Mom and Sis Came to Visit

Growing up I got to see my grandparents every week. One lived about 10 minutes away and the other about 15. 

I never realized how blessed I was to play with my cousins every Sunday or hug my grandparents weekly.  

As an adult who lives in a different state, I often miss those Sunday afternoons.  

The feelings of love and home that came with it. The feelings that I always experience every time I’m there.  

As a mom, I want Von to feel that love, security, and home feeling wherever we may be.  

Even though she doesn’t see her extended family members every week, we still get to see them often. 

On Tuesday my mom and sis drove to the airport (at 3am) only to learn that their flight was canceled. Major bummer. Thankfully they were able to come today instead. (Well, yesterday, since you’ll probably be reading this Friday)

We hung out, they took Von to the park while I had a work meeting. We watched You’ve Got Mail and had McDonald’s for lunch. We tried to get Von down for a nap but she refused so we went to the library and grabbed a few things from Target I needed for dinner.  

It was a simple day.  

A beautiful day.  

Von played and played and played and loved every second of time she got with my mom and Kenna. It was the best.  

Hugging them as they left for the airport tonight was hard, it always is, but I know I’ll see them again soon. 

I’m feeling super grateful for the sacrifices my family makes to be able to see us as often as they do. In some ways they bring pieces of home here, and in some ways I’m making home right where I’m at.  




Happier Thinking Book Review

*I received Happier Thinking from the author exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

I LOVE books about Happiness.

If you know me at all, you'll know that in 2015 I read The Happiness Project for the first time and fell in love with Gretchen Rubin and all things 'happier.' While I don't agree with everything that Gretchen Rubin discusses, I found her books valuable to me and my life. When Lana reached out to me and asked if I wanted to read her book, Happier Thinking, I jumped at the chance! I love reading books about happiness, especially when they are written by people who aren't psychologists.

My Thoughts

Happier Thinking is a collection of short essays about how to be a happier thinker. I found them enjoyable and relatable. Happier Thinking was a quick read for me. Now that I've finished, there are a few tricks and tips that I want to try. Lana is honest in her book about how she's not a psychologist and she hasn't studied happiness more than the books she's read, and she shares what she's learned as well as her own experiences with mental health and things you can do to be happier.For a long time (before I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety) I thought that people with mental illnesses just needed to square their shoulders and think more positively and their problems would all go away. (Just thinking about this thought process makes me cringe.) But I had a rude awakening when I got home from my mission and realized that squaring my shoulders and thinking positively wasn't going to make my bad mental health days go away. With my own mental illness, my thinking has changed so much over the years and one thing I loved about Happier Thinking was that the author isn't giving a quick fix to help with mental health.The ideas in Happier Thinking are all doable action items. I agree with Lana when she talks about how these things can help. They don't take away depression or anxiety or PTSD, but they can help you think happier. Which I really loved and that's something I'm working on, to be a happier thinker.All in all, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.

About Happier Thinking

Changing how you think is possible. I wasn't always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don't have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It's sort of a gym for my mind. I'd love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it's not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it's absolutely well worth the rewards.

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