So it happened!! I failed my challenge to blog every day for 30 days! Or did I? One of the things I’d like to share is the notion that we somehow need to be perfect at everything we do!! The house being clean from top to bottom, kids’ lunches always having all 4 food groups, being perfect at your job every day! NEWSFLASH: not right to expect that of ourselves every single day. I think if we “show up” and do the best we can every day, it should be enough. After all the only person we are competing with is ourselves. I say we cut ourselves some slack and embrace our imperfections as our new perfect for me…not any one else. I promise you will be happier in the end!
Incidentally, I did it on purpose to not post a blog yesterday so that I can share my thoughts with you about it today. Be happy and laughing. How ever you decide to spend your day today, know that it’s not coming back, so enjoy every moment…with a smile!
I’m up north on a mini getaway looking for rest and relaxation. There has to be something said about sleeping in complete darkness. No blinking lights from the outside world, no neon green lights from the alarm clock on your bedside table reminding you that you need to get up in exactly 2 hours and 15 min, no flashing light from your smartphone beckoning you to see what the notification is about, no spending time on facebook, pintrest, instagram or twitter. It’s just you and nature. I slept like a baby. I enjoyed the deepest sleep I have had in years and I woke up with a smile on my face. I am reminded of a poem my son wrote in 4th grade, a haiku that has stayed with me still even though it is 4 years later:
Deep in the mountains
There is a wind in the air
Soon, there is silence
I feel peaceful, calm and happy…
Happy? It’s a conscious effort every single day! You wake up and get out of bed and the first thought you have can set the tone for the rest of your day! Waking up everyday is a blessing all on its own and a thought we can get into another day. 6 am and the alarm goes off what is the first thought that goes through your mind? For many it could be:
“Ohhhh, work…. I can’t stand my job!”
“Bills! Bills are due today!! How am I going to come up with the money??”
“10 more minutes!! Lunches to make…should have made them last night!”
I’m getting tired just typing that out! Did you know it takes twice as much energy to think negative thoughts than positive ones?? Becoming stressed out about everything you need to get done today imbues so much negativity into your brain and really set the theme you’re going to be experiencing all day!! It becomes a domino effect. You wake up late, you miss your train or you get stuck in traffic, you spill your coffee on yourself at work, you realize you forgot your lunch in the fridge, you have a meeting you forgot to prepare for. Let’s rewind back to last night!!
You made yourself a cup of camomile tea, you sat down with your favourite journal and pen and put your thoughts down about what your day is going to be like tomorrow. Meetings you might have, things you’d like to get done. You praise yourself for having made the kids’ lunches so it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. I wish my every evening was like that but it’s NOT! We’re aiming for doing our best every single day not perfection. I must say however, on days that I meditate, journal, prepare the night before, going to bed and visualize what I want to manifest in my life, the next day runs smoothly, calmly and just plain HAPPY!
I have an indescribable connection to the ocean, a great lake even a babbling brook. It is where I can breathe life into my thoughts and my soul with just one breath. I must have been a mermaid in a past life! Spring is here in our part of the world and we were so blessed to enjoy 16 degrees Celsius with warm sunshine today! I recently took this picture and the warm sunshine today reminded me that summer is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! Days at the beach, in the water and having such a wonderful carefree time! In an effort to stop myself from rushing through every day and enjoy the moment that is spring, I sat on my front porch with the sun shining on my face and meditated for half an hour. It was so warm and when I opened my eyes I could have sworn I saw clouds smiling. I don’t remember the last time I felt so alive and so full of energy! Life is so beautiful, happy and laughing!
As an after note, I am challenging myself to blog something that makes me happy and laughing every day for 30 days! 🙂
I know, I know! I keep saying I’m going to be more frequent in my blog posts and then I disappear for months! I’m sorry! I did, however, recently found my mojo for writing again! SO Happy!! Amazing what clearing out your clutter does for your soul! I have so many wild ideas for change regarding my blog, a website I want to launch which will include workshops I’ve been working on, and of course, writing, writing and more writing! Someone I know once said: “We build trust through performance”. Those words ring true for me now as I set on a new writing journey and hopefully build your trust! Hope you all come along for the ride. Not sure if I’m going to keep this blog specifically, revamp it or start fresh when I connect it to my website but I will certainly keep you posted along the way! Until next time (which will not be in months from now! LOL)! Hope to see you soon! Please subscribe to stay up to date on news and novelties on all things Happy and Laughing!
Almost a year has gone by since my last post! I haven’t spent any time at all doing anything I enjoy. I worked a crazy amount of hours. I didn’t take any time for self-care. End result: I’m tired, I’m sad, I’m craving creative time, I need ME time, I need quiet time…. That was me up until about a month ago!!
Having said that, I am very grateful, I had an amazing job working with amazing people doing amazing things on an international level! I am grateful we lived closer to our hometown and were able to see our family more often! I am grateful that I got to know what I’m about and the strength I had inside that I had no idea was there before.
We have since moved back to my favorite city, Toronto! I am so grateful for the beautiful space I have in our home to create! I love to paint, I love to scrapbook, I love to write, I love to draw…ok you get the point! I need to do those things to decompress, to breathe, to hear my thoughts, especially the ones that bring to life beautiful works of art.
Thank you for listening to my rambling!!
I am going to make it a point to blog at least once a week (if not more) because it MAKES ME HAPPY AND LAUGHING!!
Stay tuned for a special offer coming on the next post….
(Psst, I’m going to have a draw for a handmade journal..for freeeeee!!)
We got a dog! Truth is she completes our family. She’s more than just a dog; she is like an angel sent from heaven. Funny how we don’t realize we’re missing anything until we fill a void we didn’t know was there! I am so very happy now!!