Once upon a time, near the shortest, darkest day of the year, when I was feeling very, very sorry for myself, I plopped down at my desk, set a timer for 30 minutes, and started writing down everything I could think of that had given me even a moment's happiness during the previous 11 1/2 … Continue reading 50 Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude
So, I've made a commitment for a show of my work, my art work, in January. For the first time in 21 years. (See, my dear journalist friend, I do know how not to bury the headline; I just prefer doing it the other way. Except for today. Except that it isn't really, actually, today's … Continue reading Blue.
So, yeah, it will be a proverbial 5 pounds. But I promise you'll feel lighter, like a weight has lifted, and others will see it. A couple of fellow bloggers (Tales from the Motherland and Musing Off the Mat) posted comments to my piece from last Saturday, 50 happy things from 2014, letting me know … Continue reading Look 5 lbs. thinner in just 10 minutes.
This time last year, on a particularly stressful day, I challenged myself to a 30 minute free write. My task was to list, in no particular order, as many good things from 2013 as I could remember. Before I got to 10 I was feeling better and building momentum. By the end I was at … Continue reading 50 (ish) happy things from 2014.
It doesn't take much to make me happy, most days. (Note: My children will read that sentence and say, "You choose how you feel, Mama; no one can make you happy or unhappy." Wonder where they heard that?) The other night, as I was choosing to have an unhappy moment, I gave myself a challenge: … Continue reading 50 happy things from 2013
Since May 2006, every year for Mother's Day my family has reluctantly agreed to be photographed. They, my husband in particular, are very unwilling subjects. They, my husband in particular, also know that photographing them makes me happy. When I'm happy, everyone's happy, or so I'm told. In college, my friend Steve once told me … Continue reading Happiness is.