Your Happiness is Yours to Make, Theirs is Theirs
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Your Happiness is Yours to Make, Theirs is Theirs

Going into the holiday season, I am acutely aware of what I ask myself to rise to. I host the Christmas festivities every year and there’s much to do in preparation. There are the decorations which are truly first and foremost for me. Every year, I battle myself for Christmas tree perfection. I created a…

What’s the Difference Between Happiness and Pleasure?
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What’s the Difference Between Happiness and Pleasure?

Wrap-Up of 2022’s 100-Day Project I felt some uncomfortable feelings upon completion of my recent 100 Day Project. Loneliness and sadness rather than the elation I felt in prior years. (Read this post to gather the backstory.) In short, my expectations about social media engagement with my project’s posts brought me disappointment. And I’ve been…

Grow Where You Are Planted
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Grow Where You Are Planted

After nearly a year of feeling the pinch of our collective sequestering, l’ve come to understand my ultimate importance. I maintain my family and I care for myself. The normalcy and the creativity are my realms. We all need both of these to keep our sanity. To feel that everything’s Okay in our tiny world…

What if You Did it All Right But You Were Looking at it All Wrong
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What if You Did it All Right But You Were Looking at it All Wrong

It’s not as if I don’t try. As Sara Bareilles sings in her song Armor, “You make me try, try, try, try … it’s all I ever do.” But what if the efforts you make are good, it’s just your expectations of what you can humanly accomplish are off ? What if you’re so used…

Are Expectations for Your Children a Good or Bad Thing?
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Are Expectations for Your Children a Good or Bad Thing?

As a parent, there are so many expectations we have of how our children are “supposed to” develop. Milestones that we expect them to reach by a certain age and if they don’t, we question,”Is there something wrong with them?” Society has thrown many markers at us parents for what “normal” child development should look…