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Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~Helen Keller

[Update 12/20/10] The contest has ended. Please see the results here.
[Update 11/20/10] We’ve made it into round 2. See my video, behind the scene look, and thoughts on anxiety here. Keep voting until Dec 10, 2010.

So, I did something last night that totally scared me. I applied for the Sam-E Good Mood Blogger job – where the winning Blogger will be paid to blog everyday for 6 months, on being happy.

I need your help.

The competition is in two phases. Phase one is based on total votes from the general public [Vote for me here, no registration. 2 seconds. Read on for why you should vote for me.].

The 20 most voted bloggers move on to phase two, where they’ll be submitting a video entry showcasing (in a creative way) why they are the perfect fit for the job. The winning video will be based 20% on phase two votes and 80% on judge scores.

In my three years with TSN, you may have noticed that I’ve never published a video. Well, that’s because I’m terrified of them.

Seeing that the competition already started 12 days ago, and its deadlines conflict with my family’s schedule, I wrote it off, silently thinking, “Oh good, I don’t have to do the video.”

Lying wide-awake, I couldn’t sleep. Something in me felt a calling towards this project, like an invisible arm, keeping me awake until I hopped out of bed at 2am and applied.

When I hit the submit button, I felt my heart thumping in my chest. “This is it!”, I said to myself. “It’s all or nothing. There’s no going half way. We’re in it to win it!”

And then, two thoughts rushed to the surface of my consciousness:

  1. “The best way to overcome any fear is to face it despite feelings of insecurities or fear.”
  2. “If you have the desire towards doing something, then the Universe has already equipped you with the tools necessary to see its fruition.“

These two thoughts made me feel better. I took a deep calming breath, relaxed and started writing in my journal – of why I wanted to do this, why it was important, and the kind of value I will create for the world if I get the job.

Once the fear finished washing over me and settled away from me, I felt a gush of excitement. I have been running on adrenaline all day, and I can’t stop smiling. It just feels right.

Why Vote For Me?

Have you ever felt connected to my writing? Felt that some of it was valuable, tugged at your heart, or inspired you to feel better about life? Getting this jobs mean that I will be publishing heartfelt, motivational and empowering articles every weekday for 6 months straight.

Instead of long waits between articles, you’ll get Think Simple Now style inspirational articles in bite-sized (250-500 words) form. Ready and waiting in your inbox or reader before you get to work each morning.

For people who enjoyed my in-depth articles from 2008 and 2009, and wondered why I haven’t posted as frequently this year, it is because I am a full-time mom, and the only free time I have to write is when everyone’s asleep. This usually translates to all-nighters and a sleepy & cranky Tina the following day.

If I get this job, the pay will help me hire a part-time nanny, so that I have more flexibility to write and be creative without pulling all-nighters. As a result, I will not only be able to produce more uplifting articles, the articles will become better overtime. Writing is like anything else, consistent practice will make you exceptional.

Lastly, my life purpose is to empower, motivate and inspire people to live happy lives. With the exceptions of raising well-balanced children and having a happy family, there is no other goal in my life that is more important to me. In many ways, I feel that this is what I was born to do – to inspire people to be happy through uplifting articles.

By supporting me with daily votes until Dec 10th(Updated on 11/24), you are essentially helping me spread happiness and empowering messages to many more people. You become a part of the “Happiness Team”, spreading positive messages – which will have a domino affect in creating positive change in the world (See how important you are?).

Together, we can bring positive messages and hope to thousands of people from around the world.

And all it takes is 2 seconds a day to vote. There is no registration. Just a button to click: “VOTE”.

For each unique IP (internet provider), you can cast a new vote everyday (past midnight counts as new day). :)

[Start voting today.]

Here are the types of content I promise to provide on the Good Mood blog if I get the job:

  • Daily snippets of inspirational words that are meant to motivate, empower and encourages you to discover the wisdom within you.
  • Incredible ideas from the best personal development and spiritual growth books summarized in digestible forms, that serve as daily reminders and are sure to uplift and inspire.
  • Daily life lessons I encounter, and related personal stories.
  • Tools I am presently using to lift my mood, to stay centered, and to live with greater Joy & Purpose.
  • Things that made me happy, and will serve as simple reminders to reflect the Joys in your own life.
  • Motivational thoughts and quotes that made me think, along with encouraging words to go with those thoughts.
  • Happiness tips.

I’m excited and cannot wait to provide you some of the best daily bit-sized motivational content possible. I can hardly contain myself.


The competition is stiff. Since I had a late start (like really late start – 12 days behind others), I will need all the help I can gather. I cannot do this without you. Are you with me? Can you help me?

If so, can you help me with votes once a day? (Bookmark the link) And if you can share this with your network – family, friends, co-workers, facebook, twitter, etc. I will LOVE you for it (I will love you anyway, but I will be most appreciative for whatever you are willing to provide to help me win this).

The leading applicant has over 4000 votes. My goal is 3000 votes to move into top 20.

If you want to be part of the Happiness Team and want to be reminded to vote daily, you can do the following:

  1. Signup for the TSN Happiness Team mailing list. I will email daily with a simple reminder, along with a thought that made me happy that day. (Important: click on the confirmation link in signup email to start receiving emails from me)
  2. Follow TSN on facebook – Daily motivational quotes and happiness links around around the web posted here.

Thank you for making my dream possible, and for helping me to get one step closer to realizing my life purpose. I couldn’t do this without you.

Much love to you,

Video Ideas?

Shoot me an email at tina [at] if you have video ideas for a 90 second (possibly viral) video that demonstrate why I would be a good fit as the Good Mood blogger, or if you have experience with video editing. I know literally nothing about video, and am diving in head-first to learn.

This is what I love about life: Constant learning and exposure to new experiences.

And this is what I love about Blogging: Connecting with you, and feeling undeniably human.

[Start voting]

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About the author

Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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