The Happiness Lifestyle

how to make happiness a priority

Learn how to achieve happiness by defining your purpose, eliminating excuses & following the success paths of millionaires. We share a clear tutorial for living your best life. Let’s get started!

Happiness is living your dreams, success lifestyle

If you randomly asked anyone today what the most important goal in their life is, 9 of 10 people would likely respond, “I just want to be happy.” With such a universal goal you would think that more of us would be happy. Yet, why is it so unattainable? What is the magic “happiness factor” that is so elusive?

“To live happily is an inward power of the soul” ~ Marcus Aurelius

No matter who you are, what your profession, or what your current phase of life, we seem far from achieving our happiness goals. We are actually “too busy” to think about our happiness goals…we are all just trying to make it through our days. This is why there is so much jubilation every week when Friday finally hits! We are all trying to make it through the daily grind, our weekly packed schedules so we can “take a break” and rest. We’re all too exhausted from chasing what we think will make us happy…more money, a raise, our children’s success…but what about real happiness?

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If you’re here and you’re reading this, you’re at least curious. “Maybe I’ll learn something.” “Maybe she’ll hit a nerve.” “Maybe…”

Well, the truth is, I’m after it just like you are. Except I’m tapping into some key practices, some powerful advice, some incredible wisdom, and I am inspired to share with you.

You Have the Power to Create Happiness, You Just Don’t Know it!

Turns out, the power resides with us. The power to create our own happiness lies in our own hands. We simply have to accept responsibility for it. Wow. So simple, of course, therein lies the crux of the matter. To take responsibility for it is to at once believe you have the power to create whatever kind of life you want and also to not let any excuse or anything get in your way. So, I’ll say it again in case you missed it.

  1. Take full responsibility for your own life and happiness.
  2. Make zero excuses.
  3. Don’t give up until you achieve your goals.
  4. Just don’t give up.

It’s deceivingly simple. Because while it is simple, it is not easy. But is anything worth having ever easy? I’ll let you answer that.

Define Happiness for Yourself

Well, in order to find happiness, you first need to define it for yourself. You need to understand yourself. To do so you must be fully honest with yourself. Because the self-talk in your head can be very convincing, so convincing that it creates your reality. The excuses you’ve been telling yourself you actually believe. It could take some real effort to recognize that what you’ve been telling yourself for years is actually fiction of your own making.

You need to figure out what it is that makes you feel so full you are ready to burst, so alive that you can hardly stand it, so complete that you can barely breathe. Think. If you don’t know the answers, it’s time to dig deep.

Think back over your life; imagine the moments, the chapters, the sustained periods of joy. Perhaps you experienced only fleeting seconds. Put a name to them. What brought you closest to true joy? Besides perhaps giving birth to your children or watching your wife give birth, for all you parents out there.

What brings you closer to complete fulfillment than anything else? This is a loaded question and an important one. And it’s okay if you need to think about it for a while to really get in touch with what brings you true joy. Take the time you need and figure this out. Your life and your happiness depend on it.

“Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse-free world.”

Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass. We highly recommend this book.

Why Aren’t You in Pursuit of Happiness?

And are you in pursuit of that dream now? If not, why not? OK, I’m ready. Lay on the excuses. I know, I have them too. Those excuses are a wall between you and your happiness, plain and simple.

Do you think that people who lead amazing lives are lucky? Without thinking about it too much do you just kind of assume that they “got lucky”? Actually, the difference between happy, successful people and those who limp along settling for mediocrity is determination and grit. Successful people go after what they want until they get it. Successful people have their eye on the ball and don’t take their eye off. They don’t make excuses.

What Differentiates Successful People from the Rest?

Author Jaime Masters who wrote The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup interviewed over 300 millionaires and multi-millionaires to find out what they had that set them apart from the rest of the world. She admitted that before she began, she assumed they would be an elite group, that they would all possess some genetic trait, some kind of brilliance factor. It turned out they were more like you and me (and her), much more than she had expected.

What did set them apart was very interesting and important to note:

  1. Focus. They know with precision what their top goals are, and they stay centered on these goals.
  2. Constant forward motion, always improving, learning, growing, striving.
  3. Know their own strengths and how to make the most of them. They are continually conducting self-analysis to maintain high self-awareness.
  4. Know their own weaknesses and how to outsource the rest.
  5. Commitment to the goal. They don’t allow excuses to stop you them.
  6. Speed at implementation. They don’t waste time self-doubting, self-talking. Successful people don’t waste time wondering, worrying, debating in their minds. They don’t waste time period. They are decisive and move quickly. Time spent worrying is time wasted.

Happiness is no fear, chasing your dreams

Time for Happiness

We all have the same 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you can master your time you will master your life and achieve your goals. If not, time is the number one excuse people make that they don’t go after their goals. How do some people with these same limited hours achieve great things? By implementing the 6 above-mentioned strategies. They make the absolute most out of each and every day we are given. Set the stage for success and you build your bridge to happiness.

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The key is to figure out how to enter each day of our lives with:


Remember that every morning can be like Christmas morning. Actually, I think it can be even better. This is exactly what beginning your day with the Miracle Morning program does. It sets the stage of your life up for success. It has the power to change your life if you do it with commitment and consistency. No coincidence that the most successful people today and throughout history have started their days with the same or similar components as presented in this simple, powerful program.

Have you started the Miracle Morning yet? Click here to purchase your copy of Hal Elrod’s life-changing book The Miracle Morning if you haven’t already. Be sure to read my two previous posts on this topic “6 Simple Habits to Change Your Life” and “Choose Success | Live the Life of Your Dreams.”

Meeting the Challenges of Life

Life does not go smoothly for anyone. Happy people learn to turn problems and challenges into learning moments, moments in which they grow more than ever. They actually begin to thrive when the going gets tough. They start to recognize challenges and they go into high gear. Imagine the power you will have when you start to actually celebrate your challenges. Wow. And I promise you, it is entirely in your grasp.

I remember my husband and I training for running races together. When he was in high school, he actually was their winning cross country team’s coach. He coached himself along with the rest of his teammates to victory. He shared with me one of the winning strategies he had come up with. They trained on hills. So, during the races when they faced the toughest parts of the course and everyone was struggling on the hills, he and his teammates would kick it into high gear (quite literally) and speed on past everyone.

Happy people expect problems, they plan on them. They wait for them, and they kick it into high gear when they happen. They celebrate the “gift of the challenge.” Instead of letting setbacks throw you off course, allow the challenge to create new-found motivation and kick your creative problem-solving skills into top gear. Find happiness in learning and becoming better from the experience.

Learning Along the Road of Life

Another example I have from my own life is regarding exercise and weight loss. I have struggles with my weight, ever since college. Luckily, I found exercise at a young age and was able to find a successful balance with my diet and exercise over the years. I struggled with ups and downs like anyone but faced a whole new challenge after gaining 60 lbs with my first pregnancy.

I was 30 years old and facing the hardest challenge of my life. Looking at the scale I remember thinking about the 40 or so lbs that stood between me and my goal weight and getting excited. This was a whole new challenge. Yet I felt excited because I knew it was going to require all the skills and knowledge I had ever acquired about diet and fitness. It forced me to take my commitment and focus to a whole new level. It took me 9 months, but in the end, I was back fitter and stronger than ever before just as I knew I would be. I was committed, focused, and determined. There was no way I wouldn’t succeed. I saw my goal out ahead of me and was relentless in my pursuit. Any goal you go after with this attitude and commitment will result in the same.

Happiness Lifestyle: Let’s Chase Those Dreams

If you were in dedicated hot pursuit of your life’s dreams wouldn’t it feel like Christmas? You better believe it would. When you feel powerful and in control and in pursuit of your purpose, the reason God put you on this earth, it is better than Christmas. Don’t you want a life like that? I know you do, and it’s worth taking risks. It is worth getting up early (and going to bed earlier), it’s worth everything. After all, in the end you have nothing to lose but the fate of mediocrity. Let’s do this.

Also, don’t be shy. Jodie and I want to hear about your progress with happiness and your stories of success. We can’t wait to hear about the changes in your lives as you harness your powers and create the life of your dreams, one miracle at a time.

jodie & julie

Happiness Lifestyle focus, positive attitude & commitment

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  1. Sandra says:

    Hi Jolie and Jodie,
    Here is Sandra (@sandracozycottage), I have not finish reading yet (need to fix diner for kids, will finish reading tonight). Just read half way through and You make me feel so much better to be myself, and happy . I just want to let you know, you are inspired me in every aspect.
    Thank you so much,
    Love you both, God bless!

    • Shari says:

      Good evening ladies! I really enjoyed reading all of the truth nuggets in this post. It is filled with wise advice. Have you heard the term “self efficacy?” It refers to a person’s self talk. We all need encouragement to reach our goals and It is so important that we are in our own “corners.” Through certain seasons that may be the only positive voice we here.
      Oh yes, and March madness????????????

  2. Tracy says:

    Very interesting thank you for posting. Happy march maddness.

  3. Sarah Maney says:

    So good! I think I’m going to have to come back to this post and read it again to get everything out of it. I’m in my first year of owning a business. There have been so many victories and some tough lessons, but dreams are with working hard for. (March madness)

  4. Kim says:

    What an amazing, energized post ladies! Happiness is truly what we make of it and our attitude matters. If we wake up everyday with a good attitude, a thirst for happiness, and surround ourselves with good people, our goal of a successful life is bright!

  5. Lauren says:

    Happiness is a choice❤️Thanks for the reminder. March madness ????

  6. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the inspirational post. I bought The Miracle Morning after reading your blog and it is very inspiring. I recommend it as well. Have a great day!

  7. Linda Greer says:

    Great post!! It’s so easy to get caught up in life sometimes, trying to get through the day…’s so important to stop and remember our purpose. March Madness ????

  8. Jackey Johnson says:

    March Madness!

  9. Stacey Sapp says:

    I will definitely come back and re-read this post! There is so much wisdom and truth to everything you said and I love the quotes you included. When I think about the memories and experiences that brought me the most joy, I realize they revolve around serving Jesus. It is difficult for me to pin down what my dreams are because I am still discovering what I am good at. Thank you for sharing about your weight loss journey – that is incredible! I can easily look at challenges and get discouraged, but you have shown me to expect and attack them. Sorry for the long comment, but seriously this is SO GOOD! And March Madness rocks!

  10. Dawn Goddard says:

    This was a great encouragement and very motivational! I’ve been exercising and trying to eat healthier after being diagnosed with a connective tissue disease 3 years ago. It’s a struggle everyday with 6 children still at home and home schooling (one grown and married). You’ve helped me remember that any goal worth reaching takes a lot of sweat and tears! And the joy of the Lord is my strength! Thank you!! Happy March Madness ????

  11. Brooke says:

    I will definitely revisit this post. Such helpful reminders that we all can use.
    Happy march madness

  12. Phyllis Hunter says:

    Love the post! A Happy Life is indeed attainable if you follow your steps! March Madness!

  13. Ann @rekindledsigns says:

    Ahhh!! This is so good!! Happiness as a goal is important and taking the steps to reach that goal must be intentional or they won’t happen!! Some great inspiration right here!! March madness!!!!!

  14. JuliaW says:

    I have been waking up early to read my devotional and pray first thing (thanks to your Miracle Morning post) and it is amazing how much more I’m enjoying my days! Thank you for all the heartfelt inspiration you offer — I love your positive attitudes! And thank you for this version of March Madness — super fun!

  15. Theresa Gilmore says:

    Wow! I have struggled for years in trying to find my purpose and happy place! The road has been long, but I try everyday to find the joy in living! Thank you for sharing your inspiration during this month of March Madness! You two are truly beautiful not only on the outside, but on the inside too!

  16. When you asked what made us happy, I didn’t have to dig deep. I just started a blog and am so eager every morning to get up and do things to help my success. That’s actually how I found you and your sister! Thank you for so many wonderful ideas and your encouraging words. You write with such sincerity. It makes me want to give you both a big ol hug!

  17. Marilyn says:

    Saving this post for so much good information. March Madness

  18. Rhonda Comus says:

    Julie and Jodie-
    This is, by far, one of your top blog posts to date and probably my favorite. I can’t express enough how much I and many others truly appreciate all your hard work and inspiration you put into your blog.
    This post contains so much valuable content that I’m gonna have to read it several times and take notes.
    Thanks for being a book of knowledge. God bless you both. ???? March Madness ????

  19. Tanya says:

    Such an inspiring post! I’m ready to get after my goals and dreams…ready and excited for tomorrow morning to come! <3

  20. Patti says:

    Julie and Jodie,
    So much information in this post I read it twice, and may read it again. I’m also going to look for the book by Jen Sincero on how to be a badass! We all have challenges and I think I’ve been letting mine get in my way! I love that your blog isn’t only about decorating. “MARCH MADDNESS” is becoming so much more than a fun giveaway. Thank you for this post, Patti

  21. Piper says:

    Such a great post. And you are so right on point about it being a choice and hard work! Love your inspirational posts! March madness

  22. Brenda Galiher @growingingracedaily says:

    Hey friends!! Happiness is where you FIND it. Sometimes happiness can fluctuate due to circumstances. The Joy that comes from Christ does not change or ebb and flow with life happenings. Happiness is great but Joy is a gift. Your posts are always so thought provoking. Thanks! #marchmadness

  23. Angela p says:

    Hi sweet Jodi and Julie!!
    You two are so inspirational, and every time I read one of your post I realize something new about myself!! You’ve helped me to think I little deeper on so many issues. Keep up the great posts!!! ~Angela~

  24. #marchmadness
    Thank you for this post. Along with God’s love, happiness is chosen. Well said!

  25. Suzanne Gallegos says:

    Great blog! I’m encouraged to find out what brings me Joy! It’s a daily mindset.

  26. Sherry says:

    Recently I had someone tell me exactly what would make me happy. And I listened, and he was right on the nose!
    If you get a chance, listen to this podcast…
    This guy is usually right on, and expresses it so easily. I wish I could remember everything he said. But I play to listen to this again in the next week. It’s that good!

  27. MB Bruder says:

    Most often happiness is in the little things throughout our day-like tulips in a white pitcher. It just makes you smile- March Madness!

  28. Jackie Schaeperklaus says:

    Good morning, I look forward to your words every morning. Your words are very inspiring and motivates everyday. I wish we all could be more like you girls. My goal for the day is to be as positive and kind to other people as I can.

  29. Wow! I have read this post over several times and the thing that stands out is to know our own weaknesses and to outsource the rest. Such a simple phrase – but so true! For me personally, my strength is being creative, but I have to surround myself with those who are decisive and administrative because I’m not as strong in these two areas. Thanks for sharing such great insights on the topic of Happiness! Happy March Madness! xoxo

  30. Rhonda says:

    You girls are the best!! I love your march madness giveaway and all your IG stories. I think I’m an addict ????

  31. Debbie Rosalis says:

    Thank you for another amazing and inspirational post !!! Also, thank you for generosity with this wonderful giveaway you are doing. Love your blog and Instagrams ❤️ March Madness !

  32. Denice Hicks says:

    SO inspirational! I’m an ~almost~ empty nester (boys are working and saving for their own homes) and find myself at loose ends often these days. This is a great boost for me to sit down and really think about my new dreams and goals and how to achieve them. Even at 53 years old, I believe it is important to press forward and let the upcoming years be the best ever!

  33. Karin says:

    Amazing post and so much inspiration!!!!thanks March madness ???? ???? ????

  34. Christina says:

    Thanks to you and your sister, for “Wisdom” beyond your years!

  35. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this post! I should bookmark it for a reminder any time I get into the mindset of, “I’ll be happy when…” “I’ll be happy if…” (which is sooo easy to do).

  36. LISABETH says:

    Loved this post. It’s amazing how we can choose to be happy ❤

  37. Pamela says:

    I love this… I read an article about “obtaining happiness” from Readers Digest years ago and I glued it in a journal because it’s so profound. Thank you for keeping us motivated and inspired to live our best life!
    March Madness

  38. Jessica says:

    Such an inspiring post! Thank you so much! ????

  39. Rebekah says:

    Love it!???????? March Madness!!

  40. Zamira Torres says:

    This was very inspiring! Thank you so much for writing this. I received such valuable information. Gonna share this with my husband. Happy March Madness! ????

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Zamira, I’m so glad it inspired you, and I really love that you are going to share it with your husband. We have lots more inspiration to come so we hope you will continue to visit us and ENJOY! We are on this journey together. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  41. Jill says:

    Nice to meet you Mr.Julie…March Madness

  42. Dori Fiedler says:

    Ahhhhhhh…..after seeing all your gorgeous tulips, I went ahead and placed an order. Can’t wait!!! MARCH MADDNESS.

  43. Janice says:

    This is very good post to read. It’s very inspirational. March madness

  44. Irene says:

    Just what I needed today, thanks, March Madness…

  45. Kristine says:

    “Being Happy Never Goes Out of Style”….MARCH MADNESS????

  46. Shelly fonda says:

    Love this post so much!❤️ I really will go back and read this again! I always look forward to daily inspiration from both of you girls, and I need to order all the books you’ve been recomending! ????????????????thanks for all you do:)!

  47. Sarah says:

    Love this – a good reminder to live by – the day is what you make of it ????

  48. Jill Stephenson says:

    Julie and Jodie,

    I was reading to my son this evening and thought of you when I read this line from the bible.

    ~ For you are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalms 139
    Thank you for sharing in the pursuit of happiness. Life truly throws us curve balls. Pushing through in the pursuit of happiness is worth the reward in the end.

    Have a blessed evening.


  49. Rhonda Comus says:

    Jodie and Julie,
    Girls, I really enjoy your daily videos and posts. You make me laugh everyday. Honestly!! Sometimes I feel like I’m in your living room and you are speaking to me one on one. Hugs to you both. ???? March Madness ????

  50. CindyKay Peterson says:

    You both are so positive and inspirational! I love following you both on instagram. I look forward to your next post. Excited for the March Madness.

  51. Annette Chavoen says:

    Well my dear, I must say you should write a book, so beautifully written, and so so very true.. I’ve been married 35 yrs I have 3 grown daughters and 8 grandkids , I’m 55.. my hubby 69.. we have lived by all that , owned a very successful business , have a great life as well as our kids.. but we have always said nothing is perfect , their will and must be hard times , it helps you grow , learn , and keep fighting for your dream .. yes of course we all have set backs , but, I feel that’s what makes us stronger .. keep pushing .. I’ve never been a why me girl , I’ve been a why not me.. god gives to us only what we can handle no matter how small or large .. you two have been a great inspiration to me .. not to be funny but in my age group , most of the ig girls are my daughters ages .. so hard for me cause they really have no idea yet about what’s to come .. so with that , I love reading your blogs and keep them coming, but seriously honey, you should write a book .. your amazing at this
    Love you girls
    Sincerely , Annette , from Chicago ????????????????????????

  52. Amy WILLIAMS says:

    I have always been successful in my career but was never happy with my life and spent a lot of time working out of the home. Something happened 3 years ago, and it made me learn to appreciate my husband and family more and aspire to be less controlling in life. I am on a road to happiness in myself and finding my passion and personal success from leaving a job outside of the home. I enjoyed reading your advice and will implement these into my life.

    March Madness y’all!

  53. Patsy Lively says:

    For me happiness starts with being content.????

  54. angie says:

    Thank you ladies! I love this post so much. I just started The Miracle Morning and so appreciate you sharing this information and book recommendation. This post is actually so poignant in its word choice for what I have been trying to convey to my teen daughter who is struggling somewhat desperately with discouragement, apathy and a general lack of motivation. She often says (excuse), “That stuff doesn’t work for me.” So please pray for me to get this hopeful message across to her, perhaps even just a little tidbit into which she can sink a hook and GO! Again, kind thanks for sharing your hearts, I LOVE your instastories, and yes, it was a crazy weather day here in Seattle! (Mukilteo)

  55. Stacey says:

    I told you I would be back ☺️ This is SO GOOD! Thank you!! March Madness ????

  56. Ann @rekindledsigns says:

    I’m back for more march madness!!

  57. Cathy says:

    Growing up my dad would always tell me, “you can only be as happy as you allow yourself to be. He would add, ” go to bed with a clear mind and wake up with a positive attitude and know that you never go through your day without God by your side. Doing that. You can’t help but always be happy.” I have taken that advice through life with me and it’s never fails me. We all have bad days but you have to choose how you Handel them. If we didn’t have bad or sad days. We would never know happiness.
    Great post as always! Thank you for sharing.
    March Madness

  58. Gina says:

    Thank you for this inspiring post. It’s a keeper! Definitely one to come back to when you feel you’re not measuring up. Happiness is the key! Enjoying the March Madness!! ????????????????

  59. Cristina says:

    Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me! I absolutely love you both and your Instagram and blog just brighten my day every single day! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and kindness. You two bring so much light into a world with so much darkness. Xoxo

    @cristinacornelius on Instagram

  60. Meghan says:

    Whar a great post filled with so much wisdom!
    I have always said to everyone that You need to be happy and You create your own happiness. No one is going to do it for you.
    I will definitely be coming back to this post again.
    Also love both of your IG stories!
    March Madness!!!

  61. Sarah says:

    This is such a great post! I think it’s spot on. March madness

  62. Pamela says:

    You girls should vlog on YouTube… I always look forward to your IG stories.
    March Madness!

  63. Melanie says:

    Great stuff! I love your ig stories. March madness

  64. Pat Howe says:

    What amazing post today you both are awesome.thanks for sharing March Madness

  65. Dori Fiedler says:

    Great read! I often think when I hear people say “I’m so glad it’s Friday”. Why can’t everyday be that exciting! Thanks for the reminder. MARCH MADNESS

  66. Susan says:

    I love waking up in the morning and looking for your posts, the two of you exude sweetness and brighten my day! Thank you for just being you and sharing your love and God’s love for each and every person that you reach with your blog, IG, and pists 🙂 Many Blessings and happy March Madness! XOXO, Susan

  67. Nancy says:

    Thank you for the fabulous blog posts! Lots to learn!

  68. Cathy booth says:

    Love your motivational blogs
    Greet each day as a new beginning and strive to make the most of it
    Happiness is from within and with that, spread your happiness to everyone around you

    Cathy. (Kikibirdie))

  69. Jackey Johnson says:

    March Madness!!! I hope I win. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  70. Sharon Pierce says:

    I really enjoy your IG stories. Thank you for sharing! March Madness =)

  71. Janice Norris says:

    Wow. So Many new perspectives on being happy – defining it. Going for what you want. I need to get the book and start reading. Very inspirational. Thank you. Got a fire lit under me today. March madness.

  72. Debbie Wells says:

    Love your information on the Happiness Lifestyle. Such good ideas. I am reading Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly and just really enjoying all of the information.

  73. Kim says:

    Hi All,
    Some helpful info here. And your pictures are so beautiful. But I Must add, I never found
    True Joy=Happiness that Last—Until I
    Turned it All Over to Jesus.
    Enjoy Life!
    First things Must be First. ❤️

  74. Marcella says:

    Hi Ladies.. ur Blog and IG page are soo inspiring!!! Your both add such a touch a class and elegance to everything you do..And not to mention you guys are a hoot!!???? Keeping life and decor so real is what u both do
    God Bless you both with all your future endeavors!!

  75. Tammy says:

    Love you girls and everything y’all do! Can’t believe this month is almost over! March Madness!

  76. Rekindled Signs says:

    This one is my favorite so I read it again!! March madness!

  77. Joelle says:

    This was exactly what I’ve been needing to read. Thank you ladies for putting it out there so eloquently and precisely. I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately, how happiness is a choice we make. It is often easier said than done but these keys you’ve laid out help clear the clutter in my mind. Thank you for words of wisdom <3

  78. Gina says:

    This was amazing! I think I need to print it out and post it so I can read it every morning! ❤️ You ladies! #marchmadness ????

  79. Marcella says:

    This post is Outstanding!!!! Everything you say has such meaning!! Love it..U are a true Soul!!

  80. Pat Howe says:

    I’m back to reread this wonderful post….. thanks for sharing….March Madness

  81. Heather says:

    As a mother of a special needs teenage son, this can be especially challenging – to always choose Joy/happiness. But, the point you made about “no excuses” rings true no matter your circumstances. “The Joy of the Lord is your strength”. No qualifiers. No excuses.

  82. Kathy Hicks says:

    March madness ????
    Love the blog Happiness….

  83. Abby says:

    I would consider myself an overall happy person. I have learned that I shouldn’t stress about every little thing and let it bring me down. I have also learned that ultimately God is in control and He will let His will be done. Every day, or almost every day, I try to focus on what makes me happy and brings me joy. Some of the things that bring me joy are spending quality time with my sweet two year old daughter, teaching my students new things and watching their faces light up when they understand something new, and there are so many other things.

    Thank you for the post! It’s a great reminder to focus on and define our happiness!

  84. Jan English says:

    You inspire me on a daily basis, and have definitely boosted my happiness factor???? I’m trying harder to spend quality time with my loved ones, more time in the Word and prayer, and squeezing in some “me” time. Thank you for your wisdom…you are both such girls of grace! ❤️❤️ Much love????????. Jan, HomeGirls Design

  85. Rebekah says:

    Love all the positive words ! March madness! ????

  86. LISABETH says:

    ????????❤???????? MARCH MADNESS

  87. lily says:

    Julia & Jodie ,

    Wow what a positive presence you both create on social media!! This blog is uplifting and sweet reminders of what’s most important in life???? Sometimes I think we can all get carried away with keeping up with others but our lives are not about all others or their perceptions….and that is something we all need reminding of! The other day my daughter, a beautiful 20 year old pre-law college student, said to me randomly…. “mom I just want to graduate and start my life and just be happy and content… like you” ????????‍♀️???? this brought tears to my eyes because I want to children to see me as happy and content and not living to just please others. Well your blog and your encouragement on IG and your positivity on Facebook, all play a role in that! Thank you for your authenticity, your kind words and making time to be a such a bright light ????

    lily (mycozycape) ????????????

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Lily, What an amazing letter. You have just touched my heart! This is our goal. To positively impact lives in powerful and real ways. To lift and encourage…to spread joy, to create community. Thank you darling friend for showing us the impact we are having. Just made my day! With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  88. Patti Aparicio says:

    Hi girls, I came back to read this post once again. This is good stuff! Focus seems to be the key, and complacency and mediocrity are not an option!! Thank you again for this post. P.

  89. Lancia says:

    Hi Julie and Jodie, so enjoyed this blog and the previous ones on “mornings “. I actually have started getting up a bit earlier and starting to incorporate small changes . Thanks so much !!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you for the kind words on this post sweetie! We so appreciate you. That’s awesome, we’re so glad to hear that.
      Of course!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

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