What’s Making Me Happy This Week 1/9/13

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I hope that I will remember to post about the Things Making Me Happy at least every other week… it’s been a few weeks (busy weeks) since I last wrote about this, but it’s such a good thing to focus on that I hope I will make it a habit!

  • Days off!  I had a great Christmas and New Year‘s with family and although I worked last weekend, it has been bracketed by wonderful days off!  I’ve been productive and relaxed; reading, entertaining, singing, watching movies, with just a little cleaning and organizing.  Good stuff.  
  • My Blu-Ray player for Christmas is so exciting… so easy and smart to use.  Just a breeze.
  • Reading Jane Austen is always so relaxing. I’m reading “Persuasion” as a readalong and although it isn’t living up to “Pride and Prejudice” level of love from me, it is still enjoyable to read.  I’m wondering if Jane Austen is NOT meant to be read on an electronic device, though. That has been a struggle.  
  • I spilled a big old glass of water on my stove top a few weeks ago, which prompted a deep clean under the stove.  Felt kinda good!
  • Taco Soup – Wow!  Mom made this and it was so delicious, and then I whipped it up at Dana and Koni’s last night and it was so easy!  The best flavor  and a fast feast!  Ingredients: 1 can black beans, 1 can pinto beans (both drained and rinsed), 1 can petite diced tomatoes, 1 can sweet corn (both drained), 1 can white chicken breast, drained, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can green enchilada sauce, 1 can chicken broth, 1 packet taco seasoning. Mix, heat, serve.  Excellent with tortilla chips!  Yummy!
  • The game Telestrations brought us many laughs on New Year’s Eve – what a fun family group game!
  • A mild sunshiny day today is certainly making me happy!
  • Looking forward to the weekend off – with nothing planned feels pretty great!
  • I love having my Christmas tree up – to think I almost didn’t do it this year! – but it does feel good to put it away.  I really don’t have many seasonal decorations aside from Christmas – maybe I need to add that to one of my lists… Mix it up a little.
  • Reflecting on 2012 has been such a Joy (see above pic!).  I continue to feel grateful for the people in my life and the adventures that they bring. 

I feel like I could go on and on, which is a good thing, but I’d better move on and get some more stuff done!  Enjoying the day!

What’s making you happy this week??

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Sense of Direction: Joy

Once again, Friday’s post about having a sense of direction proves to be the most difficult to write.  It is, as I said before, something I am obviously spending a lot of time thinking about, but I am feeling pretty private and don’t want to spill all those beans all over this blog.  So if you want to know more about my thoughts about what I want, where I am going, how I’m going to get there, schedule some one-on-one time with me and we’ll discuss!

But what I do know for sure is that joy is something that I want to have in my life and that I will continue to seek out and to work toward. I don’t have a hard time finding joy in little things.

  • I find a lot of joy in my little townhome and the beautiful things that surround me.
  • I’ve been able to take three of the kids to school three days this week, and it’s fun to see their happy faces in the morning and drop them off with “I love you’s”
  • Getting up early and going to a 6AM Bible study has made Thursdays into super long days and I really think it’s pretty cool!
  • Rewatching movies from my movie shelves has been a lot of fun
  • Singing and reconnecting with Rushford friends on Monday has brought me a lot of joy this fall
  • Baking cookies and breads (and dinners!) for friends and family brings me joy
  • Participating in the Anna Karenina readalong with friends and lots of people I don’t know is a lot of fun, and books bring me lots of joy!

I could go on and on with my list, but I’ll stop there for now.  Below are some good quotes I found about joy and finding joy in your work.  I hope you enjoy!

  •  Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. Khalil Gibran
  • We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha
  • Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

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Off to read!