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BLISSfix recommends Dr. Zimmerman’s Tips

I don’t usually read forwards… but this one caught my attention.  It reminds me of Baz Lurhmans Speach Song from the late 90s.  Sometimes it’s just nice to have a little reminder about the things that tend to lead to a happy and fulfilling life.  Below I have included my favorites from his list of 50 Tips.  Most of them were favorites!  Enjoy!

Find more of Dr. Zimmerman’s tips at :



1. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

2. Get a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

3. Have backups: an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps in the car, whatever will lower your stress.

4. Surround yourself with what you love … whether it’s pets, plants, music, hobbies, or keepsakes. Make your home your refuge.

5. Enjoy the simple things.

6. Take one day at a time.

7. Slow down. (Heather’s motto: “I’m always in the perfect place at the perfect time!”)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Spread big changes and difficult projects over time. Don’t lump all the hard things together.


10. Eat right.

11. Go to bed on time. Get enough rest.

12. Get up on time. Start your day with calmness.

13. Drive carefully. Cars aren’t the only things that can be recalled by their maker.

14. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

15. Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.


16. Laugh. And then laugh some more — even if you have to fake it til you make it.

17. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

18. Do something for the kid in you every day.

19. Smile. Peace starts with a smile.

20. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

21. Do what is right. Forbidden fruits create jams.

22. Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

23. Let the tears come. Endure, grieve, and move on. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

25. Don’t forget … birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


26. Talk less. Listen more.

27. Tell your loved ones … that you love them … at every opportunity.

28. Keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

29. Be kind to unkind people. They probably need it the most. And if you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

30. Don’t put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

32. Forgive. Most people are doing the best they can with what they have.


33. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

34. Build memories. Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

35. Learn to get along … just like crayons. Some are sharp. Some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors. But they all have to live in the same box.

36. Let go of grudges. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

37. Refrain from judgment.

39. Take time … every day … to be alone … and relish the power of peace and quiet.

40. Listen to a motivational CD while you’re driving … a CD that will improve your quality of life.

41. Write down every great thought that comes to you. Chances are you won’t remember them, and it may take you another 20 years to learn the lesson you just lost.

42. Keep a folder of your favorite sayings on hand.

43. Write down one thing you’re grateful for. And then add one more thing to your list each and every day.

44. Make a list of what you want to do, have, experience, and witness before you die. It’s a sure way to get a lot more of what you want in your life!

45. Strive for excellence. It is not necessary to be perfect. Excellence will do just fine!

46. Walk your talk. It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

47. Remember, when you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

48. Pray. Then take some time to listen. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

50. Remember … the Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.


Circle three tips that you will focus on this week, and then consciously

follow those tips for the next seven days. Let them become a habit in

your life.

Make it a great week!

Dr. Alan Zimmerman


August 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm 1 comment

BLISSfix loves “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

5113EKMQHKL._SS500_Yesterday, as Sean and I took in some of the most beautiful scenery on highway 40 winding through Colorado, we listened to the Unabridged Audiobook of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, read by Peter Coyote.  As usual the words were exactly what I was wanting and needing to hear.  I had been entreating God/the Universe to help me recommit to all that I had learned and resonated with in the book “NonViolent Communication” by Marshal Rosenburg and here came this book completely in alignment with all the NVC teachings.  The book contains wisdom from biblical references as well as ancient Toltec (Native American) traditions.  Below I state the agreements I have made with myself based on the four in the book.

Agreement 1. Be Impeccable with My Word. I commit to speak with integrity, being careful to use my word only for the upliftment of myself and others through truth and love.

Agreement 2.  Be Immune to the Opinions and Actions of Others. (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I choose to speak in positives) I acknowledge that the words and actions of others are from their perception of reality and have nothing to do with me as an individual.  I allow them their opinion and process and compassionately related to their human needs.  I powerfully select what I choose to believe for myself even when others are expressing beliefs I would prefer to release.  I am in control of what I choose to believe.

Agreement 3.  Ask Compassionate Questions and Compassionately Speak my Truth. (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I choose to speak in positives) I honor my intuition and at the same time I seek total understanding of others needs through asking compassionate questions.  I honor myself by asking myself compassionate questions about my true feelings, needs and desires.  Once I am clear on my needs and wants, I confidently, consciously and compassionately express my truth and make requests to get my needs met.

Agreement 4.  I always do my Best! (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I wanted to claim it for myself) My best is different in any given moment… for instance, my best when I’m just coming off a spiritual retreat compared to my best after a long day of challenging work will be different.  I accept myself at all times and at all stages and simply commit to doing my best at any given moment.  If I catch myself ‘shaming’ myself for not being better, I will stop, and simply remind myself that under the circumstances, that was my best, and in this consciousness, I have the ability to change now and start anew.  I embrace myself reminding myself that it is ok to make mistakes and it is joyful to consciously overcome them.

I’m so grateful for having found this book.  I bought it many years ago and accidentally listened to a brief excerpt while working out the other morning.  I knew immediately that it resonated now more than ever before and the timing of rediscovering it was perfect.   Enjoy the following links and a video that contains images similar to the ones we witnessed yesterday while driving and words from the book.

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July 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm 1 comment

BLISSfix LOVES Financial Independence!!!

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I’m loving this site! It’s based on the teachings of the book “Your Money or Your Life” by Joe Domingez & Vicki Robin.  The book is great, however from this site I was able to read the downloadable instructions and complete the exercises in 8 short hours (much shorter than reading the book, just as effective and FREE!!! – hello!) and I feel much more in control of my finances because of it.  If you’re curious about the book, there’s an excellent site related to the new release of the book that is helpful with summaries and great info… (you’ll recognize the site design!)  Enjoy the independence and the mind shift that come with it!

June 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

BLISSfix Recommends Ode Magazine

ode_magzineA magazine for Intelligent Optimists!  And they’re not only a magazine, they’re also an online community of Intelligent Optimists.  Ode launched in 1995 in the Netherlands and purposefully named the magazine a name that would translate well worldwide.  You can even GO GREEN!!! and subscribe to the Digital Edition delivered to your inbox and save 60%.  Preview this month’s Digital Edition HERE.

The editor-in-chief speaks in his Jan 09 issue about Ode.  He says, “We cherish beauty, joy, friendship and love.  We look for possibilities and opportunities.  We want to make things cleaner, greener, healthier more just and sustainable–and more fun.”  Amen! Brother! 🙂  I love that they are committed to reporting on the millions of people who are making a difference in this world.  It inspires me to do even more!

January 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm 1 comment

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