How We Got Here
"Happy Is The New Rich" is the single most important revelation I've ever had in my entire life. I’ve learned that independent of your current financial status or any factors that might discourage you, happiness is a choice. And you can find it right now by focusing on all that is right with your life and appreciating all that you do have, rather than accentuating the negative and spending time thinking about what you lack or what's missing.
When I was 28 years old, I made the decision to leave the comfort of my home and surroundings in New York to seek spiritual and emotional growth in Laguna Beach, California. I didn't know exactly how I was going to achieve this growth, but I did know that being on my own, across the country from all that I knew and loved, would force me to act in ways I'd never had to before.
One day, after about three months of living there, I woke up to a phone alert saying that $0.00 was lower than the balance I had agreed to keep in the account. My first thought was “No sh*t". My second thought was that it had to be a mistake. It turned out that my entire bank account had been emptied out as a result of fraud. Let’s just say I was not happy.