Nicole Bensen

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What’s the TL;DR? 1. I’m challenging a common stereotype about having money and wanting money. 2. Up on YouTube: a new guided meditation/sleep story about attracting wealth, specifically, millions. Controversial opinion: I love money. How does that statement make you feel? Have you heard, “We don’t talk about money. That’s tacky.”? If you grew up like I did, […]

Do you feel successful? What’s your definition of success? Has that definition changed as you’ve grown? In a recent survey, small business owners defined success to mean “comfort, happiness, and freedom,” with 74% of respondents saying their perception of the American dream had changed. When I was a kid, I thought success looked like wearing a […]

If you missed my note about hiding your joy/success/wins to make others more comfortable, catch up here. It has been, by far, a note that has resonated more deeply with many. Here are some of the responses (shared with permission): From someone who has a child going through surgeries and radiation (among other exploratory treatments) for […]

Do you hide your joy to make others more comfortable? Let’s commit to supporting AND celebrating ourselves (and friends)?

Since moving, I’ve been looking to make local friends, and I (randomly) grabbed this book and opened to a page about friendship. Woah.

Last week I shared that we went from Californians to Washingtonians, and how grateful I am to now see this beautiful greenery outside my office window. (If you missed last week’s note, catch up here to see who visited our backyard). if you were to look out your dream window, what would you see? Tall high-rises in […]

Hello from The Evergreen State! Last week I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to the greater Seattle area, and I’m calling it a great experiment. (Not to be confused with Queen Charlotte and King Edward’s great experiment. Anyone else a Bridgerton fan?) It’s no secret that I intentionally seek awe to boost my happiness—I […]

How are you? Really, how are you? What’s something that made you smile recently? What’s something you’re hoping for? Last week I facilitated two corporate workshops online. For Netflix I led, “Increasing Happiness, Resilience, and Success,” and for Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign), I led “Why and How to Practice Gratitude.” One of the things I shared in the gratitude […]

I’ve asked hundreds, if not thousands, of corporate employees what they would do with their time if they could have any job in the world (time, money and skill notwithstanding). Common answers include: What do you think it is about these professions that is so appealing? This is a twist on the “Best Possible Self” […]

Watching the 90’s movie, Ghost, introduced me to two things: Anyway, ~20 years after seeing the movie, I’ve fulfilled my dream of taking a pottery class. I signed up for a 5-week, “parent and teen” pottery class at the local community center, and throwing is so much harder than it looks! I found myself wanting to […]