Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what makes me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
This week we drove from California to Reno, Nevada, where we’ll be staying with my girlfriend Lisa until this Sunday. It has been a pretty laid back week around these parts, with happiness found in the kindness of others.
To start off, we found ourselves spending an extra night in Petaluma thanks to a snow storm in the Sierra Mountains which lie between us and Reno. I paid for the extra night of camping at the Petaluma KOA, only have to have our money refunded the next morning by the staff. The first two nights had already been complimentary because of a work assignment, and I was surprised to have the extra night comped as well, especially after I’d paid! My budget and I were grateful.
On our way to Reno, we stopped off in Fairfield, California for a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory, which we’d heard about from RVers at a campground back East last summer. It was a silly pit stop, the kind of thing we don’t do often enough, and we left with a bag full of candy and giggling attitudes.
We arrived in Reno Wednesday night just in time for a home-cooked meal, the first of many Lisa would treat us to. All over the country, people have opened their homes, kitchens, and laundry rooms to us and it never ceases to amaze me how generous people have been to me and my family.
As if feeding me and my family was not enough – and we all have the appetites of lumberjacks, so that in itself is no small thing – Lisa offered to help me tackle one of the items on my life list: wear a dress I made. This is still very much in progress, but I’m grateful for the time and expertise she’s already donated, as well as the encouragement to get started and keep going when things didn’t go as planned.
And finally, Jared and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary yesterday. I daresay we are still hesitant to truly celebrate each year because the memories of an almost unhappy ending are still just a few short years old; I’m uncertain exactly how I’m supposed to feel each year – or how I’m allowed to feel – when I came so close to throwing it all away. At any rate, we have been married for a dozen years and we got to spend a few hours alone together last night, both small miracles I appreciate.
What were the highlights of your week? Before you rush off into a new week, I invite you to play along and share your own happiness highlights in the comments, or leave me a link to your own post.