Happiness Highlights: The Great Outdoors

Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy during the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.

Last week began with Mother Nature trying to kill me – or at least scare the crap out of me – but we survived severe storms and flash flooding in San Antonio and were rewarded with an unexpectedly beautiful drive through west Texas.

Yes, west Texas is beautiful.

It seems to be primarily deserted, save for the oil fields and windmills, but the scenery was stunning and completely unfamiliar to the four of us.

I spent about eight hours being hypnotized by the wide open spaces and flat-top hills before the sky got too dark and the drive too long.

After a 14-hour road trip, we arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of all the places in the United States to visit, we chose this one so that Jared and Emma could take that left at Albuquerque, laying to rest their hero Bugs Bunny’s regrets.

No, really.

But we totally saw a roadrunner!!

Our childish inspiration led us to more inspiring vistas, this time with baby mountains acting as the back drop. Every hour of driving, every tank of gas, was totally worth the chance to spend a little time in this gorgeous place.

Man, I love a good view.

This is something this trip has given me, and it has been wholly unepxected. I only came to appreciate nature in the form of white sandy beaches in my twenties after moving to Florida. Now I find I am moved almost daily by a view of Earth just doing what she does. Wherever we settle when this trip is done, I think it will have to be a place where Mother Nature is allowed to show off.

My happiness this week came from the great outdoors.

Where did you find yours?

P.S. There are more photos on our Facebook page.

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  1. Mariza says:

    We had a roadrunner come to visit almost every day when we stayed in Austin, Texas. One time we saw one killing a snake right outside our dinning room kitchen. Nature right in front of our eyes.

  2. "Earth just doing what she does" is a phenomenal line. LOVE! of course i also love that emma knows bugs bunny and wanted to take that left at albuquerque! happy this week: dinner with a friend that gave me the opportunity to see her smile more than i think i ever have, getting my suv back, cooking a kick ass chicken dinner, playing in the strip district with my aunt, uncle and cousin, a surprise cheesecake factory dinner with my hottie neighbors, making a rock my socks off sunday brunch for myself after staying in bed until almost noon, giggling out loud at justin timberlake in the friends with benefits movie, paying off a small debt, running into my aunt and uncle in the grocery store and laughing so hard that people stared at us, learning that a dear friend and her family might really make the move to pittsburgh in the fall…all kinds of stuff!

  3. Amanda says:

    Those are gorgeous photos! You can read about where I found my happiness last week here: http://ajigreer.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-friday_27.html.

  4. Megan says:

    I got something impossible done on Thursday, then got to see my friend's daughter strut her stuff on stage on Friday night. To top the week off, I got to pick up a few treats at Sephora.

  5. My cousin lived in Arizona and New Mexico for quite a few years. She is hoping to move back there when her husband retires.My happiness last week came from adopting a tiny black kitten from the SPCA. She hit the toddler stage yesterday and is into EVERYTHING but the purring and snuggling are worth the extra vigilance.I'm clueless about the Bugs Bunny reference but it's cool that Jared and Emma got to share that.

  6. the muskrat says:

    I enjoyed meeting some new local bloggers at a meetup Anissa organized Saturday night. I even brought my 3 youngest children, since I had nowhere else to leave them. People thought they were well-behaved!

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