Monday, December 31, 2012

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Happy New Year

Dance Like No One's Watching
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. 

 One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza.

He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” 

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend time with... and remember that time waits for no one...
So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until the kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced,until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you die, until you decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy...
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Thought for the Day...
Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like there's no one watching...

And have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 1, 2012 No Pictures!

Hi....  Although I am writing this on Saturday evening, it won't be posted until I find the new batteries for my camera!  Then I can show you some pictures too.

So anyway, Happy December!!  I love December and have always enjoyed every minute of it and especially Christmas.  I love to give... I used to be able to find that one special thing and then bust trying not to spill the beans before Christmas.  The past few years have been difficult.  Last year I made gifts but they weighed so much I never shipped them.  That's the hard part of living so far away...I seem to be and hope to be getting back on track so I'm hoping to get better at these things... we'll see.

Today was a great day.  I was hurting bad this morning and was using the cane, but I made it to the Pancake Breakfast.  It was good.  They had a good turn out this morning for the first breakfast and hope words spreads and there are more that come to breakfast on January 5th....2013!!  I enjoyed it.

Then I passed a friend's house that didn't go to the breakfast and stopped in a while.  She and her husband had been decorating since Wednesday and it was a beautiful Winter Christmas Wonderland, inside and out.  After hanging with them for a while, I had found my spirit and went home to start decorating.  

I started with the patio.  I'm still going through the containers in the shed looking for donations and/or garage sale things... so I'm just about or I think I'm just about done.    I'm still going to need to go through more containers to decide what I'll keep for inside and what to get rid of, so maybe tomorrow.  

Once I figure out the shed, I can start emptying my extra room into the shed to begin work on my craft room...first pull up carpet... then make a plank floor the color of driftwood (gray blue green).  I can't wait for that!

I'd also like to find (thrift) or build a daybed...just in case.  But that is later on.

So today was productive and a good is good.