The Happiness Project

Gotcha, didn’t I? What is The Happiness Project? If you don’t already know, it’s a book written by Gretchen Rubin, in which the author spends a year discovering how to live a happier life. And it seems like everyone has been talking about it! Well, that’s not exactly what this post is about. But it did get me thinking about some of the things that make me happy. And I’ve been thinking about doing a “Top Ten”. So, there you have it! My “Top Ten Happy List”!

10. Kramer. He’s a poodle. But don’t tell him. He thinks he’s a real boy. Just looking at his sweet face makes me happy!



9. Reading. I love to read. Magazines, books, The Bible. Reading makes me happy.
8. Singing along with the radio. I loooove singing along with the radio! (And dancing)

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

7. Running. Yep, running makes me happy. Science has proven this exercise to happiness fact. Who am I to argue with science?


6. Cooking. I love trying new recipes and cooking old family favorites. I’m especially happy when a recipe turns out well, and my family enjoys it!

My own healthy salad.

My own healthy salad.

5. Beaches. (And travel, in general!)Beaches make me so happy. I love the sand, the sun, the sound of the ocean waves. Calming and happy inducing.

Yep, that's Jamaica from our plane!

Yep, that’s Jamaica from our plane!

4. Coffee. Mmmmm…. I really enjoy my coffee. Hot or iced, black, or with sugar & creamer. Coffee makes me happy!



3. Sunrises & Sunsets. I have a beautiful view of the sunrise form my front porch and I’m always excited at God’s creation!

2. Family. Of course family can make us crazy. But let’s face it-we love them and their smiles and hugs make life worth living. Family makes me happy.

1. If you know me, you had to be expecting this. My relationship with God makes me happy. Actually, it provides a deep, abiding joy that cannot be replaced with anyone or anything. Only God can provide the peace and freedom that lives within my soul on a minute by minute, daily basis.

So there you have it! A Top Ten Happiness List! Now I could go on to twenty or thirty. But let’s face it-you’d get bored! But hopefully this has inspired you to think about things both big and small, that make you happy! And of course, as always, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment to share what makes you happy today!i hope you have a happy and blessed weekend!


Are You Beach Ready?

Ah, summer. What? Summer?! Yes, summer is upon us. Even though the official first day is still a few weeks away, the weather is warming, schools are dismissing, and beaches are calling. Having recently returned from a beachy vacay myself, I thought it only appropriate to share some tips on my favorite beach necessities. Besides, it gave me a reason to take all these fun pictures which my sister thought were crazy! And, none of my tips have anything to do with losing weight, exercising, or fitting into the perfect suit. So just grab your old suit, or buy a new one if you feel the need. But here’s the important stuff:(You can click on each image to enlarge flip thru them!)

I have to thank my lovely daughter and son-in-law for loaning us their home close to the beach. And their chairs, towels, and beach bag! Imagine trying to pack those things on a plane!

Now get out there and enjoy your summer! And don’t forget the sunscreen.

Life’s A Beach

My sister, Mary Jo, and me at  Tybee Island

My sister, Mary Jo, and me at
Tybee Island

I love the Brad Paisley song, Working On A Tan. And I must say, I was a little disappointed that he didn’t sing it when my husband and I went to his concert before I left for Savannah. But, that’s another story. I think I like this song because its upbeat, and it’s about going to the beach, which I love. (It’s also on my running playlist)

Tuesday, we spent a few hours, which is more than enough, at Tybee Island. It’s only about thirty minutes from my daughter’s house, making it über convenient. The drive over is worth the trip simply for the views. And this is a great time to go because the weather is perfect and kids are still in school; meaning vacationing families have not taken over the island.

Anyway, to keep this post short and sweet, we had a great day, got a slight burn even after applying sunscreen, and plan on returning!