100 Days of Happiness (4/100)

100 Days of Happiness (4/100)

As my girls were growing up, I focused on encouraging a generous spirit in their hearts.  The second lesson was that — generosity doesn’t require a lot of money.  HUGE life lessons.


The mantra was one that my mother taught me when I was little.  “It’s the thought that counts”.  Noooo – in my book, this does NOT equate to “I thought to get you a gift card”!!  Thought means — I thought of YOU.  I spent time, thinking about the last time I saw you smile, and what caused it.  I thought about the last time I heard you laugh until you cried — and what you were doing, where you were, who you were with.  I THOUGHT about YOU.  And then I ‘felt’ enough about you that I figured out a small, wonderful way — to bring that kind of Joy into your world.  Um…you don’t get that in a Gift Card.

When the girls were little and Christmas came around — I remember some of my favorite gifts were simple homemade things (SPOILER ALERT — expect to see some of these as Christmas draws near!! 🙂  )

Now the girls are college students, armed with a meal plan, some campus bucks for flexible purchases….(oh and my credit card for emergencies.  E.M.E.R.G.E.N.C.I.E.S!!  girls.  Remember — Emergencies!!  But I digress!

So Mother’s Day and my birthday and Christmas offers small, thought-filled gifts from the girls to me.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  My girls know that what I can use MUCH more of in my busy , hectic life —  is peaceful relaxation.  So their generous hearts set out to find me a $20 gift of peaceful relaxation.  Ahhh – I can feel the weight of my day coming off of my shoulders just thinking about them…..

So day #4 of 100 is an homage to my candle collection — each one, brought into my life by Caitlin or Erin.  A small thoughtful gift of peaceful relaxation in a jar.  #100happydays (4/100)

Ciao for now…..Diane

About Diane

Ciao! My name is Diane. I'm a wife, a mom, a working professional, and a Weight Watcher from New Jersey. I started blogging in 2011, at 45 years old, when I was training for my first Half Marathon at Rutgers on April 22, 2012. Since then, I've lost 80 pounds, completed my Half Marathon goal and gone on to train for and run my very first Full Marathon. On Jan 13, 2013, I ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Fl! What an incredible day. As the saying goes -- "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." I am forever changed! So now we move on to the next phase of this journey! Come along. We're in this together!! Ciao for now!

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