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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

When Frustration Hits, Ask Yourself This

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:29 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 | 12:44 PM

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 | 4:58 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 | 3:21 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 | 9:34 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 | 12:04 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 4:09 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 | 11:23 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 | 3:48 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 | 7:38 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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Ditch Work-Life Balance and Find Real Happiness: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 6:35 PM

Part II: Your Blissful Others

Well hello again!

The last time we met we discussed the notion that the real problem with work/life balance isn't that you can't achieve it.

It's that nobody can.

We talked about the fact that the idea of balancing our separate professional...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:14 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 | 10:25 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 | 12:34 PM

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 | 11:54 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 | 4:34 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:


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 | 10:37 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.


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 | 1:21 PM

I had an awkward moment this week.

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


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 | 12:43 PM

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 | 2:42 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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