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TIPS FOR HAPPINESS


My friend Meghan posted this article on "how to be positive" on facebook yesterday and I've been thinking about it ever since. I totally resonate with the author. I too do exactly what I want to do. I get to work from home and stay with my beautiful and healthy babies. I live in a house that is perfect for us. The fact that we immediately had renters for our other house and were able to close on our dream house are nothing short of a miracle. I love my family and friends, I get to buy good, healthy food. We go out to eat when we want. We are blessed. YET, I still find myself complaining: The kids didn't nap today, I couldn't get anything done. I have no cute clothes. There are a million loads of laundry to do. Kroger didn't have organic canned coconut milk. Target was sold out of my favorite blush. Sam and I never go on dates. There was no cream for my coffee this morning! I can't afford a new rug right now. We'll never finish unpacking. Etc and so forth.

SO. You see the problem here. There are so many ridiculously awesome things happening in my life and I am totally "glossing over the good stuff." Sometimes I struggle with being happy. I feel guilty. I see people around me having a hard time so I make myself feel less happy because I feel like I don't deserve it. Does that make any sense? What favor is that doing anyone?

I choose to be happy. I choose to not take life for granted.

Making me happy today:

  • the earring stickers I found for Matilda. they are sparkly and fun and remind me of being little.
  • watching the little girls in their ballet clothes flutter through the hall. seeing Matilda mimic the older ballerinas with fierce determination. this also made me cry. gulp.
  • getting to sit on my front porch with my mama and enjoy a latte together.
  • phoebe's new teeth peeking through when she smiles.
  • that we are feeling more settled. only a few more boxes to go!
  • reading this sweet book with Matilda. such a thoughtful housewarming gift from our friend's Kate and Andy.
  • no meltdowns after ballet.
  • the cool mornings we are having. unheard of southern july weather.
  • blinds that allow me to change in my room.
  • curry cashews.
  • all of you!

what is making you happy today?

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13 comments :

  1. I love thinking about the simple things that make me happy! Brings me back to think about what I have.

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    1. totally! perfect perspective. :)

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  2. We've started doing a "three good things" together at dinner every night - its so much better than complaining about work. Honestly, I think its even helping our marriage.

    ps. I didn't mean your latte on facebook :).

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    1. totally wrote this after seeing your post so don't worry! haha love the dinner idea.

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  3. Thank you for posting this! As a kid, my mom constantly reminded me that attitude is a choice. It is so hard to remember that-the daily grind definitely gets to me. Lately, my husband and I are trying to sing praise songs while driving to work. I had only been doing it for about two days when my husband told me there was a noticeable difference in my attitude, so I asked him to join me. It is definitely hard some days to praise God when I don't feel like it, but it focuses my day in the right place.

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    1. shannon, this gave me such a wonderful visual. inspiring me to fill our house with some worship music.

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  4. Ya know, I feel guilty all the time for complaining but the grass is always greener and we are only human. I think as long as you realize at night when you lay your head down that it could always be worse then what the hay.I would love to be a more positive person but I feel sometimes with children its a " get thru this day" or survival mode a lot. Glad to see I'm not the only one trying to be positive or complaining too much. Thanks for the insight.

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    1. it's an effort for me too sister, but this article i found to be really thought provoking.

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  5. Beautifully said. I'm happy that I have wonderful employees who make my life so much easier. I try to tell them every day! They give me time to be with my family and to live a balanced life. It is one of my greatest blessings.

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    1. amazing that you show your appreciation. i'm sure they love having you as a boss!

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  6. First of all, I LOVED sparkly sticker earring-good stuff. What's making me happy today:

    -waking up next to Jeremiah
    -feeling Gideon move and kick all the time
    -a cool morning ( I think my pregnancy might be to thank for our unusual weather ;)
    -a good, bouncy, non-frizzy hair day
    -still being able to wear wedges
    -a long lunch with an old friend
    -an handmade elephant rocking horse from old friend
    -a very sweet work baby shower
    -a handmade baby blanket from my boss
    -the sweet picture of Tilda in ballet class

    xoxo
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    1. love your list! your happy list made me happy :) can't wait to see you on saturday!! so much joy is headed your way friend.

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  7. Hey Lesley,
    Love the video of Matilda dancing. That girl has rhythm! So cute!! And,Guinness just rolls with the flow. Precious!! Thanks for sharing!

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