One more day of a month that most people tend to drag but I can honestly say that this has been a fantastic start to the new year for us here. Firstly today we welcomed a new family member – Huffy (nicknamed as such because, when faced with something he’s unsure about – and considering he’s only 20 hours old that’s a lot – he huffs loudly!). Born without fuss or much warning of sorts – this morning we come down and there he is; all wobbly, unsure and brand new. Welcome Huffy – we love you already.
Work has been excellent this month – usually January creeps into the year and we’re all stressed because the same bills have to be paid and not many of Decembers invoices have been! We must be doing something right but I think it’s because we’re nice to people – you get what you give and all that – seems to be working here, long may that last.
I tell you there is something to this 100 happy days thing that we’re participating in it really does help to keep a focus on things that make us happy. Life is stressful isn’t it but when we look for things that make us happy our mind shifts, we lighten, we appreciate what we have and then everything shifts. Where your mind goes your energy flows – I’ve heard that said somewhere it has to be true, we’re a happy bunch here. So here’s to a happy January, a happy day and another 100 happy days!
Well this is going to be an easy – more or less – challenge for me but one I think is just a great idea and can’t help but hope spreads far and wide. The challenge is ‘Can you be happy for 100 consecutive days in a row?’ Well sure we can, but can we?
Their website continues to go on and say “We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being (or dog for that matter – I added that part!).
Anyhow getting to the point, we’re up for the challenge and we started today by sharing one of the coolest stable cats around – Kulula – who rules Eva (her equally gorgeous tri-coloured stable companion) and all 8 of the horses with a rod of iron whilst doing not much more than sleeping, eating and generally being happy!
As #100happydays challenges us we to do we will be sharing photos of anything and everything that makes us happy every day for 100 days, this was our first effort, we’re happy with it!
We would love to share your happiness, keen to join us in the challenge?
I count myself lucky, exceptionally, wildly and unbelievably lucky. Every day without exception I wake up happy – I just can’t wait to start a new day and it’s always a brand new day isn’t it. I mean just about everything you did yesterday is over – left behind – and today is a brand new white sheet to get big muddy paw prints all over!
Now, that said, I realise that I’m one of the lucky ones – there’s that word again – I do understand that not everyone wakes up feeling like I do and I’m sad about that. As a dog I’m inherently blessed to ‘not sweat the small’ stuff and ultimately live a very mindful life (you could try that too).
Anyhow we came across this article that was just bursting with ideas on how to get inspired which can only lead to happiness and that can lead to who knows where! Some of their suggestions included:
- Create a vision board
- Watch 40 inspirational speeches in 2 minutes
- Take a camera outside and photo anything you find beautiful
- Meditate or practice yoga in your garden or nearby park
- Watch your dog play (this is my favourite one) or watch the complete mindfulness of your cat
- Write in a journal or create a picture journal
There were many many ideas, here’s the full article, but the point is there is always something we can do to improve our situation, make someone else smile and ultimately move towards happiness. I mean just take a look at my brother hanging out here … now doesn’t that make you smile? Look out for happiness, hang on to it, let me know how it goes?
It hardly seems possible that Christmas is over, the decorations are down and – I think – we’re about to go back to work, at least I overheard that the other day.
Mum and Dad have been tentatively edging their toe back into the studio and study respectively; Mum is already rounding up the ‘dreaded designers’ to hit the ground running on Monday – or so she said.
I’ve had a great holiday too – we had swimming, sun bathing, friends over, going to friends, going to the park, eating, drinking (for me just water) and a lot of time relaxing and reading. I know we all spend a lot of time together – I mean considering that we all work from home that is – but there’s been a different energy, a slowing down, breathing space – I can feel it, it feels good.
I think it’s important for us all to take the time – or make the time – instead of rushing around with our tails bashing everything in range before we dash to the next big thing. The ability to stop, listen, take it all in and appreciate what we have – that’s what I’ve learned this holiday. It’s good.
So whilst I am going head first into 2014 ….
… I’m also going to take out of Harry’s book this morning – soak up the sun, stop and appreciate the small things in life, find the joy in those moments because, as is said, a joyous life is made up of joyful moments.
Happy 2014 all – may your every bark bring a bone.