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!

Kramer!

Kramer!

9. Reading. I love to read. Magazines, books, The Bible. Reading makes me happy.
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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?

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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!

Cappuccino!

Cappuccino!

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

Currently…It’s a New Week!

Time is flying by so fast; we’re already into the second half of the year! Did that just conjur up Christmas anxiety anyone?

This week, I’m switching things up. It’s your turn to leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve been Loving, Craving, Missing, Listening, or Wishing. You go first! Then scroll back up to see what I’ve been up to!

I’m Currently

Loving: First and foremost, God. He is my provider, my healer, my redeemer, and my source for everything. Running. Yes, I love it. My family, of course. And summer. I love summer! It’s the opposite of winter.

Craving:Sweets, oddly. I used to only eat salty snacks. But in recent years, I have developed a sweet tooth. Good thing I’m running! Also, vacation. I’m craving a vacation. That could go under the love category too. I love vacations! Oh. And I have a friend who just made macarons and posted them on Instagram! I’m definitely craving those!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Missing:My friend who lives in another state. Great friend. And I will, Lord willing, see her in just a few weeks! Yay!

Listening:TobyMac has a new song I recently am obsessed with, Steal My Show. Love it, added it to my running playlist! You’ve got to check it out!

Wishing:I don’t wish for much. I hope, and I pray. But if given three wishes, I think I’d wish for…1)A stronger body for running. I’m pretty wimpy! 2)I’d wish for my house to be sold and to already be moved into a new home when I wake up in the morning! 3)The super power of teleportation. You know, snap my fingers and be at the beach. Snap them again and be back home. I could go for that. Especially on those long car rides home from vacation.
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Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!

Currently…This Week’s Update!

Ready, Set, Go!

This week, I’m Currently

Building: A list of must-haves in a potential home. Like, hardwood floors, a fenced-in backyard, and, location, location, location! Also, I hope I’m building a stronger, healthier body. Otherwise, I’m doing a lot of running and healthy eating for…?

The Kitchen Sink Salad! I think it's healthy!

The Kitchen Sink Salad! I think it’s healthy!

Forming: Isn’t this the same thing as building? I guess we form opinions. I have a few of those! But some things are better off unspoken. Who said that? A wise person for sure!

Sharing: Coupons, lettuce, magazines, recipes, and photos. Lots of photos.

Dreading: Saying goodbye. We lost a dear friend this week.

Singing: “I love the way you hold me” by Jayme Grace and “My Body” by Young the Giant! Two very different genres, but both on my running playlist!

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

So have you been building, forming, sharing, dreading, or singing lately? If so, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!