast through life or we can commit to gaining something from it. Every day, we can coast or we can learn.

To save you time, I’ve summarized ten ways to stop being a coaster and start being a learner. Use the link above to read the whole post.

  1. Never limit your learning. You can learn from everything, everywhere, if you just open your eyes and ears.
  2. Read anything you can. Read the paper. Read signs. Read books. Read the expressions on others’ faces. Read everything. You’ll be surprised how much you can improve your life from reading alone.
  3. Put in a lot of effort. Malcolm Gladwell recently addressed the secret formula for underdogs who win. You want to know the secret? Substitute effort for ability. You might not be blessed with a specific ability, but you do have the ability to put in a ton of effort.
  4. Work on improvement daily. It’s important to work on your improvement, whatever that may be, all the time. If you put it on a shelf and say, “I’ll get to that later,” you might never come back. Work on it all the time. Find little ways to work on it constantly.
  5. Accept that there is no end. Constant improvement is just that – constant. There isn’t an end. You have to accept this or you will drive yourself crazy wondering when you will get “there.” There is no there. Remember, you are growing and changing and learning all the time.
  6. Support yourself. It’s important to be your biggest fan. You may be unpleasantly surprised that people will be jealous of your desire to improve yourself. You may encounter criticism and trivialization from those around you. Ignore all that and believe in yourself. Always.
  7. Don’t give up – no matter what. Giving up is the equivalent to going to the back of the classroom and slumping in your seat until someone calls on you. Do you want that kind of life? I didn’t think so…
  8. Practice, practice, practice. Practice your improvements over and over and over again and don’t be surprised when they become habits.
  9. Give back to those who teach you. When you learn from others, it’s important to give something back. Think of ways you can give back by helping others with their own commitments to improvement. Don’t by chocolates for the husband who wants to lose weight. Help your boss look good because you know she is really working hard to get promoted. Remember, what goes around, comes around…
  10. Remind yourself of your progress. It’s not easy for people to seek to better their lives. Most people coast along, sitting in the back of the classroom, bored and waiting for something better. By being proactive,  you are making not only yourself but the world a better place. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every so often.

good stuff.but wait, there’s more …. (I almost forgot)

Tami Morrison emailed me earlier this week and told me about Happy Tickets ( Ambrosia Girl created them and Erin Bassett tweated them)


I am so printing these today and will be using them in a very random fashion to reward my children for good behavior. This weekend I will be making up a treat/coupon jar and a warm fuzzy jar (more info on that coming soon). You can download a whole sheet of Happy Tickets free by clicking on the Ambrosia Girl link above. And let me just add my “thank you Jenn!” for creating such an adorable thing.



  1. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! Your blog has been my homepage since I heard you speak at Scrapbook Eh’s Education Eh in 2008. I am so happy to have your positive influence on a daily basis, and some days you just have the perfect information on the appropriate day. Thank you for all you do Stacey.

  2. This was good stuff. Helps me feel like being a nerd is sorta awesome. ;)

  3. You’re welcome! And thanks for sharing my link. I need to get a warm fuzzy jar started myself!

  4. carol in seattle :) says:

    I love this idea of Happy Tickets! Thanks for giving me one more way to show my children that LIFE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

    I also like the happy blog, can’t wait to have some time to do a bit of reading over there. And warm fuzzies? Sounds like you listened to Pres. Monson on Sunday :) I’m still looking for a jar for mine.

    Thanks Stacy for sharing things in your life that are WONDERFUL!

  5. I love Happy Tickets, they look great. By the end of the week, my kids 9 & 5 can be a bit whiney, this may be the perfect thing we need. Can’t wait to see what the reward is. I can get grumpy too, I might use these as well. :o)

  6. This post is so timely…I am at my wits-end trying to get my girls to listen to me and follow through with picking up and doing chores. I was trying to think of some reward-based system to get them in gear. I feel like the wicked witch. So, happy tickets it is. They will get them every time I notice that they’ve done what they are suppose to. And they will give me one every time I have to remind…this is for things that they really should know how/when to do by now!! And if at the end of the week I end up with more, they owe me a small treat of some sort! Thanks for your uplifting new site…not that the other wasn’t, but this new site is chock full of goodness!

  7. As a teacher myself, can I just give a hearty “Amen!”

  8. Ambrosiagirl server not found… :(

  9. I couldn’t get the link to the tickets. I’m happy to find them, can you see if you can repost the link?

  10. Love the tickets. I do something similar (and easier). I buy rolls of single tickets (versus the doubles) in four different colors – one color for each of my girls. I have assigned them each a color and they have many different things in this same color (not just tickets). Anyway – they are available at craft stores and it saves tons of time versus printing and cutting them out! We use them for various things – ie – if someone gets dressed without being asked (including shoes) – they get 2 tickets – one for getting dressed and one for without being asked. This encourages them to find things that the could do for more tickets. They also earn tickets for doing chores, reading books, doing homework, etc. Basically anything I want to encourage. And I give them as many tickets as I feel they expended effort. I’ll tell them – give yourself a ticket! Then they can do it without me – and I had it somewhere I could keep an eye on it at first. The colors make it so they know which tickets are theirs. We’re still working on our first rolls and we started the tickets over a year ago :) They put the tickets in a container with a lid that I cut a ticket hole in the top of.

    Every now and then we’ll decide to do something fun and inform them of what it is and how many tickets they’ll need. Then we count the tickets and see where everyone is at. For having a friend over it could be 40-50 tickets. Drive in movies (or the theater) might be 100. I am generous with them as they really show their willingness to help. As it gets closer to the deadline (I usually give them a week or two notice) – their willingness really goes up!

    BTW – our colors are blue, red, green and orange. Makes it fun!

  11. Love these! You find all the great stuff…I love that you share it with us! Thanks so much, Stacy! These make me happy just looking at them!


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