#thisweek Choosing Happiness

Posted by Simply Pallets on

Preparing for a new baby means a lot of things. We go to the appointments and classes, set up the nursery and the registry, but we also ask a lot of questions. We ask about how to raise the baby, we question our abilities, and most importantly- we question how to raise a happy child. Because that’s really what it’s all about isn’t it?

It’s funny that we worry about that so much for our children but we tend to forget about it for ourselves. Most of us can write a list of what makes us happy but very few of us follow that list as much as we could be. Sometimes it isn’t what makes us happy that is the problem; it is recognizing what impedes on it.

It’s not easy to look at your life as a whole and get rid of the things or people that bring us down. As a business owner I look at our products. Why do we still offer that sign I dread making every time it is ordered? Why am I still painting that product when I really am not happy with the design? In my home I wonder why I am storing boxes downstairs, bringing them through 3 different moves even though I no longer remember what is in them. In my relationships I wonder why I cannot learn to say no to something I don’t want to do, or distance myself from people who cause me nothing but pain.

Matt says I have changed in the last few months, in a good way. He says I have slowed down and stopped stressing out so much. I think it’s because I am starting to realize that life really is what you make of it and I want to make that life as good as I can for my daughter. Time goes by too fast to worry about the little things. Why rush a hike when I can walk slowly and enjoy the view? Why rush home from dinner to put in a load of laundry that I can do tomorrow?

I guess I am hoping that these questions will invoke the same reflection in you as they have in me. I want to continue to challenge myself to make room for the good and get rid of the bad in every part of my life. I feel like I have already been moving in that direction, but there is always room for improvement. So I am writing this as a challenge to me and even as a challenge to you! Slow down, have fun, and be happy.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!


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  • Alyssa, this is an excellent and beautifully written post. At 61, I am (again) contemplating what makes for a happy life when aspects of it by design are not conducive to happiness yet must be assimilated. A happy child is allowed to BE a child for as long as possible. Not overscheduled, allowed to play, imagine, GET DIRTY, have real toys like blocks, access to animals and nature, and books. Books books books every day of her young life. Seems like the life you and Matt already have going for you. Relax, you’ve got this covered.

    Barbara Hughes on
  • Wonderful message for everyone. It’s never too late to take steps for happiness.

    Karen on

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