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Monday, April 20, 2015

On choosing happiness...

I was reflecting recently on everything that has happened this year.  It's been a heck of a year!  I lost 2 grandparents, my FIL had a severe heart attack and was on life support, my son has been sick with all the things, and I got hit with the flu.  Whirlwind doesn't do it justice.

Of course in between those big things there have been little things to overcome.  Sometimes those little things seem huge in the moment and then I look back and I can't even remember them now.  Like last night, how my dog jumped up on the table and pulled down the entire high chair tray.  Down came the spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, and milk that Carson hadn't finished for dinner.  All over my walls and floors.

It's been raining for 3 days now and I have to admit...it's hard to stay motivated and want to do a whole lot that doesn't involve binge watching Married at First Sight.  (Thanks, Maura - I'm hooked!)

But, honestly, I'm just really happy.  I guess, I'm choosing to be happy.  There are so many things I could dwell on that make me not so happy, but I choose happiness.  Every day.

I don't really think it's a conscious decision.  I think at this point in my life I've just surrounded myself with people and things that uplift me.  At some point, I just rid the toxic stuff from my life.

Who would have thought that waking up 45 minutes earlier than necessary, sweating way more than normal, and starting my own online business would cause this much positivity to enter my life?


I just think sometimes we spend so much time focusing on the negative stuff that happens and we can gripe about it until we are blue in the mouth, but it's never going to go away.  It's part of life and as stinky as it is, it will always be there.  What will also always be there is the good stuff.

And if you choose to focus on the good stuff you will always be happy.

There are going to be things that cause us to stumble or question or throw us off track.  What would life be if we never had to overcome anything?!  But, if I focus on the things I've lost or not got I'm missing out on all that I have.  And I'm not talking the material stuff.

I'm talking a loving husband, a healthy and (mostly) happy baby boy, a supportive family, an amazing group of friends, a job I love, and a hobby that inspires me and makes me better myself on a daily basis.

Remember when I wrote about coaching and how it's been such a blessing in my life?  I really genuinely mean that.  This business has brought so many amazing people into my life and into my heart and truly I believe that has helped to set the tone for 2015.  My word for 2015 is shine.  I thought it might be good to reflect back on my word and see how I'm doing in reaching those goals throughout the year.

What better moment than the present to start reflecting?

I'm being as supportive as I know how to be of my husband.  He is doing incredible things and I'm putting myself aside to support him in those things.  I am his biggest cheerleader; I am so proud of him.  Hubby, if you're reading this today, good luck.  xoxo

My goal is mainly to be a light in the lives of others.  To bring them positivity, energy, and joy.  I pray I'm doing those things each day.  I can say I've established amazing connections with people and some of my challengers are having incredible results!  Just today I got a text from someone saying in their first week of 21 Day Fix, they've lost 10 pounds and 6 inches.  I'm impacting their lives in a positive way and that is trickling into other areas of their life.

I am an advocate for my son.  I aim to be the best mother I can be.  I have flaws and rough days, but I try very hard to live in the moment with him.  Even letting him eat dessert before lunch.

So, I think at this point, I'm doing okay.  I'm focusing on what I can do, what I am doing.  I'm choosing happiness.

What do you choose?

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