Keepin' It Real

So you've got Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, and endless other sources of pictures and descriptions of perfectly decorated and pristine rooms, yards, houses, and families. ...more

Serene Sunday Finding a Peaceful Place

Serene Sunday - there is nothing in the world like a safe quiet place to enjoy your own company....more

Half Empty Or Half Full?

           It sometimes becomes a habit to continuously look back on our lives and wonder if we've made the right choices. "Would I have been happier if I had chosen this area of study, that job, this partner, that house?"  Often, we long for the past in which we imagine we were happier....more

Cross Post: Happy happy? or Joy joy?

“The healthiest response to life is joy.” -Deepak Chopra I usually begin my topics for the month by defining the terms that I will be talking about. But I realized that for the purposes of talking about joy, happiness, fun, and laughter, reaching for the dictionary to define these topics may not be the best thing. Specifically for joy, happiness, and fun, these are things that are as individual to each person as there are individual people....more
 @FatCat And I am so grateful that my post is making you think! That means I've done my job. ...more

Where The Joy Is

The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.(Isaiah 51:3)...more

The Truth You've Always Wanted: How do you Compare?

From the time we get up in the morning until the time we lay down at night, we all do it.  That is, we all compare our lives to those around us.Does my yard look better than the neighbors?  Is my car newer?  Do I answer my calls on the iPhone 4...wait, do I have an iPad too?  Are my kids going to school in name brand clothes?  Are they the smartest in class?  Am I better looking than the mom next door?...more

The Best Part of Today

What was the best part of today? Was it waking up to yet another gorgeous morning in my new city, the sky's blue clarity and sunny brilliance banishing old remembrances of unbearably long stretches of greyness and seemingly endless rain? Was it the kindness of friends, old and new, taking time to make me a part of their day, to encourage and honour me with their caring words? ...more

Love, Hate and the Velveteen Rabbit: Mia's Inspirational Quotes

 Love, Hate and the Velveteen RabbitIn the tiny village in Mexico where I live, violence recently threw a horrifying shadow over our community. The details aren't important, there's nothing that can be done to undo damage to the families who lost their loved ones.In addition to the sadness I feel for my neighbors, I'm left to evaluate and re-frame my beliefs about what it means to live here and how it feels to be faced with the ugly face of hate....more

The Four Steps of Happiness College - Mia's Inspirational Quotes

Seeking happiness vs. creating happiness - which path are you on? ...more

My Mother's Day Gift to Me

I'd like to say I've thought about Mother's Day a lot this year. I'd like to say I have gifts picked out for myself and have been lovingly cocking my head at my children, but the truth is, I've been extremely busy. And I very rarely get a moment to myself - really to myself - complete with a clear mind and quiet all around....more