Operation Happiness: Getting Hitched!

This is old news by now, but whenever I’m having a bad day, I remind myself how lucky I am to have a great guy by my side every step of the way. For almost five years, he’s been the one to bring a smile to my face and hug me when I’m sad. He moved to Minnesota because that’s where my job is, and he bought a house so we can put some serious roots down.

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And, about three weeks ago, he made “forever” official and popped the question.

A wedding is still a couple years off (I don’t like to be rushed!), but I’m so looking forward to our forever and always life together.

(Alright – enough sappy-ness!)

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Operation Happiness: Cow Paintings!

I’m on a mission to become happier in everything I do. I’ve got a lot to be happy about, but sometimes the stresses of little things can stop me from seeing the good in life. But I want to change that. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s something that needs to be done.

I watched a TED talk on positivity and success a month or so ago and the presenter listed five things that improve positivity:

  1. 3 daily gratitudes
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Random acts of kindness
  5. Daily journaling about a positive experience

Offline, I’m working on the first four pieces. Online, though, I’m going to work to blog about something positive at least twice a week (working myself up to daily). It will be a good way for me to remind myself that the glass is indeed half-full and that “every day might not be good, but there is good in every day”.

Thankfully, they gave us a head start and drew the outline of the cow for us to start from. I didn't think it was too shabby though for a "non artist"!

Thankfully, they gave us a head start and drew the outline of the cow for us to start from. I didn’t think it was too shabby though for a “non artist”!

So my first “Operation Happiness” post is all about cow painting! This week, I’m in Kansas City for meetings with my clients. We’ve had a lot of turnover on both ends, so this is our chance to clarify what everyone’s role is and start planning for 2014 (which I think is going to be a pretty exciting year). As a part of that, though, a lot of our time is about just having a fun time and getting to know each other better. We started out the week with dinner at one of our client’s houses and last night we adventured out on a painting excursion.

I'm impressed by how many talented people I get to be surrounded with!

I’m impressed by how many talented people I get to be surrounded with!

Sometimes work can get overwhelming and we can get buried in just getting stuff done or trying to overcome the seemingly endless roadblocks that can pop up. Getting out of our normal environment, though, is a great change of pace and allowed me to continue seeing my clients and my coworkers in new and different lights. Some of them are really talented artists! And some of them don’t mind “going rogue” and straying away from the template so they can focus on the important part of the outing (ahem…the cocktails) 🙂

We were all a little hesitant when we heard we’d be painting, but it was a great time with great people and I’m glad we did it.