11 November 2010
pausing for happy things
My mother told me that from the time I was little, I was a quiet studious kid. I'd sit and watch everything around me. I'd also be the kid who would crawl behind the dresser so I could see what was there or the one sitting on the floor pulling apart the easy bake oven to try to figure out how it got stuck together.
Its not a wonder that I decided to go into engineering when the time came for me to choose a career. Its been a balancing act, trying to make this engineer brain and this art brain live peacefully together. They don't always get along but I find that it makes for an interesting combination that never really leaves me bored.
The problem is that I love working on things. I've always got several projects going at one time, I'm not happy unless my schedule is full. At the beginning of this year I decided that my work-a-holic self needed tiny reality checks. That I needed to be reminded to pick up my head every once in a while from the work load and take a look around me to see what was going on.
I decided to start the 365 Happy Things Project.
Its a simple idea: take a picture everyday of something that makes me smile and put it up on a blog.
I've mentioned it here time and again but I think it bears repeating again. Especially this time of year when the holidays pump our to-do lists up to epic proportions. I'm a wee bit behind on my count. I needed to take a little hiatus this past fall when things got too busy for me to see straight. But now I'm back at it and its a little bright spot in my day when the picture goes live.
I got to thinking today about the project and all the things that I'm working to accomplish in my life. And I realized that they are related. I work to accomplish my goals so that I can build a life that I enjoy, that satisfies, that makes happy.
So as we head on into the craziest time of the year, I thought I would do a little recap of some of my favorite happy things that I've posted so far. Please go visit the project's blog, its a friendly place that always likes new friends.