Can You Smile Too Much?

Do you ever smile too much? I know, right? You don’t think it’s possible. But, believe it or not (okay if you know me, you believe it!), I smile a lot. I have been told that I smile too much.

Is is Possible to Smile Too Much?

Sometimes you just have to smile to get through the day

Bring on the smiles. ©2016 Christy Birmingham

Nah, I say, not possible. Another thing that I’ve been told is, “You’re too happy.” Again, what the?! I mean; c’mon people, too happy?! Not possible.

Well, let me clarify. Perhaps if it were a funeral or other place where smiling is inappropriate, then, yes, the phrase would be fine.

Otherwise, nope. I will smile when I want, whenever I want to. Do you see those lines around my eyes? I’ve earned them, from the many great experiences I have had in my life.

Has there been drama too? Heck yes. And then some.

But, and I mean this, I do not choose to live in the dark moments of the past, although I do look back to learn from my mistakes. I focus on the now, the present day, and the smiles that I own. So, I smile.

Smiling to Get Through It

And, you know, sometimes a smile forms on my face because it motivates me too. As Teagan recently wrote, she creates inspiring messages to help motivate her as much as for the readers.

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Review: Versions of The Self

Today I received a wonderful review of Versions of the Self from Freya Pickard. My day is all the brighter for it! Thank you Freya and all who support my books, blogs, and dreams. ♥ Christy

Dragonscale Clippings

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration…

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Beauty

“Beauty is kindness. Doing something for others, without needing any recognition or reward. Being brave. Having a huge heart.” Indeed! Here’s a great post from a blog I just found called thebrunetteinthepinkscarf
~Wishing you a beautiful day,
♥ Christy

thebrunetteinthepinkscarf

For most the word means an attractive physical attribute. A certain hair color. A size. Measurements. Brand named clothing. Pounds and pounds of makeup.

But beauty means something different to this blue eyed brunette…

Beauty is kindness. Doing something for others, without needing any recognition or reward. Being brave. Having a huge heart. Spending quality time with friends and family. Appreciating those who are always there, in good and bad times. Persevering through difficult times and having hope that all the hard work will be worth it, because it is. Honesty. Openness. Having patience. Encouraging others to be the best they can be. Respect. Loving with your whole heart.

A truly beautiful person is becoming extraordinarily rare these days, but if it is found – don’t let it go. Beauty comes from within. Looks are not everlasting. A bond however, it lasts a lifetime.

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