Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG - Wednesday .... Finding Happiness

Today is the first Wednesday of the month when writers around the blogosphere come together for a virtual group hug. Hop over to the HQ to see other bloggers who are posting today. Click on the pic above to get there.

So last week Hubby and I spent in Banff, Canada to celebrate his 40th birthday. It was bliss. Such a beautiful place. All that fresh air and spectacular scenery is just what  I needed. I've been in kind of an "I suck" phase for awhile now. You know the one--where no matter how hard you try, everything you do just feels mediocre at best?

Being immersed in the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies reminded me how small and insignificant I am, but in a good way. A way that reminded me how trivial our problems are in the grand scheme of things. All my creative efforts felt so amateurish. As odd as that may sound, it was refreshing.

                                                (photo credit: MY OWN) :)

Having that time not to dwell on goals and work related efforts rejuvenated my spirit. On the way home, I began thinking of all the things I needed to do to get caught up, and I was starting to feel a little stressed. But there was one thing that made me feel really happy, and that was the upcoming arts and crafts market for PK's Pixies. I only had a day to prepare by the time I reached home, but instead of feeling stressed, I felt excited. I couldn't wait to get there and do my thing.

It was such a natural high that carried over right into market day and I had a fabulous day with good sales.

Why it's relevant to today's post, is that it made me realize how important it is to find what makes us happy. Work can't always make us happy, but we can find other things that do.

Writing makes most of us happy or we wouldn't do it. But when it comes to our stories, are we writing what makes us happy? Are we marketing our published works in a way that makes us happy? Are we happy with our publishing paths? Do the social media outlets we use make us happy?

If not, why? What can we do to change it?

I gotta say, that exhilarating rush of happiness I felt when I thought of market time is something I hadn't felt in a long time. That's my own fault for not paying closer attention to my spirit's whisper.

I'm not saying everything in life has to make us happy, but I am saying that if you haven't felt joy or happiness in your work in awhile, maybe it's time to rethink your path and goals, and determine how you can put yourself on the path to happiness.

Writing makes me very happy. There are parts of the publishing machine that don't, but that's the yin to the yang.

Bottom line, life is short. We shouldn't have to suffer through everything. We do the work that must be done so we can spend the rest of our time focusing on the things that makes us happy.

By the way, I happened to see Jamie Ayres has a post on being happy today too, so hop on over for a peek. She's a true gem!

And next month I'll be back to my Movie Breakdown for you on Silence of the Lambs. Hope to see you then!

Tell me, are you happy with your choices? Are there things you can be doing differently? What is it that makes YOU happy?