Posts Tagged ‘family and friends’

Happiness Highlights: Making the Most of It

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Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier. After whining away my blessings last week, I decided to make a conscious effort to appreciate the […]


One Big Thank You

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Spending 10 months traveling around the United States with Jared and the kids was like winning an academy award: it was life changing in a totally awesome way, and it wouldn’t have been possible without help. This post is my thank you speech… To everyone who opened their home to us. Ilina put us up […]


A Hole At The Table


My family is having Thanksgiving dinner without me today. My mom and my brothers, along with the rest of their families, will gather around a table and turkey, 1400 miles to the north of me in a small ranch house in Iowa.  They’ll laugh and they’ll eat and they’ll make fun of one another.  They’ll […]