Blog Category : Beauty + Joy

How to be happy.

10-10-2019

  Recently, I saw someone pose this oh-so-general and BIG question: "What the best way to be happy?" Well, holy cow. There are a gazillion different responses, right? I want to share with you just one of my own responses. And I'd love to hear what you think about this one....

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Thoughts from my 55th Birthday

10-06-2019

  I just celebrated my "double nickels" birthday this week. (55!) I have two traditions for my birthday that happen every year. One is my Birthday Kindness Project, in which I write love letters to strangers — as many letters as how old I am. The other is that I take myself ...

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Birthday Kindness Project: Permission Letters

09-19-2019

Did you read my blog post the other day about permission to slow down and to let go? So, speaking of permission to slow way down, do you know someone who needs to hear this? I'm still in the midst of my 55-55-55 Birthday Kindness Project. (I'm sending a letter a day for as many years ...

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Give yourself a standing ovation. 👏

08-24-2019

  Happy Saturday!  Some of you may be participating in Operation Love, a mission of Secret Agents of Change. (If so, you will recognize poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer in the pic up above!) Rosemerry and I are hosting a delightful 7-Day Challenge that is easy + fun.   ...

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A l’il weekend zest…

08-16-2019

I hope you're having a wonderful week. Are you winding down your summer? Or is still in full throttle? Sending you wishes for a weekend full of ease and playful interactions. May you laugh a lot. May you watch a sunset. May you walk barefoot in the grass. May you sing out loud (on or off ...

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Give a flower — get some joy!

08-14-2019

  This lovely couple, Doris and Gary, were just two of the many wonderful people I met while at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Roseville on Saturday. I decided to take a page from my book, “Say it Now,” and give flowers away. (In the book, I encourage people to bring a sin...

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55-55-55 Birthday Kindness Project

08-11-2019

    It's that time of year again! My 55-55-55 Birthday Kindness Projects kicked off on Friday. Every year for the past seven years, I have been sending letters of love and kindness to strangers as a way of celebrating my birthday. The first year I did this, I wrote ...

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Nonpartisan debate fun!

07-31-2019

  I'm on vacation and the cute gal in the photo is my niece, Nikki. She's sitting in my mom's kitchen in Brookfield, Ohio. I took the photo about an hour ago, when we were all having coffee and talking about our plans for the day. Our clan had watched the Democratic debates toget...

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This girl. You.

07-19-2019

  Do you ever catch sight of yourself in the mirror or shadow and think, “Wow, this person has been with me every step of the way. This person has never left my side. She’s trusted me all my life to do the best I can for her.” I just noticed my shadow as I was rushing up th...

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There was even a ginormous potato!

07-10-2019

  A couple weeks ago, I got to spend a few days with my good friend, Maggie. It would have been great to spend time with her under any circumstances, but what made this extraordinary is that Maggie and I were beta testing an idea I've had for a long time. Maggie and I were on ...

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