Mini Challenge

I’m writing this post while sitting on my deck with my gramma and my mom.

It’s one of the first evenings that I hear birds chirping, dogs barking, cars driving, and my dad doing yard work all at once.

These simple sounds are sounds I treasure hearing.

Even though they almost constantly are all around me this time of the year, it’s not often that I actually stop and listen.

Sometimes I wonder why that is… why don’t we stop more often to appreciate the simple things that we know and love?

This takes me to a conversation I was having with my gramma the other day.

We were talking about her retirement and how life is for her nowadays.

Before this conversation, I didn’t understand one thing.  I didn’t understand how people could stay busy after retirement.

Especially because work takes up so much of my life.  I can’t picture a life without it.

I explained this to my gramma, and she gave me one of the most obvious, but most life changing words of advice I may have ever received.

She told me she just does what she loves.

She knits, she bakes, she hangs out with her friends, and she reads (among many other things as well).

She explained to me that she makes sure to do things to make herself happy.  Almost as if she’s spoiling herself everyday.

This really made me stop and think, and now I want you to think about something.

What do you do in your life that you do to make yourself happy?

Don’t count work

Don’t count school

Don’t count any other mandatory or semi-mandatory errands you may have to run.




How many things did you come up with?

I’m going to stop this post here, and leave you with that thought.

Let me know in the comments what you came up with.

If you haven’t come up with anything, then here is my challenge for you.

I want you to come up with THREE things that you can do on a daily basis that make YOU happy.

Leave me your answers in the comments as well.

For me personally, it is going out to coffee with my dad or mom (or both) on Sunday, coming up with new recipes, going for walks, and blogging.  (I came up with 4…. overachieving I know 🙂 )

2 thoughts on “Mini Challenge

  1. Great blog! I take time, at least think I do, to stop and listen to life. I love listening to birds in the mornings outside my window, or the chimes hanging from my studio in my backyard. You have to stop and smell the roses, as they say. That’s one of the things that make me happy, listening to birds. Second would be playing ball with my dogs and last, but not least, gardening! I also enjoy cooking and baking…..

    • I’m glad you like it 🙂

      and it really is amazing how the simplest things can mean so much isn’t it? We’re so goal oriented and focused on extravagant events that we forget what really can make life worthwhile… especially something as simple as the sound of chimes or birds

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