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Daily Happiness Journal #84
26th November 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Never a time when you couldn't help others
  • Picture of the day: Heart in rockface
  • Daily Funny: Brown and hairy with sunglasses
  • Daily Happiness: New Calendar
  • Daily Quote by Ronald Reagan
  • Writing Blog: Planning illustrations

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. (I will post these during weekdays between Monday-Friday when I have to time to write them from my MA studies and day job)

    Food for Thought

    Never a time when you couldn't help others

    I don't remember the exact wording of  quote I read, but went along the lines of: There will be times when you don't get help from others, but there will never be a time when you couldn't help others. 

    Think about this: what if you tried every day to help someone - making someone's life a bit easier. Ask if you can help a coworker, give a little to a charity, maybe call someone if you know they are lonely. It doesn't need to be a big thing for you - but it can mean the world to someone else. 

      Picture of the day
      Heart in Rockface

      I took this picture in Canary Islands near the little village of Mogan (lovely place!). A narrow path circled the rockface falling down into the Atlantic Ocean. Someone had painted this heart on it - I wonder what the story is behind it... Maybe the loved one to whom it was meant could see it from where they live? So romantic!

      Daily Funny
      Brown and hairy with sunglasses

      What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses?

      A coconut on vacation.

      Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

      (I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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      Today's Happiness

      New Calendar

      No one who knows me is surprised when I am all excited about a new calendar. I bought one for next year that starts from December. I'm itching to start using it.

      And I admit I bought it from an online store (and not from another) because of their slogan: A calendar for those who are done with 2020.

      I for one am so done with this year...  

      I hope next year will be easier for all of us.


      What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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      Daily Quote

      We can't help everyone

      But everyone can help someone.

      - Ronald Reagan

      Writing Blog / Planning Illustrations

      The way I plan illustrations is that I first write the children's story. I then estimate how much text fits into a page / opening. Then I read the story and mark in it what kind of a picture is needed to clarify the story. And then I list the pictures in a notebook, and write sketch / draw / paint (each with a box to tick next to them). Three to-dos per picture.

      After that I look at my calendar and try to figure out how much time I have to use for the painting process. 

      If I have a deadline, I divide the number of days I have with the number of pictures I need to paint. Easy to see what needs to be done and when. Obviously I leave a week or two free before the actual deadline because life happens and I can't use all the days I planned for painting.  

      Also if I manage to finish a picture before its individual deadline date has come, I enjoy the free time.

      (Below is the first pic I drew to Mr. Mummific's book "How I became a Mummy". He complains here about inviting skeletons for dinner - messy business because they are constantly hungry because all the food falls right through them to the floor. The family dogs are quite happy to see them, though, and eat so much their wrappings burst.)

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      I sell my books directly too. The ebooks are cheap to buy and the big e-stores don't share much of the price with the authors. That is why I have downloaded my books to Payhip - they don't take a commission which makes it easier for me to pay my editor, proofreader and cover designer.  

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