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grief + happiness

On September 25th of this year, my beautiful sister-in-law, Jenny, died after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. I have had several grandparents die, but I have never really known grief and the painful, sobbing, heartache of losing someone so young. She has five children—the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 9 months. Late […]

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trick or treat yourself?

October brings the age old question- trick or treat yourself? I am a believer in treating yourself and celebrating the small success. I think it’s one of the best ways to keep myself motivated and to reset for my next goal. And a nice escape, that won’t break the bank is drink and a cookie. […]

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tips for a happier semester

photo source I love the excitement and anticipation of starting a new school year. To me, the fall semester feels a lot like New Years of the second half of the year. You get a clean slate, set new goals, or maybe live in a new place. I also love the new classes and the […]

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How to answer this one simple question…

I was recently listening to a podcast interview with Joy Cho from Ohjoy.com. (She is an amazing designer, creator, Instagram dancer, and happiness enthusiast.) Joy was being asked about her success as a business woman (She is THE boss babe and, oh man, does she have it together!) but the topic of success for Joy […]

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Not To-Do List—Pencil It In

When planning out your week, you may have your normal work schedule, an appointment on Tuesday, and movies on Saturday—but do you ever schedule in time to be happy? Now I don’t think just penciling in “be happy” at 8:45 am on Thursday will add to your happiness. Instead consider what things make you happy. […]

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I Am A Child of God

There are many things that I wish I would have known when I was younger, most importantly, the simple truth that I was a child of God. However, life being the adventure that it is, that was one of the lessons I learned the hard way. Which is why, in hopes of passing on some […]

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Sweet Happy Hacks

source We all know that good lemonade needs the sour and the sweet. And things happen to everyone that are “sour,” but it is our responses to life’s lemons that make us bitter or sweet. “Lemons” are almost always unplanned and undesirable, at least initially. A lemon in your life could be that all of […]

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Not Keeping up with the Joneses

My husband and I bought a house last year. Immediately, I wanted it to be in pristine condition with all the greatest furniture and a cohesive theme throughout. The problem was, we had bought a house, so money was tight. I’ve struggled with the fact that we couldn’t decorate it after my dreams for a […]

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Oh Happy Day

Now, people will say they either are or are NOT a morning person. But people who do not like the mornings can learn to! If you want to be a peppier morning person, there are things you can do to help set yourself up for success: lay a cute outfit out the night before, and […]

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Grinning in Gray Skies

Last week, I really struggled with being happy and finding joy. I could not sing “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today.” But on Sunday we were reading Elder Uchtdorf’s talk Bearers of Heavenly Light.  In it, he talks about night and day and the darkness and light—and this is where I started paying particular […]

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