Happiness in Practical Things

Happiness in the way of silly yet practical every day items: 

I love when form and function come together and for me these silly plates are that! They make me happy because they are so utterly Australian. I reach for them first out of the dishwasher because they’re s fun. I love them because they’re also melamine and hard wearing which is an awesome feature with little people. 🙂

We have a few other things like heart shaped ramekins that we use for snacks or deserts, some very lovely lemon 🍋 heritage style serving platters too which also evoke joy. Oh and all of our mugs are photo mugs of us doing things 🙂 which make me happy on the daily ❤️

This is part of my 10 day adventure of recognising, capturing, and sharing what makes me happy. Everyone is invited to come along on my journey and of course venture on your own. Even one day focusing on happiness can make a huge difference. 

Why Focus on Happiness

Why focus on happiness… so I learned by experience the power of training the mind. Anyone who has ever had the privilege of the self growth that comes with sitting a silent meditation course knows this. On day one our minds are all over the place, then a vow of silence is taken and the singular focus on the breath begins. By day 5 you feel like you’ve hit your limit and there must be a way out of there. 😂 something magical happens after that though and by Day 10 when the silence is broken, you emerge with a new way of being. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, all the sensations after basically voluntarily going through a form of sensory deprivation. Then you find your groove. You’re happier, more peaceful, and it’s easier to focus. 

The idea is that we train the brain by focusing it and the more frequent the thought, the stronger the pathway becomes AND the other pathways/thoughts become weaker. 

By intentionally focusing on what makes me happy each and every day, I am building that pathway to be bigger and stronger. By intentionally focusing on happiness for a lengthy period of time, I am forming the habit, my default mode, and that happiness thought pathway becomes one of my biggest and strongest. Creating this habit, forming my thoughts like this then makes feeling happy, recognising happiness even easier. Naturally I’m a sharing and generous person (also must be a habit I’ve had for a very long time) and to me it feels good and brings even more happiness to me to share happiness. 🙂

This may sound light but it’s all very intentional and takes practice and persistence So that it becomes second nature. I guess that’s true for any behaviour, thought pattern, way of being we experience.

Happiness as Entrepreneurship

Happiness in the form of entrepreneurship. 

I’m happy to have the opportunity to be at home with our kiddos. I’m happy that I have the flexibility to do work when time allows while putting my family first. I’m happy when money comes flowing in 🙂. I’m happy when I see my efforts work and the seeds that we’ve thrown out there come to fruition. I’m happy to be a part of a business that adds value to the community. I’m happy to build on the knowledge that David and his family have worked hard to gain over the years. I’m happy I have the skills to work remotely on admin related activities. I’m happy to be in charge of my own path. I’m happy we have a great team of hardworking reliable staff members. I’m happy that we have some really good farmers to work with each week. I’m very happy we now supply awesome local businesses. I’m very happy to be a part of this. 

I usually try to do what is needed while Bub is napping or when Abe is happily playing or of course when they go to bed at night. Today I needed to get this done and Ari was patient and happy to hang out while I did it. I’m thankful that I can then shut my laptop lid and nurse him so he goes back into a blissful sleep. I’m very happy to have this life and I don’t take it for granted, not one bit. ❤

This is part of my 10 day happiness adventure of recognising happiness, capturing it, sharing it, and inviting others along as well. It feels good to focus on the good intentionally, even if you do it privately it’s bound to feel good. 

Happiness in Baking

Happiness in the form of enjoying oven fresh baked goods. 

Abraham loves to help me bake. I remember as a kid fondly baking with my grandmother in her little kitchen in the rural part of Central California next to corn and cotton fields, orchards, and dairies. I’d help her make homemade fig newtons, molasses cookies, and fruit filled half moon pies. So doing the same with Abe brings back a deep level of happiness for me. I find that with emotion, especially strong emotions it’s like all of my archived memories are attached to whatever the emotion is, so it intensifies in an amazing way. Which in my mind, is just another reason to find the good in life, and focus on that. 🙂

Today we made Lactation cookies to help boost my milk supply for Bub which featured some delicious macadamias that some of our friends grew. I was out of coconut oil, which is what I usually use in baking, and used butter… oh the glory of butter!!! I absolutely adore butter and may revert back to using butter in baking again after all, because really these came out absolutely divine! 

Abraham and I did our kitchen magic and enjoyed a few all the while as Little Aristotle was napping. There aren’t too many times these days where it’s just Abe and I doing something together, and this special time makes me happy too. I love that guy so much and am so honoured that I get to be his mum. ❤

This is part of my 10 happiness journey where I’m recognising, capturing, sharing what makes me happy and inviting all of you along with me. You are more than welcome to venture in on your own privately or publicly – It all feels so good <3

Happiness By Water

Happiness in the form of time in nature and specifically by a body of water. 

I’ve been lucky enough in my life to live in amazingly beautiful places with nature as the main attraction. I spent several years living in Yosemite, then the Grand Canyon, was able to spend a lot of time on a lush island called Ilhabela when I lived in Brazil, and the beautiful rainforested area of the Northern Rivers here in Australia. I have never taken these for granted as the natural world regenerates me in a way that is almost indescribable but distinctly peaceful. 

I particularly like to spend time near water- be it the ocean, a nice flowing river, a lake, and today it was at the Glenbrook Lagoon with some friends. 

The peace and tranquility of the ripping water, the wind in the Gumtrees, the symphony of cicadas, and the fresh mountain smell makes my heart feel full. 

I’m sharing this as part of my 10 day happiness adventure of recognising happiness, capturing it, sharing it, and inviting others to join in all for the reason that it feels good. ❤️

Here’s a pic of Abe and one of his best mates 🙂

Happiness as Connection

Happiness in the form of Connection. 

There are some hard and fast truths about me that I have wholeheartedly come to accept. I have found that anytime I’m feeling off or out of sorts for whatever reason, I know I need to dive in strong with an arsenal of things/ways of being that I KNOW lift my spirits. 

One of the big happiness triggers for me is in connecting with others, and within community. It can be as simple as making small talk in the grocery store isle, or even mindfully using social media to connect (a big difference from times where I may find myself doing it out of habit), even better is when I can find or create a group where we have something in common as it becomes rather effortless. I have found connections like this many times over the years like joining various clubs and student council when I was new at the high school, or joining the sorority when I went to college, or creating very close knit friends in Yosemite, or creating a tight knit study group at Uni here in Australia, or venturing into the theatre crowd where I met my darling gift of a husband after my head on collision, and definitely with my Mother’s Group. 

My Mother’s Group, dubbed “The Lovely Ladies with Beautiful Babies” has been and continues to be an amazing source of connection and happiness for me. 

Since we all met at a community run event over four years ago, I took the initiative to invite them to join a group I made specifically for us here on Facebook. Thankfully they all were keen as we were new parents and all had babies that were born between September and early January. For me, connecting was like building a lifeline that I knew I needed in the most profound way, especially as a new mum, especially as a mum who had just gone through a very traumatic birth and my own health issues around it, especially feeling isolated and without any help around besides David, and especially because the birth happened in Sydney versus in the Northern Rivers where all our friends were. This group quickly became such an integral part of my life. 

Over four years later, the dozen of us mums have met at least once a week, and often more times for meet ups, lessons, birthdays, games nights, and just fun time. We are all so vastly different and yet we have this amazing common bond that is so unique and supportive. I’ve talked about them many times here on FB as I’m consistently grateful for their role in my life, and I feel as appreciative today as ever. 

The happiness I feel because I have this awesome group of women who have gone through the rollercoaster ride of becoming a parent with, who have seen me at my worst, and hopefully at my best too, and vice versa, makes my heart feel overflowing with love and joy. 

I hosted Mother’s Group at my house today and I’m not very good at taking pictures during but snapped one before we deflated the jumping castle after everyone had gone, and I still feel a tender loving happiness for them. Even better is that they have all grown up together and essentially act like cousins which feels like such a gift since all of David’s relatives are much older, and mine live on another continent. 

This is a 10 day adventure of recognising and sharing what makes me happy in my life. Everyone is invited to do this, join in, even if you do it privately, it really feels great. ❤

All Love <3

Happiness is Practical Beauty and Learning

Happiness in the form of practical beauty + learning: 

In an effort to find low maintenance hair styles I wanted to refresh my french braid for the current era. I have seen the Dutch/Inverted braid but really couldn’t wrap my head around it enough to do it on my own so I went to the internet for help. Really I’m so grateful for technology and the ability to type in something and learn straight away and I LOVE LEARNING! 

Anyway I found a wikihow page to be the most useful and did it step by step following along. The next time I tried it on my own but reverted back to the way I’ve braided for decades. So again I went back and did it step by step with the guide. Yesterday was the first day I was able to do it on my own and today it was a breeze. 🙂

This makes me happy for so many reasons. I love that I’ve learned something new. I love that I find this new skill to be very useful and very practical with a new bub. It makes me happy because I feel like it adds a bit of flair and if you know me well I do like flair 🙂 it also makes me happy because we’ve been watching Tomb Raider recently and David loves it and I like that I have a similar long hair style 😉

Sharing happiness intentionally for 10 days. ❤️ Everyone is invited to join along – it feels good 🙂 

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