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This November I’m learning that

The road to happyness is paved with a lot of pain. [tweet this]

I'm discovering this through a new project I'm working on.

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I’m participating in NaNoWrimo.  Those of you familiar with this can probably already stop reading (just kidding, please read on).  In case you don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo was set up for those who wish to participate in the challenge of writing a novel in thirty days.

That’s 50,000 words in thirty days to be exact. ...continue reading The Road to Happyness is Paved With….

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mindfulnessfailAbout two minutes before I started writing this I realized what day it was, and that I can officially win this month’s FORGETFUL JERK AWARD. ...continue reading Complete Mindfulness Fail

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yelling

This is one of those posts that is difficult for me to spit out, because it involves a lot of soul baring on my part.  I want to talk about yelling and how it destroys the trust and bonds between parent and child.   ...continue reading How Yelling Hurts Your Happiness

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Listentotheday

Listen to the Day

Listen to the day, and what it says, in whispers of wind upon the sounds of playing children...  Shrieks of delight and roars of competition - foes fallen and friends united, brothers in love.   ...continue reading How Listening to the Day Can Improve Your Happyness

Living in the moment is something I truly struggle with.  I know I’m not the only one with this issue, but I also feel that life abroad, especially for diplomats, brings an interesting nuance to this issue.

You see, I don’t just spend a lot of time wondering what’s going on with everyone else in my family.  Worrying about my grandfather.  Inquiring about my sister in college.  But I spend a lot of time hypothesizing about our future, since we live on this rotational two year calendar.  If we are lucky we get three years, or if we are really rolling the dice, DH gets a one year in a third world dump.  (He loves the work, but those twelve months are rough!) ...continue reading The Moments When