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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Happy Friday



Happy Friday everyone! Be sure to do something to preserve happiness this weekend. Make your mind to choose happiness over negativity. It is within your control to let go and change. Embrace the choices that exist for you this weekend and choose to do and say things that will bring about positivity. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi77ec0ae302beda5cf95c32b8c69db7f0

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Expanding Your View

An old man walked to a neighboring town and came upon a group of workers carrying heavy stones. He sat down to watch, first seeing a man struggling under the weight of a heavy stone, grunting and having a very hard time with the job. The old man asked him, “What are you doing? The man replied, “Carrying stones,”  and went on with his work.

Then the old man noticed a second worker, carrying a stone much like the stone the first worker carried, but he made the work look easy. This second man was smiling enthusiastically about his work. He asked the second man, “What are you doing?” The man replied, ” I am building the greatest cathedral ever.”

In this parable we see how two men held very different view points about their life and work. While one man chose to see his work as a heavy burden, the other approached his work with enthusiasm and a deep sense of purpose. How do you view your life and work? Do you wake up every morning ready to embrace the day or do you dread each morning viewing your life as a constant struggle? expand-your-view-by-jan-skacelik

Embrace choice and keep moving forward. When we accept that our view on life does not necessarily equate truth, we allow for our inner power to emerge. Our views are often attached to the experiences and interactions we have recorded in our memory. Because these views sometimes help to motivate our daily actions we tend to accept them as our only way of being. “I will never make enough money to buy a house.”, ” Things will never change for the better.” ” I will never let a man break my heart again.” All of these comments are examples of ones view on an aspect of their life. While each a very valid view a person might have of their  life, these are not final truths. Each and every comment contains a choice for that person to make.Whether the choice lies in making a dramatic shift to get you closer to buying that house, making  a change for the better, or letting go of someone who consistently hurt you, there is always a way to expand your view and keep moving forward.

Examine where your viewpoint originates and determine its validity in your life. Whether this viewpoint stems from an ingrained negative belief system you have carried with you since you could remember, or if it is a newly held belief based on a recent derailment you have experienced, only you can attach value to the belief. Explore the viewpoint by deciphering its impact on your daily life. If you find that the way you view life brings you nothing but misfortune and distress, perhaps its time to call for a change. Expand your view to include those thoughts that attract feelings of bliss, purpose, and empowerment. Life will have purpose and meaning for you when you attach value and purpose to all aspects of your being. Dream, believe, and unlock all that is unique and powerful within you. Expand your view and change your life.

What viewpoints are you holding about yourself? Can you pull out the choice hidden in your view and use it to expand on whats possible?

How can we learn to expand our viewpoint so that we can shift the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us? Embrace choice and keep moving forward. We are more powerful than we think.

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