I wish I had a picture of my childhood home, I can't believe I don't, but right beside my home was our landlord's junk yard. :) Not pretty but hey it wasn't our house so we didn't really have a choice. Most of the stuff there was crap, junk, not worth even a dime and half rusted away. But to me, this junk yard was a gold mine as a kid. I would scour the heaps of junk and find little wire baskets or a half broken chair and bring them home and fix them or rerig them as other objects and put them in my tree house. (It was more of a tree that I put boards in to sit in and then would place other random items like a broken propeller on a rope as a doorbell type tree house.)
NOT my tree house. :)
Needless to say, I have been doing this since the beginning of my time and I love it. I hate buying things, half because I'm cheap, half because I know I can make something similar or better and that what I would make would be unique and therefore way more special than a cool widget from a big box store.
All of this being said, at work the other day I went to a panel talk about a book called The Happiness Project. I haven't read the book but from what I heard, it sort of goes like this: "As tons of women juggle work and home some try to live up to what happiness should be, they fall short, and that's because they aren't actually recognizing what makes them happy as an individual, but trying to attain this happiness definition that the world has created and that definition might make most people happy, but not you."
One of the ladies on the panel put it perfectly. "Happiness is that state in which you are in when you look up at the clock and several hours just passed and you had no clue." This feeling might be accomplished with your family, your friends, your hobbies, etc. but being able to be in that happy place is very precious and a lot of people struggle to get there or don't have time to really spend in their happy place.
I am lucky to have several happy places.
The first one is obviously quilting. Most of you can relate, if we didn't love it would we go away for several days at a time with other quilty ladies and just quilt to our hearts desire? No. This is probably the biggest area in my life that I can "lose" time, as in not realize that 5 hours just passed. Whether it is on the machine or hand quilting/piecing, I love to be able to have projects in each stage to work on that way if I get bored with one project I can bounce to another and never lose my quilty vigor. While I go through ups and downs in how much time I have to quilt or what types of projects I am wanting to work on, this is one of the only parts of my life that I keep coming back to and that hasn't fizzled out like so many other interests or hobbies in my life. I think quilting is here to stay.
I love reading because I love to learn. I read mostly non-fiction, or historical fiction, but sometimes delve into a popular set like The Hunger Games, which was AWESOME. I have a horrible memory but even if I can remember 5% of what I read, that's more than I knew before I started the book. The only thing I don't like about reading is that other than extra mind power, there's nothing at the end to show for it, aka no "making." But I am a sucker for books. My local library has quarterly book sales for $0.25 books, and oh man, do I get a little crazy. A dream of mine one day is to have a library in my home full of wonderful books. I always knew that my favorite princess was Belle from Beauty and the Beast, not only because she was the only Disney princess with brown hair, but she loved to read, just like me.
3. Snuggling/napping with my people/animals
This is one of those simple things in life but it is awesome and it is free and it makes me happy. I love snuggling. I do. I love curling up on the couch or in the bed with quilts and people/animals and watching a movie and falling asleep. I remember I told Alex once that I could go to the Olympics for napping and he responded with, "no you couldn't, you would be disqualified for performance enhancing animals." I love that warm heavy feeling of a dog or cat or person that is asleep and resting on you or vice versa. Just that time of being okay doing nothing, just happy being with you at this one moment type thing. I love it. :) (Queue the butterflies and rainbows now.)
With all that being said I am lucky to be able to do all three of these on a regular basis and have learned that no matter how busy I am, that I can always make time for one of these to put me in my happy place.
I'd like to know what your happy place is, everyone is different, what is yours?