Searching for Happiness – Happiness is a Choice

Human beings are such interesting creatures. The only creatures that place personal “happiness” above safety and health. For thousands of years humans have walked this earth like nomads…

Source: Searching for Happiness – Happiness is a Choice


Searching for Happiness – Goals

This is a great post! I am going to definitely implement!

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Welcome to my new series… Searching for happiness.

Everyone I speak to, everywhere I look, there seems to be a worldly fascination with the elusive word happiness.

What is it? Where is it? It sounds too wonderful and perfectly complete to ever really be obtained. I want some, you want some. It seems that everyone out there is searching high and low for this 9 letter word.

I am among the happiness hunters of the modern age. I am among the young, inspired, wide eyed optimistically driven hopeful generation that is destined to finally find what eluded our parents and their parents.

I have been on my own journey for the past few years. Ever since I was old enough or mature enough to understand what happiness meant to me, I have been looking for it.

Looking for, what happiness means to me….

Because of our shared fascination with happiness…

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#NationalSelfieDay ~ The Bloggess

Source: #NationalSelfieDay  — hers is much funnier than mine, so read it first. I will wait. 😉


For the last 6 months my running has fallen by the side. I’ve gone from marathon runner to pretty much housebound. Anxiety sucks! Well, on occasion, I have been able to get out and run short – very short – distances (for me). So, today, on #NationalSelfieDay, here is a shot of what I am grateful for today.

4~ miles of glory. Thanking Him for today! 

~ Crys


Realizing what’s right in front of me

It’s Saturday morning. I am setting new goals for myself as I seem to focus less on my symptoms if I have forward momentum.

So, today, my first goal is to switch my Gratitude Journal to the morning instead of the evening. Why? It really sets the intention for the day. Mornings are for most people, including myself, when anxiety is at its highest. The hard part, I am switching from only writing only one to three new things each day.

The concept of this is not new. However, I’ve been listening to Tim JP Collins while on my “dreadmill” and he reminded me of this practice. (By the way, podcasts are EXCELLENT while exercising).

Realizing what’s right in front of me today and what I am grateful for:

  1. My daughter slept past 8am! (that’s a record)
  2. Made biscuits and honey for the hubs and daughter (I may have snuck one in which means I must get a run in on the “dreadmill” today).
  3. I had a butterfly land on my hand while I was putting fresh food in their enclosure. (We raised 7 caterpillars, watched them create chrysallis’ and then emerge as butterflies. We will be releasing them tomorrow.)

    Common Buckeye 

So far, it seems pretty easy. It will be interesting to see if I can name different ones each day.

What I hope to gain is just a new perspective. Looking back I was so busy that I stopped being thankful for the little things. I was too worried about the future instead of being here and now.

By the way, one of my other goal’s and my homework from my therapist…get my a$$ back to running! I have been exercising at home, but I need to get out in the air and breathe. Baby steps, baby steps… I will, however, be back! Look out world!

~ Crys


The Smart Ass Friend

It always helps to have that ONE smart ass friend. The one who will not take “no” for an answer, the one that likes to “get your goat”, but also the one that will not give up on you. EVER.

One of my (our) very close friend’s stopped by despite my “not right now, my house is a mess, I am a mess and I just don’t feel like it.” He wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. He didn’t care how I looked, what kind of state I was in, or what my house looked like. He and our other good friend wanted to visit our family and say Happy Birthday to our daughter.

I certainly cannot deny them that!

It was aIMG_1354 GREAT thing, too. They brought all three of us one of these! (Yes, there is a bite right out of it).

By the way, they also didn’t mind my blubbering as the tears started to flow. I am grateful that despite my anxiety at the moment, I have friends (and chocolate) that care. Especially… the one that is a smart ass. He introduced me to my husband. So, he’s a keeper, too.

~ Crys