It’s All About Happy

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Good Morning Everyone! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and today happens to be my birthday. Happy Birthday to me! It also happens to be the first day of my starting Gretchen Rubin's, The Happiness Project. Last night some of the amazing women from Mom It Forward got together for a virtual book club chat led by Angie Lee and inspired me to read it. I am just a few pages in and have already found so many things resonating with me. The words of the writer Colette had haunted me for years: "What a wonderful life I have had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." I didn't want to look back, at the end of my life or after some great catastrophe, and think, "How happy I used to be then, if only I'd realized it." Kristen does a great roundup on her blog each week of her Happiness Project progress and has inspired me to do the same here. I haven't picked a day in each week that I will post about it, but I will, I promise. I am going to start now. Happiness Project #1 Started on my 39th birthday! One of the things I can tell you makes me happy is how much travel and spa writing I am getting the chance to do. Last night I found an invitation in my inbox to attend a fun ...

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Amazing Example of a Hero

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Last week an area about 15 miles south of our house broke into a wildfire. We have plenty of friends that live in what is known as The Pinery that were evacuated and so we anxiously watched the news for information on the firefighters progress to get the Franktown Fire under control. I hardly ever watch the news. I find that most of it leaves me sad, depressed and scared. So when this video started to air I anxiously turned to twitter to contact a friend who works at 9News @MistyMontano please tell me they are not going to show anymore of this horse MistyMontano: @chaotic_barb my heart can't take any more of it, but Sky9 is staying over that home #franktownfire and they did and since everything that happens on the news seems bad I closed my eyes but I am glad I didn't turn it off. What unfolded was some of the most amazing live footage I have seen in a long time. I think all of Colorado had their eyes glued and their breath held as this firefighter rushed in. It is an example of everyday heroics. The goodness of mankind and just something you have to watch. Yes, it is 8 minutes long but it is so worth every second. It's people like that I inspire to be like. Able to ...

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The Photo That Inspired It All…

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It's been time for a blog change for a while. My kids are teenagers, my writing focus has changed, and the old blog, Elementary Spirits, just didn't feel right anymore. I have been mulling over the change for quite a few months but nothing seemed to feel right. I am a big believer that if you feel like you are swimming up stream, you need to let go and accept what comes at you. It always works out the way it is supposed to, and usually at the most unexpected moments. And that is exactly what happened. I was visiting Disney World as part of the Traveling Mom network. I took the afternoon off to hang out by myself. The guilty pleasure of doing what I want, when I wanted. I wandered around Animal Kingdom and decided to take a spin on Expedition Everest, the big-daddy coaster in that park. And at the very top, right before you think your stomach is going to drop, this is what I saw- It became obvious we weren't going to drop over the mountain. Instead, we were yanked backwards. And I thought... What a perfect metaphor for my life. In that instance I knew. I knew what my new direction online was going to be. It is the same as the direction of my life- always ...

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Fun on Park City’s Main Street

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Guest posted originally on Snowmamas.com The slopes aren’t the only place to have a blast at Park City Mountain Resort. For me, the shops surrounding historic Main Street are a full day’s adventure. There are lots of options in this adorable area lined with stores and restaurants. (An insider tip: For easy and free parking near Main Street, your best bet may be Suede Alley or China Bridge.) Photo: Sarah Sampsel Here are some don’t-miss spots that the the members of our Snowmamas/Snowpapas Advisory Council recommend: {Read more of this article} ...

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