Birthday Recap: 5 Happiness Truths!


Yesterday I turned 37! Yes, 37. I can’t believe it myself. Funny I can’t remember what happened a few days ago but yesterday I could remember all sorts of adventures from my childhood. Well for my 37th year, I plan to get my life by focusing on happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy about lots of things but I want and need more. I consider my birthday the start of my personal New Year. There is no better time to set, reset or continue with new goals.

My happiness truths for this upcoming year are simple:


Easier said than done but these five steps are necessary. I won’t go into long details but just know that by working on the above steps my relationship with God, myself, The Hubs, my girls, family, friends, business and money will flourish. Instead of focusing on the tangible things, I am focusing on the things that I can’t physically touch because my mind and my thoughts are where I fall short. And when all these things are in place, happiness is undeniable.

As for this weekend, I would normally be on a beach. I may not swim (I can but that’s story for another time) but I love lying on the beach. I feel closer to God when I am there. The air is good for my soul and my skin. We didn’t make any plans for vacation plus we had some life events that took place so this weekend was a quiet one. I spent Saturday at the Zoo with Zoë. She had a blast! Sunday morning we went to church and then spent the afternoon with my mom, my sisters and their families. My nephew and brother in law were celebrating their birthdays as well. Dinner was great but my photo shoot on the lawn with Little Z was my favorite part of the weekend. Did I mention Sunday was also National Camera Day? I didn’t know it at the time but our photo shoot was perfect for the occasion.

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Oh and these amazing doughnuts.


As for today, I recovered from a major oh so bad but oh so good foodie weekend by going for a run/walk with the family all while dodging a thunderstorm. Friday, I will be running my first official 10K. It will be a run/walk because life happened and a bum knee resulted in almost 4 weeks of no training. I wouldn’t miss this run for anything because I am doing it for Elijah.

I love the song “Because I’m Happy.” Now I want to live those words out loud!

What are your happiness truths?

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  • Reply
    June 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Love! Love! LOVE. So happy to hear your enjoyed your birthday MJ. Yes, I agree with those truth..let’s do this!
    But let’s talk about little Miss Zoe and her fabulous FRO and outfit! <3

    • Reply
      M J
      June 30, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Aww thanks Vee. Yes the day was lovely. And my mind is ready to live.

  • Reply
    July 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I love your 5 steps to happiness, wishing you much success and you meet all of your personal goals. I’m reading while Yara sits next to me and she goes “Mommy, who is the princess and the baby so cute!” You ladies look beautiful!

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      M J
      July 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Thank you Adanna. I appreciate your support. Tell your baby girl she is the true princess! XOXO

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