SMART Living

Sharing ideas to create a more happy, meaningful and fulfilled life--365!...more

Exercise Your Way to Happy & Healthy

Working out in the morning is a great way to jump-start your day, get your blood flowing, and your energy boosting.  I exercise at home, while my children are sleeping, with DVDs.  I am dedicated because I love the way it makes me feel (energized, flexible and strong) and look.  I enjoy the loosening of stiffness from sleeping, and having personal time to start out my day.  Not everyone is a morning person though, so working out during your lunch break or evenings may be better for you. ...more

I Chopped ALL My Hair Off (for the 3rd time)!

 That’s right, I’m officially the crazy scissor lady! On a complete whim, I cut all my hair off yesterday....more
I am about ready to do the same thing. LoL but idk I've only been post BC for a year and some ...more

No "But!" about it -- "And" energizes creative solutions (From a sort-of book I wrote a while back)

Reason and passion? Who knew?Someone came into my life once with, it seems, a lesson to tell me straight up that I would not have learned otherwise—no matter how much I beat myself up in the back and forth.“And,” he said.What?“And.”Apparently, people can multitask. We can be two separate ways of being, simultaneously. In real time. No excuses needed.I had been listing my deficiencies as a human being. My shortcomings and character flaws. He mentioned I also had good aspects of me and that the bad list did not cancel out the good....more

Dreams Can Come True

    I am a dreamer. I literally stare into space, into the distance, up at the stars, if there is a thought in my head I keen in on it and I drift away. Snap, snap hey girlly come back. Oh no thank you I really rather stay here, its just the way I want it, my dreams, my life, my world. Positive thinking, fun imaginary thougts, what you want is what it will be. Keep thinking, keep dreaming, your thoughts can happen, they can be....more

Choosing Happiness


The Real Struggle is...Struggling? Happiness as a Choice

There was a moment a few months ago when it hit me like a ton of bricks that I had to get completely honest or I would die. Life as I knew it had become simply intolerable. I was born poor and, despite all my ambition, talent, skill, manipulations, education, effort..., was poor now and -- gasp! -- may die poor. After I stopped having an emotional temper tantrum (I was mortified! This can't be true! It's unAmerican even!) I began slowly to make peace with what is already true. ...more
@GoFashionDeals It's amazing how much just being honest (about what happens to be true anyway, ...more

My Daughter's Laughter is My Happy Place

I’m coming off a high induced by playing a rudimentary version of Hide and Seek with C. After dinner, I put in The Fox and the Hound just to see if she was interested in watching it. She wasn’t (surprise), but she was wily. She was ready to play that brand of play that possesses babies like the Holy Spirit at a big tent revival. There is something about the interim period between the end of dinner and the beginning of her bedtime ritual that makes the air electric and charged with that same guileless air she wears so effortlessly all the time....more


Bliss is my new favorite word. Last September I bought a wobbly little play table and chairs from a consignment store for the girl's room. I planned on it being an entertainment area for tea parties and hours of coloring. I brought it home, sanded, and painted it canary yellow. It livened up with the fresh new skin, but lacked that something unique. The original design was an awful grey with an impressive, yet horribly gaudy painted floral motif. I decided to freshen up that idea by hand-painting subway-style words....more