7 Ways to feel good instantly, part 3

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I started a series of blog posts in October, about choices that continues to have a positive impact on my life. You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here.

I wish that I’d had somebody telling me ten years ago that I could choose happiness. That I should choose happiness every day. That living a more mindful life contributes to balancing out the negative stress, that most of us are exposed to one way or another.

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This Thanksgiving I had to make the most out of celebrating it without my daughter, that normally lives with me 100%.  When I said yes to letting her spend Thanksgiving with her dad I honestly didn’t think that it actually was going to happen. I made the choice to be happy for her, that she gets to see that part of her family (2700 miles away…) I had to convince myself to make that choice every morning since she left, and I am happy. Because I choose to be. To occupy myself I’ve had plenty of pleasant distractions. One of them being spending time in incredible nature.

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The photos in today’s post is from Castle Lake Trail, one of the trails that I explored. (I did this hike the day after Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Day hike will be another post.)

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I’d been wanting to explore this trail for a few months now. Castle Lake is located in Siskiyou (CA.) It’s a glacier lake in the Trinity Mountains. The surrounding wilderness with various mountain tops made for an incredible scenery. Part of the trail was covered with snow, I love snow!

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A few years ago I would of probably stayed at home in a pity party for myself, for not being able to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter. I am so happy that that is not the way my life is anymore. I can’t really say when the transformation happened. I believe that peace of mind comes peace by piece. Right now I’m just so incredibly happy and thankful for all the good things in my life. My family by choice, my friends, my sweet dog, my good health, the amazing nature that surrounds me, and the gift of waking up happy every morning.

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On the + side, because I did eat a lot of yummy food, is that all the hikes refueled my energy levels. I’m going back to work today feeling strong, on top of my game.

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

– Anthony J D’Angelo

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I hope YOU had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. What are you thankful for this year?

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I saved my favorite picture from this hike to last, the view from the ridge above Castle Lake, overlooking the lake, and a snow-covered Mt Shasta. It reminds me about my choice to live a mindful, happy life, no matter the circumstances. Because both you and I can choose to react to things that happens to us, in a way that contributes to our happiness. Make that choice!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Gratitude

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As this weekend comes to an end I feel an overwhelming wave of gratitude coming over me. It’s been a fantastic weekend. I have no words. So instead I’m sharing this photo from earlier today. I hope your weekend was magical, relaxing, fun, energizing, and everything else you wanted it to be.

Love,

Ms Zen

Glow

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When I’m counting my blessing, I’m counting the steady flow of the Sacramento River. I’m grateful for the beauty, the water supply, and the life it brings to our part of California. I’m grateful for the excellent soil in its vicinity, that allows for growing crops that feeds much more than our local region. 400 miles long it’s actually the largest river in California. Indeed a glowing jewel in the landscape. Many are those fishermen that still get their daily bread from the river. In the summertime when the temperatures are reaching 110+F we love to jump in, and cool of in the river. During the numerous fires we unfortunately experience in the summer, we borrow water from the river. The river is an important part of our life here.

When nature turns extraordinary, your heart turns humble. You simply bow before the glory.

– Unknown

I always feel grateful when I see it’s life bringing water. I have so many favorite places along the river that it would be impossible for me to count them. I love bringing my daughter to the river to contemplate over the day. To encourage her mind to be still. To leave the days distractions, noise, and gadgets behind for some quiet time. That itself brings new life. Thanks for reading my thoughts around the photo I choose for this week’s photo challenge. Looking forward to see the other entries 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen