Notes for Your Visit

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.

-Muriel Rukeyser

About Imperfect Happiness

I started Imperfect Happiness in July 2010, when I began my year-long Happiness Project (inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project). After the project was done, I just kept on blogging.

Check out the menu links and the Top Posts to the right for more of what Imperfect Happiness has to offer. Or start with a handful of my favorite posts, which I’ve listed below.

I have also blogged (and commented many other places online) under the pseudonym “CJ,” which was a family nickname that never really caught on outside of the family.

About Charity

Photo by Landslide Photography/Timbra Wiist.

Photo by Landslide Photography/Timbra Wiist.

I’m the daughter of a Navy flier and spent much of my childhood on air bases, which means the scent of jet fuel or the sound of a fighter jet streaking across the sky triggers nostalgic feelings in me.

As a grown-up, I spend my days observing closely, breathing deeply, and trying not to lose my cool while homeschooling my kids and driving around suburban Boston.

My nights I spend at the keyboard attempting to split the world open.


Some of My Proudest Posts:

Freshly Pressed:

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If Loving Bok Choy is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right

Freshly Pressed in April 2011

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“These Are My People”

Freshly Pressed in October 2012

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Origins

Freshly Pressed in March 2014

Other Favorites:

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Grace

A moment of grace. Originally published November 2014.

This is also homeschooling.

Homeschool – A Day in the Life, Part I: Overview

My “Day in the Life” series on homeschooling, which begins here. Part II is linked in the post.

If I don't mind showing this, should I mind showing the "after"?

My Son’s Birth Story, Part I: Ramping Up

Part 1 of the three-part series about the birth of my son. Originally published August 2011.

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My Son’s First Sports Bra

The title pretty much says it. This post is from October 2013, and made yeah write’s Top Row Five for the week it was posted.


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9 comments

  1. Jenn · December 28, 2013

    I didn’t know you had a Facebook page! Well, I “liked” it today. 🙂 Hope you had a happy holiday!

    Liked by 1 person

    • CJ · December 28, 2013

      I thought that was you! Thanks for the “like”! Our holiday was lovely. I hope yours was good, too.

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  2. melissashawsmith · March 14, 2013

    I, too, yearn to thru-hike the Appalachian trail. I live near a stretch of it and walk it constantly. It’s wonderful to see it emerge from it’s winter hibernation.

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  3. blueribbonfair · March 14, 2013

    Love the blog name. Cool.

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  4. peacelovegreatcountrymusic · February 20, 2013

    Great blog, always a great read. Grab your Liebster Award here:
    http://peacelovegreatcountrymusic.com/2013/02/17/we-won-an-award/

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  5. melanielynngriffin · October 26, 2012

    Hello! It’s encouraging (I guess) to hear that your blog, too, has a mind of its own and is “pretty much all over the place.” Today I posted about my blogs two-month birthday : -) and concluded that it’s almost completely lost sight of its original goal. But it is SO MUCH FUN! Yours looks fun as well, and I’ll look forward to exploring. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed.

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    • CJ · October 26, 2012

      Thanks for the comment (and the congrats!). Once I get on top of all of these comments (which I’m totally loving!) I’m looking forward to digging in and reading some of the commenters’ blogs! And congrats to you for your blog’s two-month birthday!

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  6. Ellery Davies · August 5, 2012

    Wow, CJ! You are an incredibly deep and lively writer. I am truly impressed.

    I am your cross-street neighbor (the one with an 11 year old daughter), but that’s not why I like your Blog. It’s well-written, thoughtful, relevant and funny. You give readers a running dialogue. It provides more of a timeline and personal introspection than my own Blog, which is more about technology and sociology (but heavy on blunt and arrogant opinion).

    Having met your sister at a neighborhood BBQ tonight, I find that you are both literate, practical and perceptive. I bet that your Blog will become a launching pad to many projects–perhaps even future careers. Good Luck with it! I know that you will do well. You as a gifted individual who forges her own luck.

    Ellery (www.awildduck.com)

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  7. exhilaratedliving · July 9, 2012

    i love gretchen rubin’s book; read it not long ago! i think it is great how her book has spurred so many other unique happiness projects worldwide. thanks for sharing 🙂

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