After yesterday’s depressing post, I actually felt a lot better. Sorry to put you through it, but it helped me to get it out and helped to hear your words of support. 🙂
It also encouraged me to focus on the good. So, for the rest of the day, I determined to think about all the things I love about Fall and yes, even Winter. At the very least, it helped me savor all the wonderful things about the day itself and as Martha would say, “That is a good thing.”
I’ve been reading One Thousand Gifts~A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. I’m still not done with the book, but already it’s saying things that are resonating with my guts and I know it is the right time for me to be reading it. I suggest you hurry and buy the book. It’s worth it. (No, I’m not being paid to review this book.)
If you’ve read it, you know that the topic is being grateful in EVERYTHING, which has been the mantra in my head for the last few years…when the going gets tough, still be grateful. So in regard to my post yesterday about how you cannot make me happy about Fall, I will tell you what IS making me happy.
A gift from a Beyond Generous Friend…an iPhone. I am astonished and grateful beyond words…not just for such a gift, but for this friendship.
Also…Hello, Instagram, how I have been longing for you! (Please bear with me as I play!)
My Hydrangeas are still hanging in there…this makes me smile.
The rug on my front door step with a word that speaks to me~ SIMPLIFY.
The Chocolate Cake with Caramel Filling and Extra Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting that I made for my daughter’s 13th Birthday Party over the weekend. It was her request and it was delicious…if I do say so myself. Ahem. 😉
Phillip the Caterpillar, Greyley’s Science Project. He will turn into Phyllis if he happens to be a girl, but we won’t know that until he becomes a Monarch butterfly. She has had him since he was a tiny speck and my, he is growing to be a fine specimen.
Happy Flowers from Daddy to Daughter…
And more Happy Flowers from Uncle Troi and Aunt Phyllis to Greyley…
A new favorite necklace that goes with everything…I will be making more of these, if you’d like to have your very own.
Guess who else received a surprise? It is seriously like the best Christmas of our lives over here.
A sweet smile after a day of fishing…
Fresh fish…enough for 4 bellies full…sort of forgot to take that picture. It was delicious.
There are many more things to smile about, laugh about, ponder with contentment…I’m daring myself to be happy. I double-dog dare you to do the same. Take a mental snapshot of all the things that speak joy to you and your heart will thank you for it.
Today, THIS is what I read after posting (I have to start reading BEFORE posting! 🙂 ): Words from my Yogi green tea: Let your mind dance with your body.
Ok, then. I like that.
***Check out Cate’s wonderful blog~ WildRuffle~ it’s an awesome fashion blog. I have the honor of being featured on there today, regarding Cate’s pop-up shop coming up on Nov. 5th. More details to come on that! You’ll love Cate’s blog!***