I take the time to highlight what made me happy every week because I believe gratitude is the root of all happiness, and we multiply what we magnify. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; it can change your life.
Podcamp Pittsburgh – I attended this event for the first time two years ago when I was just a visitor passing through, and the people I met helped convince me that this city was special. This year proved that I was right.
The people are really what make this annual social media conference so special. Everyone seems to arrive with a genuine desire to get to know their neighbors. And, introducing myself to strangers has gotten much easier over the last year, so I was really able to make the most of this openhearted environment.
I also had the opportunity to speak again this year, this time on making the transition from blogging to writing a book. Although it’s not a subject I usually talk about, I was happy to be able to share my experiences and resources with fellow attendees.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Another thing happened to me about two years ago: I fell in love with a baseball team. Although they weren’t very good, and hadn’t been for quit a while, Jared and I were both absolutely hooked after attending our first game at PNC Park (aka the most beautiful park in baseball). This year, they are in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. As you can imagine, it’s been pretty exciting around these parts!
We’re super lucky to have friends with TiVo and extra seating in their living room. We’ve watched several games with them this season, including the last two that the Pirates won against the Cardinals. The screaming, jumping and high-fiving are definitely highlight worthy in my book.
Local book reading – I had a reading and book signing at our local library this week. I was touched to have a few good friends show up, and one of the attendees I didn’t know returned to the library the next day to tell the programming director how much she enjoyed the talk! Also, this was the first event Emma has been to, and she was pretty proud of her mama. I was happy to be able to share another part of this crazy journey with her.
These were a few moments that really made me happy this week. What put a smile on your face?