The Happy Friday Series: 24 #RockHot Guest Authors

thank-you.jpgThe day after a U.S. holiday is always low key, and that’s why we’re going to bang it up today and clang the pots and pans in honor of the 24 #RockHot guest authors I cajoled, nudged, begged, and just plain old invited to write for the longest-running series a blog has ever had (and longest sentence, too!).

What began as an experiment with zero nada expectation has become a weekly post on Fridays about happy. Thank you to each of you below who willingly participated and accepted my invite to be part of this blogger’s happiness project out of the blue.

Along the way, two goals were created:

1. That Jayme Soulati would never need to write (because nothing was in queue) unless she wanted to (Secret: I have a post I wrote after something significant occurred and I will post it when there’s a need.)

2. To get through one entire year of guest authors every Friday until mid-January (Jan. 17, 2013 launched the series), and so far so good!

Without further ado, let’s get on with the show! I thank, am grateful, adore, appreciate, and have so much respect for each of the people in this community below who so graciously shared a piece of their happy. XO to each and all.

24 #RockHot Happy Guest Authors

Each of these titles begins with “The Happy Friday Series:”

January 11, 2013 — Everyone’s Happy! Kick off post by Jayme Soulati

January 18, 2013 — Power Of A Smile by Peg Fitzpatrick

January 25, 2013 — Top Five Cheery Songs by Susan Silver

February 1, 2013 — Creating Optimism in Traffic on Foursquare by Paula Kiger

February 8, 2013 — Glass Half Empty And Happy by Jenn Whinnem

February 15, 2013 — Five Favorite Dances by Erin Feldman

February 22, 2013 — Smiles From Alaska by Amber-Lee Dibble

March 1, 2013 — Should Life Be Serious? by Jamie Wallace

March 8, 2013 — Science of Happiness and Do-Overs by Geoff Reiner

March 15, 2013 — Finding Happy with Scoliosis by Sandy Appleyard

March 22, 2013 — Embrace Happiness Today by Mark Harai

March 29, 2013 — Be The Sun And Serve by Betsy Cross

April 5, 2013 — How To Find Your Happy by Amber-Lee Dibble

April 12, 2013 — Let Go Of Sad by Nancy Jean

April 19, 2013 — A Chat With Pooh by Stan Faryna

April 26, 2013 — Five Seconds And Happy by Brian Meeks

May 3, 2013 — What’s So Great About Being Happy? by Sharon Gilmour-Glover

May 10, 2013 — Spring Does Come To New England by Michelle Quillin

May 17, 2013 — Tunes of Time by Brad Lovett

May 24, 2013 — Amazing Online Friends by Kristen Daukas

May 31, 2013 — Beads, Buttons and Crochet by  Christine Esposito

June 7, 2013 — Fine Art Photography and Family by Ed King

June 14, 2013 — Taking Risk For Desert Passion by Brian Wrabley

June 21, 2013 — Life-Crafting Goals to Push The Envelope by Adrienne Jandler

June 28, 2013 — Thriving Or  Surviving? by Carolyn Nicander Mohr

How To Write For The Happy  Friday Series

Yes, it is no small feat to find a different guest author weekly for this series. That’s why you ought to consider it. I’m told it’s a highly therapeutic happening. When you think about what makes you truly happy or what your interpretation of happiness is and could be, writing about it becomes an awakening.

Happiness is introspective and few of us desire to take that kind of hard look inside; when you do you share among friends and it feels so very good.

If you care to write for this series, and I implore you to consider it, here’s how:

1. Send me a note, tweet, post of intent everywhere (even in the comment section below).

2. Write your post and give yourself two weeks to get it done.

3. Deliver it with an author bio, photo for the story, links to your blog, etc.

4. If the headline or content within needs tweaking, I reserve the right to edit. If the content really needs tweaking, I’ll send back to you for review and approval.

5. Share the heck out of it when it appears here!  Easy!

(P.S. There are bound to be link mistakes above; please inform me right away, and I will correct! Thank you!)

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Jayme, I have had so much fun reading these since I found you and the Friday Series. I can see I have to work backwards from where I first started. I missed some!  You've had the best of the best posting.  How special and what FUN to get to know some new peeps!  Special indeed!

Sharon Gilmour Glover
Sharon Gilmour Glover

Jayme, I agree with so many of the comments here. It's such an honour to be included and it keeps me focused on what's working, why I'm grateful and that I am happy, regardless of whatever might be happening in the moment. Thank you. 


It really IS highly therapeutic! Personally, over the last few years learning to be a blogger, I had come to DETEST Fridays! LOL, it meant I would be all alone (poor me) while you all took off for the weekend. Seriously. (I know, dumb, but true) 

The Happy Friday Series really did change that, Jayme. As silly as it sounds, just writing for you about what Happy is to me and reading all the others, always, without fail, brought and brings a smile to my face and reminds me without fail "You are as happy as you choose to be." Period.

Besides, it gives me 2 days that I can write like mad to keep up with you all! Ha!

I am so honored to be part of your Happy Fridays, Miss #RockHot! If I can ever get out of my office, I will write you another if there is room for a triple!

(You did something monumentally special here, Lady.)


I really enjoyed my turn on the Happiness series, Jayme. Thanks!


Hi, Jayme - it was a pleasure to write for your great community of leaders - cheers, miss! : )

Soulati | Hybrid PR
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@equuisdancer22 And, I still can't cajole you into writing with us, Lady? But, it's all well; we need a wonderful fan such as you. Thank you for being there!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@Sharon Gilmour Glover Well said, Sharon! And, thanks for sending along a few peeps this way to look around. I am very happy to help out whenever and however I can! Hope you had a great Canada Day! 

I am pulling together a guest post for you; the topic has to be just right!

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@AlaskaChickBlog I am so happy to see you today, Amber-Lee! I know you're so freaking busy up and over there in the wilderness. Most of us "here" can do nothing but shake our heads in awe about the life you lead and still manage to be as prolifically involved as you are.

I would be honored to have you write a triple! Heck, I know it's going to be a challenge for me to find writers for the second half of the year. But, I'll ask one by one and not look that far ahead.

As you said, "You are as happy as you choose to be." AND, I'll add, "Take one day at a time!" XO!

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@biggreenpen And, I loved your esoteric take on the whole thing, too, Paula!! Takes a Foursquarer to really get it, eh?


  1. […] All around us, there are studies on happiness. Have you read my series here each Friday that began Jan. 11, 2013, called The Happy Friday Series? It consists of your stories about happiness; there are no rules, just an interpretation, recollection, and often therapeutic sharing of life’s journey. Please read a few; here is the list from the first half of the year. […]