Simple Joys

I feel as though most of the time I am so focused on what I am trying to accomplish that I forget to appreciate the simple joys in life. Like color! I spent sometime babysitting my cute little niece Adalynn yesterday (7 months old). I was just walking her around trying to keep her occupied. I spent probably about 75% of the time showing her anything that was brightly colored. She was so fascinated with the different colors. Watching the simple joy in her face reminded me that sometimes we have to stop and take joy in the little things 🙂

I am a painter and I love colors! But I can get so focused on what I want to create that it really takes me to the end of the painting before I take a breath and enjoy the play on colors that I have created. I have always considered the creative process for developing a painting stressful until the final details because the painting doesn’t look right until the end. From now on I going to make a concentrated effort to be thankful for the simple things 🙂 Like seeing each stage of my paintings as the next step to something amazing!

I tend to forget to appreciate how far I have come and how much I should be thankful for everyday. I have made some really wonderful things happen in my life recently, and I know that it will only get better. My drive to create a better version of myself will create the life I want to live. Like I said happiness is a choice! We choose to push ourselves to do better that we sometimes forget the simple joys in our life. So take sometime today to pause and appreciate the world around you.

Puppy love!


I have two puppies at home. I call them both puppies mainly because they are about the size of a cat. This is actually super adorable because they always stay ‘puppy’ size 🙂

This is Sidney aka “Sid’ or “little man” he is a 5 year old Dorkie
This is Nancy aka “little girl” and she is 9 month old Cockapoo.

These two are just a fountain of love! There really is nothing like the unconditional love you get from taking care of a pet. Whenever I am having a bad day at work and really need to smile I will look at pictures of these two cuties. If something is really frustrating me, I will visualize Sid’s face when he is really happy. Its just so adorable! I just can’t stay upset, and I know that I get to come home to two amazingly adorable puppies every day! So I wanted to start your day off with some cute pics of my puppies! I hope they make you laugh as much as they make me!


Good Morning!

Did you know that smiling is actually powerful?? Yup! Showing those pearly whites are beneficial not only to you but to the people around you. Not only is it a basic emotion that dogs and babies react to on a instinctual level but it subconsciously changes your outlook at the time you are smiling!

Smiling releases all those feel good hormones we love so much! If you are having a bad day then the simplest way to feel better is to force yourself to smile. Using the muscles for smiling tricks your brain into thinking you are happy 🙂 so it reacts by releasing Oxytocin and other wonderful hormones at the same time suppressing cortisol. So you can actually make yourself happy by simply smiling. How awesome is that?!

Have you ever noticed that if you are walking around smiling people are more likely to smile back at you? When you put yourself in a happy state people react subconsciously to you and feel better in your presence. So no matter what you are going through if you just choose to be happy and smile your life will become brighter! Enjoy your day and do not forget to SMILE!!!

Lets Begin

This blog is about my own personal growth. I created it to encourage thoughts into your own journey. If i can do it so can you!


Most of you might be familiar with my original blogging cite Womeninjiujitsu. I had such a wonderful time creating posts for that blog. Unfortunately at the current moment I have had to take a few steps back from Jiu-Jitsu as I figure out what my next step within that part of my life. During this time I started to focus on my own personal growth. I have created this blog for multiple reasons.

First and foremost this is a blog dedicated to my own personal growth. Writing is something that I truly enjoy. I hope you all enjoy reading my posts and much as I enjoy creating them! This blog is going to focus on the steps, hurdles, and improvements that I have or will be taking to my efforts to become better each day. Creating these posts will keep me invested in focusing on growing even on days I do not necessarily feel up to being the better version of myself.

The second focus for this blog is to help you! I am hoping that reading along with me on my journey will do one of two things. Jump start your won personal growth and/or be a constant good reinforcement to the path you are currently on to creating a new better you. I am not saying that the way you are at this moment is not good. I am saying that everyone can use a push in the right direction every once in a while. This blog will always be filled with motivational pictures and stories that you can read whenever you need to remember why you started improving.

So enjoy everyone! Lets all start to develop habits and ways of thinking that will better improve our lives and the lives of those around us!