Basically it works like this. I sleep. I’m happy. I don’t sleep. I’m not happy.
So simple and yet so difficult to achieve.
I’ve been getting more sleep than usual for the last few days and yesterday I had a milestone. I didn’t have to take a nap!
That is a big deal for someone that physically struggles just to get through each day. Consequently I was ready to go to bed at 6:00 pm, made myself stay awake until 9:00 pm, and then woke up at 1:00 am in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.
Oh well. You can’t win them all.
Since I wasn’t sleeping anyway I got up and did an exercise video, ate some rice crackers with blue cheese, Yum!, listened to a podcast on happiness while I did more exercises and now I’m writing about what makes me happy.
There are other things as well and as I’m working so hard to get my life back after a two year illness I have been slowly figuring out what makes me happy and then trying to do something about it.
Ok, we get that.
Exercise = Happiness
Every day I try to go for at least a 3 mile walk and do an hour of stretching exercises. Like yoga only better. That is a lot of time spend exercising but I find that if I don’t spend that time I am in a lot of pain and pain does not equal happiness. Pain certainly does not equal sleep. And so exercise is a top priority.
Good Food = Happiness
The better we eat, the better we feel. I am constantly trying to feed my family better food and it is a rough road when you are feeding so many people but I feel like we’re slowly making progress. We’re eating good soups made from stock from chickens that my daughter raised last year. We’re eating fermented sauerkraut that my daughter makes. We’re eating homemade yogurt that my daughter makes. Obviously we would starve if it weren’t for my 15 year old daughter. True story.
Let’s not forget about my 10-year-old who makes the kefir and the kefir smoothies every morning. The kefir smoothies that are so delicious that my one year old will drink an entire quart and then be so full that he won’t eat anything else for the rest of the day and yet he’s the biggest, fattest child I have ever had. I need to weigh him again. He’s got to be 35 pounds by now.
Music = Happiness
For the last ten months I have been practicing my violin almost every day. I took lessons for a few months and then even in Guatemala I practiced every day but then I also had a full time housekeeper and cook most of the time we were there so that helped! Since we’ve been home I barely have time to help my children with their practicing let alone my own but I have started back up again. For one whole day in a row. For ten whole minutes.
Ten minutes is a good start right?? I’m all about good starts.
To further our musical happiness I bought nice speakers for my home so we can have beautiful music playing in every room. My daughter said she couldn’t believe I spent that much money on speakers and I said that I have wanted them for a long time so I saved $40 a year for 18 years and now I can finally afford them. That’s reasonable right? I think so.
Laundry = Happiness
Call me selfish but I love doing laundry. I love to pull it out of the washing machine, hang it up outside and then take it down and fold it and put it away. If I had more time I think I would wash it all by hand as well. Not really. But I love the rest of it. Seriously.
Knowledge = Happiness
I would love to be able to sit down and read a book but I just can’t find another hour in the day so I settle for listening to random podcasts when I’m walking. And obviously in the middle of the night when I’m not sleeping. It’s not much but it keeps my brain thinking new thoughts and it makes me happy.
Children = Happiness
It goes without saying that my children make me happy. I love nothing more than playing the violin with them, saying poems with them, teaching them to juggle, and listening to them tell me about the horses they are training. I wish I had more time to just enjoy my children. More please.
As if life could get better than it is right now.
No, I don’t think that it could.