Take That Back: A simple game to refresh your life

I come to life

on a comedy stage, with a suggestion, and a promise of a good laugh. I come to life on a dance floor, with country music, and a group of new or old friends. I come to life at home, with a pen and a paper, and too many words to decide on just one to come next. I come to life in a clinic, with a child, a few stickers, and a toothbrush in hand.

But do I have to be in those specific situations to feel alive, to feel energized by life? Am I less alive through the rest of my days?

No way! 

Because it’s not the place or the situation that brings light to our eyes. It’s our own mindsets. It’s our willingness to free ourselves from restraints and to gift ourselves the joy of life in every moment. It’s the decision to let the worry, stress, and clutter of life pause so that we can just be, and just breathe.

And it’s the forgiveness we offer ourselves when we choose the wrong path and end up locked in a challenging moment.

There’s a game we play in improv comedy called ‘Take that back.’ Essentially, when you say a statement, the coach, at any moment, can demand that you ‘take that back.’ Say you just exclaimed your love for fried fish. Well, take back that love … so now you commit to a love of rolling chairs. Say you just whined about your character’s lost keys. Well, take back that emotion … and now you are overjoyed about your character’s lost keys. Standing in an objective position, the coach can see what helps and hurts the scene, and can guide you to success with just a touch of ‘take that back.’

And with practice, you can do the same in your own life!

Start noticing how you feel throughout the day. Check in with yourself when you wake up, when you are on the bus. Check in with yourself when you have work sitting before you. Pay attention to those moments when time just feels like it is dragging through mundane and tiresome tasks, or when time is lost to ‘spacing out’ of the moment. Pay attention to each moment.

After noticing for awhile, letting the awareness grow more natural, start to ‘take back’ your experience. Say you woke up with the thought, “It’s Monday morning. Ugh. The early alarm, the trudge through traffic, the full week of work ahead.” You feel tired and weary. You’re already counting down the days of the week. Sure, you could try to let that thought pass, but your body has already responded to the negativity. You’re already feeling weak.

Which is the perfect time to tell yourself, ‘Take that back!’

So you start again, opening your eyes, thinking, ‘It’s Monday morning! Yes! An early start, a productive day, and so much I can accomplish. This will be great!’

Already, you feel energized. Already, you feel hopeful. Already, you are wondering what great things will come of the week instead of reminiscing about the past weekend or anticipating the next. Already, you are more alive and free of your thoughts in the moment.

It’s not an easy exercise to use on yourself. (There’s a reason improv teams use a coach!) But it’s an exercise you can learn and build into your life, and, if you try it right now, just for kicks and giggles, I guarantee* you will experience a momentary transformation in the experience of your day.

*Restrictions apply. Must have your own capacity to set back time in order to complete the guarantee refund of reading this post. And if you have that capacity, YOU JUST INVENTED TIME TRAVEL. DO SHARE, PLEASE!

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

What makes you happy?

Whatever makes you happy, be it

– a dance party

– a night in

– a night with friends

– comedy

– faith

– a good book or even just a selfie

Share it. Love it. Embrace it.

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That joy is what brings a smile to your eyes and light to your life.

What makes you happy? Think about some sources of joy in your life and share them with the world! You might just inspire joy in another’s life.

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


One Lovely Blog

Another day, another reason to smile! Thank you, Ally L. Mare, for the incredible honor of the One Lovely Blogger Award. I encourage everyone to stop by Write! Ally! Write! to get their daily dose of inspired writing.


The rules of the award are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to his/her blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 people
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them!

So, to get started:

7 Facts About Mirissa D. Price:

  1. I set my mind on dentistry at the age of seven and haven’t looked back since.
  2. I began my journey in writing at the age of 20.
  3. If you looked into my apartment, 90% of the time, you would find me rocking my head and singing aloud to country music.
  4. I come to life in the world of comedy.
  5. I am most passionate about working with children and youth.
  6. I still cannot believe the beauty of a river … with actual water in it! (For a desert girl, this is an incredible sight!)
  7. If I had an extra 24 hours in my day, I would curl up in the corner of a book store and just write and write and write. And then I’d hit the comedy or music scene!

Now, for the most important part:

My Nominations

  1. Tink the Belle
  2. Life’s Fine Wine
  3. Standard Blonde Cat
  4. Writer in Socks
  5. Fabulous with Glitches
  6. Impetuous Afflatus 
  7. Becoming Unstuck
  8. Laura, Honestly
  9. Bello e Bella
  10. A Whistling Caravan 
  11. Elline Andreana
  12. Words in the Light
  13. AND YOU! Because you are one incredible writer with one lovely blog!

These thirteen writers (including YOU) most definitely create ‘One Lovely Blogs’ of their own, and I can’t wait for you to check them all out!

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

Let’s Have a Party!

Stop everything you are doing . . .

Turn up some music,


It is SO easy to get bogged down in the to-do lists of life! In fact, we get so focused on our worries and obligations that we forget the music is still playing. So pick your song, crank up the music, and JUST DANCE!

The work will still be there for you at the end of the song 😉


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

Have You Danced Today?

I don’t always have the time or patience for a full meditation.  Especially when I am in the midst of a mid-morning commute!

But . . .


I always have time to dance!

To one song.  In one minute.  On my walk to the car.  There is always a moment to put some joy in my step.  No question about it!

I do have one question remaining, though:

Have YOU danced today?

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

Dance With The Wind


Listen, wind makes a photo look better.  It just does.


Sure, until I can change the weather, I won’t have a windless comparison photo to offer.  But, in my mind, there would be no comparison worth making.  The wind wins out.  Every time.

How do I know?

Because it’s nature.  And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to opt out of a fight with nature.

You see, there was a time when the wind caused me more pain than you could imagine.  Picture your leg being stabbed by burning knives on fire (the redundancy intended).  Now imagine those knives coming at you at, say, 20 miles per hour.  It really isn’t all that pleasant.  And actually, it led me to fear the wind.

Yes.  You heard that right: I was afraid of the wind. 

When it came my direction, I would cringe with terror.  When it touched my flesh, I would freeze with worry: Is it going to hurt this time?  I don’t want it to hurt.  Please don’t hurt.

Even in remission, I was conditioned to worry.  I was conditioned to avoid the elements in anticipation of the slightest breeze, and to stay behind barriers, out of the direct line of impact.

And then, it hit me – the wind, not some great insight or anything.  And it was beautiful!  Refreshing in its cool touch, pleasant in its muted howl.  The wind was painlessly beautiful.

So I’m not saying you should go around chasing the wind – it’s a part of nature, out of your control.  But I am saying, if the wind graces you with her presence, especially in a photo, embrace it as nature’s gift!  Join it in nature’s dance!  Because the wind knows three things that, in fear, in life, and even in photographs, we often forget:

  1. Dance and swirl and throw leaves in your journey,

because the wind doesn’t know where it’s headed.  It’s just headed.  Through cities and forests, oceans and people, it’s headed.  What the wind does have is this moment of contact with you and the leaf and the obstacle before it, and it will do whatever it can to take from that interaction and move forward, no interaction ever too small to enjoy.

  1. Make a mess of perfection, and leave it be,

just like the wind tosses your thin strands of hair from left to right.  Just like the wind unsorts your pile of organized papers from the picnic table.  Remember, the wind is nature, and nature is saying, let imperfection be.

  1. Ah, and the laughter in her howl,

as she skips past your ear in her race through the park, and then rushes back just as you pull the hair from across your lips.  That’s wind, playing.  That’s wind having fun, doing everything she can to make sure you, too, remember how to playfully trot.  Because, guess what?  She’s daring you not to laugh!  And that’s a dare I promise never to win!

So what do you say?  Shy of throwing papers around the park,

will you dance with the wind?

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.