Not about Joy at all

not about joy at allToday’s post is not about joy at all.

Imagine me dressed in all black (some leather), maybe with a bit too much mascara and black fingernails.  I’m sitting in a coffee shop, listening to grunge music and bad poetry.

Outside, the weather is cold and wet, the fog hangs heavy in the air.  It reflects my mood perfectly.

I’m planning on jumping on the back of some biker guy’s motorcycle and riding off into the fog, my long black hair streaming behind me. [Read more…]

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31 Days of Joy in Motherhood – Day 31

31 days of joy in motherhoodIt’s my very last official post in the 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series.

Yesterday, I took some time to read back through the whole series as a single body of work. It was… interesting.

On the whole, I accomplished what I set out to do.  But… [Read more…]

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An Open Letter to the Worn out and Weary Mom

dear weary mom - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comDear Worn Out and Weary Mom —

I know you’re out there.  I know you stumbled on my blog using google.  I see you, each and every day.   And you aren’t alone.

For over three months,  the second biggest search term that leads people to my blog is “weary, worn out mom.” I know you’re there, searching.

And I wanted to tell you [Read more…]

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So what’s the big deal about motherhood?

motherhood - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comMotherhood – 1. the state of being a mother; maternity. 2. the qualities or spirit of a mother

Not exactly a comprehensive definition.

Not exactly a job description that makes me excited to wake up and start being a mom.

Honestly, it kind of leaves me asking the question –

What’s the big deal about motherhood? [Read more…]

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Joy in Perspective and Maturity

31 days of joy in motherhoodI wanted to post on Joy today, and I am.

But it’s not exactly the post I had planned to write.  In many ways, it’s better.

I’ve had an interesting 24 hours and have walked away with a fresh insight.

It’s all about perspective and maturity. [Read more…]

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Joy in Friendship

Joy in friendship seems like such an obvious thing.

We have friends, we like to be with them, that makes us happy.  Done.

But… it’s not that easy, is it?

When I became a stay at home mom, I had to build my friendship network from scratch. I made some mistakes along the way, but I learned some great lessons on friendship. [Read more…]

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12 Simple Ideas for Well-Being

As I laid out on Day 2 of 31 days of Joy in Motherhood, our well-being plays a role in our ability to experience joy.

I’ve tried to write this post several times already, but ended up deleting my efforts.

12 simple ideas for well-being from

Be thankful I waited!

The first one was preachy.  The second one was filled with bad puns (well-being and being well and how well is your being… and beans). Then I wrote a big confessional about all the ways I’m not taking care of myself.  Boring!

In the process, I’ve figured out what I really really really really want to say about this. [Read more…]

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Being a Mom Rocks – No… Really!

being a mom rocks - 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood from thishappymom.comBeing a mom rocks.

Motherhood is awesome.

It’s the best job I’ve ever had.


No, I don’t love every single part of it.  I wasn’t a big fan of poopy diapers or potty training.  I could do with a little less whining and a little more obedience.

But have you ever looked at the benefits that come with the job? [Read more…]

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Authentic Joy – Being Real Matters

get real, find joy - 31 days of Joy in Motherhood from thishappymom.comI wanted to write about authentic joy, about how being real and authentic is a huge factor in how much Joy I have in life (as a mom or wife or woman or whatever).

But to do so, I have to make a big confession.

I struggle.

I like to pretend my house is neater and cleaner that it really is.

I like to pretend that my family eats healthier food than we really do.

I like to pretend that we’re better people than we really are.

And I struggle to admit the truth. [Read more…]

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What Steals Your Joy?

what steals your joy - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comWhat steals your joy? Do you even notice when it’s gone?

Some days, I wake in the morning and realize I just don’t have “it.”

For whatever reason, something snuck in and stole my joy while I was sleeping. And I wake up feeling like I am anything BUT a happy mom.

Honestly, there are days when I calculate if I can go back to work and earn enough money to cover after school care AND maid service.

There are days when I mentally run away from home. [Read more…]

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