Can we get real with each other today? I want to talk about happiness and why it doesn’t always seem to show through in our lives each and every day.
Have you ever gotten stuck behind one of those loud, gross, super slow dump trucks when you are trying to get somewhere fast? Um, annoying, right? It’s even more annoying when everyone behind you is slipping past the truck so fast you don’t even have a chance to squeeze in line with them. Ugh.
Sometimes I feel like life can be just like being behind the slowest dump truck ever. We are all trying to reach certain goals or life milestones and it never fails, something gets in our way or steals our happiness. This slows us down and its just plain frustrating. That might look like a crappy job or maybe a bad habit.
Have you ever wondered if that bump in the road was all in God’s grand plan? That it was supposed to be apart of the adventure? A teaching moment? A sign to actually slow down?
Let me reassure you are not alone in those moments of being stuck and feeling unhappy. We are all dealing with something, but you know what? There’s hope. God promises to pull us through to the end.
Over the last few weeks I’ve had my fair share of “blah” moments. Its normal to go through those seasons, but it’s also important to identify why you are walking down that path and how to work yourself out of the rut. So, I’ve done some soul searching to identify some ways to keep our spirits up in those times when we are in that weird unhappy, blah mood. (thank goodness, there’s hope) Here are 6 habits we can take on to be happier.
The winter is upon us and for me, I find myself more down in the winter. Down meaning, less active and fighting those winter blues. Let’s face it, I’m just a warm summer day kind-of-girl! So, if you are like me, you need to focus on the things that make you the happiest.
In my search to continually find #happiness in everyday things, I came across a book called, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In this book she discusses all the things that feed into our #happiness and outlines a plan to make your life simpler and basically keep you happy. If you get the chance to buy this book, do it. Once I have completed my very own happiness plan, I’ll share it with you here on the blog.
Until then, here’s a list of 50 things that me so happy! I challenge you to make your own list to help keep your head up on those cold winter days.
A morning walk with the pup
Iced chai tea lattes on Fridays
Fancy notebooks and stationary
Cuddling on the couch
Saturday afternoon naps
Furniture projects in my studio garage
Wearing yoga pants
My big wool Jeep socks
Forehead kisses from my hubs
The feeling after a good workout
Quality time with my Mom
Bike rides around the lake
Making someone laugh
Trying new workout classes
Buying fresh flowers
Putting candy in the freezer
A freshly made bed
Breakfast on Saturday mornings
Wrapping Christmas presents
Hozier’s music style
Testing new makeup and hair products
Shopping for home decor
Volunteering at local events
Date nights with the hubs
Checking the mailbox
Podcasts while I get ready
Waking up early
Being home alone with the TV off
A good book
Brunch on Sundays
Today’s hit music played as classical
Opening the windows
Game nights with friends
Morning worship songs
Learning new photography skills
Successfully making a new recipe
A good hat and baseball tee
Joanna Gaines’ heart and passion
Seeing military families reunited
Little love notes
What’s on your happiness list? Let me know in the comments below!
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Favorite quote: “Life is like a camera, focus on what is important, capture the good times and develop from the negatives. If things don’t work out, take another shot.”
What is one thing you could not live without? “Without a doubt my camera. I love to capture the little moments. Life inspires my photography and gives me the passion to capture things that are unique.”
Tab’s Motto: Take a deep breath. It is just a bad day, not a bad life.
Tab’s love for photography keeps her behind the camera most of the time (with the exception of the daily selfies) so I though I could give her a little spotlight this time! Take a look at this gal! She is uniquely beautiful inside and out.
I love getting to know someone through their style and fashion. Just like every 20 something’s girl, Tabatha has her own style. Here is a closer look at her wardrobe. Dress it up or dress it down – She can wear this outfit all over town.
Follow Tab on Instagram for a sneak peek into her wacky, unpredictable life. Thank you Tab for being the best friend a girl could ask for!