January 4, 2013

Happy List

print from Happy Penguin Press, antique frame


This New Year's Eve was the first one since we've been married that Matthew and I stayed up to watch the ball drop and to kiss at midnight... can you believe that?  I know.  We are so uncool. 

We watched the New Year's countdown from bed, all tucked into cozy flannel sheets, and when, in the blink of an eye, 2012 was behind us, 2013 had begun, and we leaned in for that kiss... tears. Lots of tears. (mine, not Matthew's.)  

I cried because I thought of all we were leaving behind and all that was coming ahead. I cried because my mom was entering a new year without Edd in it. I cried because I was so thankful that my marriage is intact and we made it through one bloody hell of a year, personally and professionally. And I cried because it feels like we're on the edge of so many things, though not quite there yet. 

Oddly enough, my tears lately feel more happy than sad. Matthew and I have made a resolution to be more positive--to build each other up, to build others up, and  to stop sending out daggers into the Universe, because you're bound to get them back. Honestly, you should hear us sometimes. We aren't always the nicest people, and we've been holding ourselves accountable on that lately. No more criticizing the jogger that "runs weird." No more spewing out the ugliest expletives we can think of when another driver makes a mistake. No more being negative as a general rule. When did that start to happen to us? And we're only a few days into this new mindset, of course, but focusing on what makes you happy and grateful is THE way to bring more blessings pouring in.  I've already seen it happening, if only in my own heart (I am full of the cheese today, I know).  

So today... today! Here is my happy list. My way of saying "thank you, God/Universe/family/friends/strangers, for the blessings in our life, big and small. Megan, for gifting us the coziest flannel sheets of all time (which Matthew and I both agree were the best gift EVER). Mom, for the french press, that makes coffee just. taste. better, and brightens my afternoons. YOU, for reading this silly blog. :)

“Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” 
                                                           ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables









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Last but not least, we have the ever so lovely Danielle from Taking Notes, Coast to Coast. If you'd like a nice little overview of her last year to get you all caught up, head on over here (oh, Danielle, you married a wood chopping, zombie obsessed stud muffin, too?), or go here to learn still more about this sweet West Virginian turned Washingtonian technical writer/girl next door. :) And last but not least, if you want to squeeze in some cute this morning, check. out. Huckleberry. I have literally watched this pup grow up, and it has been THE sweetest thing. :)

51 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed your comments about being more positive! I'm trying to as well, it gets so easy to be sucked into making snide comments and just being negative- I need to be happier! Happy New Year!

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  2. I'm trying to be more positive as well, I can make some sarcastic comments to my friends sometimes - I think it's funny but sometimes I don't think they do. Happy New Year! :)

    http://purpleowlramblings.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. First of all, I think our boymen (Robbie=boy, Matthew=man) need to hunt together. Robbie just got a bunch of new hunting gear (including a rifle- SCARY!) for Christmas. Second of all, I love the positive vibes you're putting out for 2013. I find Robert and I doing the same thing- being mean about strangers, sometimes focusing on the negative aspects about our friends and family rather than the positives and all for nothing, really. Love your happy list and looking forward to creating my own. :D

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  4. it's always good to remember the happy stuff. have a lovely 2013!

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  5. You are beautiful. Inside and out.

    If we all could just be a little bit more positive on the daily, can you imagine how beautiful our world would be?

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  6. I really need to try being more positive, especially about strangers. Sure, they will never hear, but there is no reason to spread negativity.

    And your flannel sheets look so cozy. I don't blame you one bit for snuggling into those on NYE- it beats having a hang over the first day of 2013.

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  7. the beauty in life is in those small moments of happiness when you feel everything is so perfect you just want to freeze time there and then.i'm sure you've had plenty of those.those are the moments we need to cherish and you know what?tears of joy are the best there is,overwhelming you with undescribable emotions.being more content with what we have brings more hapiness and less stressing over what we do not have.i have sent you an email on both adresses on your contact page but i'm not sure you received it.please let me know if you have,my name is anastasia and i'm from greece.

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  8. This post was exactly what I needed to get me going this morning. I feel like I'm about to burst into happy tears all the time lately. I sometimes wonder if it's a side effect of getting older. Maybe the older I get, the more cognizant of how quickly things slip away, of how quickly the time goes.

    And French press is the BOMB, yo.

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  9. I feel just like you - a little too negative but you don't really notice until it's too late. I'm commend you for being aware and actually trying to change your outlook! I imagine that it takes a lot of mental effort to suppress the "she's wearing those shoes with that outfit?!" comments. We can all be a bit judgmental, even if just for humorous purposes. It's nice to hear that some people, like yourselves, are taking it into your own hands.

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  10. I get emotional at the end of a year and the beginning of another too. It's full of so much hope and uncertainty and it just invites me to cry tears of both gladness and sadness I think. What a great and fresh mindset for you both to have - just by eliminating more negative talk (I can do that same thing - and why talk nasty about strangers anyway) I think it helps us stay more in touch with the kind and positive things in our lives and in the world.

    Love the camo pic - Todd wears that all the time (o:

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  11. I really enjoyed this post. Glad I'm not the only one, though I am getting better. Limiting time around "stressors" helps. :)

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  12. good call. i know my family and i can be EXTREMELY critical of others. it's something we all need to work on for sure :/

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  13. Another great post. Looking at the glass half full is one of my favourite moto. Happy Friday everyone!

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  14. Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up, Jenni! :)

    I totally agree with you that focusing on happiness and gratitude is the way to bring more blessings in, and launching the new year in this way is the perfect time to put things in motion! This is really the first year where I've been genuinely filled with excitement to get it started and to watch everything unfold. I'm choosing to take that as a sign that things are going to be prettyyyy freaking awesome!

    ...I also just might have to get that print! Ahhhh... warms my heart :)

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  15. What a beautiful post! Sometimes it is difficult to be happy and easier to say the negative things that come second nature. It takes a lot of courage to make this change!

    X Kenzie

    www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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  16. You two are lovely. Reading your blog always makes me feel inspired.

    xo

    MacKensie

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  17. I love this, Jenni! Such a good outlook with which to start out 2013!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  18. Happy girls and pretty girls, and you are pretty inside and out! Even if you are just a blog buddy you seem to share kindness and happiness with those around you. I would love to live in your back yard! lol.

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  19. You're just lovely!!
    Thank you so much for always sharing your heart. Real and honest.
    Love that about you!!

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  20. I'm totally guilty of falling asleep around 11NYE, thankfully Russ woke me up right at midnight so we could ring in the new year together (even if I was in a foggy sleep state and passed out immediately again). opps. Party animals, we are.

    the being nice and positive vibe is definitely something we're trying to accomplish as well. It's definitely a challenge at times, but boy doesn't it make you feel better?!


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  21. I love this, thank you for sharing. We are also in somewhat of the same boat and as hard as it is sometimes to be happy, you sure feel better when you are!

    xo, Courtney
    shabbyloveschic.com

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  22. I couldn't agree more with your post. I too found myself sucked in to all the nastiness and negativity...don't know where it started either - in others? in me? regardless of blame or fault, it stops dead after 2012. 2013 is a year of good & positiveness. Thanks so much for being honest, so nice to hear that I'm not the only one that felt the weight of that!

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  23. I love that font you use on your pics! How do you do it?
    xo

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  24. Sweet Post. And I like that you both BOTH "made a resolution to be more positive", already starting off by helping eachother out.

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  25. love your blog and your honesty. i wish that this year has positive things for your and your hubby and your family.
    i especially liked your stance on being intentional on staying positive. that always helps for a better day, heck a better year! :)
    happy new year!

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  26. oh i am so on your wavelength with this one. recently I decided I needed to be more positive because I was the only one that could make every day a happy one. It is kinda hard to keep focus and sometimes I feel myself slipping into old habits but my god when you look at the flip side of every situation its really not that bad. things could always be worse i guess. if your happy and healthy what else matters. 2012 put a lot of things in perspective for me also so embracing 2013 with a fresh outlook and a clean head is very very important. xx

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  27. Love this because its so true about the daggers coming back...have an awesome new year!!

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  28. I am really with you on this one! The last six months were very stressful for me because I have had to work long hours consistently after a colleague went on maternity leave and left me with all of her responsibilities in addition to mine, and I am also trying to finish my MBA degree, studying evenings and weekends. My job has been pretty stressful, and I don't always communicate with people I like, so at one point I realized that I am cranky every day and it gets harder to stay positive. I am trying to become more positive now; after all, I am healthy and I have people in my love who love me. Still, I find it hard to deal with the stress of having no time to do anything besides work and study all day (and sometimes all night) long. I really need to condition myself to think more positively and try not to let other people get to me.

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  29. So true. That's something I'm trying to work on as well. "You get back what you put out into the universe" is something I keep reminding myself whenever I feel a negative or worry-some thought coming on. It's tough stuff!...especially when you're a born and raised worrier and what-if-er. So cheers to working on being positive!

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  30. Need to remember. Don't send out daggers into the universe, you will surly get thm b

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  31. I love this! I started writing down a few little bits of love in my life every day a few years ago. This post reminded me how much I miss doing it. It's such a nice way to reflect on what all wonderful things we have in our life, the things we take for granted (cozy beds, the much-needed phone conversation with our best friend, hugs from our family, etc.)! Thanks for sharing :)

    cardigansandpassports.blogspot.com

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  32. I need to work more on putting out more positive. Glad to see you and M are trying! :)

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  33. Oh I hear ya, girl! I definitely need to be more positive. In fact, I'm doing 31 days of positivity on my blog, if for nothing more than to remind myself, every day, for one month, that I need to be positive. I know we'll all get there :)

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  34. Good move for 2013! It's amazing what a good attitude, kind words, and smile on your face can do! I've noticed it in my own life and even in the lives of people that I come across.

    Love your happy list! I've been making happy lists of my own in my head for months now. It's just good to do.

    As much as I looked forward to 2013 and as excited as I felt about it, it's had me feeling like crying tears over all that is getting left behind too.

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  35. That sounds like a perfect way to spend New Years... with the ones you love, thinking about the ones you love (and miss).

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  36. I love your house.

    I should tell you that yoga literally cured my road rage. I used to be as bad as - probably worse than - y'all are. But something clicked after a friend opened a yoga studio and I started going 3+ times a week. 2 years later and I've taken many breaks from yoga, but I'm still much, much happier on the road. Also I can finally touch my toes :)

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  37. Wow... Here I am, a young dude. Serenaded by your fruitful life. Enjoying this girly blog so much. I had to punch a wall just to feel manly again.

    I actually just started blogging, well not really blogging just writing articles about whats on my mind. Do me a favor and take a look?

    http://www.thealphacentric.com

    It's a blog about Life, Motivation and Confidence.

    -JXL

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  38. Those cozy flannel sheets look amazing!!!

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  39. blessings.... my favorite word because you can be a blessing and you can receive blessings
    love.

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  40. blessings.... my favorite word because you can be a blessing and you can receive blessings
    love.

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  41. Awww... the same thing happened to me at new year's 2012. I cried at midnight for the similar reasons. I cried because of the uncertainty of the new year. I cried because my mother-in-law passed away during that year I was sad for my father. I cried because I was scared of who might be leaving me in the coming year. But, this year I felt joyous. I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be amazing. I just have a good feeling about it. I think it's all about being positive. :) Beautiful post. You always inspire me.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  42. As a new subscriber, I would like to say I loved this post!! Being more positive is something a lot of us could do more of. I can relate to the "uncool" notion of bringing in the New Year in the comfort of my bed b/c that's exactly what me & my hubby did too, except we didn't quite make it to midnight, & we lacked the amazing flannel sheets!

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  43. You are totally channeling that same feel-good gooeyness that I get reading Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project stuff. And gosh can I relate to how you are feeling.

    2012 kind of sucked. Kind of rocked. Kind of was awesome. Kind of was a big rollercoaster. From the little soundbites I'm reading, you and Matthew seem to be pretty much exactly where Alex and I are in our relationship and our "improvement".

    And, lastly, as an aside... my mom gave us what looks to be the same exact french press for Christmas, too! Bodum? We love it. The coffee tastes amazing and it is so simple to use and easy to clean. Love it. :)

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  44. I am so the uncool person on new years haha, don't feel bad.


    And I'm OBSESSED with your home decor. Obsessed.

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  45. Omg I just loved reading your blog! Your happiness makes me smile and believe that love really does exist!

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  46. This is what I have realized happening in our house too, I was calling it old man rants though as if you gave us some canes and a pipe that is what we were looking like! So like you I am pushing out the negative and adding in the positive for this year!

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  47. this is so beautifully written, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers.

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  48. I haven't written the list of my happiness in my blog. However, your post make me realized that it suppose to be such an alert of life. thanks for sharing. visit me sometimes at my blog named Berita teknologi

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  49. I love that L.M. Montgomery quote! I think you're SO on the money about positivity, if there was ever a truth it is captured in your statement: " focusing on what makes you happy and grateful is THE way to bring more blessings pouring in." Completely agree. It doesn't just BRING more happiness in, it even helps you realize the happy things that already surround you. I kind of take the "it is what it is" mentality and combine it with the fact that you're either going to get through trying times with a smile on your face or you're going to do it kicking and screaming, but either way you ARE going to have to go through them. There are definitely times that make it harder to maintain this attitude than others, but if you don't live through the bad with an air of positivity that really only subtracts from the amount of happiness you're experiencing.

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