Notes for Your Visit

About Charity

I enjoy reading, learning things, and watching my children grow and learn, which makes being a home educator a good fit for me.

As I age, I become less and less interested in what I have to say, which makes blogging a pastime that inspires intense ambivalence in me.

If I could live anywhere in the world, I would. I love moving to new places. I’ve lived in seven U.S. states (and have had a drivers license in six of them) and three of the four time zones in the contiguous United States. I have yet to collect a home address in the Central Time Zone, but I’d be willing to give up that goal to live in another country.

I dream of one day being able to hold a conversation in a language other than English. I’m really close in Spanish; all I need is to find the courage to speak to a Spanish-speaking person in Spanish, preferably without being drunk.

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.

Today, Imperfect Happiness is a combination of book-related posts (“Bookends” and “My Year in Books” monthly and annual recaps, book reviews, Cavalcade of Classics) and personal reflections on homeschooling, being a mother, and life in general, both the day-to-day and from a broader, philosophical perspective.

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

You can also find me on Litsy, Goodreads, and Instagram.

Some of My Proudest Posts:

Freshly Pressed:

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

Freshly Pressed in April 2011

“These Are My People”

Freshly Pressed in October 2012


Freshly Pressed in March 2014

Other Favorites:


A moment of grace. Originally published November 2014.

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.

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.

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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  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.


  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.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. blueribbonfair · March 14, 2013

    Love the blog name. Cool.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. peacelovegreatcountrymusic · February 20, 2013

    Great blog, always a great read. Grab your Liebster Award here:


  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.


    • 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!


  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 (

    Liked by 1 person

  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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