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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!

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Getting my writing mojo back!

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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!

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Who doesn’t love long weekends??

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We’re already into October and for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, it brings with it the promise of changing colours of leaves everywhere.  That also means that winter and the snowy season is not that far behind.  OK let’s slow down and enjoy the now for a moment!

Thanksgiving is one of my most favourite holidays!  Not for the stuffing (because I’m gluten intolerant), not for the turkey (because I really don’t fancy turkey all that much), not for the pumpkin pie (can’t handle the sugar too well either) but for the all the blessings in my life that I am grateful for!!

I am so grateful my parents immigrated to Canada from Greece. I happen to think it’s the most amazingly incredible country in the world (no offense to anyone not living here – it’s just my opinion, maybe I’m biased! LOL)

I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had offered to me by this amazing land…the true north, strong and free…opportunities for education, for work, a land not ravaged by war..I could go on and on…but I’m sure we all have our long lists of things we’re grateful for.

I am so grateful for my family who without their love and support for one another would render me not so happy and laughing.

The beginning of Thanksgiving weekend for me is always a time when I start a new gratitude journal and for anyone who read the last post..I promised a free goodie!! No strings attached!!  I just want to share my journals with you!  I have posted a pic below and will be randomly choosing 1 lucky winner on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday!

All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment! Thanks!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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***(paper used for the journal is from Marion Smith Designs – I absolutely LOVE her papers)***

 

Haven’t been too happy lately…

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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!!)

And sometimes not so happy and laughing

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There are times in all our lives where we just have a miserable day! And perhaps a few miserable days…

Like most springs, I go on a detox for a few days and spring clean my body of all the mess I might have made during the past year.  This year was a bit different however since I recently found out that I am highly intolerant to wheat, eggs and dairy!  That left me with the daunting thought of what am I going to eat now?!?!  I had followed a mainly plant-based diet for the past year only to realize that it wasn’t the meat that upset me like I thought it might, it was the GLUTEN!! You can imagine the withdrawal I experienced over the past 2 weeks eliminating gluten and hidden sugars! I felt like an exhausted rag doll with the mother of all headaches AND the DIZZY SPELLS – I never want to feel that way again!!

One way I found to keep my mind off the fact that I felt like…”BEEP” is by art journaling!  I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest and started an art journal where I can lament when I don’t feel great or scream from the roof tops when I feel unstoppable!  I included a page from my journal of my resolutions and goals for the new year…even though it’s already March! Better late than never! That actually made me feel better!

If anyone else reading this post also art journals, I would love to see your work!

 

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