10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You’re Struggling

10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You're Struggling

Truly Happy: how to feel happy even when you’re struggling I don’t know about the rest of you, but once in awhile I wrestle with massive sadness.  I’ve dealt with depression for as long as I can remember, (diagnosed, clinical depression) but over the last few months I’ve been fighting the darkness like never before.  And even though I’m using all the tricks in my well-packed arsenal of coping tools, I’m still struggling to find a new center of gravity….
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This Makeup Hack Will Give You Extra Curly Eyelashes

This Makeup Hack Will Give You Extra Curly Eyelashes

Makeup Hack: try this for extra curly eyelashes! There are so many makeup hacks it’s hard sometimes to separate fact from fiction.  But if anyone has tried every makeup trick out there, it’s me.  Makeup is just one step away from painting with watercolors, and that’s been a hobby of mine since at least the 5th grade, so the way I see it, all the field research I’ve done to find the best makeup hack for your: eyes, lips, cheeks,…
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This Turkish Soap Opera Is The Gift We All Need

This Turkish Soap Opera Is The Gift We All Need

Turkish Soap Opera – The Gift We All Need We have so much to talk about but before we even get started, has it ever occurred to you to watch a nighttime soap opera in a different language?  I mean, I watch BBC shows all the time, so I kind of get it* (*not really) but I don’t know how it has never occurred to me to watch another country’s subtitled version of say, Grey’s Anatomy.  I watched season 1…
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2017 New Year + New Goals + New Journal

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New Goals Guys.  Real talk.  How are you feeling about 2017? I’ll be honest, I’m discouraged.  I’m looking for the light, and looking for it, and squinting my eyes really tiny up at the sky searching for it, and getting out my binoculars, and my magnifying glass, and welp.  I’m having a hard time finding it just now.  But the good news is this:  I’m pretty sure it all works out in the end.  In fact, I feel that to…
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Hello 2017 + Welcome Back Friends!

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Hello 2017 + welcome back, friends! How are you?  How were your holidays?  I’m jumping right back in after two weeks of a self-mandated break, and I’ll be real honest: things are bleak over here. I don’t want to be back at work.  Does anyone ever want to be back at work? I feel especially so today.  Like a kid on the first day of school after a long summer vacation who’d rather be at the pool, or wasting time…
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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016

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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016 (right now!) I don’t know about you, but I spend a significant amount of every Christmas break snuggled up with my family in front of movies and shows I don’t normally have time to watch.  It’s my idea of a very good time.  We light a fire and keep it stoked for better part of our holiday break and take turns choosing shows to watch on Netflix while we do massive puzzles,…
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Simple Grocery Shopping Online + Parking Lot Pickup

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Grocery shopping online – why it’s my newest obsession. Many grocery stores now offer online grocery shopping as a service, and Walmart is one of them. It has quickly become one of my favorite things to come out of the internet age. Here’s how it works: 1. Go to Walmart.com/grocery online to see if there’s a Walmart near you offering grocery shopping online. If your Walmart does grocery shopping online, hooray for you. I’m being serious. 2. Create an account….
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Makeup And Beauty Gift Ideas At Every Price

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Makeup and beauty gift ideas! If you’ve ever tried to buy a gift for a makeup and beauty lover, you know how tricky it is to find the right gift.  There are so many makeup and beauty options, how do you even know what you’re looking for?  How do you choose the right color palettes? There are so many deeply philosophical questions here.  The good news for you is that I’m a makeup and beauty connoisseur.  By which I mean…
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Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers 2016

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Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers 2016 Stockings, and the stuffing of them, might be my favorite part of the gifting traditions over the holidays. I find great joy in collecting all the gift ideas and stuffing them into those big ole’ socks. I love watching and listening as my loved ones exclaim with delight over all the little surprises they find inside. Sometimes I put big surprises in those stockings, too, like tickets to a stage production or sporting event. …
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