Wednesday, January 20, 2010

For Those of Us Who Don't Get to Go to the Caribbean this Winter

I've been feeling a little sorry for myself that I am not going on a cruise or a vacation to somewhere warm and balmy. Although some warm and balmy spots (Haiti) are probably a little less fortunate than here. OK, so no more feeling sorry for myself. I have a home that is still standing, a family that is intact, and I can brush my teeth every morning and have a hot bath. Life's not so bad. And today is National Pie Day. Just so you know.

I have a new goal for January. It is to write down every day things that have made me happy. Here are some things from my list so far:

*yummy food
*the weekend
*not using credit cards for my shopping
*delicious nap with a fuzzy blanket and the cat
*loyal friends
*no sugar
*rain boots for shovelling slush
*dependable children
*plowing snow this morning without crashing

And I'm pretty sure my Boston Cream Pie that I'm going to make will make the list as well. I've only done this for 3 days and my outlook on January is better already.

So to wrap it up, here are 2 happy quotes:

"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world." Robert Louis Stevenson

"I have two choices. I can choose to be happy or I can choose to be sad. I choose to be happy." Marjorie Pay Hinckley

So for today, I will choose to be happy and hope that it rubs off on the rest of the world. And if any of you are going on vacation to the Caribbean, I hope you bring me some vanilla. Because then I will be even more happy. The End.


Likely said...

I need to start doing this because I despise winter.

Do you men vanilla extract? Do they have god stuff? Did someone bring you some once?

ScrapBox Organization & Storage said...

OK, technically I despise it as well. But I'm trying to not focus on how very much I despise it. ugh

And yes, I mean vanilla extract. Once you taste Mexican vanilla, you will never want to use anything else. It is unbelievably wonderful.

ScrapBox Organization & Storage said...

And while I started writing this on Wednesday, I meant that today (Saturday) is National Pie Day.

Emily said...

I love posts like this! Thanks Dara. Your happiness certainly rubbed off on me.

Ivy said...

We have a port of call in Cozumel, Mexico, and I was going to get some vanilla extract for myself while I was there, so I'll get some for you, too!

I'm thankful that this trip is a gift from my mom, or we wouldn't be able to afford to go on it otherwise!

ScrapBox Organization & Storage said...

Ivy, you rock! I hope you have a wonderful time!

thedoodlegirl said...

I love this! You are an excellent writer and I love your positive outlook!!

Treble Clef ♪ said...

Lovely. I too try to keep a happy list. Actually it is a "gratitude" list...same thing:) Yes, you express yourself very well Dara.