Friday Linkage: Happy Links


☀Marc & Angel bring you 10 Happy Habits You Should Start Now:

“The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance; the wise person grows it under her feet. Your life is filled with blessings and achievements, take the time to accept and appreciate these gifts.”

Gratitude is the opposite of fear. Gratitude recharges your soul and manifests miracles.

This poem by Marge Piercy….”Strong Women” Here’s a sample:

A strong woman is a woman who craves love
like oxygen or she turns blue choking.
A strong woman is a woman who loves
strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly
terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong
in words, in action, in connection, in feeling;
she is not strong as a stone but as a wolf
suckling her young. Strength is not in her, but she
enacts it as the wind fills a sail.

☀I just found out one of my favorite people to follow on instagram @erinloechner writes weekly letters to her baby daughter. And yes. They are perfect. This is letter 34 to her eleven-month old.

The fine art of creating space. So important to remember in a world that is so cluttered.

☀Along those same lines, here’s an article about the sacredness of downtime. It’s so hard to just accept moments of unconnected time in our lives, but it is so important!

☀I love this article on finding the pro within you (vs. the amateur)

While there is a great chance if you’re living in the modern, civilized world that you have become domesticated and lost your wildness, that does not mean you have lost your freedom.

Your circumstances may make it seem that you are not free. But this is not so. Your circumstances are not the truth, they are simply what is here right now. Stop identifying with your story. Stop identifying with the ever-changing weather of your life-situation.


Another list to make your life happier right away.

25 Things to Do When Everything Sucks

I drew grumpy cat....
1. Make a list
2. Take a walk outside
3. Take a nap
4. Take a shower
5. Self-massage with jasmine oil
6. Drink tea
7. Make art
8. Organize something
9. Plan something with friends
10. Eat delicious food
11. Cook
12. Write poetry
13. Listen to awesome music
14. Write a letter
15. Drink a lot of water
16. Have some caffeine
17. Watch a silly video
18. Dance
19. Take artsy photos
20. Read
21. Color
22. Cry (it purges your body of extra hormones& will make you feel better.)
23. Yoga or cardio
24. Get rid of stuff
25. Make a fort

Saying Goodbye to 2012: Part 1

20121227-173852.jpg20121227-173909.jpg20121227-173916.jpg20121227-173925.jpgWhat did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I went to Paris, Rome, Florence, Murano, and Madrid
I graduated from college, finally.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Melody had a baby boy. Vanessa got pregnant :) 20121227-174628.jpg

What countries did you visit?
France, Italy, Spain 20121227-175309.jpg

What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Time in the south of France and Italy. 20121227-175859.jpg

What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?
I’m not good with dates but in general:
Tj and I splitting up
Moving back in with my mom
First date with Chase
The day I graduated from massage school
The day I left for my overseas trip
The opening of Dawn’s shop
My 26th birthday
Camping trip with Brandon
Apple picking
Hiking in October with mom
The day mom got in her car accident
The day I graduated from BRCC20121227-180834.jpg

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming an official business owner
Being included in art events around town
Being asked to be Melissa West’s researcher
Feeling content in my life 20121227-181848.jpg

What was your biggest failure?
Um, first of all I don’t think of anything as a failure.
I was a little disappointed that I never made enough money to move back out of my mom’s house.
But: I am pretty close to having a steady income, now! Thank God! Also: I love my mom. She’s adorable. 20121227-192347.jpg

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I have developed piriformis syndrome. But that’s my own fault for sitting too much. 20121227-192201.jpg

What was the best thing you bought?
My ticket overseas.

Where did most of your money go?
Travel, Rent, new i-phone, business stuff
I didn’t really spend too much this year.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going overseas!! Having dinner on the roof with a hot guy in Murano overlooking a canal…..what a great trip. Every day I was excited about life! 20121227-193434.jpg

What songs will always remind you of 2012?
Gotye: somebody I used to know
FUN: We are young
Madonna: (especially: Give me all your lovin’)
LMFAO: I’m sexy and I know it
((Any of the random MTV songs we heard overseas))20121227-194709.jpg

What about you? How would you answer these questions?

Favorite Christmas Movies: List of of Top Ten

My Favorite Christmas Movies

1. Love Actually watch the Love Actually preview here.
Also: I want to marry Bill Nighy.

2. Scrooged watch the Scrooged preview here.
Carol Kane is just the best.

3. Elf watch the Elf preview here.
"Smiling's my favorite!"

4. Christmas Vacation watch the Christmas Vacation preview here.
Two words: Aunt Bethany.((I wanna be just like her when I am old.))

5. Gremlins watch the Gremlins trailer here. 20121224-114451.jpg
I love that the Gremlins like the movie Snow White. Also: popcorn bags on ears.


6. I Want A Dog for Chrismas
How am I just now finding out about this movie?! Rerun is the cutest kid, ever.

7. Home Alone

8. Just Friends
"Forgiveness. Is more than saying sorry." That song is so bad that it's good.

9. Shrek the Halls
Puss in Boots....

10. Nightmare Before Christmas
Great music. Lots of fun.

If you have a favorite Christmas movie I should watch: leave it in the comments!

Have a Merry Christmas, guys!!

Scent: Survey Sunday

Top 15 Scents
1. Clean laundry
2. Honey
3. Citrus fruits
4. Coffee
5. Indian spices
6. Mint
7. Chocolate
8. Fresh berries
9. Jasmine
10. Cedar
11. Wet grass
12. Thunderstorms
13. Matches
14. Amber
15. Stargazer lilies

What are your favorite scents?

Thanksgiving Movies


My favorite Thanksgiving movies:
1. Pieces of April (my ultimate favorite, if you don’t watch the other ones at least try this one)
2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (super cute! my partner in crime and I watch this every Thanksgiving with his family)
3. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (so, I don’t really love this as much as it was a part of my childhood and Steve Martin used to be a very funny man)

Go eat!!
Astrologically this day might suck a bit but keep your chin up and try to enjoy your family.
“You can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your family.”
Love them just as they are.

My Ultimate Favorite Halloween Movies: Joy’s Top 30 (#1-#6)


1. *Behind the Mask
2. *Trick ‘r Treat
3. *Rosemary’s Baby
4. *Buffy series
5. *Shaun of the Dead
6. *Jennifer’s Body


What are your favorite Halloween movies?

Halloween Movies: Joy’s Top 30 (#11-#15)


11. The Adams Family movies
12. Return of the Killer Tomatoes
13. The Cell
14. Episodes of the Twilight Zone
15. Duel

Stay tuned for my top 10 favorite horror films!