31 Days of Anger – Finding Peace in Unlikely Places

Sometime this evening, I’ll be joining in the biggest blog linkup I can find.  It’s the 31-Day blog challenge hosted by The Nesting Place.  It’s my second time to do so.  This year, I’m writing about ANGER.

Last year, I wrote for 31 days straight on the idea of JOY.  Specifically about finding joy in everyday motherhood.

By the last day, I was sick of the word joy. [Read more…]

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Lessons Learned from 31 days

So… last year I joined hundreds of other bloggers in the Nester’s 31 days challenge.  It ran the entire month of October, and for 31 days straight I wrote about Finding Joy in Motherhood.

I loved it.

I hated it.

I almost quit partway through. [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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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 thishappymom.com

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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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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Joy is spelled J-O-Y (how do YOU spell it?)

how do you spell joy - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comJoy is spelled J-O-Y.

(and i bet you wondered if i was skipping a day in the 31 days of joy in motherhood.   nope.  i’m late, but i’m not about to skip a day.)

But what exactly does that mean?

When I was in Junior High, I was taught that the letters J-O-Y represented the perfect priorities.

If you have your priorities right, you’ll find JOY. [Read more…]

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Felicity (giggle) really is just another word for joy

felicityAs I’ve already confessed, the word “felicity” makes me giggle.

I know now that it’s just an old fashioned word for happiness, joy, and bliss.  But I used to think it meant something else.

It was generally used in the context of “I hope you have a felicitous marriage” when I read it in English period novels.  So I assumed (naively) that it was a nice way of saying there was lots of (blush… ahem… you KNOW) and that both parties enjoyed themselves.

(I was standing in a card shop giggling at the wedding cards when my mom discovered my misunderstanding. Imagine the look on HER face.)

Today’s post is all about felicity.

I have five ideas to create more felicity in your marriage.

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