Life, Writing


Good morning, bloggers!

Sometimes, I have the most random thoughts go thru my head. (I like to think this is mostly due to my *writing brain*) This weekend, I had a revelation.​ At least, that’s what I call it.

Here’s my rant to start the week off on the right foot.  😉


I’ve spent my entire life (well, from what I can remember) making others happy. Whether it be thru my actions, words, or even my choice in job. Family, friends, employers, coworkers… You get the point.

I’ve realized more recently that you just can’t make everyone happy. It’s impossible. Talk about an aha moment!

And also, should that be how anyone lives? Should we focus all of our attention on everyone else’s contentment? Trying to please others? All while forgetting ourselves? No.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to make other people happy. (Sometimes, double-negatives are necessary.) We definitely should. You can get a lot of enjoyment out of bringing happiness to others.

What I’m saying is this… One’s sole focus in life should not be to ONLY make others happy. We need to think about ourselves sometimes too. It’s important to find that medium. I think that’s one way to find even more, genuine happiness.

Thinking back on my first blog post of the year, I promised then that I would focus on myself in 2018. I think we all could use a little more *self focus.*

Let’s do this… I challenge you. Every single person that takes the time to read my post, I’m talking to you.

I want you to take a moment and focus on yourself. (I know that’s difficult for a lot of people. I totally get it. But humor me, please.) Now think about what makes YOU happy. Truly happy. It could be anything. New shoes. A good book. Writing. 10 minutes of meditation. Cooking. Sewing. Playing solitaire. A hot shower. Well, I could keep going, but you get the idea.

Don’t think of just one item. Think of several. Got those in mind? Awesome! Now, commit to doing some of those things this week. One thing a day for yourself, for your own happiness.



Should you choose to accept this challenge, let us know below. You can be specific and share with us your thoughts, or you can simply say “Challenge accepted.” Either way, let’s put it in writing. Then, we can support one another. Encourage one another. Let’s do this… together!!

I’ll go first, in the comments.

Until next time……………………………………Love & Blessings.


13 thoughts on “Happiness…”

  1. Challenge accepted!!
    This week I will take care of my own happiness by doing the things that I enjoy… writing, reading, and baking.
    Can’t wait!!!


  2. Thank u dear Marlena. That was beautiful. I do believe we r riding the same wavelength! I just wanted to let u know I tried to reply thru ur site but it keeps saying I need to enter a URL…i keep plugging in my website…but doesn’t seem to be working? Anyway….just wanted to be sure I reached to tell u how much I loved it. Xo

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  3. Challenge happily accepted! I am gifting myself meditation time daily, time to exercise and am determined to lose a few pounds and get even more healthy through the year! Yes! I choose to make ME happy!

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    1. That’s awesome, Jan!! I’m so glad to have you join me. 🙂 Please keep me posted!! I’ll be thinking about you and sending positive thoughts.


  4. Challenge accepted, Mar. I have decided to dedicate one full day a week to my writing. That will color my world with sunshine. I have four books almost completed, and my happiness will come from focusing on those final chapters.

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  5. LOVE your challenge! I’m going to allow myself to DREAM BIG! I refuse to be ‘realistic’ and instead will make a new VIsion Board with all my current desires! Thanks Marlena, you made my day/night/week!

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  6. Thanks    for accepting and following my blog.

    I’m available to read your post at my convenient time.

    You have such an interesting topic I will love to read in
    your blog.

    I still remain  the simple blogger…..

    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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  7. Hi
    Thank you. I am happy to see your wonderful post. It gives me a thoughtful thinking and am  happy for that. That is always my intention to see a post that gives me happiness.

    Am happy  to share at least a part of that happiness and love here as am commenting now.



    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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