Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


Birthdays and Hammocks

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Image courtesy of morguefile.com

What better way to wallow away the lazy-hazy days of summer than in a comfy hammock. Well, today you have an excuse to lounge all day because it’s National Hammock Day.

Today is also my 51st birthday. Yikes! That’s hard to wrap my head around. When my parents were that age, I thought they were old. I don’t feel old.

Despite the number, I’m thankful God has blessed me with better health now, than I had in my twenties and thirties.

Below are a few of my favorite quotes on aging:

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

The years teach much which the days never knew. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ John Barrymore

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~ Robert Browning




One Year Later—Still Happy

HappyCould you be happy for an entire year?

Every day?

Even when it feels like the worst day ever?

My answer is YES! Of course, not ALL day.

Last year I wrote about my newly purchased one sentence happiness journal. Each day you write one sentence about what brought you happiness. For 365 days, I was diligent about recording my daily sentence. Even during the Blurb2Book contest when I felt like I was going insane because I didn’t have enough time, I made the time. And you know what? I’m so happy I did, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go back and read these entries:

April 2, 2015: I’m happy that I entered Harlequin’s Blurb to Book Contest.

April 13, 2015: I’m happy that I advanced in the contest!

May 15, 2015: I’m scared, but happy I advanced further in Blurb to Book Contest —still in shock.

July 14, 2015: I’m happy that I submitted my completed book to the contest.

August 17, 2015: I’m happy I got a book contract today! In complete shock!

With the exception of the day I got the call from New York, offering a contract, the other dates would have been forgotten, had they not been documented in this simple journal.

Since this is a five year journal, now each evening as I record an entry, I can look at the line above and see what made me happy this time last year. 

Trust me, there are some evenings, after a tough day, I don’t think I can come up with anything. But taking the time to reflect on the day, there’s always something I can be happy about.