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How I Stay Happy

Updated on March 31, 2016

Playing with blocks

My mantra

At the beginning of 2016 I set out to create a New Year's Resolution that wasn't ordinary. The typical resolutions we see are more related to weight loss but I wanted my resolution to encompass more than just that. My goal was to be happy. It can mean many things, not just weight loss. Weight loss of course is a part of it but it is more-so about my becoming a healthier human. I wanted to create a habit of eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, spending more time with my kiddos, reading, gardening, even making time for old friends and my husband... the things that truly represent happiness, TO ME.

I have to say, 3 months into this resolution and I'm finally getting into a rhythm that makes me feel completely happy. First and foremost, we took our older son out of daycare. This meant that I would be working much less as it's a lot to ask for a babysitter for two children. I am now working one day each week. This is fulfilling my goal of spending more time with my boys. I feel closer to our older son who had been in daycare that we felt was necessary at the time. I have to be honest I was really worried he would just stop listening to authority altogether since he was no longer in that structured environment. He's truly much happier now that he's at home, and that makes me happy too.

I am able to get workouts in while home with our boys. Sometimes it's a workout DVD but usually I take them out for a walk. It gets us vitamin d, fresh air and a break from distractions. It's good for our souls, all three of us. I'm training for a 5k that's coming up in about 6 weeks, also. Then my husband and the kids will join me for another 5k in July. I am grateful to have the time to dedicate to bettering myself physically and mentally! Happiness!!!!!

Reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I just started reading again after taking a hiatus. I had been taking an online graduate course and all of my time was dedicated to that. That was difficult especially when I was early on while pregnant with Evan. Shortly after completing that course, Evan was born. And the madness began, beginning with colic, then was just unhappy if not held, I was exhausted and napped whenever I could. Then I started working part time. Then we removed Sam from daycare. I needed some time to adjust. And Evan is sleeping better at night, so I am not hitting the hay at 7 pm anymore. It's more like 8/8:30, but it's progress!

Sneaks on the pavement!


How do you find your joy?

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Me and the open road

Moral of the story

Do what brings you happiness when you can. I know many of you have to work 1 or more jobs. I know you have responsibilities. When you are able, do things that bring you joy because before you know it, life has passed before your eyes. The joy is in the journey of it all. Make it count!!!!!!!!

One of my garden beds

About that garden bed...

So this is the "BEFORE" of this garden bed. I got a japanese maple tree and some barberry bushes to place here. I am also going to divide my salmon colored daylilies from the backyard and bring some up front. Stay tuned to my blog for an update on my before and after gardening pictures.

I have 7 garden beds I need to work on. SEVEN! That's a lot. Some are large, some are small. One at a time... right?


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      2 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I think that you are wise to factor in time to do things that make you happy. I agree wholeheartedly with the last sentence in your moral

      "The joy is in the journey of it all. Make it count!!!!!!!!" I came to the same conclusion as you :D


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