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Happiness Happens Month

August is Happiness Happens Month. This cheery holiday has been around for 20 years! Of course, I’m all over this holiday because I am of the firm belief that life is what you make of it. In honor of making happiness happen, this month I’ve made it my goal to smile a little more, enjoy the flowers and butterflies that the rainy season has brought, and take things one day at a time. 

So here are some ways you can celebrate Happiness Happens Month. 

Do A Self-Assessment

Find out how happy you are. Take the Authentic Happiness Inventory sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania to measure your overall happiness. You have to register but it’s free.  While you are there go ahead and take the General Happiness Scale which assesses enduring happiness and the Fordyce Emotions Questionnaire which measures current happiness.  

Take A Course

Take the course The Science of Happiness sponsored by edX and the University of California–Berkeley. It’s free and well worth the effort. If you find you don’t have time for it, you can read my summation of the course here.


As you probably know, I have my own happiness course designed for expats that are struggling with the adjustment to their new country. Surviving Voluntary Exile: How to overcome common obstacles to making a successful life transition at Coursecraft is deeply discounted when you use this LINK

Read A Book

If courses aren’t your thing, you can get a book version of Surviving Voluntary Exile: How to overcome common obstacles to making a successful life transition at Amazon. The ebook version is FREE for the next few days. The printed version has added journal pages for you to get the most out of the activities and information included. 

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Go And Enjoy Every Minute

This month make it a priority to enjoy the moments you have been given, even if you are struggling with physical, mental or emotional overload. Taking time to smell the roses will do you a world of good! 

Do Something For Someone Else

Happiness shared is happiness multiplied. Go out of your way to make someone smile this month and see just how good you feel. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities check these charities and non-profits out. 

So now that you know it’s in your hands, how are you planning on making happiness happen this month? 

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Surviving Voluntary Exile: How to overcome common obstacles to making a successful life transition

If you’ll remember, I created a course called Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition a few months ago designed to help those struggling with living in a new country at CourseCraft. That course is still available, but I wanted to expand the information’s reach. I know that some live in areas where regular internet access makes taking online courses difficult.

So today I’m pleased to announce that Surviving Voluntary Exile: How to overcome common obstacles to making a successful life transition is available in ebook and print format. The ebook has all the basic information and links to the optional readings, while the print book has journal pages for you to complete the activities that will help you create your best life in your adopted country.

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You can get the ebook free from Amazon for the next few days.


The course is still available and is a great option for those who want the interaction of a supportive community as they work through the lessons. In celebration of the release of the book format, the course is also on sale. enroll now

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I hope that with these new methods of distribution, more exiled, deported, migrant, or expat women will find a way to make it work despite the hardships.

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Digital Learning Day

Did you know that today is Digital Learning Day? With our rapidly changing technology, digital learning has become integrated into our lives even here in Mexico. Digital learning has made higher learning accessible to many who live in rural areas here in Mexico at the secondary, preparatory and even university level.

My son is currently enrolled in UVEG’s preparatory courses for his high school diploma. He’s doing well although Algebra has been giving him problems. He’s 49% through his course of study. He will finish just a little bit before his classmates who are studying in the traditional way and he doesn’t have to get up at 5 am. It works for us!

While the emphasis on technology promoted by the official Digital Learning Day in the classroom is intended for K-12 learning, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite online courses I’ve enjoyed over the years.


The Science of Happiness by far takes the cake. It’s free. It’s just like being in a classroom with assignments and stuff. And I learned a LOT. You can read my review here.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment with Dr. Raj was entertaining but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Science of Happiness. Dr. Raj is quite a character and definitely adds to the fun aspect of this course.

I also took Oregon State University’s free course Intro to Permaculture. Even as an intro course, I think it was a little beyond me, but I did learn oodles of information about permaculture. Getting my husband to implement these “new” ideas hasn’t happened completely yet, but we are getting there.  You can read my review here.

Another class I enjoyed was The Challenges of Global Poverty at Class Central. Although most of the research was based on data collected in India, I found poverty in Mexico to be very similar. Here’s my review.
Herbalism Courses for all levelsHerbal Academy’s courses are wonderful! I’ve taken several courses which have expanded my understanding of herbs considerably.

Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course

And the one that started it all, the Herbal Medica Course.

I haven’t had the same quality of classes at Udemy, but then maybe I’ve just been taking different sorts of classes, practical rather than life learning in nature.

I’ve taken and completed 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge and shared the helpful information with my SOTB Bloggers Group so that we all can improve. I’ve begun but not finished, Lifestyle Upgrades for Busy Adults, maybe because I’m too busy. I’m currently enrolled in Linked in Basics for FreelancersMarketing on Linkedin, and Pinterest Marketing. Social media still baffles me. I’m hoping to make some headway on understanding how these platforms work with these classes.

Of course, I have my own digital learning course to offer.course cover square Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition is available at Coursecraft. You can enroll today for 25% less in honor of Digital Learning Day here.

So that’s my contribution to Digital Learning Day #DLDay because you are never too old to learn something new!



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