Monday, August 18, 2014

A Mompreneur's Life: 5 Simple Sources of Happiness

As a mompreneur, mom-entrepreneur, life is a literal hustle: constantly on the go, being pulled in multiple directions.  This being the case, I strive to find times of solace.  But with so much to do, this isn't always possible.  So what do you do with a chaotic life and a running to do list that is a mile long? I have found that my solace can be found in the simple things.  

  1. A child's smile:  Last week, I picked my kids up from school and when I saw them coming to the car I saw their smiles.....ahhhh.  Those smiles made me feel like all the hard work was worth it.  It gave me a sense of peace and a feeling of immense joy and happiness.  I got out of the car and gave them a big hug.  I wanted them to know how much their presence impacted my life in a positive way.
  2. A Spouse's kiss:  Yes, kiss.  Not the romantic sort but a peck on the cheek or forehead.  The kind that lets me know he cares.  Such a kiss makes me feel so happy and secure.
  3. Homegrown traditions:  Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving or simple traditions like bed time stories, they all are friendly reminders of the routines we have established that make my family what it is.  When we gather to perform tasks associated with our traditions, it gives me immense satisfaction.
  4. A good book:  Reading a good book is all absorbing and consuming and takes me away from the pressures of my running to do list.  When I am absorbed in the melodrama of the hero or heroine, I do not worry about the dilemmas I personally face.  I recall when our family was facing financial ruin as a result of business decisions gone wrong, I think I read during those times more than any other times in my life.  Reading for me is a simple source of joy and provided the escape I needed.
  5. A good friend:  Good friends are like fine wine; the friendship grows better with age. My best friend and I have been friends since college and her presence in my life is a simple source of joy. She listens to my fears, she sees my tears, she understands my circumstances. More importantly, she is not afraid to tell me when she thinks I am wrong.  I look forward to our conversations; she keeps me grounded.  When the phone rings and I know it is her, I smile.
Life is full and we have to snatch pieces of happiness but if we remember that our happiness isn't in events but in the simple things then it won't be difficult to remind ourselves of the goodness that each day brings.  Life is good!

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