To strive to be something, you make great effort. In the documentary, One Day at Disney, Robin Roberts stated at a young age she got in the habit of being optimistic. Her story is amazing. She has battled cancer – twice. She is a survivor, and she strives to be happy every day. Her attitude and smile are infectious. Her words have resonated with me for days.

That is what I do. She and I should absolutely become friends. I strive for happiness, but not just for me, for my people. I choose to be optimistic. I choose happy everyday. I choose sunshine.

I have days that suck just like everyone else. Ask my people, I have my moments. I get frustrated, and I say my cuss words. I can throw myself a pretty good pity party if I really want to.

I am a crier, and I get emotional. Sometimes it just over a commercial and sometimes it over seeing my kids do something I think is amazing. (Seriously, have you ever seen the Folgers’ commercial where the brother comes home, and he asks the sister what she wants for Christmas, and she puts the bow on him, and says she already got it?? I cry every time. Sorry, I got off topic).

Thankfully those days are few and far between. I choose to redirect myself. I choose happy music. I choose a great outfit. I choose to talk to people that make me laugh and bring me joy. I choose not to rehash a bad day. I choose not to gripe. I strive to see the good.

I strive for happiness. I strive to be a great mom. I strive at being the best at work. I strive to be a great provider. I work really hard at things – probably too hard if you ask some people. But that is me. I tell my kids all the time – I am perfectly imperfect, as we all are. But I strive to be the best that I can be. I try very hard at it.

I think we all should be the best we can be. Be the best version of yourself. Be kind to yourself and others. Find your joy. Strive for happiness.

XOXO, Jane Anne