Sunday, February 12, 2012

loving where I'm at

Ever since moving to Texas, I have struggled. Are we in the right place? Is this what we are supposed to be doing? Why does it just not yet feel quite right?

How does one know when it is "right"? Should we keep looking for something better... or be content where we are? There is much to be said for living in the moment, but for a future-focused, goal-oriented person, it can sometimes be hard to just be happy in the now.


I found a quote a few weeks ago on Pinterest that really resonated with me:

You may think the grass is greener on the other side.
But if you take the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green.

True that.

It made me realize (certainly not for the first time, but reminders are good) that life is what we make of it.

If we want to be happier, we need to do things to make ourselves be happier.

I need to get out and do things with friends... I often say no to social activities because I'm more of a stay-at-home type of person, but afterwards I'm always happy that I went.

I need to spend more time improving our house and yard. Thirty minutes or an hour of yardwork here and there can make a huge difference. And while it's not always fun at the time, it does get me some fresh air and it is oh-so-satisfying when it's finished.

I need to do more fun things with my husband... go for a walk, run to the store, play wii... anything to spend a little more time together.

Taking these thoughts to heart, I had a couple co-workers over this weekend for a cookie decorating party. We went out to eat, then we came home and decorated valentine's cookies and drank cosmos. We used the glace icing recipe I found on Our Best Bites and it was just lovely to work with. It was really more of a time-consuming project than regular frosting, but that was just what we needed. We listened to music and talked and laughed and lived in the moment.

And it was good.


  1. Now, here is when I realize how much we have in common, thank you for this post! I know exactly what you mean... it is so typical of intelligent, seeking people to raise these questions... what if happiness awaits us somewhere else? I think the moment you get dis-grounded (is this the right word?) and transplanted to a new location you start questioning... but then yes, you need to water your own grass (awesome quote) and then you will be happy everywhere, something of a psychological sustainability. Live in the moment, enjoy the little things and everything will be alright.

    Thank you again for such an honest, vulnerable post.

  2. Happy Valentines Day :)

  3. Hope the icing party is the first of many and that you do settle down where you are. Moving is unsettling (we've been married 43 years cum Septemmber this year, and in that time have moved (because of jobs, mainly) nearly 30 times! We learned to make the most of where we were at the time! Just seen you on Blogging Buddies - will be following to see how you get on, and meanwhile, would like to welcome you to a visit to my site -, where I post about the toys I make, mend and otherwise create (plus other stuff, sometimes) and then try to sell at Hope to see you there sometime soon. Cheers. Isobel

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  5. Life is so much better when you enjoy it in the moment :) Glad you are liking where you are and realizing that's where you are needed at the moment. You are always where you are supposed to be, God makes sure of this! Love you Sister, and maybe Alex & I could come visit sometime this spring/summer!


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