Claire’s Happiness Project Archive


The times, they are a changin’…

Every time I post these days it seems to start with “wow it’s been a long time….” I have a lot to say, but am still working on how I want to communicate it with the world. (And by world I mean our 12 readers. Hi 12 readers. You’re fabulous and we


Roots & Wings

I’m baaaack! We’re finally homeowners! Homesteaders! We can paint with all the colors of the wind! Ok maybe not, but after years of apartment bliss, we’ve finally put down roots. Much like people say something changes the moment you say “I do”, something palpable shifts when those keys finally change hands. Walls are painted,


No matter what, I will write.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been writing as much this month. I thought about waiting until December and then posting about how I was boycotting blogging because I think National Blog Post Month/National Novel Writing Month are ridiculously stupid. I refuse to justify either phrase’s stupid abbreviation by writing them down.


Claire’s Happiness Project: Putting it all together

These days I feel like the Roman goddess Iustitia: Blindfolded, armed, and barely able to keep my scales balanced. I have no idea how I got here, where I’m going, or how to keep myself from completely losing my mind. But, hey, all it’s all in a day work, right? I honestly can’t


Claire’s Happiness Project: Disconnecting

Social media is important for bloggers- it’s how we get our stuff out there, gain readers, and hopefully make enough money so none of us have to work a real job. However, in my personal life, I hate Facebook. Twitter, I can handle- I get news, friendly communication from fellow bloggers, and


Claire’s Happiness Project: Fortune Cookie Psychology

While Carrie Bradshaw ascribed thoughts of karma to the fortune cookie school of psychology, I’ve always been a big believer that you get what you give. It’s been the driver behind everything I’ve done, and I’m starting to wonder- is life really a boomerang? Is there really a driving force that brings


Claire’s Happiness Project: Bring on Summer

No matter how many times the Geekling and I listen to Let It Go and try to convince ourselves that the cold never bothered us anyway, we’re sick of snow. And cold. And more snow. And the millions of nasty bugs that preschoolers seem to pass around and never ever go away


Claire’s Happiness Project: Winter is coming. And it’s never going to leave.

I love snow. Fluffy white snow, sledding, snowmen, hot spiked drinks, and watching the Geekling attempt to make snow angels is what make winter great. Love snow, but I”m a firm believer that the polar vortex should retreat to the great white north come new years day. Born and raised in the


My Happiness Project: Expanding my horizons.

As the child of two teachers, the importance of education has never been lost on me. I’ve been lucky enough to always know that the key to a better future is found through at least a bachelors degree- the academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a college/campus life experience are too great


My Happiness Project: Divorced at 23.

Nicole and I spent a lot of time over the weekend talking about the internet explosion over marriage. Who is it for? You, your spouse… hypothetical children… families…. cats, dogs, fish, reptiallian friends? The debate goes on, and as Nicole brought up, it’s a good thing. Open and honest conversation leads to