Where to begin? I guess my first observation since the move is that time is passing too quickly. I feel like I just got here last week! I try to live in the moment, focus on the present etc etc but despite that, time is hurtling by. It's hard to imagine that we'll be back in Germany at the end of May for summer break. I'll blink my eyes and we'll be on a plane. This is especially magnified watching my son grow up. Dear time, please slow down.
My next observation is how powerful an open spirit and happy disposition can be during a time of change. If I decide to be positive and look at things in a positive light, it comes back to me ten fold. If I choose to see everything as stressful and negative then guess what? That's how my life will be! Of course "being happy" is easier said than done, but one concrete tip I have is to read 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchin Rubin. I've been reading it slowly over the past month and I love it.
Its an honest and insightful book about a woman's search for a more fulfilling and happy life. Gretchen is also hilarious and surprisingly methodical about her 'happiness project' so the cerebral part of me loved her approach - but she also peppers the book with wonderful literary and philosophical references.
"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing"
William Butler Yeats
Amen, amen, amen to the Yeats quote. Growth is essential to a fulfilled life. This past year my physical health has grown, I'm learning to garden, figuring out how to best parent my son, studying Spanish, and trying to accept criticism and laugh at my (many) mistakes.
My 11 year marriage has also grown. Communicating openly about a huge, transatlantic move wasn't always a cake walk, but I'm proud of the love and attention we offered each other through the process. When my husband and I work as a team, I feel like we can take on the world. I'm very lucky to have this wonderful person in my life.
So friends, life is good.
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