Feeling Happy

I’m feeling happy. I don’t have a specific reason for feeling this way. I just do.

Or, I believe I might have one. I was a bit lost in finding a specific goal to keep me motivated and just grounded. I couldn’t find one till I opened my blog (this one).

This blog makes me happy. It has precious memories of our daily adventures. We might not live a glamorous life, but it’s our life and that makes it so much more special. What keeps me motivated and grounded is making precious memories. And I’ve managed to keep things happy and free of any personal drama away from this special place.

This is a happy place for me.

Feeling happy

My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from – Rob Hill Sr

This quote describes best my current feelings.

So, I’m just going to keep working on improving my vacation free life and make it as enjoyable as possible. I am also plotting on a few adventures with John. After all, it’s been such a long time since we went on an adventure. Just the 2 of us (and something tells me, Pluto will be joining in).

Just one more month and things will start moving. I can’t wait for things to get back on the same old track. And, if I will ever need motivating I shall come back to this place. Feeling happy, being happy, whatever the term I’m good with it.

On that note, tomorrow I shall go back to work feeling motivated.

Hajime no Ippo

I’ve managed to finishHajime no Ippo” in 2 weeks!

Hajime no Ippo

My goal for this year was to go back to my roots. That means, taking time for myself and my hobbies. In the last few years I managed to build up a lot of stress and I’ve become really tired because of it (hence the 8 months break). I just couldn’t keep my personal time and work separated. This time, work shall be work (I will do my best to bring home the bacon or a part of it), and play time shall be play time.

So far, I’ve been watching Korean drama’s, I’ve stitched, watched Naruto (trying to catch up on everything I’ve missed), and even a few outings with some co-workers. But, I knew something was missing. That was reading manga’s!

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I’m so happy this (Hajime no Ippo) is an ongoing manga, otherwise I would’ve been really bummed out. I love this manga. It’s hilarious to say the least. Not only that, but the style has changed so much. It’s for the better as far as I’m concerned! It’s so awesome to see the characters grow along with the drawing style of the author.

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The chapter that I’ve reached is called “Tiger Style” and it just stopped where things were getting so interesting. I know I shall have to wait a while before new chapters are released (even a longer time before I can start buying manga’s again), but I think it shall be worth the wait. After all, I can’t just leave it be when Sendou fight was just getting interesting.

While I wait for new chapters from Hajime no Ippo, I’m pondering what other manga’s I should read. Should I go for a completed series or for an ongoing one?

Lazy mornings

I was thinking that I would have to say goodbye to my lazy mornings. But, that’s not the case anymore.

It’s true that at 7 AM, 5 days a week, I am making my way back home (since I have the night shift). But, it’s still a lazy morning. While others are rushing to get to work, my day is ending and I can slowly enjoy the summer mornings.

I get to see the sunset from work, which is really pretty (from any part of the building, since it’s a glass building). I get to listen to good music (like “You’re nobody till somebody loves you” by Dean Martin). I take the long, non-crowded route and enjoy the morning breeze.

Lazy mornings

Once I get home, I put on the kettle to make coffee (for John) and take out Pluto for his morning walk. It’s become a ritual.

Pluto Pluto on his morning walk

A ritual that I’ll be doing for the next two months at least. I am hoping that I’ll be able to keep my shift (from 11PM till 7AM). It’s the shift that suits me best considering our current needs. Next week John will start work as well (at a new place) and we’ll be able to see each other in the morning and in the afternoon.

This way we can share the share our chores and responsibilities (taking care of Pluto and Marlanu’). Well, Marlanu’ doesn’t much attention, since cats live in their own world, but Pluto is a different story.

Marlanu'

Speaking of Marlanu’, he managed to find another comfortable place to take a nap. Not sure if I should change my bag or not. Oh well, it’s nothing that we can’t handle. The fact that I am still able to enjoy my lazy mornings and get a good sleep during the day makes up for all the other little problems.

Hopefully, I shall a new twist to my lazy mornings, that being photography.

Words of wisdom

words of wisdom

These are true words of wisdom!

“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.”The Breakfast Club

Being jealous of other people and trying to catch up with them, trying to be something that you are not, trying to stand out… that’s such a waste of time and effort. Now, trying to make something of yourself, something that makes yourself proud and happy, that’s something that I would go for.

I was wondering why things didn’t work out as planned. Why we ended up in a weird ass situation? I always thought that were both well rounded people, with grounded beliefs. That we can take each step and move forward as a team.

Apparently, we were both pulling in different directions. We both wanted something else at that time. While I wouldn’t want to go back to the way we were at the beginning of the year, I can honestly say it was a good lesson.

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If someone would ask me what was the best vacation I’ve ever had, I would answer without hesitation “It was the 4 days vacation we had at the mountain side, 2 years ago“. We had a lot of great vacations, expensive ones (the one in Italy, for example). But, none has made me more happy than the 4 days trip to the mountain side.

It was the only time we were ourselves and we loved it.

So, it really doesn’t matter where you go, how much you pay for things. It matters that you enjoy it, that it helps you grow and that you can somehow make it work for you.

I’m going to work hard this year to bring myself back. I’m going to keep true to these words of wisdom.

There are times when working hard may not be enough. But those who succeed worked hard.” -Kamogawa Genji

You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You

dean-martin You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You

You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin

You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
You’re nobody ’til somebody cares
You may be king, you may possess the world and it’s gold
But gold won’t bring you happiness when you’re growing old
The world still is the same, you never change it
As sure as the stars shine above
You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
So find yourself somebody to love

The world still is the same, you never change it
As sure as the stars shine above
Well, you’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
So find yourself somebody to love

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If I ever get married, this will be one of the main songs of the event. I just can’t believe how beautiful this song is. Not just the song, but the voice as well. I’ve been missing on some awesome songs.

Actually, I’ve been missing on a lot of things lately. But, I cannot forgive myself for not knowing about this song (and a few others).  I haven’t changed my playlist in years, but this was because not many new songs caught my attention. Now, I have a list with lots of oldies but goodies. I will just have to think how I will manage to fit everything on my 8Gb mp3 player.

There’s no chance that I’ll be able to get a new mp3 player soon, so I’ll have to make do with what I already have. And my precious baby never let me down (even if I managed to drop it a few times).

Until then, I shall enjoy “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” until I know the lyrics by heart.