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.

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Until tomorrow!

Cheers,

SMR

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Rise Up

Hello again, blogosphere 🙂

What a few months it’s been!  I hope you all enjoyed the end of the summer and are starting to feel the wonderful fall weather.

When I saw this video a couple days ago, I knew it was the perfect re-entry into Tiaraland.  Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” has long been one of my favorites for some very personal reasons.  But to hear a middle-school choir singing this song at a time where many communities, individuals, and heck even entire nations are hurting was crazy powerful.  Whether it’s natural disasters, political distress, personal challenges, or family hardships, I think one of the kiddo’s fathers put it best in this article from the Washington Post:

“This song, it resonates so much because of the times we’re in right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of pain going on. … When you have a group of kids, innocent kids singing ‘Rise Up,’ the message is mind blowing, how such a simple phrase can impact so many people. … The kids are trying to show us there’s another way than what we’re experiencing.”   

Check out the video below to hear these powerful voices.  And consider having a tissue or two ready.  Because, all the freaking feels.

And oh by the way, this was only their second rehearsal of the school year.  Let that sink in for just a minute….

Have a lovely day, friends!

Cheers,

SMR

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. 

So…. 

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,

SMR

When You’re Quiet

Ponder this….

I pray that everyone has someone that hears you when you’re quiet. But also…

Someone to BE THERE for you.

Someone to support you how YOU need to be supported, not just in whatever way they can fit into their schedule.

Someone that will put their own stuff aside for the moment and recognize that their focus and energy and time and presence are needed elsewhere, at least temporarily.

Someone to give you a hug, or some quality time (whether that’s chatting the night away or sitting in silence watching a movie), or some prayers, or something to distract you, or some space…whatever YOU need.

Remember…for some people, silence can actually be louder than shouting.

SMR

Two Years in the Blogosphere

Two years ago this weekend, I started this blog.

WHOA.

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 🙂

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Cheers!

SMR

 

Sway

Totally digging Danielle Bradbery’s “Sway” right now.

Chill melody, lyrics that I agree with and enjoy, and just an overall good vibe.  She won NBC’s The Voice a few years ago, and I honestly can’t remember if she’s had any other songs released that I like, but I’m definitely a fan of this one 🙂

Lyrics and music below.  Enjoy!

Sway

Hey, we’re all in the same boat
Life can really suck sometimes
But hey, can’t live in a shadow
So here’s a little piece of advice

Start by kicking off your shoes
Leave ’em right by the door
Then you call a couple friends
And you call a few more
Put a drink into your glass
That will make you let go
Then you find something smooth on the radio

That makes you wanna sway to the left
And sway to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh

Hey, world’s kinda messed up
We got no time for sitting around
Wait for it to let up
Let’s break some rules and figure it out

Start by kicking off your shoes
Leave ’em right by the door
Then you call a couple friends
And you call a few more
Put a drink into your glass
That will make you let go
Then you find something smooth on the radio

That makes you wanna sway to the left
And sway to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh
That makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh

Start by kicking off your shoes
And you find something smooth

Something that makes you wanna swaaaay to the left
And swaaaay to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh
That makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh