A template for enjoying every day: H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S.

Hello, blog reader. Ready to create more enjoyment in your daily life? Below is a planning template for just that. Take each letter of the acronym H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. and plan to do something today that matches each category.

Having fun–




Increasing Others’ Happiness–


Exercising for Endless Energy–


Silly Self-Deprecation–

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Savor each stage

The phrase “Savor each stage” came to mind yesterday, which got me thinking.

I remember pining for romance during my sophore and junior years of college. Frequent thoughts included What’s wrong with me? Why don’t the guys whom I like and admire ask me out? Am I not desirable? Who will love and appreciate me enough to WANT to marry me? Will I ever marry? . . .

Fast forward to the very demanding years when I had an infant and/or toddlers, and the grass-is-greener thoughts crept up again: Why didn’t I just ENJOY my single years?! I should have appreciated the privilege it was to be taking interesting classes in college! I had so much freedom: I could have done any number of things if I’d just set my mind to it. (Peace Corps, road trips, world travel, etc.).

I’m grateful to be able to say that I truly savor each and every day I get to share with my beloved Erik! Time with him is pleasant, pleasurable, and very often passionate. Such good times!

That doesn’t mean I’m immune to “Things will be even better once his iSeekDiscovery software is adopted around the globe! . . . ” thoughts. However, with self-awareness and honest intention, I’m hoping Erik and I can “enjoy the journey” of making our long-term financial prosperity a reality. The grass of happiness is green under our feet, if we can ENJOY what we’re doing and what we already have.

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Friends, I need to start earning money.

Becoming a co-breadwinner with my husband feels like a very “hard thing” to do after 19 years of freedom-from-needing-a-salary volunteering. But I can do hard things . . . if I have the help of my friends.

I decided today that, rather than just worry about our family’s financial uncertainty, I would raise $100–as a witness to myself that I have support and earning potential. It’s now nearly 6 pm: a late start in the day for my fundraising goal, but still something I wish to do.

Will you help me overcome my emotional overwhelm by making a donation, as a vote of confidence in my particular abilities–or perhaps a thank you for past services rendered? Will you help me earn $100 today?

I intend to move forward toward employment and/or profitable contractual work in the coming weeks.  Believing that I’m capable, valued, well-supported, and prepared to work hard will provide the boost of confidence I so need right now.

Experiencing the truth that I’m not alone is a beautiful feeling.  Asking for financial donations is much harder.  Please know I do not do so flippantly.

Thank you for believing in me!

100% there, friends! Thank you! Feeling incredibly blessed to have such generous, amazing friends. “Heigh Ho! To work I [soon] go!”

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