Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Joy in my Ordinary Day

Nothing feels better to me on a work day than accomplishing something early in the evening, that way I have the rest of the night to relax. Last night, I came home to a relatively clean house. The first thing that I did when I stepped in the house was open all of the windows. It was so lovely outside, at 70 degrees with a slight breeze. The fresh air smelled wonderful throughout my house! There was half a sink full of dishes, so I turned on the radio in the kitchen and got started on the dishes. I began making dinner and was cleaning up the dishes that I used for dinner as I went along.

Zuppa Toscana

 After dinner, I looked around at my clean house and realized that I had a couple hours to myself without the nagging task of dirty dishes staring at me. My husband wasn't due home for an hour more, so I spent that time searching through recipes in my new favorite cookbook; the Sparkpeople Cookbook.

My favorite cookbook! My grandma gave me it as a Christmas present this year! :)
As you can read on My Program page, I use Sparkpeople as a tool in my weight-loss journey. It's made an amazing difference in my life and I was very excited when I heard that they were coming out with their very own cookbook. With the fresh spring air still filling up my house, I snuggled myself into the couch and tabbed some promising recipes that I may want to try in the future.

As I sat on my couch, I smiled to myself. I realized that I had really found what I have been reading about in the Happiness Project (the healthy living book that I am reading in effort to work toward crossing another items off of my 25 by 25 list). I found joy in my ordinary day. I was loving my life, just as it was, in that very moment. Sometimes, it's good to sit back and really look at where you are, and what you have in life to be thankful for. I am thankful for so much, and just by accomplishing so little in my evening, it opened the door to me being able to feel the joy that is my life.

So take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, take a look around and tell me: what is making your ordinary (or not so ordinary) life wonderful today?

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