From Bitchy to Bitchin – Book II
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Welcome to From Bitchy to Bitchin’ – Book II – 13 More Ways To Find Your Happy Place
This is where you will find more terrific ways to kick the blues so you can really enjoy, not just your day, but the rest of your life.
I did want to mention one thing that is very important for everyone to know. Once you get this, you will have such a wonderful feeling of freedom.
You are not responsible for anyone else’s happiness. Great news, right? Takes some of that burden off of your shoulders.
But….what that also means is that YOU are completely responsible for your own happiness. Yes, external things can make you happy but what is really real is what lies within you….in your own heart.
It’s time for you to fall in love with yourself. And that isn’t easy for many of us. It took me quite a while to really feel that. And once I did come to a place where I could love and accept myself, the good and the bad, I truly felt a weight being lifted.
Then it became OK for me to let go of the huge responsibility that I had given myself of feeling responsible for everyone’s happiness. I realized it didn’t mean that I loved my people any less.
What it meant, for me was loving myself enough to set healthy boundaries, to be able to say no and to not meddle, trying to make everything better. Whew. What a flipping relief. Right?
You don’t actually have to follow someone’s else’s rules. You can make up your own, you can tweak what you want to; just create a life that makes YOU want to dance naked, with abandon.
“An Attitude of Gratitude”
Once Oprah said those words, they traveled the world and the sales of journaling books skyrocketed.
Gratitude is not a new idea by any means. Prayers and celebrations to the Higher Power have been part of every belief system since man began. Gratitude is thankfulness and counting your blessings, even the smallest ones.
The people of every culture gave thanks for a bountiful harvest, the weather, life, the chance to smite their enemies, fertility and pretty much anything else they could think of.
Gratitude goes hand-in-hand with setting goals and manifesting those things you wish to have happen in your life. The first important step is to be thankful for what you have in your life right now.
You might be grateful that you have enough money to pay the electric bill this month or that the bird poop missed landing on your Maserati. You may be grateful that your young child survived surgery or that she got an A in Math.
Everyone has things that they can be grateful for and yet, many times, we fail to see what we DO have and give our focus to what we do NOT have.
Time to change that song.
Lights Of Christmas
Our tree is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. It is decorated with a crazy assortment of bits and pieces. No recognizable theme going on there!
We have decorations our children made in school, crafts that we made together at home and my white satin baby slippers stuffed with Kleenex in the toe.
Nestling happily beside a wooden hand giving the peace sign from our trip through the 70’s are beloved ornaments of glass or crocheted and knitted, that were my Mother’s and Grandmother’s.
Souvenirs from trips, near and far are sharing branches with those weird little gifts from friends and family. Everything ends up on the Christmas tree. Martha Stewart would run from our house, her hands in the air, screaming, “ It’s not a good thing, it’s not a good thing.”
Our tree is made up of the memories of our life. It is a way of bringing pieces of everyone together, representing friends, family and our life together.
In our home, the night before we take down our tree, we drink a toast to the Christmas tree for being the best tree ever. Sometimes, if we can keep our tree green enough to be safe, we are drinking our toast in February.