Recently I was invited to join Happify, a website that will help you the five essential happiness skills: savor, thank, aspire, give, and empathize.
When you sign in you get to chose what aspect of your life you want to focus on. I chose enjoy parenting, this doesn’t mean I do not enjoy being a mother, but sometimes I get so caught up on my to-do list and what I should be doing that I forget to truly enjoy being a mom. Running from one thing to the next, breakfast, lunch, work, the blog; it soon drowns me and I get so cranky and so stressed out that I forget to enjoy life.
My first task was an easy one, one that I truly enjoy:
Happify // Take a walk with a camera.
Instructions: Take a walk outside (or around your house) taking pictures of things you find beautiful, novel or funny. Look for the beauty in things you normally wouldn’t notice. A rumpled bathrobe tossed on the floor. The shadows cast across your driveway.
A week ago my husband’s company, Red Rokk Interactive, moved into their new office. Saturday we stopped by the office for a bit. It was there where my photographic adventure began (I promise there are not too many photos below).
I truly love this man. How often do you get to see your husband working with tools in a silly St. Patrick’s Day hat as well as neon green wayfarers. This made me laugh so much!
Later on the Irish accessories were taken over by little J. who walked around with upside down glasses and saying, over and over again: “Mom, I look cool!” or “I am cool, mom!”
And, yes he did look very cool!! He did walk to the car looking cool in green gear!!
I love this one too!
We then headed to Cornwall Park to hang out with the cousins. The moment I saw this tree I just had to photograph it.
So grand and beautiful. Covered in moss. Our greeter to the park.
The ground around the tree was also covered in moss which reminded me of fairies. I have never been the fairy kind of girl, but it warmed me up inside just enough for me to enjoy its beauty.
Seeing my husband play with the boys makes me happy to no end. I just love seeing them wrestle and be goofs together. It made me happy to see my oldest boy, A., enjoying some time with dad. He did look kind of uncomfortable in that baby swing but he still smilles and screamed in happiness!
There is no way that sitting on a swing and seeing your toes touch the sky would not bring a smile to your face.
While the boys played I walked to the right of the playground, to the wooden bridge over the creek. I love its weathered look. Standing there, under the sun light, made me feel happy.
As I turned down I saw more moss. It abounds here in Washington. And, being tiny, I had to stuff my camera on it…and snapped happily from every single angle.
It is amazing how our daily lives can cause us to over look the simple things that could, easily, bring a smile to our face.
And I finally have a picture of my self that I actually like (besides the one on my Facebook profile).
Have I mentioned that I love that dude? Yeah, I do. And since he usually frowns at me when I point my camera at him…I took pictures of our shadows. Now they are trapped in this photo; kind of what happened to Peter Pan’s.
Being with him make me smile; he is where home is.
Oh this little boy. Mastering the terrible threes. His are being worse than his brother’s were. But I still love him. Even when he is in trouble, and he knows so, his big puppy eyes and shy smile will make even the toughest person crack.
I love my boys. All 3 of them. I love my life. I love where we are in our paths.
Could things be better? Yeah, of course. But I am happy with where we are. As long as we are together, nothing can go wrong!
“Mindful photography trains us to look for and notice positive features of our environment,” says Dr. Fred Bryant, psychologist at Loyola University, “which data show can boost happiness.”