What would you do?

Passion flower

A dilemma cropped up and the best answer has so far eluded me. Oh, sorry, I have been so busy that I forgot to fill you in on whats been happening behind the scenes on my laptop!

First, I felt inspired again to write more, but differently this time, with even more passion, hence the flower picture 😉 I like to write about things that bug my mind a lot, important more educational and informational stuff that may also be of help to some others looking for answers to their issues.

Because I felt it was too far off from what this blog is about, my personal experiences with gratitude and everyday ‘magic’, I decided to open my options and start a second blog with possible room to expand. The idea was to create options to get some rewards for all the time l spend looking and researching to get this stuff out for everyone to benefit. Maybe sell a course or link to other sites that might give me some affiliate rewards. Maybe it will never happen, but I want to try as my usual part time casual job is sending me into poverty at the moment and my life is too busy with other priorities, like going overseas again shortly to look after my mum, to be adding another job now.

After a lot of research into Internet marketing style info, it was clear that I needed a ‘list’. After learning a lot more more about different ‘list’ companies, I set up and email list subscription with Aweber and had to pay annually for that.

Next I found out that WordPress.com does not cater for Aweber plugins, so the already set up ‘.com blog’ was useless now. I had to jump over to WordPress.org to create this so called sales funnel. OK…..sigh…
Now before I could do that I had to get a domain name, which was not included in the deal with ‘.org’! After some more study I decided on Bluehost which was recommended by several experts on line, which also costs me an annual fee…

Hang on guys! I am not selling anything here yet! What happened to building a reputation and following first? http://happypollyesther.org

So I dropped my Aweber subscription after a year not signing up a single soul, nor working on my project much besides slowly getting more inspiration. I like being prepared mentally and physically 😉

Now that I have 4 Posts up I am getting second thoughts about my choice of going with WordPress.org and paying my ongoing Bluehost fees…

I cannot get a profile picture up despite already having it linked to my WordPress.com and ‘About Me’ profile. To get my statistics, I had to sign up for ‘Jetpack’, which thankfully did allow me a free trial for now… I cannot work out how to get widgets on the blog or a ‘follow’ button and feel like a total blog noob again.

Why can I not just add a link to the end of each post referring to my Paypal account instead of a button for donations and go back to my originally set up new WordPress.com page?

But then I will lose my perfect domain name for ‘.org’ in case l need it when things do take off…

What would you do? Stay and pay or lose the domain and go back to the comfort of WordPress.com? Perhaps you have some other clever suggestions that could help?

I would really appreciate your thoughts on this!

With Gratitude,

Introduction to Happy Pollyesther


Before I start, I want you to know that I am glad you have taken the time to come here and welcome you reading my blog! It has taken decades of thinking, research and getting clarity, before I was ready to start writing my stories, but finally feel ready to take the plunge and be the change I wish to see in the world.

My real name is Esther and “Pollyesther” is a nickname first uttered by a close friend on a hiking trip about 15 years ago. He came to it after watching me bring out nut bars all the time when I felt a bit hungry, to combat low blood sugar, jokingly asking if “Polly wants a cracker?” At the time I did not enjoy being called Pollyesther as it gave me a negative feeling thinking about the cheap, synthetic, environmentally unfriendly material. Natural materials like silk, cotton and wool feel so much better, so thankfully it did not stick in my circle of friends at the time.

So why on earth did I resurrect it now? The reason is that things now look a lot different than back in those days and it has taken on a whole different meaning for me that becomes clearer when reading on.

It all started many years back when I held a job that felt like it was sucking the life out of me. I felt trapped and depressed. As a result I started having health problems. I resolved not to continue on this path, which led me on a decades long quest of finding health, happiness and meaning in my life. Sometimes the information I found was useful, sometimes confusing and even overwhelming. There is so much information available in the “self help, spiritual and religious” sectors, that it is hard to see the trees from the forest most of the time.

The one thing that has been clear to me for most of my life, was my strong desire to help others find happiness and make the world a better place for everyone. The research helped me realise that most people (me included) make it far too complicated with thousands of processes to achieve happiness to choose from. Not even starting on all the confusing and negative input from different media in our lives, that tends to bring us back to “reality”.

Recently, my attention was drawn to the old story of Pollyanna, an orphan, who is send to live with her grumpy aunt, who is stuck in her way and full of resentment. At first, her aunt is not impressed with her duty of looking after this unusual girl, but slowly over time warms to her positive attitude and in turn becomes more positive herself!

Pollyanna’s method to being happy is playing the “glad game”, in which she tries to find as many things as possible to be glad about. With this game she manages to cheer up even the most stubborn, grumpy people she comes across. Feel free to look for it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Pollyanna-Eleanor-H-Porter/dp/1439297290/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462364852&sr=1-1&keywords=pollyanna+eleanor+porter. Of course this is a fictional story and “real” life is what you and I have to deal with every day. So why is this story so significant?

A few years back my research led me to the discovery of our personal influence on the reality we experience through our words and thoughts that result in feelings and emotions. These appear to reach far beyond our own body and influence circumstances, affecting us and others in return. I don’t want to go into explaining about the how’s and why’s as many others out there have excellent material on this for anyone looking to find out more.

We are all familiar with the days where nothing seems to go right for us, for example starting with stubbing your toe getting out of bed, spilling your coffee limping around the kitchen and as a result leaving too late for work to find a traffic jam on your way there as well! Your grumpy boss only adds to the load etc.

What if we had played the “glad game” after spilling our coffee? Maybe we have avoided being in the accident that caused the traffic jam, due to the delay, and arrived at work in one piece? Would our day have been different?

My studies and life experiences have convinced me to answer this question with a resounding YES!

This blog intends to keep it simple and uplift you by sharing real stories about my own everyday life, where I see the results of the “Glad Game” in action. Allow me to be your “Pollyanna” and LET’S PLAY!

With gratitude,