Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sweet Surprises


Sometimes you just know that someone is a good person, just because your gut tells you so.  This is a story about (sweet....like sugary sweet) surprises. 

There is a lady at work that my gut says is a good person although I don't really know her.  We work in different departments and only see each other in passing.  Last week she was also in line to try (for her first time) MY favorite cupcake place.  We started emailing back and forth about our love for the sweet stuff, especially a great frosting.  Today she surprised me with a cupcake from HER favorite place.  She did not do this to prove that her cupcake place was better, or because I asked her to, she did this out of the kindness of her heart.  She thought of me and did something kind for me.  I have a good 24 hours worth of smiles ahead of me because of her. 

(The cupcake was delicious!  You can read my Yelp! review of it here.)

It's nice when you find out your gut instinct was right from the beginning.  (I did not need my gut to tell me how great the Candy Corn Fairies are though.  Click here to read about how another sweet surprise I recently had.)

Completely unexpected, caught off guard, make your heart smile kind of surprises like that are the (big) sweet moments that encourage me to try and create the same kind of happiness in others.  What has someone done to make your heart smile lately?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Choose Happiness

I found this picture while searching the internet and it fits my blog so perfectly that I had not choice but to post it. 

Choose Happiness. 

I having been thinking all day about what I should write about.  What was that one moment that stood out to me and made me smile today?  I had a couple of things in mind, but nothing that overwhelmed me and then this picture popped up as I was killing time on the computer and it did more than make me smile...I got excited. 

If you have read my first blog entry then you already know that I believe you choose your attitude.  You choose to be in a bad mood or you choose to be happy.  There are a lot of things that happen throughout my day that I would like to blame my mood on, but I know that I have the choice to override those things and choose to happy.   

There is great power in waking up and telling myself that today is a good day and good things are going to happen to me.  I tested this theory a couple weeks ago.  I had been having several "poor Misty" days.  You know those days when the world seems to be against you?  I had more than my fill of them!  I woke up one morning and decided that this was going to be one heck of a good day...and it was.  Nothing spectacular happened that day and to an outsider it probably seemed like any other day, but here is what I know:

  • If I had still been in my bad funky mood I probably would not have taken the time to notice the amazing sunrise I could see from my back porch.
  • If I had been grouchy I would have spent more time focusing on the negative things I heard people say instead of celebrating the nice email in my inbox.
  • If I had still been so focused on how bad my life was I wouldn't have taken the time to find out that a friend was also having an amazing day and listen to her stories (which always make me laugh). 
  • If I had let my bad mood continue and ruin another day I would have been grouchy with my husband instead of taking the time to sit next to him and hold his hand, which in turned created a good day for him.
That day I chose to be happy, and because of that I was able to see how wonderful my life really is. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Today's sweet moment is brought to you by Jenn.  She made this amazing pumpkin bread and brought it in to work today.  Yesterday I was at the grocery store eyeing all the pumpkin spice flavored coffees and teas, so it was prefect timing that she brought pumpkin bread today.  Now I want bread pans even more so I can make lots of yummy breads for the holidays. 

Jenn is always bringing yummy food to work, but it's not very often that she bakes for us, so this was an extra special treat!  Thank you Jenn for letting me enjoy a slice (or two...or three) of your bread.  It was delicious! 

Now I just need a trip to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and it will officially feel like Fall. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mya loves to snuggle

This is the first weekend of Fall and it definitely feels like it!  The temperature has dropped quite a bit and we have been reaching for blankets a little more often as we watch tv.  Here is a picture of Mya snuggling with Troy under the blanket that Aunt Marlyce made.  She actually made both of us one of these blankets so we have a matching set.  I use them all the time!


In an effort to save money we have been trimming Mya's nails our self for the past couple of months.  Yesterday I screwed up and cut one of them too short which caused a lot of bleeding from Mya and a lot of heartache from me and Troy.  Now I know not to trim her nails without Styptic Powder on hand for an emergency, although I think it will be a while before I have the guts to do that again.  Mya was such a trooper as we held her with her paw elevated off and on for hours last night.  We feel terrible for hurting her like that so she is getting all kinds of special love and attention today! 

Mya loves to snuggle.  She likes to be under blankets and she likes to be curled up next to us, especially in tight spaces.  I imagine she is loving the cool fall blanket weather just as much as we are and when she comes to snuggle with me today I will appreciate it even more after last night.  Sometimes it takes a scary moment to make us appreciate the sweet moments we experience every day. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monopoly


We like to play games; board games, card games, word games, or wii games.   Today we pulled out the electronic Monopoly game.  This not a game we play a lot because it takes so long, but we were having a quiet day at home and had plenty of time to get through a whole game.  The highlight of the game was (obviously) when the game took a big turn and I started collected lots and lots of money from Troy!  In the end I was the winner!  All of the hotels on the board and the beautiful properties all lined up at the front of the picture were mine. 

I am lucky that I married someone who enjoys spending a rainy fall afternoon playing games with me.  It's days like this that remind me that life is remembered by the moments we share with our loved ones.  At the end of the day I'm not going to remember what I watched on tv, but I won't forget the way both of our hearts beat a little faster as we raced to see who could build high rises faster than Trump! 

There are countless varieties of Monopoly games on the market.  The Hasbro website has 42 versions for sale.  I think I've seen more than that at toy stores around Christmas time!  The electronic version is "updated" with new cities, credit cards, and trading money by the millions.  We like the credit cards for just the two of us, but it can get kind of confusing if you are playing with a larger group.  Which Monopoly board is your favorite?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome

Welcome to my blog!  I wanted to create a place where I could write about the good things that are going on in life. I believe that I choose my attitude.  Sometimes life is rough and it's easy to get down and be grouchy, but I really do believe that I made that choice to be a grouchy pain in the butt!  That's not who I want to be though.  I enjoy life so much more when I am happy and so I choose to be happy .  It's not always easy and I don't always succeed, but I'm trying.  I'm looking for the sweet moments in life that give me a reason to smile. 

I see things around me all day long that bring happiness to my life and I'm going to share them with you.  The things I find happiness in may not be the same things that bring a smile to your face, but I hope they will at least get you thinking.  Are there sweet moments of joy in your life that you are letting pass right by you? 

Encourage: to inspire with hope, courage, and confidence
Sweet: having a pleasing disposition; kind or gracious

I hope my blog encourages you to find the sweet things in your life and in turn share your sweetness with others.