Blessed Rain
As I sit at my dining room table, watching the cloudy grey sky through my bay windows, I am sincerely hoping
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September Inspirational Quotes
This post — September inspirational quotes — marks one year of inspirational quotes!  I can’t believe an entire year has
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This is Me Ep. 11
In this episode “This Is Me”, these are the subjects covered: The song from the Greatest Showman “This Is Me”
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Music Inspires and Heals
Music inspires and heals. I think we all are aware of this fact. The famous author, Leo Tolstoy, said this
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Gluten Free Banana Muffins
This recipe for gluten-free banana muffins was one of my first gluten-free creations after we found out that hubs had
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Body Acceptance Ep. 10
This episode focuses on body acceptance. We will cover questions such as these: Body hate is it effective? Societal norms of beauty
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Shame on You! [A Bad Tool For Change]
Shame on you! Most of us have heard this sentence, sometimes repeatedly! Even if it was not uttered out loud,
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The Marana Pumpkin Patch ~ Tucson AZ
In the Arizonan southwest, where I now live, October is a “shoulder season” between the three-digits temperatures of Summer and
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Diets or Dieting Ep. 9
In this episode, I will talk about diets and dieting I will cover these subjects: Is there a perfect diet?
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Traveling to France
When I travel by air — especially when traveling to France — I am meticulous in my planning and my
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Books I Read in August
The list of non-fiction books I read in August is abysmal — at least for me. My grand total was
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Forgiveness Ep. 8
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie   Being angry at someone
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Preparations for Traveling Overseas
The past month has been a flurry of preparations for traveling overseas.  One of my girls and I are going
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Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being
I read Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being last year when I thought I was going to
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Guest: My Oldest Son (Part 2) Ep. 7
This is the second and last part of my interview with my son Samuel. You can find part one here.
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A Hero’s Thank You
Recently, while on a date, hubs shared with me his views on a hero’s thank you. If this expression makes
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August Inspirational Quotes
Time to share in one place August inspirational quotes. I share these quotes daily on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.
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Guest: My Oldest Son (Part 1) Ep. 6
This week, I am excited to present my oldest son Samuel. This podcast was really fun to do. I thoroughly
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Body Acceptance: Make Friends With Your Body
I dare you. Start focusing on body acceptance. Indeed, make friends with your body. Do it. Or, at the very least
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DIY Best Pancake Syrup Ever
Personally, I prefer to drizzle pure maple syrup on my pancakes as I don’t care for the fake stuff ~
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Rituals and Ceremonies: Ep. 5
In this episode, I talk about how, as a family, we mark the passage of our children from the teenage
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The Dark Night of the Soul (Part 2)
Some wiser than I have come up with a more poetic way to describe The Pit. I have heard it
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The Arizona Inn: A Review
As some of you may already know, I live in a house with a great majority of males. Indeed, hubs
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Guest Speaker – Alisha (Part 2): Ep. 4
Alisha: Part 2 This is Part 2 of my talk with Alisha. You can hear Part 1 here. In this
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The Pit aka The Dark Places (Part 1)
The dark places. You know. The places where we land in a heap when life’s events toss us about like
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Luscious Glazed Gluten Free Lemon Bread
A few years back, I used to cook and bake a lot. However, after over two decades of being a
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Guest Speaker – Alisha (Part 1): Ep. 3
In this podcast, I am very excited to introduce my best friend Alisha. We will discuss: Habits I have from my
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The Seasons of Life [and Nature]
A few weeks ago, I asked my followers on Facebook an innocuous question: What is your favorite season? Their answers
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Books I Read in July
Apparently, I have slowed down quite a bit with my monthly reading. Nonetheless, I will still share my list of
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Boundaries vs. Control: Ep. 2
Boundaries vs. Control In this episode, we discuss the difference between boundaries and control. We will cover these subjects: What are
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Always Second Place
Have you ever felt like you always lag behind in second place? Something like this: you take on a hobby,
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July Inspirational Quotes
On occasion, when I read about the authors of the quotes I enjoy — as with July Inspirational Quotes, I
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Meet the Host: Ep. 1
Introductions In this episode, we will introduce your host – yours truly. We will discuss: Who am I and where
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The Price of Silence
The price of silence can be a tremendous burden…one I will no longer — willingly — carry.   The Midnight Muse
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Podcasting: Brilliant or Foolish
Newsflash! I am entering the world of podcasting. It scares me to just say it. Whether this is a brilliant
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Pet Peeve Alert: False Advertising
Being part of the human race, I am occasionally plagued with pet peeves. One of said pet peeves is false
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Human Relationships Are Work
Human relationships can be so rewarding, fulfilling, loving and nurturing. In the same vein, relationships are messy. Yes, messy. Other
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Easy DIY Electrolyte Sports Drink
I created this healthy and easy DIY electrolyte sports drink mainly with hubs in mind and from a recipe for
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Books I Read in June
The list of books I read in June will be rather short. The month of June was a busy one
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Mindfully Gratefully Happier [Happiness Project]
Mindfully gratefully happier. That’s what am I. Let me explain.   My Happiness Project Review April came and went as
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June Inspirational Quotes
This post is a compilation of my June inspirational quotes.  In October of 2017, I started sharing daily quotes on
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Is Being Average a Bad Thing?
Being average isn’t a benchmark we strive to achieve. Attached to the adjective “average” seems to be a string of
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Ingredient Hacks [Simple Substitution Ideas]
Most of the time, substituting certain ingredients in recipes is a fairly simple process which shouldn’t affect the end results. Today, I
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What Can I Do for You? [Acts of Love]
What can I do for you? These words passed my lips before wholly giving them my full attention. I was
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Books I Read in May
Once again, I present my laundry list of the books I’ve read, this time the books I read in May
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Six Months of Happiness Project: Part III
You can find parts I and II of six months of Happiness Project here and here. Part I covers October
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May Inspirational Quotes
May inspirational quotes continue a tradition which I started back in the Fall. Daily, I strive to inspired my readers
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I Don’t Belong [This is Me]
I don’t belong. Uttering these words leaves a bad taste in our mouth. I would venture to say we have
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Dirty Dozen 2018
Yippee! The Dirty Dozen 2018 list put out by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) was just published and at the
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Defining Moments [Only Love]
The funny thing about defining moments is that they, well, define us. Some events mark us by their beauty — marriage,
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Six Months of Happiness Project: Part II
This is part II of my six months of Happiness Project. For part one, in which I covered the first
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Books I Read in April
The section about the books I read in April (or any other month for that matter) is probably boring to
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Six Months of Happiness Project [Part I]
March marked six months of my Happiness Project. Upon reaching this anniversary, I felt the need to spend the month
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One Year of Crafts [with my Kids]
Starting in January of this year, as part of my Happiness Project, I decided to do “one year of crafts with my
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Expectations Rob Our Joy [A Lesson in Life]
I have proclaimed before — and will say it again — expectations rob our joy. Even more intrusive than that,
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April Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
Every month, I carefully choose daily quotes to encourage visitors to my Facebook page. I faithfully repost my quotes on
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You Are Here to Leave Your Mark [Musings]
“Leave your mark”, what does this sentence even mean? When we think of changing the world, our minds take us
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What is Breast Thermography? [Wellness]
I asked my sister-in-law — Lynda Witt — who is a licensed thermographer in Tucson, Arizona, to answer some questions about breast thermography —
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The There and Then of Happiness
Humans are funny creatures. I ought to know – I am one. We are the only beings who dream of
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One Year of Brunch Recipes [45 Recipes & Counting]
This post titled “one year of brunch recipes” is the result of a “modified” Happiness Project action step and of
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Up the Mountain and Down the Valley
Allow me to be vulnerable and to admit to something which is a tad embarrassing. Even though I have been
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Happiness Project March Summary
This blog post is my Happiness Project March summary. This feature has been a recurring monthly tradition since October 2017
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The Joy in Familiarity [Finding True Joy in the Mundane]
I enjoy finding nuggets of joy and happiness in the mundane because, in truth, the majority of Life — yes,
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Letter to the Parent I Used to Be
It is high time I write a letter to the parent I used to be.   Dear Parent I Used
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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen 2017
Every year, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) shares lists they call the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen” but, what
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The Real Pain of Not Belonging
I probably do not know you personally. However, may I safely assume you are no stranger to the feeling of
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April Happiness Project Themes
In March, I started thinking about the coming month’s new action steps. In truth, I was having a hard time selecting
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Neighborhood Stalking [It’s not as bad as it sounds]
I am fond of a peculiar hobby: neighborhood stalking. While this may sound ominous it genuinely is not. I believe
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Books I Read in March
My list of books I read in March is rather abysmal. There were three factors for this drop in reading:
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Simple Breakfast Date
One can learn many lessons from a simple breakfast date. In November, one of my action steps for “marriage” was
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March Inspirational Quotes
These are March inspirational quotes. I post a daily saying on my Facebook and Instagrams accounts. I take great pleasure
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The Burden of the Writer [what it means to be me]
I am convinced the burden of the writer is a very real phenomenon. No doubt, there are far weightier burdens
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DIY 3-Ingredients Gummies [No Refined Sugar]
Years ago, one of my favorite snacks used to be Welch’s fruit snacks. I really enjoyed their texture. While this gummy
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Living in the Present [a Lesson in “What Is”]
Living in the present and accepting “what is” is not always easy especially when there are so many demands on
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[I Am] The Biggest Winner
Allow me to introduce you to the biggest winner. The biggest winner happens to be ME! I am well aware some
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The Eyes of Love [aka Rose-Colored Glasses]
There is so much truth — and dare I say, wisdom? — in the saying “beauty is in the eyes
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February Happiness Project Summary
My February happiness project summary is a bit overdue. Strangely enough, I am having a hard time reflecting back as
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Grief is a Terrible Counselor
Grief is a terrible counselor. Making crucial decisions while mourning isn’t wise although it is often necessary. Not that long
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Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
I am pretty confident you are already familiar with the expression “dance like nobody’s watching.”(1) A lovely remark — no
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Dairy Free Whipped Cream (Coconut Free)
If you knew me well, you’d be aware one of my weaknesses is whipped cream. I love it so much
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March Happiness Project Themes
Tada!  It’s this time again and I’m about to share my March Happiness Project themes. I am entering the sixth month
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Healing isn’t for the Weak [Call to Wholeness]
Healing is not for sissies, not by a long shot. I believe it is far easier to remain as we
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Meet my New Mentor: Brené Brown
At the moment, I have no recollection how I first became acquainted with Dr. Brené Brown and her work although
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Non-Toxic Natural Nail Polish: 36 Brands Reviewed
Some will more than likely feel that wanting to use non-toxic natural nail polish is overkill. After all, we paint
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Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional
There is a quote by John C. Maxwell which states: “change is inevitable, growth is optional.” I bet if I asked
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DIY Charcoal Deodorant Recipe
I am no greenhorn to the natural skin care market. During the course of my first pregnancy, I started choosing
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Blooming in the Desert
For part I of “blooming in the desert” Right after we were married, despite my dislike of Southern Arizona, my
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Bloom Where You Are Planted
I believe most of us are already familiar with the expression “bloom where you’re planted.”  A few weeks ago, shortly
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January Happiness Project Summary
I am a tad overdue for my January happiness project summary. However, for whatever reason, I wasn’t super motivated to
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The Extraordinary is in The Ordinary
I am over one-third into my Happiness Project, and I have discovered another Noble Truth: the extraordinary is in the
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101 Play Food Crochet Patterns
Knitting and crocheting are nourishing activities for me. Although I did not become an avid knitter until my tween/teen years,
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Love and Attachments
Facebook can be a wealth of information, most of it useless, incorrect, snarky, and gossipy. Occasionally, said information is funny,
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A Heavenly Wink [Musings]
Today, I received a heavenly wink.  I am partial to these heavenly love notes peppered throughout my life or, on
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Books I Read in January
This is now a monthly tradition: sharing the books I’ve read each month.This is the list of the books I
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February Happiness Project Themes
When picking my February happiness project themes, I realized that Gretchen Rubin and Florence Witt were definitely not the same
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Sparklies in my Hair
 Call me eccentric (it surely would not be the first time) if you must when I share  I like the
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The Language of Dreams
The language of dreams is a peculiar one. It is undoubtedly a mystical language which I don’t fully understand. Often
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Ace of Escape [An Escape Room Experience]
My special “hubby” January date was dinner at a new restaurant (new to us) with first, an escapade at the Ace
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Diets and Religion
At the moment, I don’t recall how I found myself on the diet bunny trail. Nevertheless, this is the subject
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Introductions by Christy Barritt
Usually, I am in the habit of sharing my non-fiction reading list. This time I am excited to introduce a
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Who Are You? [Musings]
Who are you? Or more precisely, who am I? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I would venture to
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Top Ten Posts of 2017
Since we entered a brand new year, I thought it would be fun to share the top ten posts of
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Going Gray: Transitioning
I opened the proverbial Pandora’s box when I wrote my first post about women going gray (on purpose). Following the
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Music is the Shorthand of Emotions
Leo Tolstoi stated this: “music is the shorthand of emotions.” In my life, I have found this quote to be entirely
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The Best Gluten Free Yeast Rolls
This recipe for “the best gluten-free yeast rolls” used to be my number one recipe on a previous blog. At
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Power Poses [The Power of Presence]
When it comes to power poses and assertiveness, the whole concept reminds me of the chicken and the egg; you
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Happiness Now [Happiness Project]
My best gift on Christmas morning was the one I gave myself which I will call “Happiness Now.”  In the
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DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe
This DIY Elderberry syrup recipe is one of our go-to home remedies during the cold and flu season. Some of my
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December Summary [Happiness Project]
I have to laugh.Who was I kidding when I thought November was a busy month?  November had nothing on December!
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Words of Praise and Gratitude [Happiness Project]
I have a weakness. In truth, I most certainly have more than one shortcoming. Nevertheless, for the sake of brevity
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January’s Happiness Project Themes
Tada! The unveiling of January’s Happiness Project Themes has arrived. I am still refining my Happiness Project themes and accompanying action
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Becoming Wholehearted [The Power of Vulnerability]
I now have a parallel goal for “The Happiness Project:” becoming wholehearted. This new desire comes on the heels of
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Books I Read in December
As a reminder, I want to reiterate I will only list the non-fiction books I read in December which was
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December Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
Every day, I love posting encouraging or uplifting quotes on the various social media sites I follow. These are December
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Rich and Delicious Peanut Butter Balls
My peanut butter balls have been a family Christmas tradition for many years now. The recipe was given to me
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Am I a Fraud? [Being Human is not for the Fainthearted]
Am I a fraud? Have you ever felt like a fraud? I have. I had one such moment last month.
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Easy Peppermint Bark
We are celebrating the Christmas season, a time when I yearly make this easy peppermint bark recipe. I first became
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You Smile a Lot Lately [Happiness Project]
“You smile a lot lately!” These are the very words which flowed out of my husband’s lips less than a
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Going Grey [Grey is the New Blond]
Last month, I wrote two blog posts about gray hair: one about authenticity in which I shared my decision to
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Homemade Eggnog Recipe [DIY]
Today, allow me to share my homemade eggnog recipe. Eggnog was a beverage which was unknown to me for decades,
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My Christmas Gift is a Grateful Heart
This year, my Christmas gift to my loved ones will be my grateful heart. Let me explain. I love surprises…as long as they
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Does my Life Have Meaning?
I was driving around town, running errands, listening to an Audible version of a book, Holding Nothing Back, when the
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Saying Yes Makes My No Better [Happiness Project]
The third commandment of my Happiness Project is “Be Present – Say Yes.” I referred to this idea in a previous
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Month Two Summary [The Happiness Project]
Before I share with you my “month two summary” (November), let me make something clear, a tracking chart is not
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Books I Read in November
I want to reiterate I will only list the non-fiction books I read in November. November was the second month
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December Happiness Project Themes
Before I divulge my December Happiness Projects themes, let me begin by saying this: December snuck on me like a
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November Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
It is time to share November inspirational quotes.  I post a daily quote on my Facebook page as well as
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Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a charitable program which donates shoeboxes full of goodies and supplies to needy children around the
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An Unexpected Blessing Named Ann
On Monday, I meet an unexpected blessing named Ann. Since this is Thanksgiving Day for us in the United States,
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Being Authentic [My Happiness Journey]
Being authentic means different things to different people. This post is entirely about my views about ME being authentic, nothing
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Bleeding Themes [Happiness Project]
This month (month two) of my Happiness Project, I discovered I have bleeding themes. Sounds gory and scary, be reassured,
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Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment
I wrote this post a few years ago. I felt it was worth to repost.  *~*~* I don’t even remember buying
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The Power of Vulnerability
The Power of Vulnerability is the name of an Audible teaching by Dr. Brené Brown, the famed author, and qualitative
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Human Kindness [Random Acts of Kindness]
After writing my post about Random Acts of Kindness, I logged onto Facebook the following morning to the first video below.
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Random Acts of Kindness [Happiness Project]
Random acts of kindness (RAK or RAoK) is a concept I adopted eons ago when I was still in college.
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Date Like in the Beginning [Happiness Project]
On my November Happiness Project roadmap, under Acts of Love, you would find this quote “Date Like in the Beginning”
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The “Gray Haired Hotties” Double Standard
About three months ago, a friend of mine posted a French article on her Facebook page with a title equivalent
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November’s Full Moon and Sunrise Date
Last month, my love and I planned an appointment with celestial bodies. No joke. We intentionally and carefully picked the
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The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
The fact I like to read is by no means a secret. I also enjoy walking, and I favor walking
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Month One Summary: Energy [Happiness Project]
The month of October came to a close and along with it, the first month of my Happiness Project. So far,
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Happiness Project: Books I Read During Month One
If you and I know each other, you already are familiar with the fact I am a bookworm. I devour books
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Month Two: November Happiness Project Themes
The time has come to share my November Happiness Project themes. At first glance, you may discover my topic to
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Energy Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
October marked the first month of my Happiness Project. My first theme was “energy” with a particular focus on wellness, time
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Picking my New Happiness Project Theme
From the very beginning of my Happiness Project, it became quickly apparent that choosing one theme per month may not
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Words to Live By [Aphorisms – Happiness Project]
In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin shares some aphorisms*. I call such sayings truisms or “words to live
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My Favorite Low Carb Natural Sweetener: Pure Monk Fruit
I am not carbophobic (afraid of carbs). However, I do try to avoid consuming too much sugar especially, white sugar.
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Month One Lesson: More Energy or Bust?
Two full weeks into the first month of my Happiness Project, I realized I had learned something new and unexpected: while
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Intuitive Eating: A New (Old) Way to Eat
In a previous blog post, I mentioned a book I genuinely enjoyed, Health at Every Size. However, there were two other
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Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight 
A few months ago, I read  – or more precisely listened to – a book which I found fascinating: Health At Every
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My Advice: Sleep on It [Good or Bad Advice?]
A few days into my Happiness Project,  it was about 8:15 pm and I was dealing with a slightly annoying
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My Happiness Project Why
On October 3rd, only a few days into my Happiness Project, before bedtime, I took a few moments to journal.
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My Happiness Project Week One Summary
I have one week of my Happiness Project under my belt, and I have already learned quite a few lessons. Just
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My Views on Diets [The Best Diet]
I wrote the following blog post about my “View on Diets” in March of 2017 when I lived another life.
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Moonrise Sunset Date [I Said Yes]
I admit it; I am full of idiosyncrasies.  Idiosyncrasies is a funny – and fancy – word which means:  a
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My Happiness Project Commandments
In her book The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin starts by sharing her twelve Happiness Project commandments. On the other
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First Lesson from my Happiness Project
Late September, on a road trip to Colorado, I listened to a book which changed my life. In truth, books
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Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue Part II
In part I of this series on exercise and adrenal fatigue, I shared a bit of my story. Allow me
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Exercising with Adrenal Fatigue
This blog post, “Exercising with adrenal fatigue,”  was first written for a blog I previously owned. I am not reposting it
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Month One: Energy [Happiness Project]
October 1st finally dawned. Yesterday. First day of my Happiness Project. I was very excited. My focus for month one
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Inspirational Quotes About Happiness
By most accounts, I’m a sap for inspirational quotes and fancy sayings. While reading (a favorite past time of mine),
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My Happiness Project Themes
Last night, I was at “it” anew. “It” being the brainstorming session I was once again tackling to nail down my happiness
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