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The Happy Venture

Exploring Happiness 1 Step, 1 Breath, 1 Day at a Time

Looking Back, Going Forward.

This month marks a very special anniversary. The birth of The Happy Venture! It’s the 4th birthday of the blog that gave me the courage to start speaking my truth.

Start As You Mean To Go On: How Something Simple Changed the Way I Work

This “work” feels relaxed and organic. Simple, easy, and in the flow of creativity. Not so rigid, scheduled or, worse yet, forced. It feels playful! Grounded. May all my work feel this way. It feels like a good start.

How to Plan a Happy Fall.

Does the change of season bring you happiness or stress? How do we stop focusing on to-do lists to creating happiness in the fall season? I have a...

How to Persistently Go With the Flow

Life happens. Things get interrupted, even when we set the best of intentions. So what keeps us going in the right direction when rocks show up just as we’re heading downstream and seem to throw us off course? Persistence.

What is Freedom?

Let me state up front that this is meant to be a piece of writing that inspires Happiness and Independence, which is the aim of this space, The...

A Meditation on Grieving and Friendship

What's Your Story? We cannot know when our story begins what the moral of it will be. Hero or Villain? Devil or Saint? Superstar or Average? Most...

How to Create a Happy New Year

It is February 1st. It is the halfway point of Winter and a month after the New Year started. Many of us have forgotten, or never made New Years...

Change On the Wind

What lessons is your body trying to tell you? What change is in the air? What’s ripe for transformation? What’s that niggling feeling you keep ignoring?

No More Turning Away

No More Turning Away. On Thursday I headed out to Ann Arbor on a solo mission. New life, new hair stylist, new haircut. It was REALLY over due but...

Flying by the Seat of My Pants Away From Perfectionism!

I am trying something very new! I am writing this blog post at 4:24pm Friday April 13th with absolutely no PLAN. I don't know what I'm going to...

Are You Happy?

What is Happiness? How do we find it?


How do we figure out what happiness when everyone else is telling us what will make us happy? We have been told our whole lives how to create our dream lives without being given the opportunity to explore what our dreams are. 

The school system is set up to teach us how to work in a system that is rapidly changing. Jobs, careers, and education are changing so fast, our parents don't recognize it.

The world is a different place now due to technology and all that comes with it. Our parents came from a different time. How do we merge "the simple life" and happiness with all that the world is today? 

There are so many opportunities out there. How do we choose?


Let's Explore What a Happy Life Means to YOU.


Would you like your home to feel like a sanctuary? 

Would you like your work to allow you to express your talents instead of hiding them? 

Would you like your relationships to be fulfilling and supportive?

Would you like to be more present, have less stress, and daily happiness?


The Happy Venture, a website dedicated to exploring happiness 1 Step, 1 Breath, and 1 Day at a Time. What started as a passion project sharing what I'd learned on my journey turned into my purpose as a Transformational Life Coach.

After 20 years of exploring what my life could be, away from what society told me would bring happiness, has all led me here. To be of Service. I hope that finding your way here is the beginning of a path of happiness. It's not always easy. It takes patience and courage. What I can offer you is guidance while knowing you have help!

I look forward to walking this path with you.


Melissa Perry, LMT
Transformational Life Coach

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