Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To be happy, one must find one's bliss!-Gloria Vanderbilt

During the month of December I have joined the Reverb 2011 Project.  Some of my posts will require much courage as I will be answering as truthfully as I can, brutally honest, reaching deep within my soul.  Something that I have been refusing to do for years.

17. Bliss
What are three things that make you feel the most blissed out? What can you do in 2012 to invite more of that into your life?

“Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.” 
― John Keats 
Relaxing on the ocean gives me great feelings of Bliss! The warm breeze, watching the seagulls and birds flying in the beautiful blue sky, hearing the waves hit the shore and the hot white sand between my toes are a few of the things that create peace within me. 

Where we currently reside there are no warm white sandy beaches!  The Pacific Northwest is beautiful but their beaches are lacking in that department! Therefore in 2012 there would need to be either more traveling to the Caribbean or maybe a move to a beautiful tropical islandBeing loved and spending time with my family also creates feelings of Bliss and Joy in my soul. 

18. Ordinary Sparkling Moments
A very nice Italian coffee on the island of Mu...
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Reflect on the ordinary moments that bring you joy (e.g., the tea pot whistling, the sun setting). What moments would you like to relish in the coming year?
The first thing we do in the morning is have a couple of cups of coffee. Despite my Latin background, I never drank coffee before I married my husband.  The day just feels odd if we haven't done our java ritual!

When it is sunny and warm here in Seattle, we love to sit outside and drink our coffee. Sitting between the hummingbirds and butterflies fluttering around the flowers adds that perfect ambiance to our morning!

To be able to relish more of these moments it is looking as if maybe we should make that big move. As I write this, I am beginning to see a common thread! Will we actually make the move we are always talking about? Only time will tell...

19. Joy
Photo Credit Adriana Negron
What does a joyful life look like for you?
Overall a joyful life is one filled with gratitude.  I always love to say, "The best gift in life is when you recognize all the blessings that surround you!" 

When you are able to be grateful and recognize all these blessings as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, your day can only get better from that moment on!

For me to be surrounded by a husband that truly loves me, the blessings of my children and grandchildren help create a joyful life! Again with my theme, living near the ocean on the Caribbean, is the dream location I would love to be spending my joyful life!

20. Community
Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2011? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2012? (Author: Cali Harris)
These are a few online communities which I love.  My goal is to be more active in some in the upcoming year.

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  1. I love the ocean too. I miss it dearly!

  2. Hi Vanessa! Thanks for stopping by! The ocean brings me so much peace.

  3. Love #18's all about those simple, unexpected, moments.

  4. Hi Lisa

    Dropping by to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Keep blogging!


  5. I love the ocean and coffee. Two of my favorite things :0)

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  7. such a positing post to start 2012 with
    thank you Lisa :)

  8. Where have I discovered a community? Well, VB of course. Where I've met you, the love of my life!


Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

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