Monday, March 17, 2014

Motivational Monday

Yup. This. Why do we do so much that does not make us happy? I say this after having a funtastic weekend. I spent Friday night with a college friend who now lives in NYC and only get to see a few times a year. I didn't get home until 2:30 a.m. LOL! Saturday, we spent the day with friends who showed hubby how to brew beer while I sat around chatting and having a few cocktails. It was a lateish night - 10:00 p.m. (considering we got there at 2:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. seemed lateish). Then Sunday, we ran the Baltimore St. Patrick's Day 5k with another friend from college. It's my favorite race of the year and we always have such fun with our friend.

All of these things make me happy. Sure, it was a weekend and it's so much easier to have fun in our own time rather than when we need to be responsible adults, but why? Why are we not doing things to make us happy the majority of the time? For people who work, do we enjoy what we do? I mean, if we hate what we do, there are x number of hours a week where we are unhappy. I'll be honest, I'm not 100% happy with what I do for a living, but you know what? I really like the people I work with. It's what makes it workable (heehee!). I also enjoy when I find an interesting death certificate (I pull death certificates most of the day), when I pull a box of materials that sound fun (I ask the researcher what they are doing, always neat), or when I learn something I didn't know before (which pretty much happens on a daily basis. Working in an archives will do that!). Sometimes we just have to look past the crap and find that one (or two or three...) things that make work bearable.

Outside work, what makes you happy? Reading? Writing? The beach? Trying new things? Animals? Working out? Being with friends? Music? Theater? Things I have no idea exist? These are the things we need to concentrate on when not working. These are the things that make up life. And I for one am trying hard to incorporate them better into my life. I have signed up for a class on calligraphy, because I taught myself as a kid, but I want to know how to do it right. I am working on reaching out to friends more either by spending more time together or at least letting them know I care about them via email/mail/etc. This is making me happy and honestly, it's addicting. I'm finding ways to do this for more and more friends. LOL!

So tell me, what makes you happy? Are you doing things that let you feel happy or are you wishing to do these things? If it's a wish, how are you going to make that wish a reality? Tell me! I'd love to know.


  1. Having great friends, even the ones I don't get to see very often, makes me happy! And special treats in the mail are always a welcome surprise! Good luck with the calligraphy class and keep focusing on the positive!

    1. Glad you liked them. :-) I'll let you know how the calligraphy class goes. I have an idea of doing calligraphy on wood with quotes and names and such. Might be fun.