Happiness Highlights: From Sea to Shining Sea

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what makes me happy from 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.

When we started this journey last summer, we had no goals for miles traveled or states visited. We didn’t think of the trip in terms of distance, but rather time spent on the road.

So I was caught by surprise this week when we suddenly found ourselves with our toes in the Pacific Ocean and I realized we’d done something I hadn’t exactly set out to do: we’d crossed the country completely, from coast to coast. We’d began our adventure at one ocean, and reached another, without even trying specifically. I mean, we set a route and made a list of places to see and things to do, but the bigger picture of what we’d be doing wasn’t apparent when we were going day by day.

One step and state at a time.

One city discovered, another moment enjoyed.

And then we looked up and we had an entire continent behind us, and a new ocean ahead of us.

This week we went whale watching in that new ocean. We hiked up and down the cliffs that make up the Malibu coastline. We saw hundreds of sea lions just hanging out on the buoys off of Redondo Beach.

And we crossed a nation, together, one weekly pursuit of happiness at a time.

What made you happy this week?

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  1. We survived our first trip to Chuck E Cheese's.I held off for over 6 years, but it was bound to come to an end sooner or later, right?

  2. Lisa says:

    My quilting class made me happy this week. It's fun when things turn out like they're supposed to!

  3. wasn't it fun to have the beach on the left instead of the right?! so cool!this past week i had a cooking class in chef mindy's home (http://mindybakes.com/2012/02/17/beckys-day-in-my-kitchen-or-beer-braised-chicken/) which was spectacular, i spent a day in bed when i wasn't sick and just loved the relaxing day, i attended a birthday party which made me smile like mad, i had brunch with friends, i spent yesterday afternoon getting a pedicure with aunt chris before having sushi at our favorite place, i watched my dog run and run in a wide open field while we were the only ones around (it was so peaceful and magical!), and basically have been crazy blessed a whole bunch. can't wait to share such adventures with you!

  4. Mariza says:

    The sea lions are adorable! I really want to focus on my health and this past week I was able to set up "systems" to accomplish this more easily.

  5. Amanda says:

    These photos are amazing! What a wonderful experience. Here's my "Happy Friday" post, where I share what made me happy last week: http://ajigreer.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-friday_17.html

  6. FireMom says:

    Some house stuff made me happy this week. Also, soft pretzels

  7. the muskrat says:

    mardi gras made me happy!

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