An Alphabet of Business Questions and Tips – Letter H

happy new yearHello, Happy New Year and How YOU doin’ (latter done in my best Joey from Friends voice).

I hope everyone is enjoying a hearty kick-start to 2012, but let’s all remember…it takes ongoing decisions, commitment and action to keep the excitement of the new year sizzling with results ongoing.  Hallelujah to that, right?!

Erica Allison was the first to submit the word Happiness, and I think it’s the most appropriate word to start off with.

I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s website and book “The Happiness Project” And if you check this out, you’ll see that Gretchen has a 2012 Happiness Challenge that you can sign up for. Check it out:)

Lori Gosselin recently published her book The Happy Place , and I was delighted to have written a review of it prior to its official launch.

But how do you define happiness?

Christian Hollingsworth wrote a wonderful post entitled ” Happiness Doesn’t Depend Upon Who You Are or What You Have“, stating that happiness is wholly dependent upon what you think. And I agree. Our thoughts create our reality, and each person’s thoughts are their own. I guess that’s why “perception is reality” is such an apt phrase.

Erin Feldman added the word Humor. And I believe to be Happy, it’s important to inject some Humor into our lives. The ability to lighten up, laugh at ourselves and with (not at) others, to smile and find the fun and frivolous in each and every day is like the proverbial apple a day…it keeps the doctor away. I remember reading once that if you’re too busy to laugh, you’re entirely too busy, and that being fun to do business with usually results in doing a lot more business. I agree:)

And while we’re dealing with humor, it seems an appropriate place to mention that Craig McBreen gave me Hemoglobin and hell-raiser. Yeah, thanks for that Craig:) What am I supposed to do with that? Other than finding out that hemoglobin is in the red blood cells of all vertebrates, with the exception of the fish family Channichthyidae (and yes, I did get that from Wikipedia, I admit it), and knowing that a few hell-raisers have been known to frequent the comments section, I have no idea how to link that to business. But no…I take that back. I learned something new today, and lifelong learning and a thirst of knowledge is what makes us better and better in business every day. Take that, you hell-raiser you, Craig:)

Not to be outdone, Stuart Mills gave me Hobbit and Hesitancy. Well, I really knew nothing of Hobbits, so chalk another learning experience up for me today. I did find out there’s such a thing as a Hobbit Name Generator that I was too chicken to try out, and that Hobbit Movie News has 41,649 followers at the time of this writing. How’s that for having some cocktail party trivia up my sleeve:)

And as far as Hesitancy goes, I don’t believe that hesitancy – a reluctance to commit, a disinclination to work or exert oneself, or unwillingness are characteristics of success, in business or in life.

Shakirah Dawud submitted Hurry, as in “Don’t be in a hurry”. I like that, because it puts me in mind of one of my favorite quotes: “We never have time to do it right the first time, but we always have time to do it again.” So true, especially when we hurry to get something done. And this quote, by Lewis Carroll ~ “The hurrier I go the behinder I get”.

Grammy stopped by this site for the first time during the “G” series and said: “In 2012, it would be good to see more Hope, Honor and Humor.” Can’t argue with that!

And Samantha Bangayan offered the word Healing. And there seems to be a lot of Healing going on as we enter 2012. People are talking about letting go of the difficulties of the past year, and are speaking with enthusiasm and determination about their dreams and goals. And people like Samantha are sharing those dreams.  I love the quote she shares: “If you don’t have a dream…how you gonna have a dream come true?” — Kermit Ruffins

I’ll end with my own word, and that’s Honesty, first and foremost to oneself. As Shakespeare said: “This above all, to thine own self be true.





  • Life, for instance

    Hi Kaarina,
    Super “h” words! I missed the submission of my word – thanks for mentioning my happy book! You do a great job with this series! I’m with you on honesty – it really is the best policy. I like healing and humour too.  Have a Happy day!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Happy Day to you too @twitter-228904159:disqus ! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Bill Dorman

    What? You didn’t like Halloween? This is a great series you are doing and you have done quite well with the letter H. Humbling indeed………:).

    I will go on the books w/ Integrity for I………….just sayin’………..

    Going into my sales meeting; hope to be back later.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I’ve now got you down for Integrity @bdorman264:disqus . First in with an “I” word, you are. Thanks:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • John Trader

    I remember when I graduated 8th grade and my teacher wrote in my yearbook, “If you do anything in life, be true to your own best self.” I didn’t realize it then, but as I grew older I saw the wisdom in those words. Honesty to myself is one of my words for 2012 too Kaarina. Thanks for the post.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Great to see you here @twitter-21246018:disqus , and wise words from your 8th grade teacher:) May 2012 be full of Honesty to ourselves (and to others too, of course:)

      Any lax on the scene for you? Cheers! Kaarina

  • Erica Allison

    “Happy” to be of assistance! :) I think that if you’re not happy in the work that you’re doing or the business path that you’re on it’s an indicator that some aspect of that path or work needs some attention. Sure, we all have stressful days, but at the end of that day and before the next begins, there should be some semblance of happiness about what it is we’re about to do.  Honestly. That’s all I got! 😉

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Happiness and Honesty…a great combination @47d58be98d1441a276245024c9457dbf:disqus . We’ve chatted about the slight changes in course we’re each taking to create even more of that in our lives, and I say…Hooray for the journey! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Stuart Mills

    The alphabet is getting better with each letter Kaarina, I’m looking forward to the ‘I’ series!

    Here’s my helping of ‘I’: ‘integrity’, ‘illuminated’, and ‘idealistic’ :-)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I’ve got you down for those “I” words @UnlockTheDoor:disqus . Cheers! Kaarina

  • Erin Feldman

    Oh, yes, humor is important. I often take myself entirely too seriously, so I make sure to maintain friendships with people who are going to inspire my silliness. “Inspire” could be an “i” word…and I thought I wouldn’t be able to think of one. Thanks for mentioning me in your post. :)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      You’re very welcome @ErinFeldman:disqus and I am inspired to put “Inspire” down as your “I” word:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    Of course @47d58be98d1441a276245024c9457dbf:disqus chose happy ever see her frown? And @ErinFeldman:disqus loves humor but only when presented in proper grammatical context.

    But no one submitted Howie? The most powerful of all the H words in the whole universe? My fault I am late to the party.  

    Other than that omission this is a great list Kaarina!

    Now I should be really fun with such words and inexperience, innocent, IPhone, interloper, etc on the docket. Oh and my girlfriend is named Isadora.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Yikes! I saw this after my appeal on google+ for “I” words, and here you were all along @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus . And thanks so much for your support and kind words over there:)

      I now have you down for all those “I” words, including Isadora. Such a beautiful name, shared by one of my favourite dancers, Isadora Duncan. I must weave that in…with a scarf!

      And just to be sure I acknowledge the “H” omission…
      HowieHowieHowieHowieHowieHowieHowieHowie, to infinity and beyond:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Christian Hollingsworth

    Reading this just makes me rather excited for what the future might hold. We surround ourselves with folks who are insanely creative. Good things are bound to happen.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Good things are happening as we speak @smartboydesigns:disqus . the magic and the miracles surround us and abound, the opportunities are endless and the world is our oyster. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Mark Harai

    Hi Kaarina, I missed the calls for ‘h’ words : (

    I’m with you and Erica – happiness and honesty are two must-have words working in your soul – they make for a life worth living. They also strengthen one another – inside and out!

    Being an entrepreneur, here’s one word that came to mind that I’ve used to describe some of my experiences: HAIRBALL!

    xoxo to you miss : )

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks so much @markharai:disqus for dropping by:) And now you’ve piqued my curiosity about those hairball experiences. Perhaps a blog post one day? And although you missed the call for “h” words, I’m looking for “i” words for next week’s post. What “i” words would you associate with business? Cheers! Kaarina xo

  • Amber-Lee Dibble

    WOW!! Fabulous, exciting way to start my day!!
    (I just got my first email subscription post from Decide2Do!! And look-y what it is!!)

    There is just SO much inspiration in this post I printed it out to put on my wall!! I am headed over to The Happiness Project, right away!

    I missed putting in my words for each letter, but I don’t think, well other than “Howie” that any were missed!! I can’t wait to go read the previous letters too!

    Much love and happiness, Hemoglobin, hell-raiser, hobbit, hesitancy, hurry, hope, honor, healing and honesty!! (yep, the gang’s all here!)

    P.S. Hemoglobin…this online community I have adopted myself into are the hemoglobin that keep me living! Hell-raiser, well that one is just too easy for me, so I’ll leave it alone for you! Hobbit, is what we can no longer be, get out there, make a difference! Hesitancy has no place in life as a person ready to make a good change. Last, Howie…. well, I have yet to have the honor!!

    Much love.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @girlygrizzly:disqus , I’m delighted that you’ve now received your first decide2do instalment by email…yay! Love your comment, and double love that P.S. That is just crackerjacker smart!

      I’m looking for “i” words for next week’s post, so chime in with your “i” words that would relate to business. Love back at’cha. Cheers! Kaarina

  • The JackB

    I am tempted to add hedonist but maybe I should pick something else….

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @TheJackB:disqus hmmmm…you’ve made me think…

  • Craig McBreen


    Hey yo, How YOU doin’ :) Love the informal greeting, but that seems so un-canadian of you. Actually appreciate the Joey-ism as I don’t get too many how YOU doin’s in Seattle. We are way too polite here ya know.Thanks for running with Hemoglobin, but you had to raise the bar with Channichthyidae :) Trying to pronounce that is worse than reading Fox in Sox from start to finish without a break. Actually it’s downright impossible. When I mentioned hell-raisers I thought of a few here. You knew?Hesitancy is a good one from Stu. I spend most of my life in THAT mode, but finally managed to shake it off. Now I’m trying to make up for years of being a big chicken.How about Industrious? It’s cool to be industrious. It’s actually okay to be Industrious. My “now” is industrious. To survive in our little blog world we have to be industrious. I enjoy being industrious.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      You are down for Industrious @CraigMcBreen:disqus :) And don’t let my Canadianism fool you. I can pull a little “informal” (hey! another “i” word) like a rabbit out of a hat every once in a while.

      Keep on the path of industriousness my friend: you’re makin’ an impact! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Anonymous

    Hi Kaarina…like Stuart, I am loving the alphabet series… For the letter “H” I was particularly intrigued by the word healing because, indeed, this is a time for much healing for so many.  One of the greatest benefits of being part of lovely and loving community here online is the support system that is inherent in that community…a perfect place for whatever healing needs to be done.  For “i”, one of my all time favorite “i” words is one that has been mentioned….integrity.  I also love ingenuity.
    Thanks Kaarina for another fun visit here! 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Delighted that you had a fun visit here @socialmediadds:disqus , as did I over at your guest post over at Lori’s place.

      I believe there is a tremendous amount of healing going on right now for many people, despite the nay-saying doomsday prophesies that seem to be floating about.

      I say: don’t buy into the negative; focus on happiness, humor and healing:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Christine

    Hey, Kaarina — big shout out to ya! How about “indefatigable”? Time and time again we recreate our selves, re-vise our vision(s), renew our energy and push that rock back up the hill one more time. Sisyphus ain’t got nuthin’ on me! 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Hey @d152f13e6e257544ef311f92d2114da1:disqus , so great to see you here! I’ve got you down for Indefatigable: great word, especially as it relates to the entrepreneur’s journey. I’d sent you several emails quite some time back, but figured you were super busy with The Gift, and I hope that’s the case. Trust all is going well, and continued success to you. Cheers! Kaarina

      • Christine

        Yes, I had to take myself off the map for awhile to reconfigure. Hope to visit you here often.

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          That makes me happy @d152f13e6e257544ef311f92d2114da1:disqus :)

  • Al

    Another great one, Kaarina.  I like humility & hilarious. Forgot to submit.  Like many have said here, these alphabet posts are awesome and keep getting better.  Thanks for sharing your talents and friends with us.  Love ya.


    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @55bda8bf067c222f67632d2dc41af473:disqus , it’s only because of the input I receive that I’m able to keep the alphabet rolling:) Delighted that so many people submit their words, and that they get enjoyment from the posts. That tickles me pink! (I was going to say it was the cat’s pyjamas, but I figured that would be really dating myself. Oh yeah…I just did that:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Jens P. Berget

    Hi Kaarina, 

    I agree with @UnlockTheDoor:disqus the alphabet is getting better with each word. To me H is all about what I’ve been learning from Zappos during 2011 and the book Delivering Happiness. H is Happiness. 

    I probably shouldn’t say this, but since I’m starting a business during 2012, “I” can become insomnia to me… but since I’m really passionate about what I’m doing, I don’t need to be sleeping the next months :)   

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I shall find a way to thread in Insomnia, @berget:disqus , in a good way, of course! Thanks so much for that lovely comment, and I’m wishing you much success in your new business. Woohoo! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Hajra

    Hey Kaarina,

    It is interesting…H is also for Hajra 😉 

    Loved the contributions..especially Healing…one of my personal favorites! Also, humor is a wonderful healer! I love the series! 

    Also, if you would love to consider for I : Idea, Imagine, Inception!

    Would love to see what else follows! 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @hajrak:disqus , your great idea will, I imagine, have a great inception in the next post:) Cheers! Kaarina

      • Hajra

        Oooo… the I’s made a poet out of you 😉

  • David Goldstein

    Hello & Happy Holidays Kaarina!
    If I had three eyes I would want to see: Ideas, Intelligence, Intuition

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Well @twitter-112550509:disqus you must have three eyes/i’s because I now have you down for ideas, intelligence and intuition:)

  • Samantha Bangayan

    This is such a beautiful compilation, Kaarina! What an honor to be included with this bunch of amazing people! =)

    I’m surprised that I didn’t think of “Happiness” first when I thought of what I could contribute, and I’m taking that to be an unconscious testament that it’s not about happiness. I’ve always that I’ve been more about finding peace and I guess “Healing” is part of that process. =) Shakirah’s H word (Hurry) reminds me how important it is to slow down and not rush through life!

    Thanks again for letting me be a part of this! =)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      My pleasure @google-0dde7c605c6421092b8a84e6a0b69f9f:disqus : I really appreciate your submission:) Now, how about an “i” word for next week’s alphabet post? Cheers! Kaarina

  • Soulati

    I don’t see “I” announced yet, oh, shoot…yep, Stuart beat me to “integrity.” How about Interwebs…! Does everyone know the meaning of this yet?

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I do not @soulati:disqus , but I will be finding out. You’ve got Interwebs, for the “i” post to appear on Monday. Cheers! Kaarina