Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

One Year Later—Still Happy


HappyCould you be happy for an entire year?

Every day?

Even when it feels like the worst day ever?

My answer is YES! Of course, not ALL day.

Last year I wrote about my newly purchased one sentence happiness journal. Each day you write one sentence about what brought you happiness. For 365 days, I was diligent about recording my daily sentence. Even during the Blurb2Book contest when I felt like I was going insane because I didn’t have enough time, I made the time. And you know what? I’m so happy I did, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go back and read these entries:

April 2, 2015: I’m happy that I entered Harlequin’s Blurb to Book Contest.

April 13, 2015: I’m happy that I advanced in the contest!

May 15, 2015: I’m scared, but happy I advanced further in Blurb to Book Contest —still in shock.

July 14, 2015: I’m happy that I submitted my completed book to the contest.

August 17, 2015: I’m happy I got a book contract today! In complete shock!

With the exception of the day I got the call from New York, offering a contract, the other dates would have been forgotten, had they not been documented in this simple journal.

Since this is a five year journal, now each evening as I record an entry, I can look at the line above and see what made me happy this time last year. 

Trust me, there are some evenings, after a tough day, I don’t think I can come up with anything. But taking the time to reflect on the day, there’s always something I can be happy about.






Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

141 thoughts on “One Year Later—Still Happy

  1. I like the concept. You inspire me to persevere more than I do. Sigh. Back to the drawing board!


  2. Jill, this is a happy post! I love the idea. Today, when I logged in to WP, I felt happy that you took thought about me and posted on my “about” page to see how I am doing.
    I recently started a “Gratitude Jar”; I will write a post about it in the near future. Have a happy day!

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  3. Great to have this kind of gratitude and something to be proud of and look back on when things don’t go the way you wish Jill. I imagine more great accomplishments coming your way this year.

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    • Thank you, Kath. It’s been such an eye opening experience. Coming home from work, after a rough day that might not have gone so well, then upon reflection, I’ll remember something good. I see great accomplishments in your future too!

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  4. This is great Jill, I used to have a diary when I was younger, detailing my life. I stopped when I got married. I’ll borrow a leaf from you and start something like this. Great post, have a wonderful Easter! 🙂


  5. This is so inspiring! It is difficult to find happiness in each moment but I believe that being grateful of the things we achieved is the key to this path. Thank you so much!



    • Thank you, Zaria! What I like so much about this journal is it forces me to reflect on the day and remember one or two things that bring me happiness, even on the days that aren’t so great. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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  7. Hi Jill: A very good move and I endorse your action.
    I did a similar thing a few years ago. I started a “Joyful Journal”. Even the notebook cover, in a very cheery colour, was meant to make me smile.

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