Tried. Tested. True.

In many of my posts, I share how learning to be happier has changed my life for the better. At the beginning of 2022, my happiness practices were really tested. I am so excited to share this story of how those practices served me well this week as I experienced a challenging start to theContinue reading “Tried. Tested. True.”

Document Joy

In Anticipate the Good I shared my experience and change from being mostly a pessimist to a perpetual optimist looking forward to the future joy. Another way to feed your happiness and the positivity in your life is to document joy. In ninth grade my English literature teacher made us keep a journal all year.Continue reading “Document Joy”

Anticipate the Good

Last Friday I was full of anticipation. I had been looking forward to my weekend trip since June when my sister bought tickets for us to attend a pop up Alice in Wonderland themed cocktail event. One thing I learned after Mastering Misery and my experience with 60 burials a week working at the cemeteryContinue reading “Anticipate the Good”

Mastering Misery

Shine Bright illuminated my childhood experiences with death and depressed family members. When I was a freshman in college my family experienced a major case of déjà vu. I began my studies in the summer semester in July to get an early start on graduation. My baba who lived with us on and off forContinue reading “Mastering Misery”

Personal Growth

One day during the Nervous Nellie saga while I was driving eight plus hours every two weeks to support my mom’s care, I was invited to join another department at work.  It was the opportunity I knew I wanted from my first month in my new role. I thought about it and discussed it withContinue reading “Personal Growth”

One More Time

After my release from the psychiatric unit following my suicide attempt described in Darkness Descends,  I realized I needed to make some changes to improve my life and make it worth living again.  I also had to get ahead of mounting financial pressures. We downsized and down graded our living arrangements by moving into lowContinue reading “One More Time”

Mania Manifests

In the summer of 2006, I decided to move with my boyfriend of two years from the DC Metro area to Florida in search of some warmth and a slower pace. Tony and I sold most of our belongings. We quit our jobs and traveled 12-hours by car to start a business in an unfamiliarContinue reading “Mania Manifests”