Bliss: Surprising My Parents

Happy June all! I had been taking a break from my regular blogging posts last month to refocus my attention to some exciting new projects and one of them was throwing together a surprise 30th Anniversary party for my parents. My brother and I were too young at the time of their 25th Anniversary to put something together so we figured 30 years was a great milestone to show our parents how much we really appreciate them.

Let me first say the amount of stress I endured from trying to keep this all a secret from my mom who is the biggest detective in the world was no easy feat. The 30th Anniversary theme was pearls so we decked the party in white, ivory, and pearls and made it a ‘White Attire Party’. Oh yea, that was another challenge, getting my parents to wear all white to their own party. We told them it was a white dinner party at a family-friend’s house and that the party started at 8pm when really it was 7pm. The strings I had to pull and having my brother come in from out of town to surprise our parents were all worth it in the end to see the joy on their faces.

So this is all for you Mom and Dad, thanks for showing us what selfless love really is, not the easy fairy tales, but true working love. Happy 30 and beyond!

Candid moment when they walked through the door

Candid moment when they walked through the door

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Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes

Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes

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NYC, 1984

NYC, 1984

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April Blogger Spotlight!

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It’s that time again to feature another great blogger! The featured blogger will be featured in the sidebar for the month and also get a shout out on the Little Bliss Book Facebook page. You can submit your blog yourself or nominate someone. Here’s how it works…

The rules are simple:

1) Are we friends? If you’re following Little Bliss Book via WordPress, Email and one other blogging platform Facebook/Bloglovin/Google +/Pinterest you can submit even if you’re self-hosted or a blogger on Blogspot.

2) Contact me! Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page on the menu bar and briefly explain what your blog is about like this:

I’m a Bliss follower, yoga and DIY enthusiast, Amateur Chef focused on Gluten-soy-free clean eating, and eczema-free living

Mention who your general audience is, something interesting about you, and if you could follow your bliss what would it be and why.

3) Send me a quote! Who doesn’t love a good quote. I like bottling words of wisdom and inspiration and making it sharable to everyone so send in a quote to feature as well.

This month’s Blogger Spotlight goes to Jennifer of Apartment Wife. Jennifer has a great positive attitude about life and her cheerful blog reflects that. She’s married to her best friend and documents everything and every inspiration a long the way. I asked Jennifer some questions about following her bliss and here’s what she had to say:

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I live life heart-first. All that following my heart business (before my head) has gotten me into some pretty big messes, but it’s also inspired some of my happiest moments and greatest accomplishments. I have a background in art and social work, and I blog about happiness, creativity, and the things that matter most. Writing has always been my bliss, and I recently started writing first book- wish me luck J

Favorite quote:

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.— John Burroughs

Good luck Jennifer on your first book! I’ll be asking for a signed copy ;)

So want to be featured for May? Don’t hesitate to enter, I’ll be looking forward to reading your submissions.

How To Change Your Attitude On Happiness

It’s officially sweater weather (sort of). I live in Florida so it’s tropical most of the time, but I’ll bust out my cardigan and boots any chance I get. Including this festive cup.

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Sweaters on mugs…I don’t know anything that’s cuter

There’s only 1 month left until 2013 is over; 31 more days and we’ll never have this year back again except through photographs and memories. Did you make the most of this year?

I saw a friend’s Facebook status up  the other day: Can’t wait for this year to be over. 2013 you were not good to me.”

I read that and thought, I liked 2013 compared to 2012. But what did I do differently this year to make that change? The only thing I could thing of was my attitude. Reacting, or rather not reacting to things that I would otherwise let get the best of me. Happiness is what you make of it, it doesn’t come find you. When you go into a store, you have a vision. You have an idea of what outfit you want to wear. You wouldn’t say “I think i’ll just wait here, dress you come to me when you’re ready.” You take charge and search the racks. You try on what works, and toss what doesn’t. Sometimes something you see will inspire you to take a different path, but you have to be open to that idea to experience it. You have to create it yourself, and that starts with your attitude. Like many, on January 1st I set some resolutions for myself. After having a rough time with being hospitalized in 2012, I wrote down some goals on index cards and made a conscious decision to follow through. I had made New Year’s resolutions before, but I’ll admit I usually forgot about them after the month of January. So I decided I’d be more accountable this year.

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I actually ended up doing two 5k’s, another cleanse, and I’ve been taking more artistic risks.  There’s something about setting goals for yourself that brings out a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, and makes you want to do more. But like they say,

There’s no reward without risk.

Even in moments of doubt the key is to keep the vision. I like to keep an inspiration board in my room. Sayings, role models, humorous pictures, fashion that inspires me, art, dishes I want to try, or cupcakes. I love cake.

Dreams should come in a size too big so we can grow into them. Like with anything you start off crawling. There will be falls and stumbles before you can start walking. In no time you will start running at warp speed, but it’s important to not ditch those early efforts. That would be self sabotage. Sometimes we want to be great at everything the very first time we try it, but that’s not how it works. Think of it as training for long distance running. You wouldn’t run the full marathon the first day of training. You’d log the first few miles your first week and go from there. Likewise, train yourself to keep a good attitude and build those muscles. Slow and steady wins the race.