Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week and invite you to do the same, because gratitude is the first step to being happy.
I had a fabulous week that flowed into a fabulous weekend.
It’s been very important to me that I make the most of this time between adventures, which means soaking up time with family while we can. With that in mind, we spent the last week in Bettendorf, Iowa visiting my dad and stepmom. It was so worth the gas money! We fished, swam, ate dinner together, and watched 4th of July fireworks over the river after a baseball game.
On Saturday, we grabbed two of our nieces and our own two kids and headed to Grundy Center, where we met my mom and my nephew at the annual town festival. There were bounce houses, shared snow cones, and free train rides, followed by swimming in my mom’s backyard. It was the perfect summer day.
On Sunday, I drove out to a small park where I met 20 strangers from a local yoga studio. We hopped in kayaks and paddled down a river for a while, stopped for a yoga and lunch break on a sand bar, and then paddled some more. It was beautiful, hot, and even cooler than I’d imagined when I’d signed up for the trip on their website a few weeks ago. I’m going to be writing more about this trip soon.
Now, it’s your turn.
I’d love to hear in the comments what were the happiness highlights from your week. What made you smile or laugh?
Once again, I’ve got a little something to encourage you to share your gratitude with the rest of us. I am so excited about this week’s prize – it’s something I would love to have for myself!
Michelle is a friend from our Facebook page and she reached out recently to tell me about beautiful, personalized jewelry that fills her with joy to make. I hopped over to her website and begged her to let me give one away here. She graciously agreed, and so this week we’re offering one reader who shares their happiness highlights in the comments a personalized version of this beauty:
This engraved silver pendant will be personalized with your choice of initial on the front and up to 4 lines (10 characters per line) of text on the back. I want this. And on the back of mine I would have “This, too, shall pass” engraved.
Want one? Just tell us in the comments what made you happy this week!
(As usual, just one entry per person. But you can feel free to list as few or as many highlights as you wish!)
Updated: The winner of this beautiful pendant is Tracy, who commented via Facebook and whose happiness highlights included “Going from scared of what was making me feel so ill to knowing what it is and being able to fix it.” Congratulations, Tracy – check your FB messages for instructions on claiming your prize!