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Deirdre Maloney is a bliss builder, helping people find their truth and live happier, more successful lives. She does it through her work as a published author, national speaker, and proud president of her training and facilitation company Momentum LLC.

Deirdre has used her brand of “mild audacity” to inspire positive change and blissful living around the country, presenting keynotes and workshops for organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners, Vistage International, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Her books include Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life Bliss, Tough Truths: The 10 Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About, and The Mission Myth.

In addition to her work through Momentum, Deirdre’s experience includes teaching marketing at the University of San Diego, and serving as a broadcast news producer at a variety of affiliate stations. Deirdre is a member of the San Diego Rotary.

In her spare time Deirdre can be found running into canyons for greater endurance, meditating in silence for greater peace of mind, laughing far too loudly for greater joy, or quietly falling asleep on the couch while her husband shrewdly changes the channel to some kind of silly sci-fi show.

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Entries by Deirdre Maloney

The Three Letters That Change Everything

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 12:46 PM

So here's a bit of random Deirdre trivia for you (which, I promise, will lead to a greater point).

I can't cook.

I'm not a good chopper, I'm not good at putting flavors together, and I'm impatient...which means I hike up the oven temperature to save time, leading to messes...

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The Happiness Ratio

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 10:51 AM

I recently found myself chatting with a woman I hadn't met before. She was working a whole lot of hours. She had several kids. She didn't sleep much. At all.

I was overwhelmed just listening to her, and asked if it was all worth it, if she was happy. She...

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Why It's Time To Give Up The Thing You Never Had In The First Place

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 1:32 PM

I recently found myself observing a little girl as she attempted to build a sandcastle. Before long, her Dad came by to give her a hand.

Then, slowly but surely, one by one, additional guys strolled by and joined him. The little girl was cast aside as they focused on...

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The No. 1 Way to Get What You Want

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 11:29 AM

So... there's an interesting trend to report in the life of Deirdre. At first it might sound like it's the high-and-mighty variety, but I promise you it's not.

The trend? People tend to give me things I want.

A few examples:

  • The guy in front of me at Starbucks let...
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Digging Out of the Talking Trap

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 8:43 PM

I fell into a trap recently. A talking-trap. A guy-who-wouldn't-stop-talking-to-me-no-matter-what-I-did trap. It happened while Hubbie and I were vacationing in a rented RV up in the wine country.

It turns out the small-ish living space inside the RV had nothing on the teensy space outside of it.

Case and point?...

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The Super-Simple, Super-Awesome Word that Makes You Happier, Less Stressed, and Less Disappointed in Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 9:26 AM

Recently I took a trip to the poker table.

Actually, I took a return trip to the poker table.

You see, I used to play a lot of poker tournaments. A lot. In fact, I played in the World Poker Tour.



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A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 2:14 PM

So it's time to talk. Seriously.

I've been putting off writing about a pattern I've noticed because it's not so fun. And, frankly, I try to make my posts a little fun. A bit of a provocative romp, if you will.

But this topic is important enough, and common enough,...

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How to NOT Be Oprah

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 12:50 PM

I used to want to do great things.

I mean REALLY great things.

Sometime around the age of nine I decided that I was put on this planet to do truly amazing, transformational, really, really great things.

I aimed high, my many of us do from time to time.

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The Truth About Your Stuckness

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:35 PM may have missed it, but we recently passed through another holiday.

Groundhog Day.

It's a funny little holiday with a funny little tradition, involving - some might say - a funny little animal.


While most of us don't get too caught up...

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Your Critical Choice for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Well, the days leading into this fine new year had a bit of an unexpected flavor.

I present to you two different scenarios, and invite you to figure out which one is true.

Scenario #1
  • Just as we were getting down to the holiday, I pushed my body to the...
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When Frustration Hits, Ask Yourself This

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Recently I found myself engaging in an annoying pattern of behavior.

In just the past two weeks there have been several instances when I've tried to open a package of some kind. Once it was a hotel bar of soap. Once it was a packet of Vitamin C. Once it...

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How to Lighten Your REAL Load

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California...but from my original home state of New York.

How do I know I'm in the Empire State? The stores are filled with this...


...and the guys wear hats like this...

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Life Lessons From the Buffet Line

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 3:58 PM

There's a special place in my heart for a special place near my house. Hubbie and I visit it regularly... as in, at least once a week. It's that awesome.

It's Souplantation. And it makes me souper happy.


If you don't know Souplantation...

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Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Over the last few months I seemed to have a problem when it came to running down hills.

I kept falling down. I stumbled all over the place. With absolutely no grace.

If you've ever experienced this kind of trend, you know it can get pretty old.

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8 Things to Do (And Not Do) When Things Go Wrong

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 8:34 AM

So, it's been a foul week.

Things just haven't gone as planned...unexpected tax bills and gross flu symptoms and canceled projects and back-pain that's led to sleepless nights. They've all happened this week.

The kicker? My beloved Jeep, the topic of more than a few recent posts, sent...

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What's in Your Mystery Basket?

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Truth time. I've got a little obsession. And I know I'm not alone on this one.

It combines some of my very favorite things: riveting drama, diverse personalities...and food.

It's the television show Chopped. And I looooooove it. In fact, I record it regularly so I can watch it every...

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The Truth About Life's Bumps

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 3:09 PM

So, my beloved '99 Jeep died recently.

Long-time blog followers will understand the implications of this tragedy. They'll also know that this is not our first, shall we say, incident. (Behold...this photo from last year's mildly embarrassing post).


This time around...

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Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons From One Long Night

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:23 AM

I recently found myself on a mountain in the middle of the night. Again.

Unlike the last time, this event wasn't quite so...traumatic. Though this adventure, dubbed Ladies Night by the boot camp that created it, certainly had some special nuances.

Behold...the numbers:

  • 29 female participants
  • 12 hours...
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The REAL Part You Play in Other People's Lives

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:48 PM

I begin today's post with a tale of mild irritation.

I was working on a project with a colleague and found myself in a position where I couldn't move forward without getting some information from her.

I emailed her multiple times. I called her, texted her. I said her name...

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Ditch Work-Life Balance and Find Real Happiness: Part III

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:38 AM

Part III: Your Blissful You

Hello there...nice to see you again!

We've already spent some time together during the first two posts in this series.

We've discussed the problem with work/life balance, that it's no longer possible to separate our professional and personal components into neat, TV-dinner style...

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