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Deirdre Maloney
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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.

For more information on Deirdre, visit www.makemomentum.com.

Entries by Deirdre Maloney

Ditch Work/Life Balance and Find Real Happiness: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:14 PM

Part I: Your Blissful Stew

Work/life balance is a nice idea.

It's that ever-elusive dream that we can achieve that perfect mix of professional, personal and parenting activities, all executed with drive and grace.

The problem? It's impossible to achieve. The work/life reality has changed.

While researching my book...

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How FOMO Can Sneak Up on You

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Today we get to the core of a little nugget called FOMO. The acronym has been around for a while. The concept has been around a whole lot longer than that.

And yet, for some reason, so many of us still fall prey to it. It seems to sneak up...

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The Cheesecake Factory Phenomenon

(22) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:34 AM

There's something funny about The Cheesecake Factory.

It seems no matter what time you go and no matter which location you visit, there's a wait to get in.

And that wait? It's often a substantial one, causing crowds of people to gather around and anticipate, sometimes for an hour or...

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The Ick of No

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Ah, the word "no". How does such a simple word get so complicated?

So ominous?

2015-05-24-1432489529-4620693-blogno.jpg Behold... a brief tale to illustrate my question.

Last year I stepped into a volunteer leadership position for an organization. I did my best with it, but I...

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The House of Cards Effect

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Recently I was waiting on line at a coffee shop when a child fell into a full-on tantrum, complete with a perfectly executed flop-down pose.

You know the pose I'm talking about:

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The child's mother, her nose stuck in her iPhone, did nothing.

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Let's Get Personal

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Hubbie and I recently found ourselves engaging in two different... discussions.

The first involved a whole lot of bickering... making for some cranky moments at the coffee shop.

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The topic at hand? A small, single flyer that he designed for one of my...

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The Truth Behind Your Guts

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:21 PM

I had an awkward moment this week.

We're all prone to them at certain times in our lives.

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Mine happened while meeting with a potential client who wanted me to provide some trainings for his staff. When he asked me if I knew...

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What's Up With All the Honking?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Recently I found myself in a new city. I won't mention it by name, but if you're curious I will say that it starts with an "F" and rhymes with "Mort Mauderdale."

Hubbie and I decided to spend our one day there checking out the sites. Our specific mission was...

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Things You Learn When You're Lost on a Big, Fat Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Today's post is a bit different. It's a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don't judge me.

It begins after a good dose of "you can do it Deirdre!" pep talks, when I signed up for a race/hike up a big, fat mountain in the big, dry, lunar-landscaped desert...

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What Two Little Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:10 AM

It happened at a grocery store on a Sunday evening. Hubbie and I were pooped from a day of errand-filled frenzy and this was our last stop on the journey.

As we made our way down to the parking garage, loaded up with bags, there stood two adorable little Girl...

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Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Stupid, freakin' fear. I hate it. And, sad to say, I'm walking in a big, glumpy pile of it as I write this.

Walk with me for a moment, won't you?

As we begin, let me first acknowledge how ironic this post feels already. I've written lots of blogs on...

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This Is a Test -- Let's Play

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:21 AM

The new year has started off with a momentous occasion. Momentous, I say.

For me, anyway. Because I quit my gym.

Those of you who know me will understand why this is such a big deal... that up to now my body-building hobby has actually been an enormous part...

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How to Handle the 'Fondue Effect'

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Ahhh... fondue. What a delicious, fun, gooey metaphor for a mistake we all make in life.

If you've never indulged in fondue, it's basically a meal where you take little bits of solid things and dunk them into various kinds of liquid things. Little bits of bread go into cheese...

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8 Things Guaranteed to Happen to You in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:12 PM

I am not a time traveler. Nor am I a psychic. But I do know a few things about you.

I know, for instance, that a few things are going to happen to you in this coming year. Guaranteed. Some are awesome. Some... not so much.

I know this to...

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When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:15 PM

So I got my credit card statement yesterday.

Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit... shall we say... active during my recent travels.

And so I did what many of us would do.

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I shut my...

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How to Like Your Life More

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Poof. It's over.

My little "life sabbatical", the one that took Hubbie and me overseas for six months, is over. And in the blink of an eye that sneaky little bugger known as reality has quickly set in.

Exhibit A? My new living room at the moment:

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The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:20 PM

I've got a bone to pick with the sun. And I suspect it might make you roll your eyes a bit. Fair enough. Just stick with me if you will.

My irritation has been occurring during my two-month stay in Barcelona. It's a lovely city, one that's filled with seemingly...

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I Now Pronounce You Happy

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I think we'd all agree that life is filled with unexpected experiences. This is especially true, it turns out, when you travel overseas. And it's even more true, I now know, when you do it for an extended period of time.

Take, for example, my recent participation in Barcelona's...

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Don't Worry... Be Crappy

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Life has a funny way of keeping us all humble, yes?

I speak from years of experience, which have included a whole lot of moments where I found myself... shall we say... not at my best.

Take, for example, my recent efforts to learn yoga... where even the simplest-seeming...

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How to Tackle Life's Little Stinks

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Life can get pretty stinky now and then. That's what makes it... life, yes?

Take, for example, a recent little excursion in France's wine country. The day began on a such high note. Not only were we about to take a bike tour that would explore the...

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