New Years Countdown, Tiara-style

Happy December, folks!  I cannot believe we’re at the end of 2017.  Where in the world did this year go?!??

I’m gonna get real honest…

A good chunk of this year was really rough.  I lost my way a few times and was no longer myself – my true, genuine self.  While I’m a pretty open book with most of my life, I don’t open up about the tough stuff at all.  So even some of the people closest to me didn’t know I was struggling on a very regular basis.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some definite bright spots throughout the year.  And I’m not blind to the fact that I am blessed in many, many ways.  But everyone has their challenges, right?

I’ve only started really being “me” again over the last couple weeks, which has felt awesome.  I still have tough moments, but I know now some of the triggers for them and am better at realizing when it’s starting to happen so I can try to head it off as much as possible.

Unfortunately, the timing for getting back to being me isn’t perfect – we’re heading into what for the last eight years has been my least favorite month.  And I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little worried about regressing to a not-myself, unhappy place again….

BUT, to try to combat this, I’m going to do a New Years Countdown, tiara-style 🙂

Not only will blogging every day this month help ME focus more on the happy but hopefully it will bring a smile to your faces, too!

To kick things off, below is a photo of one of my very favorite things.  We caught this sunrise on Thanksgiving morning and is by far one of the BEST sunrises we’ve ever seen from our house.  The sky was beautiful, and the reflection off the pond was unreal.  It still takes my breath away.



Until tomorrow!




Please Stand By…

It’s been a long summer. Definitely awesome moments, but a good number of tough ones, too. 

I’ve been saving up all my vacation days to take some sweet trips this month and won’t be writing for awhile. 


BUT, have no fear – I’ve loaded the Facebook page with at least one post a day for the next few weeks. Oldies but goodies, I promise 😉  Click here to check it out and “Like” the page to get some daily happy in your news feed.

Cheers y’all,


Two Years in the Blogosphere

Two years ago this weekend, I started this blog.


Time sure does fly, doesn’t?

For the most part, I’ve loved writing here 🙂  It’s been fun, it’s been happy, it’s been therapeutic.  I’ve laughed, I’ve smiled, I’ve cried.  Sometimes I get in a groove and write daily fora while; sometimes it seems like more of a chore and I step away from it for awhile.  But I’m still SO happy I did it (and plan on doing so for a long time)!

One of the coolest and most unexpected things that’s happened as a result of sharing the happy on this blog is that it’s allowed me to connect with people in a new and different way.  Some of them I know, some I don’t. Some are my oldest friends, some are schoolmates or former colleagues I haven’t seen in years.  From talking with some of these folks, it’s become clear that this space is no longer just for me, but for others, as well – whether it’s just for fun or because they need some extra happy in their lives, too.

As a fun reflection, I took a look back at my writings and pulled some of my favorite posts.  If you’ve missed any of them or want to check them out again, click the links below.

(And yes, I know there’s a lot of them.  I have a lot of faves.  Don’t have time to read them all?  Bookmark the page and come back to it later 🙂 )

Thank you too all who follow along (and welcome, to anyone who’s here for the first time)!  I look forward to continuing to share the happy 🙂





Your Tribe

Too often we either struggle to realize (or wait too long to make a change) when we have people in our lives that maybe shouldn’t be or at least shouldn’t have such a large part in it.

Not everyone feels this way, but I personally believe that you should surround yourself with people that bring you peace, happiness, joy, and positive vibes, and people who help you find those things within yourself. 

And if someone doesn’t fit that bill? Think long and hard about how much you want them around. Life is too short to do otherwise.

We have the power to choose who we surround ourselves with…those who are in our tribe. Yes, there are times when it’s unavoidable to be around someone with negative energy or someone who you just plain don’t like – such as a particular family member or coworker – but for the most part, it’s up to us.

Here’s some quick math: On an average workday, I sleep 7-8 hours a night, take about an hour to get ready, spend 1-1.5 hours commuting, and work anywhere from 8-10 hours. So, for five days a week, that leaves me with about 4-6 hours where I get to choose what I do and who I spend time with – about 15-25% of my day.

In the grand scheme of things? That’s not a lot of time. As harsh as it sounds, why would I waste any of those hours with someone who doesn’t bring positivity, happiness, joy, and peace to the table?

Make good choices, folks. Choose your tribe wisely 🙂

Your Spark

Everyone has ups and downs in life; times when we lose our spark. 

And how up the ups are and how down the downs are vary from person to person. It’s not up to us to judge another’s emotions or challenges. 

Do we make mountains out of molehills from time to time? Abso-freaking-lutely. 

And conversely, are we sometimes too nonchalant about things? Definitely. 

But, often it’s not until after the fact when you realize the true “size” of whatever you faced. 

The important thing is this: whenever you find your spark again, no matter how long it takes you to get it back, rise like a damn fire.