How I “Got” Happiness in an Utterly Deplorable and Lacking Week

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“Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.” ~Paul H. Dunn Happy Sunday-Monday, Journeyer! You know how random life can be sometimes? How you’re plugging along all nice …

Healing and the Two Sides of Grief

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Good morning, Journeyer! This morning I am coming to you from the first National Hope and Grief Convention being held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis! Warren and I set out in our trusty, rusty old van when I finished work on Wednesday, spent the night in a Super 8 in Ohio, and finished the few hours under bright sunshine …

Healing and the Two Sides of Regret

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“Live your life without regret.” That thought popped into my head while driving to work this past week. Impossible, the other side of my brain chimed in. We need to learn to live with regret. We are human. Later that day I opened the conversation with Warren and Big Guy, both of whom related to the opening quote simply as …

Cheeseburger, Rose, Sweater, Tractor

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    It’s the beginning of a new month, Journeyer. Which means that in addition to bill money in my bank account, I also have raging hormones to look forward to every day for a week. I’m talking the pimply-faced, swollen-body-limbs-aching-boobs-pants-don’t-fit, irritability-initiating, completely exhausting kind of physiological changes. In between Wednesday’s shifts I napped from a little after nine until …

Hallelujah! – Feedburner Fixed, I’m Not Sad Anymore, & Exciting News!!

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On May 16, 2013, I not only wrote about my epic sadness, I posted those snotty-nosed feelings on this blog. Well, Journeyer, let me just tell you what happened. I’d love to say that thousands of people reached out to comfort me, that Oprah called to ask me on the show, or Ellen e-mailed to invite me to dance with …

The Wait is OVER: Digging for the Light is HERE!

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Today’s THE DAY, Journeyers!! I’m excited and honored and nervous and happy as all get-out… If you pre-ordered the Nook version, it’s waiting for you now! The Kindle version went live a few hours ago! And you can order the print version here. The paperback link hasn’t quite made its way to Amazon’s search database, but should be there within …

Need a Lifeline for You or a Loved One?

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  Right now, millions of people all over the world are experiencing a loss due to one of these 5 Ds: Death, Despair, Destruction, Disease, or Dysfunction. When mayhem or mishap touches our lives, we often feel as if we are totally alone and gasping for air. We often feel as if our tragedy defines every nanosecond of our days …

It’s Time

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 Late Sunday night, just as I was about to sign off and go to bed, I received an e-mail from a writer I had referenced in a Happy Happens post. She not only read that July piece, she became the very first person to inquire about submitting a guest post to this column. I was over the moon, Journeyers! …

On Validation and the Value of Self Worth

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As I sat in my therapist’s office last week, a small truth began to unfold before my eyes. “I guess I’ve just always been looking for validation,” I said. Learning. Growing. Understanding, Journeyers. That’s half the battle. As those words tumbled from my mouth, I remembered a conversation with my first successful therapist. I say “first successful” because my parents …

A Mother’s Love Gone Wrong

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Journeyers, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Family in the hospital. Family coming and going. Skeletons leaping from closets. Gatherings and celebrations have collided with worry and heartache and painful memories. The flurry of activity kept me from writing yesterday. The emotional drain of last night’s and the previous evening’s events leaves me exhausted. Limbs seemingly drained of life. …