Happiness.

Being the type of person that I am (I guess obsessed with self improvement?  is that a type of person?) I was reading about happiness. Yet again.  Now don't take that as a sign that I'm not happy, but shouldn't we all want to be happier?  I know what things make me happy, and I know how frequently I should be doing them, but does that mean that I always do them?  Um no.  Because, well, I'm tired?  I dunno, this is why I need to constantly remind myself to do them!  To push myself! 

I digress.  So my point is on this ongoing happiness search, I read this question: 

"What does happiness mean to you?"

THIS!  Ignore how blurry this Christmas photo outtake is, and look how happy I am!?!  Look at that beautiful Addie body!  An angel! Happiness!

THIS!  Ignore how blurry this Christmas photo outtake is, and look how happy I am!?!  Look at that beautiful Addie body!  An angel! Happiness!

 

Simple question, yes.  But really think about it.  To me it means a million things.  Various degrees of happiness like coffee on the one hand, and traveling on the other.  Big and little extremes, but combine them all, and now we're talking!

Me in my beloved studio yesterday with my beloved coffee.

Me in my beloved studio yesterday with my beloved coffee.

I bring all this up to talk about my NestingDoll dreams.  This little business of mine makes me so very happy.  Try to imagine one billion beautiful Addie bodies, thats how happy it makes me! Of course I'm kidding because that would be way too insanely happy, but you get the idea.  

Hand stamping my name on repurposed leather.

Hand stamping my name on repurposed leather.

Working with my hands has long been a love of mine, alongside creating things and finding new uses for vintage treasures.  I'm sentimental of course, but it's more than that.  It's coupled with a love for my environment and wanting to keep beautiful things out of landfills while creating a new life for them.  You see what I did there right?  I combined all the things I loved into one thing.  Perfect?  I'm thinking so. 

I know how lucky I am to get to do something I love and every second I get to do this, I'm smiling. It might have something to do with the fact that Addie is next to me and a warm fireplace is keeping us toasty on this cold evening, but I think it's probably a combination.