My New Happy

Monday, December 10, 2018

What Brings Me Joy This Holiday


Happy Monday, blog world friends!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share what brings me joy this holiday season.

I thought and thought about what I wanted to say.  I'm very blessed, and there are endless things that bring me joy.  But the one that kept coming around today was...time.

This will be my 51st Christmas.  51!!! That's a whole lot of trimming the tree, eating all the cookies, wrapping and unwrapping presents, waiting for Santa Claus, and love.  Mostly love.

I'm joyful when I think back on all the holiday memories.  I miss the ones I've lost, but feel joy for the time we got to share.  And joyful for a little more time with those that are still here.  I'm looking at you, Grandpa Ed.

Time with my boys makes me so joyful, although maybe there's a touch of sadness.  Conner spent Thanksgiving with his girlfriend in another state, and I realized that the time for our little family of four's Christmas chapter is coming to a close.  Before I know it there will be in laws and grandchildren, bringing more joy, and hopefully lots more time.



A whole different kind of time with my husband makes me especially joyful.  We're making new holiday traditions with just the two of us, and it's exciting to think about where time will take us now that there's more, well, time.


What brings you joy this holiday season?  Hope over to The Blended Blog and link up with us!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy Holiday Friday


Happy Friday!  It's been a busy week, but mom and I managed to squeeze in a visit with Santa himself.  Gotta get those requests in early!

I'm at The Blended Blog today, sharing our Friday Favorites.  Hop over and join us, and link up your favorite post from the week.

And be sure to come back on Monday for Merry and Bright - What Brings You Joy?


Happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Everyday Sparkle

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Holiday Style with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Whitney's blog to see how she sparkles and shines.

Today we're sharing sequins and sparkles and things that shine.  I bought this Zara top last year in Vegas to wear to the Britney show.  You can't hang with Britney without a little bling!



And...I haven't worn it since.  So I thought I'd try it with a more casual look for fun.  I added pearls and this Jacquard Bomber Jacket from Old Navy, and even my sneakers have a little silver thread in them.  I got a few funny looks while I was out running errands, but I've decided I don't care!  Everyone needs a little sparkle in their day, especially during the holidays.  

And I left plenty of "shine" everywhere I went, because this shirt sheds sequins like crazy!  How do you sparkle for the Holidays?

Be sure to hop around and visit my TBB Style Sisters to see what they're wearing this week.

Monday, December 3, 2018

TBB Asks - It's The Holidays


Happy Monday!  I can't believe it's the last TBB Asks of the year.  Are you ready for the holidays?  I did a little shopping over the weekend, but there's still so much left to do.  Every year I swear I'll be more prepared, but December always sneaks up on me!  Can't wait to read everyone answers...

1/ I guess?  I don't dislike them, but they're kind of boring.

2/ Early riser.  I loved getting up before the boys so I could see their reaction to Santa's gifts.  Now I can't seem to sleep in no matter what day it is.

3/ Nope.  My years in retail ruined Black Friday for me, and it's gotten even more out of control since then.  I feel so sorry for the employees, especially when "Black Friday" starts on Thanksgiving.  It's ridiculous.

4/ I feel strongly about giving Thanksgiving it's time in the Holiday rotation, so I wait until the weekend after.  Which is generally in November, so yes!


5/ I can't remember the last time I was on Pinterest.  Definitely on my to do list for 2019 - figure out Pinterest.

6/ I'm not much of a glam gal, and I love sweaters so...


7/ Unwrapped.  The less I have to wrap, the better.  Geez, I sound like the Grinch!

8/ ALL the Christmas songs are my favorite!

9/ No.  Yucch.  Ack.  Gross.

10/ Sadly, not even close.  But I do have a list, so that counts, right?

11/ Sometimes.  Snow is hard to come by in Seattle, because the close by ocean keeps things temperate.  Occasionally we get a white Christmas, although it's rare.  Last year was one of them!


12/ Hard to pick, but Charlie Brown is so special.  I tear up every time Linus explains the meaning of Christmas. 

Be sure to hop over to The Blended Blog to link up your posts, and come back on Wednesday for Holiday Style with The Blended Blog.


Friday, November 30, 2018

On Meditation And Mindfulness


I love the idea of meditation, and I've "tried" it several times in the past.  I say try, because I never put much effort into it, and the most I ever lasted was about a week.

Then I met davidji, and my entire perception changed.  He is a meditation master who apprenticed under Deepak Chopra, and was a lead educator and dean of the Chopra Center.  Last month I was fortunate enough to attend an hour long meditation with davidji at FierceCon 2018.  Afterwards, he spoke with us about the importance of meditation, and I decided to give it another try.  

davidji's mantra is RPM - Rise, Pee, Meditate.  He explained that starting the morning with quiet reflection creates a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes.  He threw out some numbers, that I've already forgotten - oops, about the positive impact of peaceful stillness rather than negativity and stress (hello, checking email and social media first thing).

"Starting our day in stillness and silence sets our course for every single moment that will unfold throughout the day.When silence is the seed that we plant to begin our morning, then we move through each interaction, each conversation, each scenario with a bit more patience, a bit more acceptance, a bit more tolerance, and a bit more peace of mind." 
- davidji


God knows I can use more patience and peace of mind.  So armed with this new knowledge, I decided to make a commitment to meditate every single morning for a month.  I signed up for the Headspace app because I knew I'd need help and guidance.  (Great news - you can sign up for a free 30 day trial to see if it's right for you).

The first week was hard.  I'm practicing breathing meditation, rather than mantra meditation, and most days I found myself drifting into thoughts during most of the practice.  But I'd promised myself to stick with it, so I pressed on, and each day got a little bit better.

I'm happy to report that just this morning, I finished day 30 of consistent, daily meditation.  And you know what?  It works.  It really, really works.

Generally, I'm a stress ball. "Hold on, I've got to overthink about it" pretty much sums me up.  And this last week was way up there on the stress scale.  But I was cool, calm and collected.  I stayed positive, I took cleansing breaths when things got too much, and not once did I dissolve into a puddle on the floor.

I've surprised myself with the difference meditation has made.  Even though I'm getting up a little earlier, I feel more energized and focused.  I'm coming at things from a positive place rather than the negative.  I'm mindful of my thoughts, emotions, and how I impact others.  And after only 30 days, I can't imagine stopping.  I'm excited to see what 60, 120, 365 days might bring.  Ha - you probably won't even recognize me anymore.

Do you meditate?  Any tips, tricks?  And if you don't, what's stopping you?

Be sure to join us on Monday for TBB Asks: Holiday Edition.


And the rest of the month for our Monday Linkups.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday Dressing With Eva Trends

Disclosure:  The dress in this post was provided to me.  All thoughts about it are my own.

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Fall Fashion Frenzy with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Vanessa's blog to see her Holiday Looks.

We very rarely go to holiday parties anymore, especially fancy ones.  I'm old and grumpy and like to be home in my pj's by 10pm.  But when I saw this lavender lace midi dress from Eva Trends, it made me want to get dressed up and go somewhere special.


The lavender is such a pretty alternative to a traditional LBD.  The lace is stretchy and comfortable, and the scalloped boat neckline is flattering.  Although most items at Eva Trends are one size, this dress comes in S-XL.  I would definitely get your regular size, as I went up one and it's a little big.  


If you haven't visited Eva Trends yet, go take a look.  They have a huge variety of unique styles and I'm really pleased with the quality.  Don't forget to use code LL10 to get 10% off your purchase.

And then come back and help me figure out where I can wear this dress...and be home by 10pm!

Be sure to hop around and visit my TBB Style Sisters to see what they're wearing this week.

Monday, November 26, 2018

TBB Gift Guide: Giving Tuesday


Happy Monday!  Today my friends at The Blended Blog are talking Gift Guides.  I've gotten many great ideas from gift guides over the years, so be sure to hop over and link up yours.

I wanted to share something a little different.  Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving - of your time, a donation, or a gift to your local community.  Facebook is partnering with PayPal again this year to match donations made on Facebook to nonprofits, up to $7 million.

You can search for local nonprofits in your community through Facebook, or consider donating to one of these:

Ronald McDonald House Charities - allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or no cost.

Born Just Right - focused on building creative solutions that help kids with differences live a more enjoyable life.

Military Mama Network - supporting troops, veterans, and their families.

Bernie's Book Bank - providing books to children in need.

And there are thousands more!  T'is the season for giving...what will you give?
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