A FREE Challenge To Start 2018 Off Right (includes printables, worksheets, and more)

January 2, 2018 | 24 comments

This wasn’t the way I thought the new year would start – here in a hospital.

My mom has been here for over a week, battling an infection like a warrior.

Today, like every other day since Christmas Eve, you’ll find me taking a short break in the corner of this waiting room.

Sometimes, while I’m sitting here, I read the psalms. Sometimes, I pray. Sometimes, I just … breathe. And, always, I collect my thoughts, and remind myself that no matter what, this remains true: God is still God, and God is still good.

Over the last couple years, I’ve been a self-appointed Happiness Ambassador, hoping to spread happiness, joy and peace to you through the words I write. But I never once said happiness was easy.

I’ve always believed that happiness doesn’t come from our circumstances; it erupts from something much deeper.

Happiness truly is an inside job.

Today, I’m back in the corner of the waiting room again, this time with my laptop. I came here to invite you into something that has become so real to me in the last week. It’s a challenge called Happy This Year. I created Happy This Year to help you start 2018 off right and boost your happiness in just five days.

I didn’t know that when I was working on it for you, that this would also be for me.

Can I tell you more?

Happy This Year: A Five-Day Challenge

Happy This Year is for you, and it’s for me. It’s for anyone who wants to know that happiness is possible in 2018. It’s for anyone who wants to believe that if you’ve lost your happiness along the way, it’s recoverable. And it’s for anyone who wants to wring the delight out of every single day – even if, like me, you find yourself in a place you really didn’t want to be.

Where are you today? No matter where you are, I hope you’ll join me.

I’m going to guide you through a five-day challenge. Think of it as Happiness Boot Camp. I’ll be your guide, but it doesn’t mean I’ve got it all together. Quite frankly, I’ve been a bit of a wreck these last days. But I’m still choosing happiness!

I hope you’ll find the courage to do the same. That’s where Happy This Year comes in. It’s FREE, and it’s guaranteed to start your year off right.

Here’s the best part. It’s only five days. I’m kind of a Resolution Drop-Off, and maybe you are too. But we can handle five days, right?

Here’s what you’ll get in these five days:

– free printables for your home or office

– simple happiness hacks for you to try every day

– easy-to-follow tips to carry with you throughout the year

– printable Bible study worksheets that will take you 10 minutes or less to complete

– a fun gift at the end!

Here’s a sneak peek, at a few of the dozen+ free resources. And it’s all free, my New Year’s gift to you.




Get these five challenges, Bible study worksheets, and five adorable free printables + plus so much more, by signing up right here. The goodies will arrive in your inbox every day, over the next five days.

Be sure to follow along on my Instagram story, and Facebook, where I’ll be sharing how this challenge is real in my life this month.

Your first email will arrive within a few minutes. If you don’t see it soon, check your junk mail and spam folders.

I can’t wait to chat with you then!

Sending love to you from the waiting room,

Sign up here to be a part of Happy This Year.

This free challenge opportunity ends Jan. 21.




Hey Tell His Story crew! It is a joy to gather here every week with you. The linkup goes live each Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CT). If you would use the badge on your blog, found here, that would be great! And if you would visit at least one other blogger in the link-up and encourage them with a comment, that would be beautiful! Be sure to check the sidebar later. I’ll be featuring one of you over there!

Our featured writer this week is Stacey Pardoe. As we begin a new year, I really appreciate this take on hospitality: “Hospitality is reaching into someone else’s world and inviting them into yours.” Find Stacey here.

To be considered as our featured writer, be sure to use our badge or a link to my blog from your post. xo Jennifer


by | January 2, 2018 | 24 comments


  1. Debbie Putman

    I’ve been where you are. Waiting. Praying. Often on those breaks, I’d go outside on gift walks, looking at all the beauty of God’s creation, and spend time thanking Him (of course, I lived in California, not Iowa!) Praying God fills your heart with His peace as you seek Him and trust Him. ((Hugs))

    • dukeslee

      My moments in the corner of the waiting room are similar to your “gift walks.” I’d take a gift walk outside here, but it’s been waaaaay below zero. Crazy cold!

      • Debbie Putman

        Thank you for living happiness. True happiness. That shows trust in God no matter the circumstances. Watching our moms suffer is as hard as watching our children suffer. But drawing near God and letting His joy and peace spill over and sharing it with us encourages. Continued prayers. Oh, and I’m joining you on this happiness challenge. I got my first email yesterday.

  2. Joanne Peterson

    Jennifer, praying for you to be filled up, and praying for your mom.

    • dukeslee

      We are so grateful for your prayers, Joanne.

  3. Debbie Williams

    Jennifer praying for you and your Mom. Hugs.

    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Debbie.

  4. Lesley

    Praying for you and your family, and for healing for your Mom.

  5. Sherry Thecharmofhome

    May God bless you and keep your family this year. Thanks for hosting.

  6. Lisa notes

    I just signed up for the challenge! Praying for your mom, Jennifer. May healing come sooner rather than later.

  7. Michele Morin

    Signing up! Thanks for taking this on in the midst of all your present challenges. Know that you are in my prayers — along with your family!

  8. JeanneTakenaka

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! I’m so sorry your mom has been so ill. These are the seasons when we truly must choose happiness, aren’t they? I’m praying for your family during this season.

    I signed up for your happiness challenge. Because, even though it’s only the second day of the new year, I’m already being given opportunities to choose happiness. And I’m not always choosing it. Sigh.

    I so appreciate your truth and encouragement shared here each week!

  9. Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I’m so sorry for all you’ve been through with both your parents. Sometimes life is just plain HARD! Christmas in a hospital waiting room is not what any of us would picture, but God can be found there too…just as good as ever. Thank you for always keeping our eyes focused on whatever is good, and lovely, and true….think on these things. Praying for good health for all of you in 2018.
    Bev xx

  10. Nancy Ruegg

    Happiness isn’t always easy. How right you are, Jennifer! As Hannah Whithall Smith wrote, “Happiness is a choice.” Thank you for providing these resources so choosing happiness can become more of a habit than a happenstance. Looking forward to the report that your mother is on the mend–and soon!

  11. Anita

    Praying for your family and especially your mom as you go through this journey with her.

  12. Maree Dee

    Continuing to pray for your mom, you, and your family. I can’t wait to do the five day challenge. Sharing on my Facebook page too.

  13. Sarah Geringer

    Jennifer, I signed up this morning. Thank you for regularly posting prayer requests and updates on FB. I’m following along and praying for you, friend.

  14. Rebecca

    What a beautiful job you do demonstrating that happiness is a choice worth pursuing. In all the hard places of life, happiness with Jesus is always worth it.

  15. Susan

    Jennifer, I have enjoyed the videos on IG and especially the one with Phil!!! My prayers for Mom and Dad continue. xo

  16. Lyli Dunbar

    What a great way to start this year! Yay!

    — We continue to pray for Mama Dukes and her loves here in Florida. Much love.

  17. Betsy Cruz

    Jennifer, I’m so sorry about both of your parents, first your dad and now your mom. I’ve prayed for them and you. I love this challenge here. Your IG stories were so heart-warming and happiness building in December, and I’m reading the Happiness Dare right now.

  18. Amy Jung

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! I’m sorry that you’ve had to walk through this season. I’m confident the Lord will give you many words to comfort and teach the rest of us with. Thanks you for the printables!

  19. Rachel Lee

    Jennifer, I am praying for your mama. I’m sorry that the new year has started out with difficulty. Your faith inspires me to walk through even tough times with both grace and joy.
    I am signing up today!

    Thank you for the feature this week! That was a beautiful & unexpected surprise. 🙂

  20. Lureta Ector

    I continue to pray for your family. A challenging start to the year indeed, but we serve an awesome God. May the arms of our loving Father surround you and family in a hug of restorative healing. Blessings dear sister.



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