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The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversible Happy! Available now on Amazon!

How satisfied are you with your life right now? How happy do you really feel? Are you in ‘the zone’, that ‘sweet spot’ where your life, health and relationships just flow – effortlessly? Well, you can have more of the later—and more–in your life right now. Discover how to, today and why this is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

I’m talking today in this two-part interview with Rohan Healy, an immensely talented blogger I call the “happiness guru” (if you have ever visited his blog, Rohan7Things you would see exactly why that title is so fitting). He hosts an amazing, award-winning blog, and is the author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And How They Can Do the Same for You.

Okay. Here we go!

Brendaline:  Hi Rohan, welcome and thank you for kicking off your blog tour here today. It’s an honor and I am so excited to talk with you!

Rohan:  It’s my pleasure Brendaline; it’s really exciting for me to be beginning this tour for the new book, both of which were only ideas taking shape just a few months ago! Ah, and what better place to start.

Brendaline:  Haha, thanks Rohan. So tell us where you are hailing from? What’s your background?

Rohan:  Today, I’m saying hi from Dublin, Ireland. My family’s Irish, though I was actually born, and have spent just under half my life, in Australia! They both feel like home to me. I grew up all over the place. As a child, my family alternated between Australia and Ireland with stays in France and the Netherlands as well. My dad plays music and so we all went where the music took us.

Brendaline:  How fascinating! You must have countless adventure stories growing up Irish in such cultured and scenic places.

Rohan:  Haha, yeah there’s plenty to tell, probably another book in there somewhere. The musician’s life is a rocky road. I’ve experienced the highs, the swimming pools, big houses and playing in front of a thousand people. And of course the lows, sleeping in tents, eating beans and playing to empty rooms. It’s not an easy life, but it’s anything but boring!

Brendaline:  That’s incredible! So, both your dad and yourself are musicians?! How did that come about?

Rohan:  Yup, my dad, David Virgin started playing music in the late ‘70s in the famous Sydney punk scene. He was a founding member of the influential industrial noise group SPK who would inspire much of the techno and rave of the ‘90s. The Prodigy lists SPK as a big influence. He then went on to have five independent number one hits with his band Sekrek Sekret in the ‘80s. After that he raised a family and continued to write, record and perform in various bands and solo as David Virgin. He’s taught me much of what I know about performing and producing music; I’ve been extremely lucky!

Brendaline:  That’s some musical legacy you’ve got! And both your musical styles, what are they?

Rohan:  We both play a variety of styles, lots of folk, some punk, some funky stuff and rock. Just whatever either one of us is in the mood for. Having a strong production heritage helps with being able to keep things fresh and fun. My dad was taught production by Aussie rock legend Lobby Loyd, who was taught by Paul McCartney, who was of course taught by George Martin, the producer of the Beatles. Those tricks got handed down and it’s what has enabled me to record a solo album each year for the past ten, and why people come to me to have their songs produced.

Brendaline:  Incredible lyrical genius material you’ve soaked up! Needless to say, music is a huge part of your life! And what else inspires your travels?

Rohan:  Primarily my music. I grew up travelling and when I took up music myself at the age of 14, and started doing so full-time at 16, it’s something that I continued. I’ve been stationary for a number of years now producing music in Dublin, but this year my plan is to get back out on the road. This time however, I’ll also have my blog which should make things even more interesting!

Brendaline:  Haha, I guess when music is in your blood you go wherever it takes you, right!

Rohan:  That’s exactly right; it sounds cliché but you do have to follow the music, you have to go where you are wanted.

Brendaline:  Sounds like you need to consider a tour in the U.S. Folk music, rock – all genres — are celebrated here. Speaking of your blog, it’s chock-full of inspiringly expressive posts. A favorite of mine is your post titled The 7 Things That Make Walking the World’s Best Exercise, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Rohan:  Oh yeah, walking is great. I must be very nomadic because I have at least one walk, and usually two per day. All the modern conveniences have all but eliminated the need for walking more than a few feet every now and then, so it’s important to actually put aside time to just walk. Clear your head and get some exercise.

Brendaline:  Haha, I agree. It’s very freeing, isn’t it! So Rohan, you’re a creative guy who self-publishes, blogs, produces music, photographs, videos — and you travel! How do you find time to do it all?

Rohan:  I don’t do much else, haha! I guess you don’t get far without a little sacrifice, and I sacrifice a lot of what many people would find hard to do without.  I’m very self-disciplined; I keep a schedule of eating, exercise and sleep patterns that allows me to get all my writing, music, blogging, photography and gaming done (I like video games, and I have a Youtube channel with my brother dedicated to gaming and games).

Brendaline:  Gaming with your brother, that’s cool! I’m sure gaming fans are rejoicing over that! Anything else you do — or not do — to keep focused and motivated?!

Rohan:  I don’t go out to pubs or clubs or parties. I prefer to take a walk, or enjoy small gatherings with one or two like-minded people, but my favorite form of socializing is working on creating projects with others.

Brendaline:  That’s quite sobering (no pun intended). So, is the take-away key to prioritize the things in life that bring a true, quality return on investment?!

Rohan:  Yeah I guess so, it depends what your priorities are. Some goals require much more work than others, but if you want to do anything properly at least some organization and sacrifice is going to be necessary. I don’t mind the odd beer, and I certainly don’t begrudge anyone their enjoyments, it just doesn’t suit me very much.

Brendaline:  Solid. You spoke of creative projects with others. Do you mean blogging, self-publishing and the like?!

Rohan:  Yes, or working on music together, or a video project. Even painting a room, or doing some home improvement. I just like to be working on something with people rather than socializing for the sake of it. That probably sounds really horrible, haha. But of course I do occasionally like to just sit around and have a chat with a few close friends as well.

Brendaline:  Horrible? No, I think everyone can relate. Those sound incredibly fun and are bonding projects. It seems like you’re more so hands-on! Being in the kitchen and baking with my family is one of my all-time favorites; it’s just natural, relaxing and effortless and yes. To each his own!

Brendaline:  Focusing now on your e-book, the title’s The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely and Irreversibly Happy: And how they can do the same for you. How did it come about?

Rohan:  Just over a year ago, I came out of a long-term relationship and I was determined to live as the most authentic version of myself from that point onward, to avoid the mistakes of the past and live happily and healthily as my genuine self. To that end, I put into practice the best of everything I’d studied and learned over the past nine years in order to achieve my goal. I’ve been so astonished by the results, how happy my days are, how happy I am with myself, and have been for about a year now that I thought I really should share this knowledge with as many people as I could! That was my reason for writing the book, and for starting my blog.

Brendaline:  That’s good, I’m glad that you are a stronger and better person after that experience. Relationships can be seriously hard-hitting, so it’s great that your blog posts are reflections of lessons learnt. Thanks for enriching us with that!

Rohan:  Yes exactly. I just know that there are people who’ve been though, or are going through, similar things right now, and if my experiences and lessons learned can help someone else out then that’s great!

Brendaline:  It sounds like you’ve found the secret to living from a truly happy and freeing place. Tell us what makes you feel the most genuinely and irreversibly…happy!

Rohan:  I think the answer to that question would be authenticity. To know that I can be myself, just as I am and that not only will there still be good people and opportunities for me, but that by being totally open and authentic, I actually attract more or the right people and opportunities! We only get one shot at this life; what’s the point of living someone else’s? Authenticity and honesty is definitely a big part of my happiness.J

Brendaline:  Being truly authentic and honest with yourself. I couldn’t agree more! So, is that the focal point(s) of your new book, The 7 Things?!

Rohan:  One of the main things I wanted to cover in the book was relationships and the critical importance of the five pillars integral to any good relationship: honesty, communication, negotiation, boundaries and trust.

Brendaline:  Uh-huh, the five pillars. Go on…

Rohan:  In the past, I’d always believed that in order to find love and affection I’d need to conform to some standard other that who I naturally am, and so I’d pander, capitulate and try to please in every situation. I believed that I, just as I am, was not good enough. I decided that this had to change, that even if no one would ever be with me, it’s still better to be genuine and develop strong personal boundaries regarding what I will and won’t do and what I will and won’t put up with in others, than to remain in unhealthy relationships. Ironically, since being totally open and honest in my relationships about who I am, and since developing and exercising strong personal boundaries, my relationships have improved dramatically. I could never go back now, I’m far too happy with the results!

Brendaline:  That’s amazing. And where do you find daily inspiration? Where do you draw strength from?

Rohan:  Other than my friends, family and fellow bloggers, I’d say I get a lot of my inspiration from the Stoic philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. Especially the idea that it’s not what occurs to you that is important, but rather it’s your perception of events that determines how you feel emotionally, and how you react! We do not have full control over what occurs to us in our lives, but we do have full control over the opinions and beliefs that we choose to form about the things that happen. We can choose to take a rational, positive attitude and view of things, which brings peace and contentment, no matter how bad things seem at the time. I’ve used Stoicism to take control over my moods and emotional state, and whenever I’m in need of a little motivation or some inspiration I read or remember the Stoic teachings and sayings. It’s great stuff, and that it is one of the “7 Things”.

Brendaline:  I take it that the Stoics were an integral thread in your first book, Greeks to Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century?!

Rohan:  Yup, that book focuses exclusively on Stoic Philosophy and how it can be used to improve your life in the modern age. Stoicism is also one of The 7 Things, and I do my best to pack as much info on Stoicism into the new book as I can, however Greeks To Geeks gives you a much broader explanation, of course.

Brendaline:  Point taken! What do you do daily to help you focus your energies and stay motivated?

Rohan:  The thing that motivates me most and keeps me focused is my desire to continue to learn, and to experience things. I continue to read and study the works of other writers and ancient wisdoms in order to make my work better, and also just for the enjoyment of it. Life for me is a combination of the consumption of creative works and the output of creative works. I’m half-way through recording my 10th solo album, I’ve written around 200 songs, but in order to keep writing and creating you must also consume and immerse yourself in the works of others. So each day I try to listen to music, watch a film, read some articles and blogs or some philosophy. It keeps my work fresh J

Brendaline:  That sounds like a plan! What is it that you enjoy most about the creative writing process?

Rohan:  How easy it is, haha! I don’t know, when I sit down to write it just comes really easily, there are plenty of other things in this life that I’m awful at; like everyone, I have strengths and weaknesses. But things like playing music, and writing I find very easy and enjoyable. The trick in life is to spend as much time as possible doing the things you are best at and that you enjoy, a small amount of time doing what you are okay at, and virtually no time doing the things you are really terrible at. Focus on this and you’ll be very happy. You might not be able to do everything you love right away, but you can certainly stop some doing things you are no good at, and ASAP!

Brendaline:  The secrets to happiness, boom! Point taken, so then happiness would be a given – effortlessly and naturally! Love that!

 

Author and blogger, Rohan Healy

Author and blogger Rohan Healy

That concludes (Part 1 of 2) in the interview with Rohan Healy, author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy.

Click here to read (Part 2 of 2) of the interview.

 To purchase your copy of The 7 Things, visit either Amazon or Smashwords.

Available at Amazon.com for $8.61: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVKZYGY

Available at Smashwords.com for $8.70: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266109.

Get 20% off from Smashwords.com when you use coupon code: ZE93N. 

This coupon expires on the 25th of January!

To stay connected to Rohan via social media, click on the social media links below:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rohanmusic

Blog: http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rohan-music-page/198079576926823

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rohanforsale

My Christmas Wish for You Always

 

Joy to world! Christmas is here! Merry Christmas to you!

How quickly this time of year seems to come by. There are so many memories and nostalgic thoughts from Christmases gone by of my childhood. Being in the kitchen (at the super bowl event of all festive events) was the place to be! I relished the role of being the ‘royal taster’ for batter taste-testing, yet detested being the royal ‘dishwasher’  of all those pots and pans – a not-so-noble role and not too keen on embracing, but a welcome part of the kitchen action scene all the same.

Yet now, I’ve come to appreciate both these roles – both as royal taster and royal dishwasher, as well as the other responsibilities and delights that come along with playing chef.

Thankfully, I’ve wrapped up my active tour of duty in the kitchen a few hours ago and turned the knob off from baking the last of the desserts — death by Chocolate cake and Red Velvet affair delight (my new dessert obsession). My neighbor’s birthday falls in December so I’m giving him the choice to choose between the two as a gift. Being an avid chocoholic like myself, I’m guessing he’ll favor the usual, but who knows…

It would be nice to save you a slice or two (but I’m sure it would be all gone by the time you make your request this year). Maybe next year, but I’m not going to live you empty-handed. No, not quite red velvet to dish out, but a slice of holiday inspiration and well wishes for you and yours…

Here is My Christmas Wish for You Always

This Christmas Day, my Christmas wish for you is this.

I pray and wish that you…

Celebrate Life. Celebrating Living. Celebrate Giving!

Celebrate Christmas!

Be surrounded by love, beauty, happiness, joy and the laughter of this blessed

holiday season.

I wish for you to live with a heart of gratitude and love for life and living.

That you delight in the magic and wonder of life’s little (and big) celebrations and share in

the laughter and simplicity of a child’s smile, of your smile, of another’s smile.

To welcome in the pureness of new life, and sweet innocence of a child’s love.

To anticipate the dawning of a new day, new beginnings and find contentment in the gift of

the now

In the stillness of each present moment,

To draw strength from the knowing that your are enveloped in love, hope and peace,

Unnerved by uncertainty, and bathed in the fresh outpouring of comforting hugs, and

the loving, reassuring touch of Love

And especially this day — the Christmas day –

I pray and wish that you discover and find comfort,

happiness and freedom;

Your place in this world – and that the world would be a kinder, happier,

more inspired place to be, because you have been born

and live in it,

to share your gift of your presence with the world in you

– and around you!

All the best of health, wealth, happiness, laughter, cheer, good food, great company, sweet memories and moments — this Christmas! This is my Christmas season’s wish, and blessings just for you this day – and always!

For your listening pleasure, here’s Gloria Estefan’s “Christmas through Your Eyes” — truly one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs growing up. I hope you enjoy listening to it just as much I do; now, and for years to come!

What’s your favorite Christmas memories? Do share! Merry Christmas to you! :)

Life Inspires!

So…let’s blog about it! I bet every first-time blogger had a keen desire to want to share who they are or what they had to offer with their world. Perhaps the love and freedom of self-expression like Lady Gaga, the simplicity of connecting and sharing on Facebook, or simply capturing and sharing frozen-in-time, candid moments on YouTube with the world was the appeal  Maybe some are business professional looking to establish themselves online or others are gurus with dedicated followers. Whatever the reason, life inspires bloggers for business or pleasure, and everything in between.

For me, writing my first blog today is a way to reconnect with my true and present self, to rediscover the moments that are truly inspiring through the lens of life, and sharing whatever life lessons to be learnt with you.

Right now, life is teaching me to be present in the now! It’s so easy to forget and lose ourselves in the past or laser-focus on the future and simply forget to be here now. So I’ve learned to stop for a moment, take a deep breathe and slowly exhale, simply allowing myself to be, simply being here now.

So let’s not forget to take a breather and relax. So the next time on the bus, in your car or walking, take some time to be present in your moment, and be prepared catch inspiration all around you – and connect with your true self!

Let’s be inspired together!

The 7 Things Blog Tour

The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversible Happy. Available now at Amazon!

Hello and welcome back!

This begins (Part 2 of 2) in the interview with Rohan Healy, author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy.

Brendaline:  So what’s been a serious hurdle that you have overcome in creating The 7 Things e-book?

Rohan:  Things have gone pretty smoothly, actually. This is my second book, the first being Greeks to Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century, so I kind of knew what to expect going into it, and the writing was not a problem at all. The toughest part was probably the actual formatting. I had to do a lot of studying in order to get the book to the point where it was successfully formatted for the many e-book formats that are out there like .PDF, .EPUB, .MOBI and so on. Bit of trial-and-error involved alright, but it’s all sorted now, and I learned a lot so things should be easier for future books.

Brendaline:  That’s incredible. We definitely will be expecting more good reads from you.

Brendaline:  What authors, books and ideologies have framed your way of thinking?

Rohan:  Since I was young, I read Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Graves and the likes, the classics. All of them are geniuses and incredible story tellers in their own right. In my late teens and early 20s, I got more into sacred texts and philosophy like the Bhagavad Gita, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, and Epictetus’ Discourses, the Gospel of Thomas, the Tao Te Ching and this sort of thing. I love the likes of Socrates and the Cynic, Diogenes of Sinope as well. All of this has had a huge influence on shaping the way I think, and all for the better!

Brendaline:  Those are epic philosophers! What I like about them is how they make us think about the deeper issues of life, the critical things.

Rohan:  Yeah, it’s great stuff. It’s funny how I got into a lot of the philosophy as a result of my personal issues, depression, panic attacks and so on. It’s interesting how our problems can lead to great personal discoveries.

Brendaline:  Oh yes, that last statement hits home and rings oh-so-true! Give me a second while I tweet this…Okay, speaking of wisdom and life issues, what advice would you give to anyone struggling with their finances?

Rohan:  Another of The 7 Things is learning your legal and financial rights. I know in Ireland the suicide rate has double since the recession started in 2008, to around 1,000 people per year; that’s 3 suicides per day in a country with a population of only 4 million. And that doesn’t count the massive number of failed suicide attempts! The point is debt and the prospect of living in poverty has a very real effect on people’s emotional state; however, a lot of it can be alleviated through education. Bankruptcy laws exist for a reason; crippling debt can be defaulted on with very little consequence if you take the time to learn your rights and apply them. Money or a lack thereof is never a reason to take your own life, or even suffer needlessly, there is always a way out!

Brendaline:  These suicide statistics are heartbreaking, Rohan! Here in the U.S., there is anxiety and fear about the fiscal cliff, rising healthcare costs and taxes. It’s definitely a global issue, and I’m glad you talk openly about dealing with such issues in your book.

Rohan:  There are plenty of real things to be concerned about; however there is a whole bunch of other stuff that is simply scare tactics. It’s really important to find out what your rights and responsibilities are regarding money, debt, bankruptcy and default so that you are not worrying needlessly about something that is not an actual threat!

Brendaline:  (Sigh) I wish a lot more people would understand this sooner, rather than later – when it’s too late. Looking back, what have you learnt from writing The 7 Things e-book? What lessons would you pass on to your younger self, before his writing career?

Rohan:  You know, the thing I wish I could do the most after completing The 7 Things is to send the finished book back in time to my 16 year old self, haha! It sure would have saved me a lot of time, money and worry!

Brendaline:  We hear you!  So what are your plans for this New Year 2013, and beyond?

Rohan:  My main objectives this year are to continue to grow my blog and meet more cool and creative fellow writers, to write more books — I already have two more that I’d like to write, and that by the end of the year I am traveling and playing live music in the South of France with my dad and brother. Hopefully all will go well! I look forward to seeing how this year develops and of course keeping everyone up-to-date on my blog. :) Beyond that I don’t know, just keeping living and creating.

Brendaline:  We would love to hear more about your travels and music projects with your family, any collaborative projects between you guys?

Rohan:  The first thing you’ll see is a picture book written by my dad with illustrations by my mom which I’ll be publishing before the end of January. The book is a collection of sayings in line with non-dualism philosophy. It’s (tentatively) called “The Sayings of Potato Mashi”. He’s a self-realized, non-dualist potato; it’s pretty darn cool, haha. After that, I have two more books in mind, the first on sex and sexuality and the other on music production.

Brendaline:  A family affair; I like that collective creativity! Keep us posted on Mr. Potato Mashi and his adventures!

Brendaline:  Speaking of sexuality and music, these are some of the things in life that make people, how should I say, “genuinely and irreversibly happy”. Is that included in The 7 Things, or are you saving those for your next book projects?

Rohan:  I do go into sexuality a little in the part on relationships however because there was so much to cover in The 7 Things I could not delve too deeply, and so I think the subject of sexuality warrants a book all of its own. The book on music will be more instructional, really directed at those who are interested in writing, recording and producing music. I wanted to write The 7 Things for the broadest possible readership while still remaining potent so I didn’t want to bore people with music production stuff, haha!

I definitely think music and art, both the creation and consumption of them are definitely important to our overall happiness and contentment, the same goes for sexuality as well. First as self-loving and self-sexual creatures and then when engaging intimately with others. :)

Brendaline:  Thanks for clarifying. So Rohan, what’s your final takeaway piece of advice for your readers?

Rohan:  I know it’s cliché to the max but be yourself, be absolutely honest and authentic with yourself and everyone you deal with on a personal basis. There’s nothing worse than cognitive dissonance, or living in conflict with yourself, trust me I know. Be clear about who you are, how you are and what you like and don’t like. And don’t worry about how others react; you will only attract the right people and opportunities for you if you are truly being yourself!

Brendaline:  Great. Thanks again for talking about your life lessons here with us Rohan! We wish you all the best of success with your book tour. :)

Rohan:  Thank you Brendaline. It’s been a pleasure! :)

Click here to read (Part 1 of 2) of the interview.

To purchase your copy of The 7 Things, visit either Amazon or Smashwords.

Available at Amazon.com for $8.61:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVKZYGY

Available at Smashwords.com for $8.70: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266109.

Get 20% off from Smashwords.com when you use coupon code: ZE93N

This coupon expires on the 25th of January.

Rohan Healy, the musician

Rohan Healy, musician and songwriter

Rohan Healy is an award-winning, celebrated blogger and is the author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And How They Can Do the Same for You, as well as his debut e-book, Greeks to Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century. When he is not busy writing or blogging, he finds passion in being a musician, songwriter, author, professional sound engineer and music producer.

To stay connected to Rohan via social media, click on the social media links below:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rohanmusic

Blog: http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rohan-music-page/198079576926823

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rohanforsale

The 7 Things That Made Me Geniunely & Irreversible Happy

The 7 Things Blog Tour with author Rohan Healy

Hello Everyone!

How is your New Year 2013 treating you so far? And how are you treating it? It’s hard to believe that we are in the middle of January already, and time seems to be increasing with break-neck speed each year! Since my last post was in December, I wanted to personally wish you the best of health, happiness and success for this not-so-new, New Year 2013 — and beyond!

And what better way to do so than with a personal interview echoing the theme of…you guessed it — health, happiness and success?!

I am super excited to be part of an upcoming blog tour starting tomorrow morning, Monday 14th.  I will be interviewing the award-winning and celebrated “happiness guru” blogger and author, Rohan Healy right here! Join me as we discuss his life, music and new book, The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And how they can do the same for you!

If you can’t wait until then, feel free to visit his blog, Rohan7Things  for a fresh shot of happiness inspiration! You’ll be glad you did.

Let’s discover what it means to truly live from a place of happiness, authenticity and finding freedom in loving acceptance of self!

Continued health, happiness and success once more. I look forward to seeing you on the other side of a brand new beginning!

Take care! :)

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