happy 2017

My one little word for 2017 is ~ {happy}.

Happy 2017

Sounds pretty simple right?  Who doesn’t want to be happy?

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Well, it’s harder than it seems.  I learned this first hand last year.  Life is not always rainbows & unicorns but I’m making the conscious decision to be happy, even when something less desirable occurs, bringing as much sunshine into my life as possible.

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I’m choosing to make lemonade when life gives me lemons each and every time.  For me.  For my husband.  For my marriage.  For my son.  For my daughter.  For my dog.  For my home. For my family.  For everyone and for everything in my life.

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It’s not only what happens to you in life but even more importantly it’s how you behave and react to what happens to you.  It not easy but it’s worth it.  We only get one chance at this thing called life. And I plan to enjoy as much of it as I can.

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“Happiness is a choice, not a result.  Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.  No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy.   Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. “
~Ralph Marston~

sharing @:

feathered nest friday @ french country cottage 

morning cup joe @ the cottage market 

create bake grow gather @shabby art boutique 

saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes 

what to do weekends @ crafts a la mode 

a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive 

sundays at home @ love of home    

diy party @ time diy show off 

 dishing it digging it @ rustic refined 

the creative corner @ curly crafty mom 

silver pennies @ finding silver pennies 

amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home 

mm @ between naps on the porch

the scoop @ stonegable 

inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia 

make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house 

celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations

inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life  

tuesdays with @ twist @ stone cottage adventures

talk of town @ knick of time

sizzle into summer @ diy by design 

wow @ savvy southern style

creative muster @ fluster buster

share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson

vintage charm @ our hopeful home

home and garden thursday @ a delightsome life

share your style @ 21 rosemary lane 

 home sweet home @ the charm of home 

bff open house @ the answer is chocolate  


  1. Yes, we choose to be happy! Thanks for your inspiring post!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Pam & leaving your sweet comment. I really appreciate it. xo- mj

  3. Cindy says:

    Very inspiring!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  4. Hi cindy! I’m so glad I inspired you. Love when women lift each other up. Have a fabulous week. xo- mj

  5. Snap says:

    Wise words and so true.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Oh my gosh Mary Jo I lOVE this! Truer words were never spoken about how we have to make happiness a choice. And it IS hard….I applaud you for your lemonade-making skills! And thanks for sharing this lovely sentiment with us at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  7. Sandra Garth says:

    I agree wholeheartedly, thank you for the inspiration. Thank you also for sharing this with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    So true Mary Jo! I choose to be happy!! I didn’t receive the news about my MRI that I was hoping I would, but I still look for the happiness and blessings in life. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. thanks kathleen. xo- mj

  10. thanks Sandra. xo- mj

  11. thanks jann. stay positive. mind over matter. you’re in my prayers. xo- mj

  12. Shopannies says:

    love the beautiful pictures reminds me of summer past, not a lot of growing going on this summer here but we did some and my grand daughter had the best time thanks for sharing such a happy post

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