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The re-discovery of happiness … day 19

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  ~Mark Twain

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 18

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.  ~Author Unknown

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 17

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.  ~Gerald Jampolsky

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 16

Some say there are 7 steps to happiness

Think less, feel more… Frown less, smile more… Talk less, listen more… Judge less, accept more… Watch less, do more… Complain less, appreciate more… Fear less, love more. 

What are your steps?     

 

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 15

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  ~Charles Kingsley

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 14

When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good—you will get that…”  (Quote from “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter)

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 13

Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness.  ~Robert Brault

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 10

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you’ll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.  ~Lavetta Sue Wegman

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 8

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.  ~Author Unknown

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 7

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.  ~Frederick Keonig

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 6

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change.  ~Charles L. Morgan

I stepped out on the deck to watch the sun rise as I enjoyed my coffee this morning.  It just stopped raining.  As the sun showed up, the water on the tips of the leaves of my cedar started sparkling.  It was a moment I had to capture.  The picture above is not an alien pod, just a macro shot of the drops of water clinging on to the tips of the newborn pine needles.  Below is the “not so up close” version of the shot.  Have a great day everyone!

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 5

Some wish for happiness, others create it.   ~Christine Sternfels

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 4

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.  ~Jacques Prévert

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 3

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.  ~William Feather

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 2

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Brault

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 1

Ever wonder why pets and kids are always happy?  Simply because… they are.  They don’t try to find it, over analyze it, buy it or make it a goal.  They just are.  ~Christine Sternfels

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There is no secret to happiness.  It’s something we all know and are capable of being.

Over the next 30 days, I will post a “Happiness” quote each day.  They are sayings by wise women and men.  From simple folk and anonymous authors to influential leaders of great nations.  From students of life to spiritual leaders.  Some will be funny and witty, while others will be deep and life-changing.  Some go back a few centuries and some were just thought of five minutes ago, which is what I will start this series with.  Yes, one of my own.

Won’t you join me on this journey?  Feel free to take along anyone you wish.  My hope is to be reminded of this special gift each day, so I may continue to share it and hold on to it forever.  So are you ready?  Buckle up, cause here we go!


Discover new places

I like to wander through the woodlands in a place unmarked as if I’m discovering the world   ~Matin Blackman


While you can…

When we reflect upon what’s been said and done, most of the time it’s the unspoken words and undone deeds that haunt us.  Don’t wait “when you can“, just do it “while you can“. ~Christine Sternfels

 

 

 


CHOOSE

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.  ~Jim Rohn


Advice to my younger self…

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.  ~Author Unknown

“If I knew then, what I know now.”  How many times have you said that to yourself and what would that knowledge change?  Here’s my top 10:

  1. A penny saved is a penny earned.  Don’t be an emotional spender.  Learn to be frugal.
  2. Listen to your parents, they want what’s best for you.  Rebellion comes back to bite you, when your kids are teenagers.
  3. Don’t light up that first cigarette.
  4. You are an amazing person, you’re not a failure.
  5. Learn proper nutrition and learn to love exercise.
  6. It’s not always about you.
  7. Don’t worry too much.
  8. Joy is about balance, not things.
  9. Your family comes first, the promotion can wait.
  10. God’s got your back… always.

I don’t know if knowing all that when I was younger would have made a difference.  Well… maybe a few extra zeroes in my savings account, but I think that learning as I went through life is what made me who I am today.  The woman my husband is crazy about, the mom my kids love (although she’s the neighborhood nut), the girl my parents respect and the person I like (most of the time).

What’s your advice to your younger self?


REST

Rest well tonight, for tomorrow you will weather some storms. ~ Christine Sternfels


Are you going in the right direction?

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.  ~Dr. Seuss

Ever wished you had a GPS for your life?  “Turn left.  When possible make a legal U-turn.  Destination is up ahead in one mile.  You have arrived.”  I mean the type of internal GPS that knows the best way for you to reach your destination and you could literally hear it guide you.  None of this “Go with your gutt” or “Find what gives you joy”. 

Sometimes, in the process of recreating, redefining or repurposing yourself, you get lost.  There’s too much guess-work and connecting with your instinct or listening to the universe.  Sometimes I feel like I’m going in circles and I have all this passion and I’m going at it with gusto, then bam!  It’s a freaking brick wall.

I know I have a purpose, I just need to stop second guessing it.  I have envisioned my destination, I just need to jump over the hurdles.  I can do this, I’m going the right direction… or am I?

What do you do when you feel this way?


Buttercream Cheese Icing

A few weeks ago, I made red velvet cup cakes with buttercream icing for a surprise baby shower for my sister.  I attempted to make blue velvet because she was having a boy.  The cake batter looked like something I would rather not describe here, but when they were baked, it looked just like a chocolate cupcake.  Using the buttercream icing recipe, I decided to change it up a bit and added whipped cream cheese.  It was a successful experiment.  It was light, fluffy, a bit buttery with a hint of cheese.  You can use this with any boxed chocolate cupcake mix and even on brownies.  Enjoy!

Buttercream Cheese Icing

Servings: 36

Ingredients:
1 & 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 vanilla bean OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (add a 3rd cup if you like it sweet)
2 tablespoons milk
1  8oz tub whipped cream cheese

Directions:  In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy.  Taste if sweet enough and add the 3rd cup of confectioner’s sugar if desired.  Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.


The master’s chair

I could’ve sworn I bought this chair for my husband…


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