Choose Happiness. I think we probably all think about this at some point in our lives. What brings us happiness is the million dollar question though.
For some, it's a new car, a high paying salary, a big house, travel, beaches, mountains, etc. Some people search their entire lives for happiness and never find it while others just open their eyes and there it is.
My happiness has come from within. It's taken a long time to figure that out and there have definitely been some bumps along the way and not every day is perfect, but the smiles you see in these pictures are genuine. Spending time with this part of my tribe aids in bringing my life joy and for that, I am grateful.
It's been 16 days since I began living my life in Kansas and I won't tell you that I don't miss things about Denver because I do and I probably always will, but the trade off? The trade off has been worth it and I'm making a trip to Denver this weekend to get my fix there also so things are working out, I'd say. And I'm happy.
What have I been doing in the last 16 days, well........let me tell you. I've celebrated turning the big 5-0, celebrated one of my beautiful nieces turning 13 as well as her "gotcha" day. I've been to numerous basketball games for the girls and gotten to watch both of them play in the pep band at high school games. I was able to watch my nephew at wrestling practice and in a basketball tournament. I've been there to help with homework and hang out after school, take them to movies and have sleepovers. I went to an opening at the art gallery for a new artist and a book signing for the book "What's Right With Kansas" by the author, Ed O'Malley. My dad and I began a new weekly thing of going to breakfast yesterday and people thought I would not have much to do?!?! Oh, and...I've been doing massages - you know - that thing I do to be able to do all the other things I do. And - baking, experimenting in the kitchen and trying to make the house a home. All in all, I've been active and it's been great. I'm happy doing what I'm doing.
You see, to me, happiness isn't a destination, it isn't necessarily material or tangible, but it's that joy I feel when I see the smiles because I showed up. It's the feeling I get when I listen to someone or something inspiring. It's when the sun shines and I get to see and/or feel it. It's knowing that I'm doing the things I need to do in order to do the things I want to do with my life.
There will always be good days and bad days. There will always be joy and sadness. Life will always go on. It's what we choose to do in the time we're here that makes the difference. We have a choice, every single day and I choose happiness.
"Happiness is a choice – not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you." – Ralph Marston.
When I set up my website and blog under the author section it reads "Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview." Whew - cuz that's all I've got for the moment. I'm a pretty simple person who lives life lovingly. I care deeply and am passionate about many things. I have always had a spirit of (I'm going to call it) entrepreneurship so have been self-employed about as much as I've been employed by others. This is a place where I share thoughts, ideas and happenings. I'm finding that sharing my story (life) helps me as much or more than it helps others and I find that empowering. Keep doin' what you love and lovin' what you do! XO-KM