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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Do What Makes You Happy

Simple idea yet sometimes it’s hard to do exactly what makes you happy. Maybe it’s because we’re not sure what really makes us happy. Or maybe we have forgotten what truly makes life happier.

With the holidays upon us, there are traditions, TV, family and others (perhaps ourselves) who put pressure on us to have the most “perfect” holiday season ever. Look at a magazine and there is a picture of an ever so festive, picture-perfect holiday table with smiling faces, perfectly bronzed turkey, and place settings that make Martha Stewart’s heart happy. Sure I’d love to replicate that image, but some how there’s just not enough time or creativity in me to really see it through. And sometimes trying to duplicate this only adds more stress and less happiness to my life.

I know some people who spend days making their homes perfect for holiday entertaining. One good friend of mine puts her knee pads on so she can get on the floor and scrub every nook and cranny. Now I should probably do that to my house, but I just don’t feel it’s worth my time. After all, once guests arrive, there’s sure to be a dropped crumb or perhaps a muddy footprint. But if it makes her happy, then I’m all for it. After all, different things make different people happy.

As we get ready to prepare for the holidays, I thought that this reminder to “do what makes you happy” would be timely. Don’t’ let the pressure of a picture-perfect holiday season add stress to an already busy season. Maybe this is the year you decide to try something new, or let something that doesn’t make you happy go.

Good luck! Here’s a quote I’ll leave you with:
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
~ James Allen

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