Once upon a time, a cute girl named Kate send me this little Seed of happiness, along with some questions.I don't do many of these linking things, but I loved this idea. And this little seed came on a day that was kind of unhappy (the day before this). So it was perfect. And we really love the cute little seed that came with it- especially Jax- who is obsessed with it. (and yes, I know he will stick it in his mouth... because he already did.)
Who, what, and/or where can always bring a smile to your face?
My Jaxers, in the morning, right when he wakes up. There's something about mornings- hearing him talk (or cry) in his crib and walking into his room and seeing his face for the first time that day. And it's weird, but it always feels like I haven't seen him for an entire week. All I want to do is pick him up and hug him for an hour because I miss him so much. Mornings are special too because every morning he unfailingly wraps his arms around my neck and lays his head on my shoulder. Usually after that I walk past a mirror- either the one on our dresser or the one in our entry. It sounds weird, but I always want to look at him laying on my shoulder and have that I can't believe this is my life!!! feeling. And I always do.
How do you bring happiness to those around you?
Umm...this one is hard. And I guess it's kind of bad that I am having to ponder my answer to this question for forever. But, I think this counts: Lately, I have been trying really hard to communicate more with strangers. Not only saying hi or smiling, but also saying something. A sentence. I remember college, and I remember days where I would walk through campus and not communicate with ONE person. On those days I went home and say McKayyyyy ohmygoshhIhateschoollllllll. But other days I went to school and I walked through campus and I communicated with people. I talked to them or laughed with them or even just asked a question. And on those days I came home feeling so fulfilled. So, I am trying to talk to people more- and I want my kids to know how to talk to people too. And I think that brings happiness.
How do you brighten your worst days?
To be completely honest, most of my hardest days come from just being exhausted, and my cure to that is "me time." I get out of the house and go walk around somewhere (like TJ Maxx or Marshalls or something) and I just do that for a little while, and then I go home. By the time I get home, I miss McKay and Jax a lot- so I am nicer and more patient and we are all happier.
What business/charity/person do you admire for the good the do?
My dad, because he is always doing something for someone else. I don't know how many weekends growing up that he was helping someone move or dragging my brothers out of the house to do some service project. He also makes friends with EVERYONE. He will take us to a restaurant and the chef will like come out of the kitchen ask my dad how he is doing. And all of us kids will laugh and look at each other like what the heck?! Or we will be standing in line somewhere, and by the time we get to the front, my dad has found something in common with the person in front of us.He takes genuine interest in other people. That's the key I think- genuine interest. And I think that's one of the best ways you can do good for others.
What is the best advice you've ever given or received?