Motivation

Five Things That Make Me Happy

As I shared a month ago, I’ve been really struggling. I’m pretty much struggling with everything – food, fitness, work, my weight, finding balance… everything.  My inner voice has not been kind to me at all lately, and for about the last 6 months I’ve wondered – what’s wrong with me?!?  Is it because it’s winter?  Then I realised that in the hustle and bustle of LIFE I forgot about the things that make me HAPPY, and thus I haven’t been very happy, which in turn has caused me to struggle with just about everything else.

So I thought that the first step in regaining control, would be to make a list of the 5 things that make me happy:

  1. Running – I’m listing running first because I literally have hundreds of smiling running selfies on my camera roll (and in my blog archives) so I must like running, or something 🙂  Truth is running is definitely the #1 thing that makes me happy.  Just over a year ago I stopped running on my lunch breaks and this is when I think the happiness started to fade.  I need to run, outside, in the daylight by my self.  I had no idea how much that was keeping me sane until it suddenly stopped. I need to find a way to be able to run on my lunches again.  

    Running in the rain!

    I found this pic in my archives under “run”.

  2. Sun – There’s nothing quite like the feel of the warm sun on my skin.  Sun, and quite likely vitamin D make me feel happy and alive!
  3. Water – pool, beach, lake, I’m not picky – any of those will do, just as long as its also sunny out.  I love love love the sound of water, it’s my happy place. (I can’t wait until we open the pool in 6 weeks from now!).

    Flamingo GO Pool

    Flamingo Pool in Las Vegas

  4. Exploring new places – preferably in the sun, near water, while running.  To this day I think my most favourite runs ever were along the beach in Peurto Vallarta, and the other run I did around the lake in Lake Placid.  Those were awesome!  

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    Run around Lake Placid – August 2014

  5. Spending time with my hubby – I also love spending time with my daughters, but I get a lot of that time. I’m listing time with the hubby because I don’t think we’ve been on a date just the two of us since August.  He really makes me laugh when we’re out just the two of us.  I miss that.

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    Date with hubby to Saratoga Race Way

I think I need to make a plan to be able to incorporate more of these things in my life.  I’m tired of being tired and tired of struggling.  When I’m happy everything else seems easy. 

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  • Anna Posthumus Luke
    March 26, 2016 at 2:50 am

    We are almost always willing to babysit so that you and hubby can go out.

  • Launna R Krivousov
    March 27, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Awe Janice, I have been struggling too… it has been so tough for me… this is good idea, I need to write a small list and hopefully get my happy place back again… although it has been a long time… Good luck with your goals, I think date nights with the hubby is a really good one to make time for xox

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    April 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Driving a car with classic ambients makes me happy and also reduces my stress & anxiety in New York traffic http://www.maxautoglass.com/

  • Anna
    March 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    We are almost always willing to babysit so that you and hubby can go out. Just say when and we will be there!

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