What Made Me Happy in February

One of the nasty habits I have is that when time passes, I often focus on what I didn’t get accomplished during that time period.  I’m very goal focused, and when I don’t complete the goals I intended to complete – no matter what the circumstances – I mentally beat myself up and wallow a little too much.  I do this with each passing New Year, each passing birthday, and even at the end of each day.  Whatever wasn’t checked off or crossed off on my list is ammunition for me to focus on the negative – focusing on what didn’t get done instead of what actually was done.  This tends to skew a person’s overall perspective.  Not this year!

One of my goals is to do a better job appreciating time and what I accomplished in that time.  So, every month I plan to identify what I appreciate about the month – not necessarily in what I’ve accomplished or haven’t accomplished, but to simply identify a few things that I’m grateful for – that I’m happy about happening…

Snow… It snowed!  While most of the people around me hate the snow, I absolutely love it (as mentioned in an earlier post).  And we got a lot of snow to love in February.  Most of it is gone now, but I’m incredibly happy it paid a visit.  It just made everything feel fresh, cozy, and still.  Stillness in live is definitely under-appreciated.

Blogging again… I met my scheduling goal for the month, and I’m very happy about it.  Yeah, blogging!!

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Caramel Hearts… These evil creations are wickedly wonderful, and I inhaled an entire bag of these.  I received these as a little Valentine’s gift, and I devoured the bag.  I love them so much that I ended up going and purchasing another bag to share with my mum.  Though, I do admit there wasn’t much sharing involved.  I believe she ate a total of 4 of these bad girls… Not because she didn’t like them but because there was only 4 left.

Treatments begin… 2019 has been a devastating year for me and my little family.  My mother’s cancer returned with a vengeance, a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, another friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor (not cancer but growing out of control), and a friend’s husband was diagnosed with brain tumor (don’t know if it is malignant yet).  In February, Mum started her radiation treatments while the friend with breast cancer has her surgery (and will soon start her radiation).  The friend with the brain tumor started her over 30 radiation treatments, while the friend’s husband was referred to treatment at a prestigious hospital.  While February was the start, at least it was a start for everyone.  More gratitude will be felt when everyone is done with their treatments and can celebrate.

A good hair cut… One should never under-estimate the power of a good hair cut.  In February, I decided it was time for a change.  I had been spending the last 6 months pulling my hair back, pushing it out of my eyes, and annoyed that after 4 hours of “air drying” – my hair still wasn’t dry.  So, I simply stepped out of the shower, took a pair of scissors, and gave myself a blunt bob cut.  It reaches down to my jaw line.  I love the hair cut and have received a lot of compliments, but I wasn’t too clever because I still have it falling in my face (pulling it back behind my ears doesn’t work for long) and even though it is shorter – it still takes over 4 hours to “air dry” my hair.  While I wanted to go short, I didn’t want to go too short, so this is the best for now.  No matter how short my hair was cut, though, I feel fortunate because my hair grows relatively fast, so I’ll be able to change it up again in a few months.

What about you?  What was it about February that made you happy?



Starting Up Again

I have been blogging, on and off, since 2007.  I really enjoy blogging, as it is a wonderful outlet for my creativity; however, I hit a wall at the end of 2017.  My blogging had slowed down, I felt drained and creatively exhausted, and I no longer saw the point.  Clearly, I needed a break.

That break came in the form of 2018.  The blog was closed.  However, when I did it – there was a glimmer inside of me that knew it was temporary.  Closing the blog was more of a hiatus rather than a good-bye.  Now that 2019 has arrived, the hiatus is over.

I’ve filled notebooks with ideas, planning out posts and bouncing ideas off the people around me.  All this was done in preparation for today’s new launch.

The blog is up now.  A lot is going on in 2019.  Some good of it is good, a little of it is bad, but all of it is going to be great material for Blue Skies and Mud Puddles.  I’m ready to be creative again, and I’m hoping you will come along for the ride.