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♥  Watching TV show with friends Fun day at pool with family A lot of hand holding when the man returns after 2 weeks away  Visiting local winery    Texas Tacos  Sexy times in a moving vehicle Smoked duck pizza with mozzarella and cherries  Belgian chocolates  Clean sheets New mug from Amsterdam ♥  A new school year…I have my Mondays and Wednesdays back to myself   Hanging up honeymoon pics…finally   Gym time

♥  Winning a scholarship to a national nursing conference in Atlanta, GA Being able to Skype with my husband while he is out of the country for 2 weeks Planning my adventures in Atlanta Trying out new-to-me recipe: Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana (I followed the suggestions from review left by Dans La Lune.)    Lightning storm  Quality time with my stepson while my hubby is away More cake decorating classes with the stepson’s grandmother Putting an outdoor symphony garden performance on my calendar Clean sheets Night run with my stepson ♥  Listening to some classical guitar on my way to work   Netflix’s documentary Tig… so good   Gym time

♥  Running with the hubby Making a mean slow cooker lasagna Feeling needed/wanted at work  Beginning the planning stages of our trip to Colombia next summer    Gym time   Summer days with the stepson Hearing stepson say he has the best parents – referring to his father and myself Finally putting up some wedding pics in our room  New bamboo cutting boards New towels to replace ratty towels at lake ♥  Laughing with my hubby   Eating ice cream together in silence on the couch   “Date” at blood donation center

♥  Working on e-book project with my sister Another cake decorating lessons – maybe will be able to go into business before the summer is over Training for a  1/2 marathon with my stepson  Having family visit us from Colombia  Long, achingly honest discussions with my husband  Being reminded of how thoughtful he is Finishing the new bedroom at our lake camp Showing my family around our little spot at the lake  Seeing my stepson with my family A day to myself ♥  Planning for the July birthdays   Weddings   Quality time with the in-laws

♥  Getting better at cake baking Trying out new dinner recipes Helping the kids plan for Father’s Day  Sitting at the computer with the dogs at my feet    Spending a week kayaking and camping along an Arkansas river with my family  Knowing my stepdaughter feels comfortable confiding in me Watching Game of Thrones with our neighbors Fixing the leaky toilet with my stepson Planning a summer fix-it- list with SS Gummi bear and Sprite popcicles New scrub hat   Creating a summer mowing ad with SS   Gym time

♥  Getting out of work early and getting margaritas with favorite co-workers Great birthday dinner with the whole family Planning my husband’s 40th surprise birthday party  Snuggling on the couch with the man  My stepson trying to scare me  Lunch with my oldest friend Walking the puppies Good run  Clean sheets Slow days at work ♥  Looking forward to a weekend getaway with the family   Pretty pic with the sis  Gym time

♥  Nice dinner out with friends Getting excited while dreaming and planning around a potential professional opportunity Chatting with my mentor Cool sunny run    A relaxing day to myself Watching a movie in bed with my hubby New stove Entering a bass fishing contest with my husband  Successful pre-interview Date night ♥  Planning family vacations Listening to wind chimes  Boat time in the rain

♥  Watching Walking Dead with friends Great dinner with in-laws at the lake Planning my husband’s 40th surprise birthday party  Trying out new-to-me recipe: beef tips with rice and gravy (The guys loved it.)    First anniversary relaxing weekend getaway with fancy dinner and massages  Lunch with my sister Getting my nails done Planning my garden  Clean sheets Outside hot tubs during a cold front ♥  Laughing with my hubby   House of Cards binge-watching   Gym time


her warm breath wakens the soul from a sleepy frost to begin anew

her warm breath wakens
the soul from a sleepy frost
to begin anew

Grow seedlings for my garden

Start my first bee colony

Surprise my stepson with a fun-filled day

Run a 5K

  • Photo taken at the National Museum of Natural History (Butterfly House) in Washington, D.C.
  • Poem first appeared here

My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

U.S. States I’ve Visited

New Mexico
North Carolina

Countries I’ve Visited

Bermuda (British territory)

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