7 Day Happiness Challenge Day 3


September 10th, 2014 Day 3 of the Happiness Challenge

1. Having a strong support system makes me happy. I am blessed to have a small but very special group of people in my life that I can always looks to for support. They are my shoulders to cry on, my sounding boards to vent to, and my most appreciated teachers. I love them dearly and I could not imagine my life without them. While they don’t always tell me what I want to hear, they tell me what I need to hear and this is invaluable.  I am grateful for their honesty, their empathy, their patience, and above all their unconditional love. Everyone could benefit from having someone in their corner and I’m lucky I have you all. 

“Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.” Deborah Day

2. Solitude makes me happy. Every so often one just needs a little time to themselves. Some time to regroup, to sit in silence and to reflect on life. I welcome moments like these as they can serve as times of healing. All too often we allow ourselves to be consumed by trivial things that do not serve us. We forget that we too need attention and care. I gift my self with moments of solitude as often as I can. It is good for my soul and it brings forth moments if clarity and renewed energy. 

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne

3. Painting makes me happy. Since the start of my pregnancy a lot of my painting has been put on hold. While I have not been able to work on larger scale pieces like I used to, I have been able to work on a few small watercolor images that I hope to one day give to my baby. It brings me to so much joy to paint. I get lost in my projects and time just seems to fly by. While I love seeing the final product I find that The in between time is the most fun. I strategize and play, I make mistakes and realize new options and overall  I just enjoy being in the moment. Art is absolutely magical. It warms my heart to know that the pieces I have created for my son will be hanging in his nursery soon. Mommy made them especially for him and I hope he likes them. Soon enough we’ll be painting together. 

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” Orhan Pamuk

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  1. I was interviewed on an Internet talk show yesterday and I was given a list of questions to prepare for ahead of time. One of those questions was “Are you happier today then you were 20 years ago?
    While we ran out of time and the question was never posed I thought about it a lot yesterday. I am just as happy as I was 20 years ago but in a much different way. 20 years ago all 6 of my kids were still under one roof and my priorities were different than they are today. Today I have a freedom that wasnt there 20 years ago. I dont believe you can compare “Happy’s” Just thought I’d share. Love your blog and best of luck as you and your family move forward in your new life

    1. Hi John,
      Thank you so much for sharing. I agree with you 100% we can’t compare what makes us happy from one moment to the next. What we can do is go after those things that bring about happiness every day of our lives. I think this is the point of the happiness challenge go bring about this awareness in ourselves. To look to those things that truly make us happy and to recognize them as important. We can strive to be fully present and we can fight to live in the now. What brings me joy now will no doubt continue to make me happy in the future but just as your example demonstrated, the situation will look quite different. This you again for sharing and for liking my blog.


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