My Keys to Happiness

My Keys to Happiness

Last week at the gym, I tried listening to a podcast instead of music while I was running.  I didn’t like it.  I need the beat of the music.  But, the podcast I listened to was really interesting.  It was a TedTalk on the study of happiness.  This guy had done research and found that people were happier when they were focused on the task at hand, even if it wasn’t a task they were particularly fond of.  When minds wander, we become less happy, according to the study. Considering…

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Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

One of the things I did in the past year without blogging was to plug into my kids activities more.  One of those was getting involved in Cub Scouts with Bean.  He was a Tiger Scout this past year, and we have loved every single minute of it. One of my favorite things about Cub Scouts is how family-oriented it is.  Our whole family participates, even Gracie, and that not only makes it Bean’s extra curricular activity, but really a family commitment. Chris and I are the den leaders of Bean’s…

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Long Weekends, Happy Hearts

Long Weekends, Happy Hearts

Friday was a teacher planning day for me.  I originally planned to send the kids to our daycare because they offer an extended day program on days when the public schools are closed.  But Bean has figured out that if HE doesn’t have school, then I don’t have school either.  So, he was like, “Can’t I just come with you?” And then when Gracie squeaked out, “Me, too?” Well, how could I say no? So, Friday, we ran some errands and worked in my classroom together.  And it was way…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

First of all, let me thank you for the outpouring of support yesterday!  You all made me feel much better and gave me some confidence about stepping up for my kids.  In answer to a lot of your comments, I received an email last night from the principal thanking me profusely for my email and asking for a description of the staff member so that the incident would not be repeated with other children.  I am really glad Bean is attending this school and I know that this is not…

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Why I Quit My Happiness Project

Why I Quit My Happiness Project

April has come and almost gone.  There have been no Happiness Project updates this month for one very simple reason:  there is no more Happiness Project. I struggled with quitting my Happiness Project for the same reason I struggle to quit anything.  I don’t want to give up.  I want to see something through until the bitter end, whether I’m happy about it or not.  But after much reflection in March, I realized that this definitely defeats the purpose of a happiness project at all. I started my own Happiness…

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Busy Doing Nothing Important

Busy Doing Nothing Important

I was going to sit down and write an apology for my sudden disappearance from the blog world.  I was going to explain how busy I have been and how much I have been doing.  But then, I realized… I haven’t been busy at all.  And I’ve loved every minute of it! The past two weeks have been full of deliciously unimportant-important time spent with my kids and Chris.  Afternoons are low-key and slow-paced for once.  I’ve been leaving work on time instead of staying later, which means afternoons with…

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Happiness is a Minor Change Away

Happiness is a Minor Change Away

My Happiness Project has been on temporary hiatus for the past two weeks while I get back on my feet.  But I’m back up and running again, and so I’ve recommitted to my January and February goals.  From January, I am continuing to stick to my bedtime.  And even Chris is joining in on the fun now.  He gets bored sitting downstairs without me, so he has been coming to bed when I do.  It’s actually been good for him, too.  He even told me the other day he feels…

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My Happiness Project

My Happiness Project

I’m in the middle of working on my own Happiness Project, based on the book titled (what else?), “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin.  While I didn’t find the book a FANTASTIC read, I really loved the concept of making yourself happy by setting monthly topics and goals. I spent those lazy weeks between Christmas and New Years working on my Happiness schedule for 2014.  I thought a lot about areas of my life where I was happy, but could be happier.  And I thought about some areas of my…

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One of THOSE Blogs

One of THOSE Blogs

In this corner of the internet, I try to keep things real.  I try to tell the truth.  The whole truth.  And nothing but the truth.  Sometimes, that means I tell people about temper tantrums and 3 hour meals and time outs and meltdowns because those things are just part of being a parent.  I try my best not to omit those instances because if I only showed the high-resolution pictures with perfect lighting where everyone is looking at the camera…well, quite frankly, this would be a very short blog….

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Little Rays of Sunshine

Little Rays of Sunshine

It has been a gloomy couple days down here in central Florida.  Hot, muggy weather that makes you want to pout and take a shower.  When I’m having a blah week like this, I have a couple sure-fire pick me ups that I go to.  These can be good to cure a case of the rainy weather glooms, or on days when you’re feeling out of sorts, or when you get in a fight with your best friend or your husband, or when you’ve waited all day long to come…

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