happiness is....

 'happiness is...' -  each week we'll meet two lovely ladies to find out what happiness is to them.... if you'd like to take part please drop me an email :)

What makes you happiest?
What makes me happiest is being with my husband, son and our two kitties. All of our time spent together means the world to me. I'm certainly happiest when we are all healthy and in good moods. I love listening to music to get my spirits up. Painting, yoga, reading, meditation, sketching and being outside on a nice, comfortable day make me so happy as well. When I really think about it, more in my life makes me happy than makes me sad. It's hard to remember that sometimes, but I'm so blessed.

Do you have a happy place?
I do have a happy place... Many, actually. Physically, as I said, I enjoy being outside on a nice, comfortable day. My husband, son and I like to go on drives, too. We get to see beautiful new places (we make sure to always take our camera!) and sometimes end up driving for hours. We've ended up in other states before. We just have so much fun driving. We can sing loud and be silly and we can also be super serious and talk about everything. It's just... It's one of my favourite past times. I'm so glad to have a husband that enjoys the same things I do. My dad and I used to take drives and talk a lot when I was younger and it has made our relationship much stronger over the years. I feel that it definitely does the same for my husband and I and hopefully our son in the future. What else... Oh, I also have a nice little mama haven that I really enjoy being in. I have a beautiful, HUGE, maiden, mother and crone tapestry on the wall and a small altar with various things on it that make me feel great. And on the other side of the tapestry, I have a little stand with all of our art supplies. It's such a beautiful, inspirational little area and I adore it!
If we're talking mentally... I do have a happy place. Just letting go and listening to music and / or meditating and doing yoga make me feel amazing. Watercolour painting does wonders for me as well. It really is forgiving and I just feel like I can create without worrying about perfection.

Do you have a favourite happy song?
My absolute, of-all-time favourite happy song is 'Pocketful Of Sunshine' by Natasha Bedingfield. That song cheers me up every. single. time. I listen to it. It doesn't matter what mood I am in or how my day is going. I hope to one day get a tattoo inspired by the song as a constant reminder of the feeling I get when I listen to it. I've yet to come up with a proper design but I'm working on it.

What gets you past a bad day?
 What gets me past a bad day is being able to be with my husband, son and our two kitties. I really feel good when we can just relax and talk things out. Of course, doing any of the things that I have mentioned help, but nothing can replace time with my family.


what makes you happiest?
Simple things, like having a 'run around and play' time with my cats, or writing a chapter of my novel, or seeing a classical concert. Sometimes I need a hug or nice words from my friends, and luckily they are usually around to supply me with these demands. :)

do you have a ‘happy place’?
Mentally or physically? haha! I love going to bookstores to journal. I just feel comfort by being around all of those words on pages. Coffee shops are fun too, but they can be a little noisier than a library or a Barnes and Noble. I actually have a "mental" happy place that I go to when I need to relax (I got the idea from Happy Gilmore, lol.) It's a spot in the forest where there's moss on the ground, flowers everywhere, huge shady trees completely blocking out the sunlight, and soft rain with the smell of lilies of the valley.
do you have a favourite happy song?
I very rarely listen to mainstream or any kind of cheesy "happy" music, and rarely music with lyrics!! Being a writer, I like to have soundtracks on a lot of the time so I can focus on the emotion of the piece and use it to influence what I write. So I could sit here and list off music soundtracks or symphonies that are happy, but if we're just talking about a single song, I'd probably have to say "Wild Eyes" by Mariee Sioux. It's great acoustic, good for relaxing, and the Native flute plus her really enchanting lyrics make it almost impossible to not get a good feeling just by listening. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28yuWPnX33w
what gets you past a bad day?
Well, if it's a small fix, usually raspberry chocolate or a bubble bath with incense. My cat is an absolute must. Despite the fact that he's a turd typically, he always knows when I am sad and he will snuggle with me until I feel better. Sometimes a drive can help too; I like to be in control of the vehicle and lost in my thoughts, it's a great combination for some reason. Other days are just meltdowns, and I can usually sense when a day is beyond fixable, and those days are just necessary sometimes. Sometimes, you have to spend all day in your jammies with blankets over your head. Sometimes you have to have cake for breakfast, and then sit and watch Bruce Willis in the Fifth Element....ahem.......all better!!!!

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