The Happiness Challenge!

The Happiness Challenge!

A favorite Mary Englebreit picture!

(via Mary Englebreit cards!)

Recovering from your winter funk–what better way to “snap out of it” than the “Happiness Challenge” 

Happiness Challenge--Can you be happy for 100 days!

…want to join me on this latest venture of mine at #100happydays!  Come on, it will be fun–and we’ll learn so much about each other and what makes us truly happy!

You all know that one of the things I love around my home is inspiring quotes!  This one on “Happiness…” is a favorite!  My mom gave it to me–so it has extra special meaning and value to me!

The Happiness Challenge--my sweet mother!

My mom was always my happiness inspiration…she was such a happy and serene person–one I had the privilege of knowing and loving!


Let’s do this!  Tell me what makes you happy during the next 100 days!  Our combined happiness journey may just take over the world–or at the very least, our little corner of the universe! 

 Follow along with my 100 happy days on my Facebook page…..share yours there too!   


Thoughtful Kindness! The Polar Vortex Edition!

 Thoughtful Kindness!  The Polar Vortex Edition!

Thoughtful Kindness!

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Even though extreme cold and snowy conditions have inspired the new term, Polar Vortex, to describe the unusual weather that has dominated the winter season this year, it seems the frigid temperatures and deep snow drifts haven’t lessened the abundant outpouring of thoughtful kindness by so many!

Winter's Polar Vortes

On a grand scale, you can read the amazing story here about two Olympic sister biathletes–it is the ultimate story of thoughtful kindness and sacrifice!

Winter Olympic biathletes

Closer to home, I have observed and been the recipient of many acts of good will and thoughtful kindness this winter!

Upon waking up to yet another snow storm last week, knowing that I needed to take my older granddaughter to school while my daughter and her husband took my youngest granddaughter in for surgery on her adenoids and tonsils, I once again geared up for slushy roads and slow traffic!

Winter's Polar Votex

That same day, I also received word that a dear neighbor had passed away from complications of pneumonia!  Despite my best efforts, it was hard to stave off the winter funk I felt setting in!  As the snow piled up, my granddaughter and I took refuge inside for the afternoon after I picked her up from school.  Later on that day, when I went to glimpse out my front window to see if the worst of the storm had passed in anticipation of going out to shovel snow, (my husband was out of town on business) you can imagine my delight when I saw my neighbor’s son handily taking on the task of snow blowing my driveway!

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Simple acts of “thoughtful kindness” often give the harsh realities of life a softer glow! 

When facing challenges, thoughtful kindness, whether given or received, always seem to give us a better perspective on life!

Winter fun!

Here’s to a happier polar vortex season!

Any stories of thoughtful kindness you’ve experienced or observed during the cold winter months?


The New York City Marathon!

The New York City Marathon–A Race Like No Other!

The headline in the 11.4.13 USA Today newspaper read, “NYC Marathon is 50,000 strong!”  Add to that number, friends and family members who come to cheer from the sidelines, and it seems almost incomprehensible!  However, I see New York City as being very much like a large family, whose various members invite other friends and acquaintances over for Sunday dinner, and the parents just welcome the extra people with open arms–you know sort of like “the more the merrier”…since after a certain number of people, it just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal!  New York City, in it’s usual capable way, hosted people from all over the United States and the world with efficient and congenial care!   

The New York City Marathon!

You often hear that the New York City Marathon is like no other!  After watching my daughter, Mandi, run in the marathon this past Sunday, November 3, 2013, I believe it!  Since last years race was cancelled due to super storm Sandy, combined with the very tragic events that took place at the Boston marathon, many runners looked to this year’s New York City Marathon as a chance to heal emotionally!

The New York city Marathon!

The New York City Marathon!

Th New York City Marathon!

The energy and vibrancy of New York City was amped up to full throttle as the throngs of marathon runners arrived! 

Lombardi's pizza!

Lombardi's pizza!

New York City pizza!

We enjoyed indulging in the pre-marathon meal with Mandi at Lombardi’s, the oldest pizzeria in America!  So good!  If you ever visit New York City, this is an experience worth having!  The ambience of this quaint, little restaurant alone, is classic New York City–such fun!

Little Cupcake Bakeshop!

Black and White cake!

What do you follow-up the best pizza with–the best cake!   If you’ve ever heard of the black and white cookies that are so popular at New York City deli’s–this is the cake version–it is moist, creamy perfection!  It’s a good thing you walk and walk and walk some more in New York City!

Come marathon morning, Mandi was bused to the starting point in the wee hours of the morning, even though her start time wasn’t until 10:05.  The weather had turned quite cool on Sunday morning, (apparently runners like it a little cool?) so Mandi was glad to wait for her turn in one of the warm tents set up for the runners!

New York city Marathon!

Mandi’s husband, Cole, is always great support to Mandi during her races!   A biker at heart, Cole, recently bought himself some new running shoes!  (Mandi can be very persuasive!)  I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it was to have Cole help guide and maneuver us through the busy streets and barricades as we tracked Mandi’s progress!

The New York Marathon!

The New York Police Department was a strong and firm reminder to everyone that New York City was in good hands!

The New York city Marathon!

Local bands played and added a fun addition to the festivities!

The New York City Marathon!

Mandi’s dad was a proud spectator–although having run his fair share of marathons, I know he was a bit itchy to join the runners!   

The New York City Marathon!

The New York city Marathon!

Even the birds seemed to be enamored with watching the tireless tenacity of the runners!  

The New York Marathon 2013!

Mandi rounded the corner by Central Park at mile 25 looking good and ready for the home stretch!

The New York City Marathon!

Mandi’s tired but triumphant look of accomplishment was truly inspiration to me to remember that even when we’re busy just living life–we need to always strive to make time to fulfill a few of our dreams in the process! 


Have you got a dream you’re going after?