BIG NEWS! (And a post….I promise…)

Hey TonyinChicago readers!

For those of you who have hit that “subscribe” button below – many thanks 🙂 I love seeing that others are resonating with the idea of being a more authentically happy person.

Because I want to spread the word of how much control we have over our own happiness, I’ve started applying to other websites.

(Fear not – TonyinChicago isn’t going anywhere 😉 )

In the meantime, I’ve started contributing to a new website called One of my favorite posts just got uploaded and I’m happy to share with you all today….

“The Journey To Happiness”

(This one’s for you, actors with day jobs!)

When I first got to Chicago, I wanted a job. Any job. I had moved to pursue acting, but I couldn’t be an actor without money. So I applied anywhere and everywhere.

My first gig was at a toy store. I made $8.50 an hour. The staff and customers were kind, but the job didn’t excite me. Between the pay and my desire to do a bit more exciting work, I needed a change.

I got an office job. I was a receptionist. (I know. Not very exciting.) I made $9.00 an hour and worked 40 hours a week. With a few exceptions, both the staff and the clients here were not too kind and caring….I very much needed a change.


Click here to read the full post! 

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Tony is a theatre and film actor living in Chicago, just up the street from Wrigley Field 🙂 He loves helping others to become the happiest version of themselves so that they can live more fun, fulfilled lives on their own terms.

He also loves to blog on how to do this. 

Contact him for a free one-on-one to see if he can help you with your own mindset and happiness in life, or to inquire if he can do some writing for you!  You can reach him at

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Treat Others Well. Or Else…

Like most entrepreneurs, I’ve worked my share of “survival jobs” – work that pays the bills, while you pursue the work that you love. As I look back at some older jobs, I recall several unpleasant experiences.

As you know, this is a blog that promotes positivity, healthy living, and creativity… allow me to share.


What happened: I once found part time job with a flexible schedule. Despite lots of time invested in training and studying, it didn’t pan out. I made the decision to leave before receiving my first paycheck. I never got it. I later learned from several others that the same happened to them.

Where they are today: I just learned last month that the company went under well over a year ago.


What happened: I worked for a company with a verbally abusive boss. Don’t get me wrong – I was not exact stellar in this position. Yet I’ve had important mail placed in the wrong mailbox, and I know not to tell the mailman that he’s an F-ing idiot…see where I’m going with this?

Where they are today: They fired the boss. Shortly after, he sued them for a reason I was unfamiliar with. A bit after that, the building got torn down.


What happened: I had a great job that fed me creatively. Great boss, great coworkers, great location. There was an employee appreciation dinner every year. Excellent food. Open bar. They even let me come back for a shift on Halloween after I moved.

Where they are today: Last I heard they’re still doing well 🙂


It’s possible outside circumstances affected the first two companies that had nothing to with their work either. Looking at it from the outside, it seems that karma got the best of them. At the third employer? They’re pretty great. And I hope you give them lots of money.


I mean, what’s NOT to like about working at the New England Pirate Museum??

I’d be sad if anyone read this thinking it was about revenge and satisfaction. If anything, I think once we leave a job we don’t like, we should put all our focus into the ones we do like. Holding grudges is a great way to drain your mental and emotional energy. (Example: Anyone who has ever held a grudge over an ex.)

Treat others well. Be happier yourself.

Go get ‘em.