After dropping my spouse off for an eye check-up, my daughter and I walked down the Union Station in downtown Denver to waste a bit of time and look around. We ended up at Tattered Covered Book Store. A must see for anyone visiting Union Station—the manager is incredibly pleasant and very knowledgeable.
30 Days to Happiness — Gotta be a Gimmick
I'm such a sucker for physical books. I want everything in my life to be digital, except for my books and notes. I wandered over to the self-help section, a common location for me. Being an ENTJ-A means that I am constantly trying to better myself. I noticed a bright yellow book titled "30 Days to Happiness." I chuckled a little to myself—how could a book really teach me to be happy, in 30 days none-the-less?
Challenge accepted. Let's figure out how to be happy in 30 days. My daughter picked out a Shimmer & Shine mini book set, so we purchased our books and went to sit at one of the socially-distanced patio tables outside. We were able to get a few minutes of reading in before my husband returned and we walked to find somewhere to eat.
The entire walk I was thinking about this book. I desperately wanted to start reading it—I want to know the keys to happiness! 😁
Set the Mood
I've been incredibly happy since September 30th. Pretty weird I know the exact date, huh? I agree. If you're a subscriber to my blog, you've likely read some of the emotional drama I have been a part of the last month. Not to dive too deep into that, but I held in a lot of emotions and told myself that I was fine, when I wasn't. Letting out all of those emotions seemed to really allow me to move on, because a few days after working through it, I was annoyingly happy.
Have you ever spent time with someone who is annoyingly happy? 🤣 I'm a very positive person, but even I can only take so much positivity. I was and still am annoyingly happy.
Fear Sets In
You might be thinking, if I am already annoyingly happy, why did I buy a book titled "30 Days to Happiness?" Because I am severely afraid of this happiness ending.
I had been depressed since approximately February 2019. And I had no fricken clue. I was short with people, I was wildly opinionated and only my opinions mattered, I was angry, OMG was I angry. I stopped spending time with my kids, I stopped doing the things I loved. I would have a good day here or there where I would shoot my bow or go rollerblading but the happiness was situational and ended quickly.
The only thing I was good at it was losing weight, because most days I ate just enough to feed a 2 year old toddler.
New City, New Tessa
Unintentionally, it seems as though Colorado has been a "clean slate" for me and my family. The drama with my previous employer came up just a month into living here and I now feel at peace with my previously held in emotions. Am I still mad as heck that this happened? Oh absolutely, but I am refusing to let it consume anymore of my life, negatively.
Follow Along the Next 30 Days
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