I’d be lying to you if I said that moving my family from Chicago to Texas was a perfect, easy peasy, smooth sailing transition. The truth is that more often than not, I long to be back in the Midwest – back in my comfort zone, surrounded by my friends and family. Back where I had a support system, plans every weekend, and my kids had “built in” friends – the children of my friends. Back where it is a “real” fall – with changing leaves, sweater weather and the immediate threat of a winter full of snow and cold.
But that’s not our life anymore.
Some days it is easy to get swallowed up in the grief of not having all of that anymore. When little things remind me of home – like watching my Hawkeyes kill it Saturday and wishing I was there celebrating like I saw in most of my newsfeed on Facebook. Or when we went to the pumpkin patch yesterday and I was reminded that it was tradition with my sister to go with us every year, and she wasn’t there.
But you know what? Happiness is a choice. I can choose to take a moment to feel whatever feeling it is, then brush it aside and choose to be happy. I’m not saying to not address those feelings, but once they are addressed, I can choose to do things that make me happy. Instant mood lifters – such as adult coloring, or going for a run (pick yourselves up off the floor – that actually happened yesterday!), or, my favorite, retail therapy.
What do you choose and how do you choose it? I’d love to have more ideas for mood lifters!
Also, if your mood lifter is retail therapy (good choice), how about a nice $100 giftcard to Target? That would be instant happy for anyone, am I right? I’ve teamed up with some wonderful ladies to give you the chance to win it – enter below and Good Luck!