Smile Because It Happened

Annah Elizabeth Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Patches the Pooch, Relationships 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! As I scroll through this past week’s events, I can’t help but notice the stark contrast between happiness and strife… This week brought with it two more deaths of people who left this earth way too early, and both of these men took their own lives… This is the fourth death of someone we know and the third …

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing 1 Comment

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! I have to say that this week was like a wink of the eye. BLIP! Back to work after three weeks off definitely comes with challenges, most notably for me is getting up and showered and dressed and out the door before the sun rises. But all in all it’s been a good week. The sun has …

Heartsongs

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Mental Health 4 Comments

Dear Journeyer, As I reflect on the photos of this past week, this early morning video stands out. Morning Bird Song in December One week after Christmas I woke up to birds singing outside of the bedroom window, something I haven’t heard in the month of December since moving to upstate New York thirty years ago. The last week was one …

Take 5

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Relationships, The Five Facets of Healing ™ Leave a Comment

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! This week’s title comes to you from this week’s marriage counseling session. I haven’t written anything about that part of mine and Hubby’s relationship for many, many months. Here’s why: The last time I did, a beloved reader questioned me about sharing this sort of information and shared her concerns about how discussing our marital work might somehow inhibit …

Healing and the Two Sides of Forgiveness

Annah Elizabeth Forgiveness, Healing and the Two Sides of, Loss, Grief, and Healing 4 Comments

“Meet people where they’re at.” Yesterday, while researching quotes for the chapter introductions of the two Grief Diaries anthologies I am co-authoring, I came across that phrase for the umpteenth time in the past couple of months. I have to be honest, though my brain comprehends what the words are saying, I haven’t been able to internalize what the expression means. Meet people …

Headway and Headdresses

Annah Elizabeth Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Relationships, The Five Facets of Healing ™ Leave a Comment

Happy Monday, Journeyer! It seems that many of the things that have been feeding my happy are those that I either can’t capture with my camera or I can’t take time to stop to photo them. Even though I don’t have pictures, I do have the memories. Like all things in life, when I stop to remember those moments that …

Lilly, The Boys, and Slammin’ Mac ‘N Cheese

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happiness, Happy Happens ™ Leave a Comment

Wow, Journeyer, another week has come to an end, with a new one right on its heels! There’s a saying I’ve had many people tell me after I inquire about how they’re doing. “Every day I put my feet on the floor, is a good day.” That is sort of true, isn’t it? Believe it or not, I really don’t …

Boldt-ed

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Marriage, Travel 1 Comment

Well, Journeyer, last week’s Happy Happens edition is a bit late, but I promise I have a VERY GOOD EXCUSE. MANY GOOD EXCUSES! EXCUSES THAT ARE SO MUCH BETTER, SO MUCH MORE ORIGINAL AND CAPTIVATING THAN: My computer crashed (which it has numerous times in the last week and a half) or the one we adults say all too often: …

Re-Routering

Annah Elizabeth Mental Health, Relationships 4 Comments

Right now I’m feeling a great sense of relief and accomplishment! We’ve been having problems with our bandwidth usage for months now, with some device siphoning  off our daily allowance. It’s an intermittent problem and one I haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause. Earlier this week I followed the advice of a quick Google search and reset my router. …