Happiness Revealed

The constant quest for happiness is something that is unique and personal to each and every one of us.  To some of us, it means power and money.  To others, it means recognition for a job well done. And still to others, it can be as simple as building meaningful relationships that make life… an easier journey to walk through .  While there is no clear answer what the true answer to happiness is, Louie Schwartzberg, does a great job in reminding us that each day is a gift.  How we choose to look at the world can truly be our own happiness barometer.


Back to basics

So lately I have been struggling.  I am not a very patient woman.  Ha!  There’s the understatement of the year!  Well, technically I really am .. but I’m not.  I have the patience of a Saint when it comes to working in the capacity of a teacher, a caregiver or a friend in need.  I do NOT, however, have ANY patience when it comes to indecisiveness — particularly my own.  It’s even worse when life dictates that I don’t have any control of which path I choose to take in my life.  Yeh, I know what you are thinkin’… she might be a little bit of a control freak.  I’ll admit it.  Maybe I am.  But in all fairness, I don’t try to control the people around me.  I just hate being stuck in limbo without a plan.  I find it maddening at times.

This past week has been filled with many heart-to-heart discussions chocked full of emotional hurdles that we would have to overcome to make our dreams come true.  While these conversations are “the good stuff” that binds a good relationship together … at the end of the day, I still find myself overwhelmed and emotionally drained at times.  Sprinkle the additional stress of being recently laid off and an upcoming expensive vacation and the uncertainty of the future… and well, you see where my head is at the moment.

This morning I was feeling particularly blue and knew it was time to start searching for the beauty in life again. It was time to get back to the basics. As my friend, Tiffany at Life In The Making says “Go on and find what makes you happy and get to it.”  For me, that meant it was time to start by writing in gratitude journal again, being creative in the kitchen, finding beauty in nature through photography and seeking solace in the arms of my beloved… which I intend to do the moment he comes home tonight 🙂

Today I leave you with 3 gratitudes and a hopes for a much brighter tomorrow.  

1.  New unexpected friendships.

2.  My Nikon DSLR camera

3.  Unexpected romantic gestures – one year later. 

Five on Friday

So Darci over at The Good Life Blog is hosting a rather cute blog hop of sorts. 

 blog about 5 things…. things that you’re loving, things that are on your mind, etc.  Really, any five things — how easy is that?”

Since I’m a “glass is half full” kind of girl, I’ll focus on 5 things that make me happy.  


Mountains.  And boy have they ever been on my mind a lot these days.  These mountains, in particular, are the Blue Ridge Mountains, taken in the great state of North Carolina.  I don’t know what it is about mountains that bring me so much peace but I find myself longing for cool mountain breezes and a simpler life almost every waking second of each day.


This guy.  If you want to know why.  You’ll have to read yesterday’s post 😉 


Fall Leaves.  It doesn’t matter what time of the year.  Autumn leaves continue to make me smile.  It just never gets old.  


These 3 stooges who tried to hold their “disinterested teen pose” for the camera…

but failed miserably and reverted back into their smiley but old goofy selves. 


Ft. Clinch, Fernandina Beach, Florida 2013 

Nature.  A constant source of beauty that I am surrounded by here in Florida which I know I take for granted.  There are definitely worse place to live 😉