Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blessed Sunday & Happiness!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Sabbath! I know I've mentioned before how we live for the weekends and going on adventures as a family, but there is something to be said for the quiet (and not-so-quiet moments) associated with Sundays & church! As hard as they may be sometimes, they always help to edify me, refill my "cup" and reset my focus for the week ahead. 

With the start of another year I have been doing a lot of self-reflection, goal-setting and soul searching, trying to figure out how I can make this year a more meaningful one for myself and my family. As well as, how I can more fully dedicate myself to my faith, my family and my Lord. 

As I was doing some reading, I came across the quote above by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf from his talk on Regrets & Resolutions (which is amazing, if you haven't already read it!), and it really helped to brighten my spirits and remind me that every day is truly a special gift to be cherished.

Some of you may remember that we were doing our "happiness project" last year (an idea we borrowed from Hillary Weeks back in 2012 from a TOFW conference), which consists of sharing something you are grateful for and tracking it with a clicker. It's been astounding  to me how the simple act of reflecting on your blessings can transform your attitude. Not only has it helped to refocus us but it never fails to reset our paths for the day.

Since, most of our family got sick during Christmas, we got out of the habit of doing our happiness project, but being a new year and all, I think we will have to start this up again! I just love having a tangible reminder to be grateful because we are all so very blessed, and really should be enjoying each day to the fullest!

My Sunday school teacher said an interesting thing today: "that if you aren't happy living the gospel, you aren't doing it right." It reminded me of this amazing video about our potential & privileges. We are all going through a journey, and we can either choose to partake on the feast of blessings (happiness, peace and joy) granted  to us or we can go through life living far beneath our privileges.  

It is my hope that you will choose to partake in the spiritual feast of opportunities & universal blessings and learn to live up to your privileges:)! Because happiness is what it's all about right?

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Ps. I created the printables above & converted them into PDF-form so if you'd like to print them out you can:). You can get them here & here . Enjoy friends!