Category Archives for Happiness

Family Photos 2004 & 2019

There was a time, not so long ago, where it was common for us to get together with my sister’s family and my parents for holidays and vacations. I have many fond memories of cousins playing together on the beach while we adults read, played cards, and caught up on life. With many of the…

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Boston Strong

I spent the past weekend in Boston. It was my husband and my fourth trip to the Boston Marathon in the past 11 years, and my memories of this epic event are a mix of highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies. Our first visit in 2008 was a joyful adventure. I had run my first…

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Live Like Nigel

Yesterday was such a great day, because I spent it doing a few things I really enjoy – connecting with people and listening to music! What do you love to do? Are you making sure you’re taking time to do those things? My husband and I went to Elton John’s “Farewell Tour” concert last night.…

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My One Word for 2019: Focus

Focus on what  matters. I love the annual process of thinking about what I want for the coming year and what One Word can be an ongoing focus for me. I also enjoy sharing this activity with my family and hearing what everyone else’s words are. This year our New Year’s Eve One Word reveal…

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15 Books for a Happier, More Purposeful Life

    I love books, especially ones that give me ideas for how to live this one precious life just a teeny bit better. Although it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just fifteen, here are some titles that I recommend if you’re interested in making some life adjustments. Some are old favorites…

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100 Family Memories

100 Family Memories Every December our family makes a list of 100 family memories from the year. This year marks our 11th year of doing this year-end remembrance activity, and we all look forward to it. Now that the majority of the “kids” are adults living away from home, it’s extra fun to hear from everyone…

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Ep. 63: Growing Gratitude with Sara Kuljis

Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. In Episode 63, I’m chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. We talk about family gratitude practices and lessons from camp for having more grateful families. At Thanksgiving, it’s easy…

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7 Reasons to #optoutside

Next to unplugging, one of my favorite things to talk about is spending time outside. In fact, I believe the combination of unplugging AND spending time outside may be the answer to many of life’s ills. I know that combination works for me. A few years ago REI started their #optoutside initiative: Last year we…

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Ep. 57: The Importance of Adult Friendships with Sara Kuljis

“The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.” Simon Sinek Our adult friendships are really…

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Ep. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam

In Episode 56, I’m chatting with Laura Vanderkam about her book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Laura is the best-selling author of several time management and productivity books including 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of…

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The Magic Relationship Ratio

I recorded this month’s One Simple Thing during a retreat this weekend at 1440 Multiversity I attended with my daughter, Gretchen (see video below or on Facebook). We were at Shasta Nelson‘s Frientimacy seminar where we focused on learning about the crisis of loneliness and how to develop closer friendships and help others develop them, too. I…

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