Category: Joy & Happiness

How do You Respond to Your Circumstances?

It’s human to feel as if our circumstances are a part of our emotions —  something we often have no control over. Thinking along those lines can lead to all kinds of negative feelings like helplessness, anger, and guilt. The reality is you DO have control. You choose how you respond to your circumstances. Growing up, I attended girls camp …

7 Habits of the Happy

Happiness is often considered one of those ever elusive emotions. We seem to search for it as if it were some tangible object. The truth is, happiness is something we feel despite what might be going on in our life – it is a state of being independent of circumstance. There is no magical switch or special pill to change …

How Cancer has Changed Us

My husband and I were sitting around a table at a wedding. We were among friends, and the conversation was jumping from one couple to another as we caught up with each other. Someone asked my husband “how is your son?” He gave a brief rundown, and I interjected with “It’s been great! Everyone’s son should get cancer.” Our son …

“Free Cookie Day”

“Free cookie day!” said an older gentleman with a huge smile on his face. He was standing by the open door to a local bakery my son and I had just passed after going grocery shopping. I smiled back and assumed the gentleman worked at the bakery and must be offering a free cookie to kids that day. I confirmed …

The Wisdom in Choosing Joy

It was quiet.  Too quiet in fact. My daughter tended to silently sneak away and find “things” to create her own artwork.  My search led me to my bathroom where I found she had used her own body as a canvas this time. Covered in mascara I had a choice in what I could focus on. I chose to grab a …

A Summer of Travel, Memories, and Learning

Summer is my favorite time because it’s when we travel the most.  And I adore traveling.  This summer we kind of accidentally had a National Parks theme to our adventures.  I came away with a lot of pictures and some great memories.  I also came away with three life lessons. Lesson One:  You Never Know How Close You Are to …