What are your happiness boosters?

“Never measure your life by possessions. Measure it by the hearts you’ve touched, the smiles you created and the love you shared.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour What wonderful words to embrace and live by. I am a firm believer that our possessions don’t make us who we are or have any sort of lasting effect…

How I Overcame My Shyness

What’s the difference between a quiet person (an introvert) and a shy one? Confidence. I’m proud to be an introvert as well an almost fully recovered shy person. Most of the times I’m not shy anymore, but that self doubt does creep up on me every now and then in certain social situations. Growing up…

Bluebird of Happiness

One of my most treasured possessions is my Bluebird of Happiness given to me by my mother in law as a wedding gift. I detested this gift as soon as I opened it for two reasons. One, I don’t like knickknacks. Two, I hate birds. They’re dirty, they poop everywhere, and they have scary, beady…

My Dad, My Friend

Things I learned from my dad How to be a lifelong learner. Dad finds the world around him fascinating and enjoys learning more about anything that captures his interest. I can remember him taking college courses for fun when I was a kid. He already had a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, but just wanted…

Dinner Together Every Night!

Dinner time at my house growing up was always a boisterous event. We played games, debated, shared about our day, teased each other, laughed and reconnected. When I got married and had children I knew that I wanted to make our suppertime just as memorable. We bought a round table so the six of us…

Why you gotta be so mean?

The breaking point: After years of dealing with a clique of mean girls on and off again, my daughter Bee has finally reached the point of no return. She is a senior in high school and has had the unfortunate experience of being targeted and ostracized by this unpleasant group of girls. Why was my daughter…

My kids are brats!

Army brats, that is. Georgia, Hawaii, Virginia, Kansas, and New York are the states they have lived in. Some they’ve lived in twice. The girls have spent a lot of time throughout their childhoods being “the new kid.” They’ve waved their father off on deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq four times since 9/11. Worrying about…