Saturday, March 26, 2011

Don't worry! Be happy!

Eleven months ago...

I quit my job.

I quit my job at a time when other people were looking for jobs and when some may have thought that I should have been grateful that I had one.


I was miserable, so I decided to take action and make a positive change.

After months of searching for a new job - while also working two jobs to avoid using too much of our savings and also finishing grad school - I started a new job November 1.

With this new job, I have been determined to also try harder to be positive and to try harder to pay attention to what makes me happy.

I often feel as though I am unable to keep my head above water, and I have decided that maybe that is okay.  Maybe I will always feel that way.  Maybe what I need to do is pay attention to all of the little things that make me happy every day and take a little time to make sure I'm doing things that make me smile.

I read this - 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy article the other day, and I want to try to actively incorporate some of these easy ideas into my life.
I took a stab at #8...

...and finally wrote (most) of my graduation/Christmas/birthday thank you notes. 

(I also sent a St. Pat's card to Krista, 
a you-are-going-to-be-an-awesome-mom card to Erin, 
a photobook to my grandparents (finally!),  
and an I-miss-you postcard magnet [below] to Julia!)

While I was at it, I also wrote some mini-thank-you notes for my coworkers. Work was CRAZY in January and February, and some people really helped me make it through the LONG days!

Writing the notes really did make me feel good: ) I wrote the graduation/Christmas/birthday notes at the coffee shop and enjoyed every second of it! I wrote the work thank yous throughout one day at work. Whenever I needed a break, I wrote a couple notes. It made me smile that day, and I smiled all morning the day I snuck the notes and two chocolates onto people's desks at work.

I hope to write the rest of my graduation/Christmas/birthday notes soon, and I hope I can continue to remember how great writing a thank you makes me feel and how I'm sure it makes someone else smile too: )

I guess I am glad my mom used to put thank you notes in our stockings every year: ) Even if it does take me a while to write them...I'm glad I do: )

Some notes I'm lovin'...

LOVE these from!!

Cute Etsy Mini-Card 

Cute Etsy Card

1 comment:

Natalie said...

You're so good at showing gratitude and doing the little things to make people feel appreciated! Sometimes we forget how much it matters, but it really does.

P.S. I love the magnet