Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

It’s a rainy day, and yet it is filled with such sunshine – The Sunshine Blogger Award to be specific. Thank you Didi’s Art Design for adding this light to my week and for sharing such warmth on your blog. Be sure to check out all poetic thoughts that Didi’s Art Design has to offer!


The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:

1) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So for Didi’s Art Design’s 11 questions:

1) What are your hobbies?

I am a dental student by day and a writer by night; and in the in-between, you’ll find me on the comedy stage! It’s a busy life, and I love it!

2) What is most important to you?

Laughter carries me through every moment of every day.

3) How can we achieve harmony between nations and people?

Peace begins within each of us, and from there, we can share peace with others.

4) What kind of improvements you suggest for your our society?

There are oh so many opportunities for growth in our world, and they all stem from a growth in not only random, but intentional acts of kindness.

5) What is your biggest wish?

What a hard question! I am so caught up in the beauty of this moment that my mind can’t seem to land on something more I would want in my day!

6) What was your biggest mistake in your life?

There have been only endless opportunities before me, opportunities for growth and opportunities to learn.

7) If you could bring a new subject to a school, what would it be?

I have done just this! Crafting Yourself brings lessons in self-efficacy and resiliency to the hands of middle school children, all through the creativity of art!

8) How do we end poverty in our world?

We begin to create equity in our world by creating equal opportunity in each domain of our world: health care, education, employment, and more.

9) What book do you find most interesting?

There are so many options, but I do love the concept of “If on a winter’s night a traveler.”

10) What is the meaning of friendship to you?

Friendships is laughter and joy. It is sharing moments of both pain and hope with someone you trust, and exploring this world with someone who can share with you a new way of seeing things.

11) What does, “Man know thyself,” mean to you?

This question is truly wonderful, because each day that I grow, this sentence means something new. I simply can’t wait to see what this phrase will mean to me in the morning.

My Nominations for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:

  1. Safarii + Co
  2. Poeta da Garrafa
  3. In a Messy World
  4. Christine’s Collection
  5. Hope Dealer
  6. Written by an amateur human
  7. How to Climb a Mountain
  8. Safira’s Journey
  9. Naturally Nuri
  10. Forged from Reverie
  11. Write Ally! Write!
  12. And YOU! Add your blog url to the comments and share the sunshine with all of us! You most definitely deserve this blogger award!

As for your 11 questions:

  1. What are you most passionate about?
  2. How would anyone know?
  3. Who most influenced the person you are today?
  4. What is one thing you wish you could add to your day?
  5. What is stopping you from adding that in?
  6. What is one thing you could empty from your day?
  7. What would you do with that freed time?
  8. When did you decide to pursue your profession?
  9. What is one thing you love about your profession?
  10. Why are you so good at what you do?
  11. If you closed your eyes and imagined the perfect day, what would you do first?

Happy blogging, and enjoy the sunshine! I can’t wait to see how far this sunshine spreads!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Hear Me Out


Today, I told an uber driver that I was there to listen, that his story mattered. In return, he gifted me the honor of learning about his journey as a Lost Boy, and at the final destination, neither of us wanted to leave.

There is human strength all around us, but sometimes, we simply forget to stop, ask, and listen. So today, let’s empower one another. Let’s lift our neighbors with our stories. And let us all begin to stop and listen. We are here together, and ‘here’ is truly an incredible place to be!


© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The prolific and stunningly creative blogger, Ally L Mare, has nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Thank you Ally!

Be sure to check out Ally’s free online e-books.

This award is created in the spirit of getting to know our fellow bloggers, and the rules are quite simple:

– Display the award on your blog.

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to his/her blog.

– Share 7 facts about yourself.

– Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and link to their blogs.

So with the first two tasks complete, it’s time for 7 Facts about Mirissa D. Price:

  1. My favorite tooth is the mandibular first premolar; something about that mesiolingual groove just offers such a great story for the imaginative dental student!
  2. I have been teaching and working with children since I was only a child! And I love every second of it!
  3. My most productive time of day is after dark, but I still love to wake up before the sun rises.
  4. I will jump onto any stage you put before me – comedy, karaoke, theater; I’ll be there!
  5. I am named after a Great Aunt Miriam – hence the ‘Mi’ in Mirissa ♥
  6. I fall head over heels in love with this world every time I take a step out into nature.
  7. I just opened an etsy shop where you can buy some tidbits of inspiration to keep in your home and on your fridge! CLICK HERE to check out my growing shop, A Smile Blooms.

Now, for the best part – I get to pass the gift of this award on to the next 10 bloggers! My 10 nominations are:

  1. Lifes Fine Whine
  2. Word Prints
  3. Angie Trafford
  4. EDC Writing
  5. Palabras DelMar
  6. Comically Quirky 
  7. Blog of a Mad Black Woman
  8. Keep On Moving
  9. Playing By My Own Rules
  10. Ohm Sweet Ohm

And, of course, YOU! Add your blog to the comments and consider your blog nominated! Nothing can stand between you and a little self-determination to join in!

Thanks again for the nomination, Ally. Now, nominees, readers, anyone choosing to jump in the game, go forth and have a blogging good time!


The Sun Is Shining, And So Is This Blog!

The sun is shining, and so is this blog!  Thank you to Ally L Mare for nominating my little corner of the internet for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I am truly honored, my heart beaming with, well, sunshine!


The Rules.

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

So, in answer to Ally L. Mare’s 11 questions: 

  1. Will you be volunteering for any Mars expedition program? Only if there are kids in space who need dental care!
  2. Are you an adventurous person? Oh my, I am certainly cautiously adventurous.  And I love to make an adventure out of even a little trip to the corner store.
  3. Are you interested in travelling around the world? YES!  Thailand, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, . . . YES!  
  4. On the scale 1 – 10, how high is your curiosity level? These questions seem to be ready-made for me: 10!  My evidence?  The first line of my dental school personal statement: “Curiosity got the best of me at a young age – in fact, it claimed my front tooth!”
  5. How do you deal with disappointment? I take a deep breath in, close my eyes, and accept that everything happens for a reason.  Then, I imagine what new possibilities this disappointment has unleashed!  
  6. Do you think you are the patient type? Most certainly!  Patience is essential in dentistry.
  7. Are you the one who usually wait for others or others wait for you? I am on-time, on Harvard School of Dental Medicine time.  In other words, I am earlier than early.
  8. Do you have your own favorite stars (in the sky)? I call them Frank and Frannie.  No, really 😉 
  9. Have you ever feel that you are doing something but you think that it is a waste of time? I have these thoughts now and then.  When I am writing and ‘should be’ studying.  When I am studying and want to be volunteering.  I wonder, ‘Could my time be better used elsewhere?’  And then I realize, these thoughts aren’t helping me.  In fact, imagine the freedom I would feel if I just let these thoughts go!  What if THIS were not a waste of time but a valuable use of time?  Because that’s all we really can do – use time.  In one way or another, the time will be put to use, and that is not good or bad.  Though time can be measured, its value just is. 
  10. What do you think will happen in the year 2100? In the year 2100, archaeologists will go on digs through Twitter!
  11. Do you have something that you know is old and worn but you do not want to replace? I love this question, because the answer is so simple: my Curious George.  Savannah, a fellow pediatric patient with CRPS/RSD, gave me this stuffed doll as a gift when I was ill.  She said, ‘Take him with you to hospitals and he will bring pain-free smiles.’  So, Curious George and I went to every hospitalization hand-in-hand, both of us dawning our hospital gowns.  When I went into remission, he still came with me everywhere, keeping me safe.  And now in grad school, Curious George is here, reminding me of my purpose: to always spread pain-free smiles.   (Of course, now that he’s due for his photo op, I have no idea where he is! #dormroomdilemmas)

Now, drum roll please for my nominations:

  1. A cornered girl
  2. Yvonne Novella
  3. Playing by my own rules
  4. Dave Kingsbury
  5. Discovering and Sharing Grace
  6. Cristen Rodgers
  7. Tony Burgess 
  8. Wanderlust Sara
  9. Learning to Live Like Water
  10. Endless Edits
  11. PJ Temple
  12. AND YOU – nominate yourself in the comments and join along in the chain-nominations, because YOU ARE A SOURCE OF SUCH BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE, TOO ♥

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your first memory?
  2. What did you first want to blog about when you started your blog?
  3. What do you actually blog about these days?
  4. What do you hope to blog about in the future?
  5. Why do you keep on blogging?
  6. What is a blog post title you have been holding onto but have yet to release into the world?  Let’s let ‘him’ free!
  7. Are you annoyed yet with the word ‘blog’? 😉
  8. If you could write a word to replace the word ‘blog,’ what word would you create?
  9. What is your favorite place to spend a Saturday morning?
  10. Improv or stand-up?
  11. And, as follow-up to #8, why?

Yeah, so these are somewhat odd questions, but it’s all in the spirit of having fun!

Congrats to my nominees and thank you again to Ally L Mare.  Now, go forth and spread some sunshine through your blogs!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

How well do you know yourself?

We’ve all seen those lists –

the mile long questionnaires to get to know yourself.  ‘What is your favorite color?’ ‘Who is your role model’ ‘What is your first childhood memory?’ 

By question number three, my attention has usually checked out!  Hence, the rather short recollection just now!  Often, I find I simply know myself already, at least when it comes to my favorite time of day and favorite hobby *cough* *cough* she says writing a blog post after midnight.

But how often have we spent the time to know our obstacles, and our challenges?  How often have we sat down with our demon of the day or barrier of the year and said, ‘Hey, you!  Let’s talk!’  

And *with voices creeping down to a whisper* how often have we dared to have those conversations in *buh-duh-duh-dum* public?!  


But take a deep breath with me, dear, because the concept’s not really all that drastic.  What do we (in-the-qualified-)all really want?  Safety?  Support?  Strength?  And what is getting in the way?  Stigma?  Secrecy?  Shame?

Well, I for one have had enough of it!  San Antonio has built social emotional strength as a community, and gosh-darnit, so can we – as our own global WordPress community!  Instead of blocking, hiding, or running from our struggles, let’s take them out to tea *everyone can use the extra fluoride (within ADA guidelines, of course)* and get to know our struggles’ strengths.  Let’s get to know our struggles’ fears and weaknesses, their favorite colors and favorite times of day.  Let’s get to know, probably to start, our struggles by their names!  And, for once and all, let’s keep this conversation out in the open because change and acceptance, and a BREAK FREE FROM STIGMA begins the minute we abandon the stigma within ourselves.

And I won’t take ‘tomorrow’ for an answer!

Not even from myself!

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So, come, sit with me at tea.  I’ll bring my struggles and challenges.  You bring yours.  And let’s start at the very beginning: with a name.

‘Hey you, let’s talk!’ Question of the Day

February 10, 2017

Dear struggle.  Thank you for joining me for tea.  Remind me, what’s your name?

Do you want to join in the ‘Hey you, let’s talk!’ conversation?  Maybe you just want to get your feet wet in the idea?  Contribute your voice and your answer in the comments in as much or little detail as feels right for you!  Reblog or share with your friends if you know someone ready to fight the stigma.  Start a conversation on your blog.  Whatever path you take, we’re glad to have you out to tea with us! 

*And be sure to check the comments for my own February 10 answer!*

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.