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.

Sunday Gratitude

What are you grateful for this beautiful Sunday?

Today, I love busy airports. I love running into people I know in those busy airports, because it happens so rarely. I love getting to know those people more, embracing their stories. I love Ms.A’s stories, how she takes time to notice all the details and sensations in every moment.

Today, I love sitting in Ms. A’s moments, and sharing mine. I love that so many of our moments now intersect, and that our home is now the same. Today, I love going back to that home I call Vandy. I love that my home is filled with family, some I’ve only known a few months. I love how we all grow so close so quickly. I love knowing that Ms. A is 99% of the reason why.

Today, I love leaving my family’s home to go home.


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

Your Guide To Living A Valued Life

Explore your values where A Smile Blooms.

Stop by my Etsy shop for you newest Self Discovery Workbook! The Self Discovery Workbook for living a valued life is designed to provide encouragement, motivation, and tools to help you discover and embrace your values – at home, at work, at school. This workbook is designed with you in mind and will provide the motivation and insight you need to transform your life to one glowing in value.

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You! This workbook is ideal for use at home or with a counselor. The exercises are of value to everyone – those seeking to reassess their values, those at a crossroads in life, those with mental health struggles, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, and more, those looking to explore their identities. Whatever journey you are on, this workbook can help guide you!


[1] Journal Cover
[1] Instruction Page Affirmation
[1] Identify Your Values
[1] Values Worksheet
[3] Build Your Valued Life Exercise, 3 pages
[1] Value at Work
[1] Making a Change
[1] A Needed Pause Meditation and Worksheet
[1] Readiness for Change
[3] Extra Journal Pages to Explore Your Thoughts
[1] Back Cover


1. Purchase your very own A Smile Blooms Self-Discovery workbook. Fill it out, work with a counselor or loved one, and return to the exercises as your life changes and your values transform.

2. Customize your journey by checking A Smile Blooms regularly for new and improved workbook exercises. The garden is blooming inspiration daily.

3. Get involved in the journey by letting me know what kinds of workbooks would most help you! And be sure to check out the refrigerator magnets and other gifts that can bring inspiration into your daily life and straight to the heart of your home.
This is an Instant Digital Download – you will not receive anything in the mail. Upon your purchase, you will receive a link to download your 15 unique workbook pages.

This Journal is standard US Letter Size (8.5 x 11 inches) and is in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat is a free software program that will allow you to open PDF documents on your computer. Copy & paste the link below onto your URL browser to download Adobe Acrobat:

This Journal is standard US Letter Size and should be printed on standard US Letter Size Paper. When printing, make sure the paper size is set to Us Letter, and make sure to scale to 100% (don’t scale to fit page).

This Journal is copyrighted and is intended for personal use only. You can reprint pages as many times as you’d like, as long as they are for your personal use. Please do not resell or redistribute to others.

I cannot offer refunds on digital files. Once I send you the files, the sale is final. But I can and will do everything possible to make sure you are happy with your order. If you have any problems, I will work with you until I resolve the issue.
I, Mirissa D. Price, am not a licensed mental health professional nor am I claiming to heal, cure, prevent or treat any medical/emotional/mental conditions with the provided materials. A Smile Blooms is created to encourage and support you on your journey through life. Please seek professional help and guidance as needed. And remember, asking for help is a strength!

Thank you for welcoming me on your incredible journey!

CLICK HERE to head straight over to my Etsy shop, A Smile Blooms

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share. These journals are copyrighted and intended for personal use only. Reselling is not allowed without obtaining prior written consent from the owner.

You Can Live A Valued Life!

You can live a valued life by simply living in accordance with your values. So go ahead: take pen, paper, a stack of values, and spread your values out for the world to see.

Can’t wait to start sharing your values? Comment with your top three on this post, and take the first step in letting the world know!

Your values matter, and you, my friend, are a truly valued beam of light in this beautiful world!

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.