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February 18, 2011 > Happy Living: One Day at a Time: Stop worrying, be happy

Happy Living: One Day at a Time: Stop worrying, be happy

By ElenaMartina

I am dedicating this column to happiness. It is important that we allow bliss in our lives. I say "allow" because some folks are mad at the world and being miserable is what they enjoy. My husband and I started celebrating our wedding anniversary early, in fact, since last weekend we have gone horseback riding, enjoyed Indian food and purchased a movie to watch. Throughout the week, we enjoyed chocolates and I was given a green light to buy what my heart desired: a Pandora charm bracelet with beads celebrating life.

Trying new things injects invigorating vibes into your life and allows you to share with others. The horseback ride on top of "Cruiser" was so much fun. He tried twice to take over the lead as if saying: Get out of the way and let me get on with the program! I also tried Indian food for the first time, ever. My husband had been suggesting it since we moved to California and I finally conceded to sit down at an Indian restaurant with him. I ordered a chicken dish only to say, "Hmm, it tastes like chicken!"

This morning, a colorful bouquet of beautiful flowers was delivered which I happily placed on my dining room table. Tonight, a reservation at a restaurant where gifts and cards will be exchanged and much wine will be served. Our years together have been unforgettable, and I am thrilled to say that the honeymoon is not over!

The Pandora bracelet I selected as a gift was something that my husband could not have chosen by himself. Before leaving, I told him not to worry, "Honey, it's not going to cost you a Rolex." He seemed content. Well, could you blame me? No loving husband is able to choose a complicated gift involving jewelry. I happily ventured to the store and sat down with the saleswoman for over an hour, giggling and choosing with delight.

I picked out a silver band with customizable beads that go on it. It is supposed to represent what you love and I chose thirteen different beads of what I enjoy most. The chance to choose my own gift was like going back down memory lane to the time I chose my very first doll as a child.

I bought gifts for him that I know he will like. Men are so easy to please.

As far as traveling for the occasion, we selected not to go anywhere because two weeks ago we came back from a five day road trip to eleven California Missions. We are spacing our trips and destinations appropriately. As a freelancer writer, I get inspired and new topics come when traveling, so that is good for business and for relaxation. The eleven missions we visited brought several different articles and blog posts to publication.

Working as columnist and reporter who took a year off to write a book and move across country has been illuminating and edifying. Taking time editing, marketing, creating social networks, attending conferences, and continuing to write some more has been gratifying as well and part of maintaining happiness in my life.

I am blessed that my husband has been the main supporter of my writing career as he inspired me to write my first fiction book that will be out mid year.

Cheers to happiness, and many more years together!

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