Hi friends! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Any fun plans? We are going to lay low and maybe have a margarita or two. I was supposed to go to Chicago for the weekend, but I ended up staying home and having a really busy weekend! Funny how that happens isn’t it? It was crazy hot here in San Diego, so I ended up near the beach 90% of the weekend. Here are a few pics from the weekend:
Can you believe that view?
We made our way through a maze! It’s a miracle that we weren’t stung by bees.
I got to meet my friend Maggie’s cat, Louis and fell in love ♥
Maggie and I went to the Queen Bee Market where I bought lots of cute Mother’s Day presents!
I went down to the beach with Billy and caught up on my SHAPE and Fitness mags.
I got to see some cool yoga moves at a festival called Yoga Disco!
I also wanted to thank you for all of your sweet comments about Happy Explosion! If you missed it, you can check it out here. This week, the top voted act of kindness for Happy Explosion was A) Buy the person’s coffee behind us. If you’re participating, you can choose to do that or any other act of kindness that you want. I’ll be posting about my experience buying someone coffee on Saturday and starting a link up so that you can share your post that day too. I can’t wait – I hope you’ll join me!
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Hope you had a beautiful weekend! Here are a few snapshots from mine.
Enough work. Time to play.
Pallet succulent garden we made from an old pallet.
Billy checking the waves – “Look at those lefts!”
The beach down the street from us.
Huge pieces of art at the Little Italy Art Fair.
Bought a cute “home sweet home” sign with a heart over San Diego. Now I just need to decide where to hang it!
Couldn’t pass up the living wall photo op.
What did you do this weekend? Did you have time to hang out with friends and family?
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Happy Saturday, friends! I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of all the best articles about happiness that were published in the last week. Enjoy!
1) 12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes
In this article, Sharon Salzberg breaks down the key to workplace happiness. One of my favorite suggestions is to find ways to “break down the momentum” of the day. Read more here.
2) 43 Of The Happiest Little Kids In The Whole Wide World
The cutest and happiest kids you’ll ever see. You are guaranteed to smile while browsing through these photos. See them here.
3) 9 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Feel Happier Today
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California Riverside, suggests simple things to do to increase your happiness. A few recommendations including smiling, expressing gratitude, and walking outside. Read more here.
4) Spend Your Money on THIS to Be Happier
A new study found that while Americans tend to believe that material goods provide better value, buying “life experiences” actually makes Americans happier than buying material possessions. Read more here.
5) Discover a kingdom where happiness rules
A look inside Bhutan, where “Gross National Happiness is more important than “Gross National Product”. I especially enjoyed this excerpt from the article: “The concept is evident in the day-to-day life of the people, from the regular meditation and reflective gardening that’s built into the school curriculum, to the charming road signs that line the main roads. These run the gamut from encouraging (“Life is a journey! Complete it!”) to paternal (“This is a highway, not a runway!”). Even the graffiti is upbeat: In Thimpu, I read a white scrawl that read, ‘Life is not a race.'” Read more here.
Have some happy news to share? Leave a comment below!
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I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I wanted to share with you some simple random acts of kindness that everyone has time for. All of the suggestions below take less than 5 minutes! I hope to knock these all out in less than a week. Are you with me?
Are you going to do any of these random acts of kindness? Do you have another random act of kindness that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Receive an email each Friday featuring something to make you smile as you go into the weekend here: http://tinyurl.com/heyheyfriday
Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year? One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to live in the moment and just be happy. If your goals are similar to mine, I think you’ll relate to these 10 happy quotes. They keep me motivated and make me stop and think about what’s really important in life. I hope you like them too!
Happy Quote #1: If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Photography via Jack Bates
The holidays are the most magical time of the year and I don’t know about you, but December is my favorite month :). But with all of the holiday parties and present buying, sometimes stress creeps up on us unexpectedly. Here are 5 ways to win the holidays and beat holiday stress: Continue reading “5 Ways to Win the Holidays & say no to Stress” →
In honor of World Kindness Day today (November 13th), I thought it would be fun to share my favorite kindness quotes with you. I hope you enjoy!
Continue reading “Top 15 Kindness Quotes in Honor of World Kindness Day” →
Lately I feel like I’ve been rushing from one thing to the next. I have a tendency to try to multi-task and get everything done as fast as I can. That’s why I love the quote:
“Let’s not try to figure out everything at once.”
Here’s my mantra for today. Hopefully it will remind you to be more present as well.
Today I will:
Go with the flow
Live in the moment
Focus on the task at hand
Take my time
Notice the little things
Accept what is
Do you multi-task a lot or are you good at focusing on one thing at a time? Let me know in the comments!
Have you ever walked into a room and felt negativity in the air? Feeling another person’s energy is actually very common. If you give off positive energy, other people will feel better around you. In contrast, if you give off negative energy others are likely to feel tense and likely want to leave. Positive beliefs, thoughts and feelings turn into positive energy that you put into the universe. YOU control your energy. Whether it be positive or negative, your energy affects everyone you come in contact with. Continue reading “5 Ways to Give Off Positive Energy” →
When I first started dating my boyfriend, he insisted upon going on a road trip together. But road trips didn’t make much sense to me; “What’s the point of a road trip when you can get there faster on a plane?”, I asked. Finally, he convinced me to take a road trip with him to Big Sur, California. I didn’t see it then, but the road trip was exactly what I needed. Now I understand the power of road trips and their ability to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Continue reading “Why a Road Trip Might be Exactly What You Need” →