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2011: The Year of Happiness

I’m a big believer of visualizing. Attitude is everything. Where your mind goes, your energy flows. So, 2011 will be The Year of Happiness. Of course Clarity is still a focus of mine, as I believe it is a daily practice. But  for this upcoming year, I’m going to keep Happiness in the frontal lobe. Happiness can be a pumpkin spice latte on a rainy day, or reading under the covers with my little boy. Happiness can be crossing off monotonous tasks from my to-do list or just watching my boys get along.

I was inspired by this archived list from Literary Mama and decided to make my own. It’s more of a creed than a list of resolutions. Borrow some or add your own. Just make up your mind to have a GREAT 2011.

2011: The Year of Happiness


Play more board games. Print the pictures you downloaded. Make a Vision Board. Eat ice cream for breakfast. Treat yourself to a pedicure. Take a nap outdoors. Go on a scavenger hunt.  Journal about your day.


Play tag at the park. Buy or rent a tandem bike. Go to a midnight showing. Attend a high school concert. Attend a free outdoor concert. Put on your own Rockband concert. Borrow international CD’s from your library. Write a poem about rhythm.


Invite the family over for Sunday dinner. Have a water gun fight. Run through sprinklers. Walk to the grocery store. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Donate your winter coats. Throw confetti on your birthday. Have a balloon drop in the living room because it’s Thursday. Add a silly memory to a scrapbook.


Buy colorful funky knee socks in the juniors department. Paint your toenails alternating colors. Buy the shoes. Wear the skirt. Ask your mother to hand down a beloved piece of jewelry. Write about your school lunch box.


Sketch a tree without leaves. Visit the pet parade. Buy a bearded dragon. Sing with your bird. Grow vegetables in your garden. Visit the Farmer’s Market. Buy a treasured vintage article. Browse an art fair. Create a story with photos.


Wear red. Drive with the windows down. Help a frazzled mom bag her groceries. Wink at an older gentleman. Smile at strangers. Have tickle fights with your kids. Have tickle fights with your love. Cuddle with your pet. Write a sad story.


Run for a cause. Speak your mind. Sing karaoke. Play air guitar. Send thank you notes. Send a Thinking of You card to an older relative. Mail a letter to your child. Leave a seductive note for your love. Visit the museum. Fish in a river. Ride a pontoon on the lake. Write from the point of view of a raindrop.


Make snow angels. Walk barefoot in the rain. Make tie-dyed shirts on your patio. Sell lemonade on your corner. Play in the mud. Clean out your drawers. Clean out your closets. Clean out your head. Do morning yoga. Say evening prayers. Drink green tea instead of coffee. Go to bed. Write a song.


Order in. Read your journal. Listen to books. Don’t save it for later. Eat organic. Hike in the woods. Splash under a waterfall. Give back. Give up. Give away. Eat dessert first. Bake cookies for a neighbor. Bake brownies for your office. Bake a cake for a first lost tooth. Write about an old recipe.


Or Just Write. Write everyday.


Filed under Advice, Believe, goals, Inspiration

Writing of loss


A writer friend of mine had the esteemed honor of being published in Literary Mama, recently.

I say “esteemed honor”, because among our online support group of  women writers, we share near misses and not one of our group had made it into Literary Mama, until now.

Not only did Stephanie Dethlefs get the coveted byline, but had a remarkable story to share about a mother’s love and loss.  Please follow the link to read her essay, “Beautiful Friend.”

And, if you have a story of mother’s loss to share, follow this link to a call for submissions for a miscarriage anthology, being printed by Catalyst Book Press.

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Filed under Advice, Creative Essays, Deadlines, emotion, Non Fiction, writer markets