Welcome to Little Merry Sunshine 2.0


After blogging for almost 6 1/2 years, I’m thrilled to be part of the ChicagoNow family of blogs. It’s truly the culmination of a dream that started more than 4 years ago when the Chicago Tribune first started recognizing blogs and named Little Merry Sunshine one of Chicago’s Best Blogs. Since that day in March 2009, I’ve dreamed of blogging on a Chicago Tribune related platform.  And now, that dream has finally become a reality.

My next writing-related dream is to be published. I have a book that I’ve been pondering and writing in my head for a few years. Soon, it will be time to collect those thoughts into a manuscript, have it edited, and see if I can sell it as a book. My other dream involves having a regular newspaper column.

It’s been my experience once I release my dreams and goals to the Universe, they quickly come to fruition, so who knows what will come of these statements. Read three examples of this herehere, and here. Sometimes my dreams turn to reality in warp speed, while other times the journey is much longer. If I’ve learned anything recently, it is that the Universe’s delay is not the same as denial.

More than anything, Little Merry Sunshine is about my dreams, what inspires me, and furthering the discussion about how we can all leave the world just a little better. I believe that we are surrounded by far too much negativity and I want to help raise the bar on all the good that exists.

If you’ve been a regular reader of LMS, thank you for following me over to ChicagoNow.

If you’re a new reader, I hope you’ll return often.

I welcome everyone’s comments, but this is my playground and I do have a few rules of etiquette:

  1. LMS uses Facebook Comments, so you’ll have to use your real name.
  2. Feel free to disagree with me and other commenters, but please do so with respect.
  3. No name calling or making threats.
  4. Swearing is fine, Jimmy Buffett taught me to swear when I was 5, but let’s keep it relatively clean.

I’m always open to your ideas, so please feel free to email me with possible blog topics.

Little Merry Sunshine also has a Facebook home and I hope you’ll take minute to become a fan.

Thank you again for visiting Little Merry Sunshine. I look forward to getting to know you and letting you know me over the next few months and years.

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    Jessica Gardner

    A native of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs and resident of the North Shore, Little Merry Sunshine comes by her name honestly. The story goes that as a child, she was always so happy that she even slept with a smile on her face. Her mom nicknamed her Little Merry Sunshine. It stuck, along with her insatiable desire to focus on the good in the world and to leave it a little better than she found it. She does this by sharing her passions and dreams, what inspires her, and maybe you too, and furthering the discussion about how we can listen to our better angels. You can reach her at LittleMerrySunshineCN[at]WowWay[dot]com.

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