Let’s add a little happiness to our lives. Every Thursday at 9:30 AM CT on Instagram Live, I will be talking to people who make me happy. They may be minimalists, mathematicians or authors. No matter what the topic is, the Happy Moments guests will inspire us and we’ll laugh along the way. I hope you’ll join us for fifteen minutes on Thursday mornings.
Coming up next on Happy Moments . . .
Let’s talk gratitude. Please join me and Melanie Hooyenga on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 9:30 AM CT to talk about Melanie’s Book of Good Journal. In addition, Melanie is an award-winning YA author who will share her tips and tricks to becoming a successful indie author.
Past Happy Moments IGTV episodes
HOME ORGANIZATION TIPS with Laurie Palau, author of Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized and host of the popular weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. Does the idea of decluttering stress you out or you don’t know where to start? Laurie Palau explains why some of us may feel more anxious about the decluttering process and how we can overcome organizing challenges.
GET FIT, FEEL AMAZING, ENJOY LIFE. Missy Vacala is the Founder of Missy V. Fitness and Health Coaching. Although Happy Moments is usually a 15-minute show, Missy & I chatted for 45 minutes because I couldn’t help myself from learning more. If you want to skip to certain sections of the interview, it’s divided into 3 parts. How to improve our mood (get up earlier than the rest of your household), our food (add more greens, and our groove (do what you love to keep you moving).
“WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD” with Tim Joyce from The Old Town School of Folk Music. Tim and I chat about music and community. Then, Tim helps us celebrate the end of 2020 with a beautiful rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”
TOP HOLIDAY BOOK PICS from Stephanie Hochschild, owner of The Book Stall. Join us on a tour of The Book Stall, as we see behind-the-scenes of a bookstore during a pandemic. Stephanie shares her top book recommendations for 2020.
TOMATO SOUP RECIPE with Eat Purely chefs. Sarah & Brent Lee, the culinary masterminds behind Eat Purely, share this easy, all-natural tomato soup recipe. Discover their favorite cookbooks – perfect gift ideas for the holidays. Eat Purely is a Chicago-based meal delivery service. They use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for all their meals.
HOME DESIGN TIPS to maximize your health and happiness with Jamie Gold, author of WELLNESS BY DESIGN: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness. Discover the most overlooked space in your home and how to improve it. Learn ways to make cooking over the holidays more enjoyable by making a few, simple changes to your space.
FROM ACTOR TO WRITER TO DIRECTOR with Julio Vincent Gambuto, director of TEAM MARCO. Julie shares his journey and we celebrate his first feature film that debuts on Nov. 20. TEAM MARCO is the story of a boy who lives on his tablet until his grandfather shows him there’s more to life than what’s on a screen. This is the family-friendly moving we are all craving right now.
SELF-MASSAGE TECHNIQUES with Rachel Beider, author of PRESS HERE! MASSAGE FOR BEGINNERS and the CEO of PRESS Modern Massage Group. Rachel walks us through self-massage techniques to help us release our stress and fight those screen-induced headaches. She also offers tips on how to create ergonomic home work spaces.
FINDING YOUR PASSION with Lisa Barr, award-winning author of THE UNBREAKABLES and the historical thriller FUGITIVE COLORS. Lisa served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today’s Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also the creator of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare and has been featured on Good Morning America and TODAY for her work as an author/journalist/blogger.
WRITING STRATEGIES with Rachel Barenbaum, author of A BEND IN THE STARS. Set in 1914 Russia, Rachel’s book is a story of a scientist racing Einstein to prove relativity. It is also a beautiful love story named a New York Times Reading Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Join us as we talk Einstein, writing with the help of Excel spreadsheets, and starting a writer’s band. Also, celebrate debut authors with Rachel on THE DEBUT SPOTLIGHT.
DECLUTTERING YOUR MIND with Mike Byster, known as a human calculator with “one of the fastest mathematical brains in the world.” Mike will teach us how to declutter our minds from the things that don’t matter, and how to exercise our brain muscles. Plus, he’ll give us tips on how to help our kids with math. If you want Mike to Zoom into your kid’s classroom, contact him at Mike Byster and mention “Happy Moments”.
ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE with Autumn Nyby, Founder of Space for Living Organizing and Host of the A to B Podcast. We talk about prioritizing tasks, setting time limits, and creating an organized home. Autumn provides down-to-earth, budget-friendly, and helpful organizing tips.
WRITING AND PUBLISHING TIPS with Summer Rachel Short. I loved talking with Summer about her debut middle grade book, The Mutant Mushroom Takeover. We chat about Pitch Wars, launching a book during a pandemic, and entertaining fungus documentaries. Who knew?