Happy Place

We all have a place that just plain makes us happy whenever we are there.  It is a place that helps us relax, unwind, and enjoy just being, sometimes doing nothing at all.  This happy place can be different for all of us.  It might be the beach, the lake, the woods or the mountains.  Maybe it is an activity like walking, boating, fishing, or hiking.   I know for sure that we all need these places and events in our lives to live our best and most beautifulife.

Your happy place can change over time, depending on your age, where you live, and your interests.  But, when you go back to where your happy place used to be, it somehow still seems to bring back those happy memories.  When I was a little girl growing up in Minnesota and even as a teen, my happy place was our lake home outside of the cities.  We would go up to the lake every weekend.  We spent quality time with family and even made new friends up there.  It was like a whole other world that we created in another space away from our everyday lives. 

As I grew up, I would even slip away to the lake by myself to relax and enjoy some peace, quiet, and alone time.  This was where I learned the art of taking a nap and how to re-nourish my soul.  Back then, I learned how important it is to be ok by yourself to escape the hustle and bustle to find peace.  I realized early on that I needed this time to think, create, and nurture my dreams and goals.

When I was married and starting having children, I wanted to share that happy place with my own family.  We decided to buy a lake home right next store to my parent's place.  We wanted to give them that experience and also let them spend some summertime with their grandparents and family.

As the kids grew older, it was harder to find the time to leave Florida and spend the whole Summer in Minnesota at the lake.  We decided to sell it and went on to discover our other happy places along the way.  I genuinely love where I live and enjoy the Islands of Sanibel and Captiva.  I just believe that it is easier to enjoy happy places when you can sneak away from your everyday routines and surroundings.  

So, today I want to encourage you to take the time to find your happy place if you haven’t done so yet. Go back to a happy place that you once knew and enjoy fond memories of days from the past.  And finally, get out to explore some new places that you have not been to yet because you never know what could eventually become your new happy place.

My affirmation for you this week is;

“I will take the time to enjoy my happy places and cherish the beautiful moments and memories they bring to my life."


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