Ending 2014

So, the Facebook program generating all of the great parts of your 2014…how many of you have watched them and thought “what about that (insert great event here)” or “that was the most mundane day someone happened to photograph”? Oh, all of us? Good, good…

Well, I am returning from a great vacation with the Pilot, also my first Christmas away from home, and trying to remember all of the wonderful things that happened in 2014. Truth is, I can’t. I was blessed/lucky enough to have had so many great things happen I can’t remember them all. So, in the spirit of honoring my blessed-ness and living the moment instead of analyzing or always photographing it, happy end to 2014 everyone!

Check back in 2015, M and I both have big things happening and we’re just over here trying to live those opportunities to the fullest!

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15 Tips for Being Happy at Work

Just found this great list that makes us revisit all the common sense things we know would make us happier, but sometimes we need a little reminder 🙂 Have a great Friday!

L

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Breaking news. In 2013, unhappy employees outnumbered happy ones by two to one worldwide, according to Gallup. Based on studies that took place in 142 countries and contained approximately 180 million employees, only “13 percent of employees worldwide are happily engaged at work.”

Of course, you probably didn’t need statistics to know that. Being miserable at work has just become a way of life. Or, has it?

I’ve been trying to be happier each and every day. With 2014 coming to an end, it’s time to turn over that new leaf and start actually being happy at work. But how can you accomplish such a seemingly hopeless task?

Try these 15 proven tactics that will make you happy at workplace.

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Dear Readers,

So, as you can tell, both M and I have been trying to deal with some things – AKA: Life. Things have changed for both of us, the good and the bad and the fun and the hungover and all of the other things. But, she will share with you what she feels comfortable with so I will share what I can.

You all (btw: thank you so much for being here!) saw my wonderful Florida pictures and looking back, taking that little vacation was exactly what I needed to deal with the rest of this school year. It has finally slowed down a bit and indeed, finals are only 3 weeks away! Oh how wonderful it will be when my life does not fully revolve around school….

To wrap all of these random thoughts all together, this past month has been a lesson in patience and focus. When things feel like too much, sit down and read a chapter in a new book. Work out. Watch a television show for 43 minutes. All of these things have helped me to restore my patience and re-focus on what has to get done.

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Have a great Saturday everyone 🙂

L

Stressin’ out…Take a Vacation!

…Or at least that’s how I’m justifying my 5 day trip to Florida starting RIGHT NOW! It has been a particularly rough couple of weeks and I am going to do my best to relax this whole trip. I hope to share lots of pictures of both beaches I’ll see (Atlantic Ocean & Gulf), the zoo, the aquarium, the Pilot’s parents, and my family! The Pilot won’t be able to join us but I have a few extra hours today so I’m going to stop and see his parent’s and then travel on to my family.

Have a great Friday and weekend everyone! Here is a San Diego beach picture as a little teaser 🙂

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And some Annapolis, Maryland…because it’s so darn pretty.

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Have a great weekend! And try to de-stress if you need to 🙂

L