Staying on the Upside: Affirmation #5

I will feel happy when I see someone’s effort to block my success; It shows that they even know my potential for greatness!


©2012 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™

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Staying on the Upside: Affirmation #4

I will no longer allow misery the privilege of my attention; Its influence will diminish and my joy will intensify.


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Staying on the Upside: Affirmation #3

My mind and soul are the toughest weapons that I possess; I will oil them with hope, love and determination to create a magnificent armor around me.


©2012 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™

Staying on the Upside: Backtracking Can Be Good

Occasionally, our inner-vehicle to happiness takes a wrong turn and drives us right into a muddy mindset and an unfulfilling life condition; Other times, we are just plain hijacked by external forces that get kicks out of dragging us down the “highway to hell”. In either scenario, it’s up to us to win back control– We could forge through the valley of discontent while succumbing to its quicksand grip or take a humbling approach… actually roll our wheels into reverse in order to gain a broader perspective and direct ourselves down a new trail of opportunity. Examples of this might be accepting that time invested into a relationship is no longer viable, making it necessary to move on to a healthier one (or remain a free-agent), letting go of the idea that we must keep up with “The Joneses” by having that big, fancy dream house– maybe, foreclosure is imminent and that one-bedroom apartment isn’t the worst thing in the world, after all (who likes to mow a lawn anyway?)… or taking a lower-paying job while being beyond qualified for the position; Don’t interpret these moments as failure or our running with our tails between our legs, but one more chance to grow.

There is no shame in the game of expansion.

Learn about the transformation of Michael Gates Gill who went from being an Ivy League-educated advertising executive with a six-figure-salary to becoming a barista at Starbucks and, as a result of keeping a journal of his journey, the New York Times best-selling author of “How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege”:


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Staying on the Upside: Affirmation #2

I will continue on the road of positivity and understanding to have my wounds of past hurts heal, properly.

©2012 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™

Staying on the Upside: Affirmation #1

I will be better, stronger, and wiser than I was yesterday; The past won’t hold me down from obtaining future success.

©2012 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™

Staying on the Upside: After You Wake Up and Smell the Coffee


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Staying on the Upside: Drowning in Bills

Smile anyway.

My income bracket has been an ongoing roller coaster ride for most of my life; I’ve gone from being a broke student to making six-figures then, completed the circle by raking in nothing, at all. No matter the season of my monetary climate, I make sure to have a good time with what I have or have not.

It’s cool to earn survivor credibility by knowing how to make a dollar stretch. I especially love when creative people find ways to make money to hold themselves over for a day or so, as they embrace their moment of glory to be able to by a loaf of bread or even a six-pack of beer.

SHOUT~OUTs go to my fellow musicians who busk in the subway, on the platform or actual train, savvy jewelry designers who find their material from things on the street, garbage and other random places… Epicureans who can find a few, simple ingredients to whip up tasty treats that people would be willing to purchase while rushing from Point-A to Point-B.

People of all walks of life can have financial setbacks.

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Staying on the Upside: Reasons to Keep Living

How tragic… you don’t want to be around anymore? It hurts my soul to know this.

I don’t have a lot of wisdom, but one thing that I do know– we all want you here.

  • Your pain is a learning experience to help you grow, know what you don’t want in life and make a move to change your circumstances in a proactive manner… not lead you six-feet-under.
  • It’s terrible to be the “poster child” for “Down-and-Out“, but someone’s gotta do it; Realize that your current… temporary turmoil has the potential of transforming you into an anchor for others who need comfort; Wouldn’t life seem so much more tolerable if you had someone to turn to… someone* who really understood and cared enough to help guide you away from despair? {*Take note: I’m not a professional counselor (though seeking one is highly recommended†), but my blog, here, is a way for me to reach out and let you know that you’re not alone and have this someone as a cyber-ally.}
  • Don’t give your naysayers the satisfaction of seeing you crumble; It’s unfortunate, but true… many people out there do not have your best interest at heart. As the old proverb goes, “Misery loves company.” They just might be waiting for your demise to have something to talk about, making themselves feel better because you couldn’t handle the tough time. DON’T LET THOSE BITCHES WIN!
  • Your presence in other people’s lives is far more important than you’ve been made aware; Being that person who’s been there, able to spread empathy and tenderness to other people, creates community, understanding and hope.
  • Your absence from the world would have a devastating impact on others… more than you know; It’s simple– YOU ARE LOVED. Let the inner-glow of those who truly care about your well-being guide you out of that scary place.

“Darkness cannot  drive out darkness… only light can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your light is just over the horizon. Stick around and enjoy the view…


©2012 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™

Have I overlooked an other good reasons to stay on the upside? If so, please, do share in the comment section, below. Thanks!

†Crisis Centers (I have no affiliation with the following organizations and only offer these links as suggestions:)

SuicideHotline.com (USA)

SuicideHotline.com (International)

International Association for Suicide Prevention

Staying on the Upside: Sleepless Nights


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