Yesterday I received an authentically moving comment on how to find hope in what may seem like a hopeless situation.  If you have any thoughts or ideas on this topic, please see the post from yesterday and maybe offer your own words of wisdom.

Last night a really special thing happened – my Facebook status changed to “in a relationship.”  Believe me, that wasn’t something I was going to do lightly… I’ve even wondered if it would happen at all, as I was very sensitive to the idea of being public about that part of my life again.  I still won’t say too much about it, but I have indeed found someone very wonderful and for whom I care about a great deal.

Don’t you wish you could have a life snapshot of yourself at the same point every year, just to see how much you’ve grown and changed?  2011 was pretty monumental in a lot of ways, and not all happy stuff…but yet necessary.   2012 is turning out to be of equal magnitude, but through the roof positive.  I’d like to stay in this mental place for a while.  I’ve learned my lessons and have grown from past experiences.  Now is the time to savor the rewards of coming out on the other side after a lot of hard work.  I have not wasted one single moment trying to heal my spirit and return to the Jennifer that I’ve always been.  I feel that she is back, and ready to appreciate every second of happiness that is given to her.  I am full of gratitude for that.

Have you ever noticed that when you are grateful, that you want to push that energy forward to others?  That you find yourself smiling a little more and sharing the vibe in other ways you probably don’t even notice?  When you find little nuggets of joy, that little extra bounce to your step is apparent.  Your aura changes.  On the flip side, joy can be addictive.  Sometimes you start to chase bigger and better highs, and you all of a sudden stop seeing the small wonderful things around you all of the time.  Big life moments are always fantastic and worth celebrating, but I never want to forget the things that are constant.  Like the comfort of having my kitty sleep by me at night, or the simple pleasure of spending time alone in a park dreaming of the future.  True happiness is everything wrapped up into one pretty little package – big and small alike.