What makes me happy?

Yesterday’s challenge was to list ten things that make me happy. First off, I want to say that I would obviously include family, friends, and fun. I am one lucky girl to have these things and they be a good force in my life. I want to reach to other maybe not so obvious things, but not without recognition of those very important things that do make me oh so very happy.

1. A clean and organized home. I may not be the best at getting things started, and honestly with us knowing that we will be moving soon, there are very few projects that I want to get started other than getting rid of almost everything so that we have less to move. But the house… it will be SO ORGANIZED.

2. Road Trips. Oh my, road trips.. spontaneous, planned, last minute, whatever the case may be, I love them! The possibilities are endless when I set out on the road and just decide to drive. Who knows where, and honestly, I don’t care. There are times where I just need to go. So, I go.

3. Spring/Summer really seems to boost my mood. I’m not sure if I would call it seasonal depression or not, but if that’s not it, I don’t know what to call it. I just know that during the colder months, I have more difficulty staying upbeat and focusing on the positive things. Not that I let it get me down all that much, but it just takes more work to stay focused and positive. But that comes with a little help from my friends and family. Those that understand and stick by me while I go through it really helps.

4. Nail Polish. I know this seems small and maybe not very important, but the color of my nails can sometimes match what mood I’m in, and that makes me happy.

5. The beach. This is totally separate from spring/summer because I love the beach any time of the year. Everything about it calls to me.

6. A fresh haircut. I love mixing it up a little and trying new styles, nothing too drastic though I’d love to try a bit of off the wall color at some point. A new style and color done by my amazing stylist and friend always makes me happy that I got it done and happy that I got to see her. Win win.

7. My truck. This ties into road trips, spring/summer, and several other things that make me happy. I love just getting in it and driving, blasting music loudly and singing at the top of my lungs without a care in the world. But this truck is something that took a lot of planning and adult type things before we got it. It was our first major purchase and it’s my baby! My Big Red.

8. To be quite honest, the internet. I have a slight addiction to it, while it’s gotten better, it’s still there. I love games and social networking and all sorts of interweb goodies. Blogging has just recently been added to one of my top favorites as well as keeping up with everyone else’s blog. Not only do I have everything on my computer, It’s all right at my fingertips on my phone and kindle. Yep, such an internet junkie.

9. Harry Potter and other obsessions. Mostly Harry Potter though.

10. Last but not at all the least, MUSIC. I have no idea if I didn’t have music to get me through each and every day, each and every feeling and each and every happy and sad moment in my life. It’s therapy for me in a way that actual therapy doesn’t work. Lucky for me, I have a great friend who is ALL ABOUT the music and he puts together mixes and posts them for free download on his website. He actually just put a new one up the other day that is incredible. I like to think of it as his way of blogging. He speaks through music and I find it fascinating. But then of course that could just be me reading too much into things like I sometimes  often times do. Shameless plug of my very dear friend and his amazing tunes.

So there you have it. Ten of the things that make me happy. I’d like to continue with this list one day, make it to twenty, and then thirty, and so on. I think we should always try to think of things that make us happy and what we are thankful for more often than we do. Helps keep a positive spin on a crazy life in a scary but beautiful world.

XoxoX
Jess

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Mad Season

When things start to spiral out of control or I get the least bit anxious about life and what it’s throwing at me, I tend to turn to music. In the past it was always my loud, hard, ‘Eff the world’ kinda rock. That was because I was oh so lost and had that awful mentality. Lately, though, it’s been more Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls and others of the like. Trying to cling to keeping things as positive as possible because I really do think that the music you listen to affects the mood you’re in. Don’t get me wrong though, I still listen to those eff the world songs, but they aren’t my go to now when I need help.

Today I had an anxiety attack that really snuck up on me. I wasn’t feeling stressed or anything, just sitting there watching tv and then BAM. That really can put a damper on a day and anyone that has issues with this knows what I mean. I’m the type to over-think things and try to figure out where it came from, causing even more unnecessary stress and worry. This is NOT advised. It’s really not good for the soul and since I’m all about things that are good for my soul lately, we have this fun positive post today!

What exactly is good for my soul though? Instead of letting myself get all worked up, I decided to fix some peppermint tea, go sit outside and play Matchbox Twenty over and over again while talking to one of my favorite people. I thought of things that I know I have and reminded myself how loved and lucky I am for the hard working and very supportive husband I have that was then napping inside after an almost fourteen hour shift last night. Some other things I think of to do depend so much on what I feel the panic is coming from. Is it a more self conscious worry, financial, work related, friendship folly, and the list goes on and on. Today the sitting outside with tea and music really seemed to work. It is safe to say that music is almost always involved in my ‘healing’ process. I could decide that I need to focus on the positive parts of myself, find the beauty in me so I pamper. Could do my nails, set up an at home spa day, take a long bath while reading a book or something along those lines. The important thing here, I think, is to remember to make time to step back and just breathe.

To do: practice yoga regularly!

I really miss yoga for so many of these reasons I’ve listed here. It is good for the soul, it involves relaxing music, it’s good for the mind and the body, and it includes time to meditate and breathe. I am very interested in finding a DVD to start practicing again at home since my schedule doesn’t really allow for regular practicing at a studio. I know enough about the poses to not need a yoga for beginners, but not enough to be considered advanced. I am really interested in finding some new ways of helping with this. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

 

 

Hope everyone’s Tuesday was off to a better start than mine and will be as good as I’m going to make mine be!