I praised my kids and husband. I am grateful for our dog Max, for family time and the ability to work on and improve my calm and assertive energy. I sand the song Dreams by Brandi Carlile in the shower today. I meditated, did 15 min of cardio and created something. I am working on being more open daily to my emotions and just viewing and accepting them. I would like to HOPE that I have much more control over my emotional responses than in the past. I would like to just take things in and become more balanced by not reacting. I want to say less and listen more. This will be challenging as I am a super chatty person. To think and pause before I ever speak will allow me all the time I need to mull things over introspectively rather than outwardly. I think this will lead me to more calm and assertive energy overall. Today’s happiness challenge is to sing with someone else, in the car should work. I will continue to HOPE for more insight, understanding and balance.


I am grateful for sleep, I am grateful for watching my children have fun and for having fun myself. I sang “Hey Ya” today and praised my kids for their great behaviors. I meditated, praised some more and gave myself some positive affirmations. I am Hopeful for another amazing calm and relaxing day. I am busy filling up my bucket with life, love and laughter. I am tired of trying to plan and control things in my life and find that I am often much more disappointed than I really need to be due to setting myself up with so many expectations. I HOPE I can learn to let go more often and let life unfold as it was intended. Found some great books today including Mandela’s Way; lessons on life, love and courage by Richard Stengel. Really looking forward to reading this and feel like it was placed in my path as another guide towards HOPE. Today’s happiness challenge is to stay open to new things, even if they are not what I had in mind. ” We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_inspirational.html


I am grateful for many things, 6 in the last couple days of not blogging, to be specific. I am grateful for patience, I am grateful for the ability to work on controlling my thoughts. I am grateful for quality time with family. I have been praising people that I have been with. I have been meditating for at least 5 minutes a day, I have been doing 15 min of cardio a day. Friday I added 3 positive affirmations for myself per day. I added not responding until after counting to 10 to my daily happiness challenge. I, personally have a hard time not responding immediately at times without thinking things through and I think this would really help my self control and make me happier. I have had a few songs in the last few mornings, Kid Rock, Pearl Jam and today, “this is my fight song”. Today I HOPE for fun and relaxation. I am propelled to joy and calm. I am taking advantage of time with my kids and Michael. We are finding wonder in the little things all around us and appreciating life. I have a new understanding of my ability to deny the negative thoughts and accept only the good stuff. I intend to focus on the positive and watch it expand. I will walk over the coals of frustration without getting burned.

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. Alice Walker
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