Happiness is…

Why hello there friends, family, faceless people who somehow stumbled across my blog on the internet and liked it enough to keep coming back for more. I’ve missed you.

I apologize for another sudden disappearance. Life just goes that way sometimes, doesn’t it? These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of roadtrips, job interviews, family gatherings, house guests, new schedules, orientations, and a whole lot of feeling like I need to hurry, hurry, hurry and catch up.

I started a new job last Monday. It’s my first full-time, salaried, office gig since Cadence was born. I’ve been so blessed to have the opportunity to stay home with her and freelance this past 3+ years, but when she started preschool and started itching for more stimulus, so did I.

So, I cast a wide net of resumes and waited to see if I would get a good bite. I got a couple. But the best by far was a small local company that offered me a position where I would be able to write and shoot photos full-time, producing newsletters, articles, and various other pieces of copy for companies across the United States.

No, folks, I’m not dreaming. Believe me, I gave myself a few good pinches to make sure.

So, for the past week-and-a-half, I’ve been assimilating back into the workplace–learning the ropes at my new job, learning about my new co-workers, and learning how to juggle a full-time, outside of the house gig with my always supportive husband, a busy 3-year-old, and a dog with separation anxiety.

We’ve had a few ups and downs.

But overall, life is pretty good around here. And now that I feel like I’ve finally got my feet back under me, I’m going to make an honest attempt to catch up with Project Life 365 and get back to blogging regularly.

Wish me luck. We’ll see how it goes.

And for today, I’d like to share an image I captured of Cadence over the weekend. In light of the recent tragedy in Boston, and all the other suffering that happens in this world on a daily basis, this picture really got me thinking…

butterfly

To a child, happiness is as simple as a new butterfly net and a little sunshine on a Saturday afternoon. I’m a firm believer that if we, as adults, could recapture a bit of our own childlike innocence and learn to appreciate the small blessings and simple pleasures, that this big world of ours would be a much different place.

So, do what you can to keep your own light shining, and make a point to spread it around a little, because happiness is contagious, and we could all use a little more.

You Should Smell Like Dirt

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” -Margaret Atwood

 

I’ve always been an “outdoor girl”. Staying cooped up inside for very long tends to make me a little crazy. I need sunshine and fresh air. I need to feel the wind on my face. And to be quite honest, I need a little dirt on my hands. It makes me feel alive and grounded and connected to something bigger than myself.

When Steven and I moved into our new house in December, one of the things we were most excited about was the big chunk of property it was sitting on. We pictured ourselves barbecuing on the patio, hanging out on the front porch swing, and chasing Cadence and Electra around the yard. And now that the weather is finally warming up, we’re really getting a chance to enjoy it. It felt so good today to hang outside with my two favorite girls, working in the yard, soaking up the sun, enjoying the beautiful day.

Of course you know I brought the camera.

Every day, we see something new blooming…

And I couldn’t help but to snap a few (um…a lot) of photos of Electra lounging on the front porch. There’s just something about a hound on a porch…

And Miss Cadence was very excited to wear the new pair of shades her Grandma Jayne bought for her. I might be biased, but I think she looks like a rock star. 🙂

And I love that I was able to catch her faker faker bellyacher drama queen pout on film today. Makes me laugh every time.

So tell me, what are you enjoying this spring?

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