Connecting Our Souls–True Happiness Revealed!

Connecting Our Souls–True Happiness Revealed!

As I’ve taken on the 100 Day Happiness Challenge, and tried harder to focus on those things that truly make me happy, I can’t help but be more grateful for the genuine goodness of other people; their smiles, their thoughtful gestures and kind words of encouragement–including those of complete strangers, seem to connect our souls in unique ways!  The grand beauty of this world also inspires me to be happier!

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Happiness Challenge!  www.mytributejournal.comIt’s no surprise then, that in consistently seeking happiness, we allow ourselves to be more open to share in the “magic” that exists for each of us to experience in this life!

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If you have chosen to undertake your own happiness journey, I’d like to inspire you further by sharing this video that my uncle sent me today.  (If you were lucky enough to grow up in my era, you might even find yourself tapping into your inner “hippie” –Ha!):

I’d be honored to have you briefly share any stories of happiness magic you’ve experienced lately!

–Mary

 

The Happiness Challenge!

The Happiness Challenge!

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Image courtesy of one of my favorite Mary Englebreit cards!

Recovering from your winter funk–what better way to “snap out of it” than the  “Happiness Challenge”!  Recently,  A Beautiful Mess blog posted the link to this challenge…

Happiness Challenge--Can you be happy for 100 days!

…want to join me on this latest venture of mine at #100happydays!  Come on, it will be fun–and we’ll learn so much about each other and what makes us truly happy!

You all know that one of the things I love around my home is inspiring quotes!  This one on “Happiness…” is a favorite!  My mom gave it to me–so it has extra special meaning and value to me!

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My mom was always my happiness inspiration–she was one of the most serene and happy people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and loving!

Happiness!  www.mytributejournal.comLet’s do this!  Tell me what makes you happy during the next 100 days!  Our combined happiness journey may just take over the world–or at the very least, our little corner of the universe! 

 Follow along with my 100 happy days on my Facebook page…..share yours there too!   

–Mary

Spring Fever…I’ve Got It Bad!

Spring Fever…I’ve Got It Bad!

I have always loved living where I experience all four seasons, but after our polar vortex winter this year, my longing for spring weather has intensified immensely, in fact… 

I’ve got a bad case of spring fever!

"Spring Fever!"  Mark Twain quote

I grew up surrounded by the enchanting mountains of Cache Valley, well known for it’s frigid, winter climate and deep snow drifts!  I dearly loved all the white, winter wonderlands of my childhood, but I can better understand now why my sweet grandma used to always talk about having spring fever come the first part of March!

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A picture much like this one, probably from an old Norman Rockwell calendar, hung from a nail on my grandma’s covered, back porch that led to her garden–she left it up all year long!

Spring Makes Me Want…

♦Spring makes me want polka dots!  Wearing anything with polka dots is sure to put a smile on any winter weary face!

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As we start to shed our heavy winter coats for lighter spring jackets, this Candy Polka Dot Rain Coat at Ann Taylor Loft fits the bill perfectly!

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These polka dishes from Fishes Eddy are fun for a spring brunch!  (If you’re in New York City, go wander this neat, eclectic kitchen store any time of year!)

I also think these comfy new polka dot work-out shirts from GapFit are nice too!

♦Spring makes me want to browse the beautiful flower displays at my local neighborhood greenhouses!   

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Spring Flowers!  www.mytributejournal.comThe climate zone where I live doesn’t recommend planting flowers until the first part of May, since temperatures can still often dip below freezing at night before that time.  It’s always fun to go look though, and maybe even pick out a bunch of fresh-cut flowers to fill a pretty vase at home. 

Spring makes me want to open up my windows and do some spring cleaning!   We wouldn’t have dared admit it back then, but it’s funny how the cleaning habits learned from our parents when we were young, are what we seem to really look forward to doing now–go figure!?!  Ha!

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 Sounds crazy, but this sings spring to me!  La, la, la, laaa! 

New microfiber cleaning towels in pastel spring colors, combined with the fresh scent of Fabuloso cleaning liquid, simply sings spring to me–my daughter found out about this product from a neighbor who owns a cleaning business.

Spring makes me want to bypass the gym on my way home from work, so I can go for a walk outside! 

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Spring doesn’t come soon enough when you yearn to glimpse a beautiful sunset after a long, brisk walk in the cool, spring evening air!

Mostly, spring makes me want to watch my granddaughters rediscover this special season!

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There’s nothing like a renewed view of spring as you witness it through the eyes of wistful children!!  My granddaughters make me look forward to spring more than ever!

What does spring make you want?  Please share!  Any great spring cleaning tips?  I’d love you to comment and tell me about them. 

–Mary