Tag Archives: happiness

Another reminder: Life is short

I want to write a positive post. I want to discuss how to focus on the important things, the things that truly matter to us. I want to quote James Taylor: “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of … Continue reading

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Moodiness

Ooooof! I have been in a crummy mood lately. A really crummy mood. To all my friends and family who have born the brunt of my moodiness, I sincerely apologize. Good thing I’m usually so lovable.

I know that in the big picture of life, I have no reason to complain. So what should I do about this funk that I cannot seem to shake? Here’s my plan […] Continue reading

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Can I, or should I, unclutter the sentimental items?

As I continue on my quest to unclutter my house and my life, I’m finding it easier and easier to give things away, even expensive items, to someone who will use and enjoy them more than I do. But I’m having much more difficulty with the sentimental items.

But I simply do not have room for everything. And I do not want my home to be in any way museum-like. (Um, considering the mess, there’s no need to worry!) Clear and open space in my home makes me feel calmer and more relaxed. I’d like to have more relaxed feelings and less Stuff.

So what do I do with these lovely, sentimental items? Continue reading

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Tasty Tuesday: Baked Apricot Chicken

I made the most delicious, and incredibly easy, chicken recipe the other day, and I feel compelled to share it.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can prepare it up to 24 hours in advance. So it’s perfect for busy days: just prepare it the night before, and then when the time comes all you have to do is stick it in the oven. Or, in my case, ask another household member to stick it in the oven. 🙂

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Kindness of Strangers

A recent post on RealDelia and two news stories has me thinking about the kindness of strangers. When a family’s house was threatened by a mudslide, strangers came out of the woodwork to help them. On the flip side, a woman is caught on camera treating a cat cruelly and she becomes the object of death threats.

Are most people kind to strangers?

Once, when I was traveling overseas, a very kind stranger came to me rescue. I was using a bright red day-planner to organize my entire life. All my travel documents, plane tickets, passport, and loads of cash were in that day-planner… Continue reading

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Central Air: A Luxury or a Necessity?

This summer’s unusually hot weather has me constantly complaining about: the heat and humidity, my lack of central air conditioning, the noise and inefficiency of the window air conditioning units, and let’s not forget my frizzy hair. [And, uh, no. I feel no need to post a photo of said frizzy hair!]

All this complaining brings up the question: is Air Conditioning a necessity or is it a luxury?

My mother, who grew up in the city, describes sitting out on the sidewalk under a streetlamp playing cards until 10:00 in the evening, because it was just too hot to be inside. Air conditioning only started to become common in office buildings, stores, and public buildings in the 1960s. […] Continue reading

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Identify the problem: Where are my keys?

Identify the problem.

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? I mean, if you are unhappy with something or feeling frustrated, you already know what the problem is, right?

Not so much. At least, not for me.

As I was getting ready to walk out the door recently, I found myself in the all-too-common situation of rushing around looking for my keys and sunglasses. I hate that! More stress, more tension, making myself late, just because my stupid keys are missing. […] Continue reading

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Trade offs

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk?” –Albert Einstein My house is a mess. Seriously, it’s a total mess at the moment. There are boxes all over, clean laundry … Continue reading

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Weekend Happiness

The whole point of this blog is to focus on things that make me happy, that move me, or make me smile. I hope you find that it helps you to smile, too!

Usually when I write about things that make me happy, I tend to focus on the people I love. Which is wonderful. The people I love do, indeed, make me happy. But today, I’m going to write about a few things that are not specifically related to friends or family.

These are some things that made me smile this weekend, all on my own […] Continue reading

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Welcome Non-Consumer Advocate Readers

If you’re here following a link from the Non-Consumer Advocate, welcome! (An aside: Today, Katy of The Non-Consumer Advocate posted my piece about uncluttering, very slowly, as a guest post on her wonderful blog.) Just a moment to introduce myself: … Continue reading

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