A Week in the North Woods

Happy Marvelous Monday!

Today I am finally headed back to work after more than a week off. Although I’m one to take random days off here and there, there’s just something about a whole week off (whether or not you go someplace) that really recharges the mind.

During my vacation, I attended Brittney and Ryan’s wedding, made some delicious Peanut Butter Special K Bars for a Hunger Games watching party at Sun’s and went to Rhinelander, WI. It’s 5 hours north of where we live in Milwaukee. And it looks — and feels — like a different planet.

Kayaking on Fourth Lake

Oliver learning to swim. He’s a natural and loved chasing after the tennis ball I threw for him.

When he could touch the bottom, he tended to hop-swim before he’d all-out doggie paddled.

I was obviously into it!

Since Oliver is a scent-hound, he couldn’t get enough of the smells up north.

Me before I slipped on the rocks (which only meant me sticking one of my Brooks Adrenaline running shoes into the water). Still, it got a laugh from Brenton and his dad. 

During the trip I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve been hearing about the book in the blog world for some time and I’m so glad I picked it up. For those of you who don’t know about it, Gretchen is a writer (former lawyer) living in NYC and she dedicates a year of her life toward trying to be happier without making any drastic changes.

Unlike “Eat, Pray, Love” where Elizabeth Gilbert travels to Italy, India and Indonesia, Gretchen focuses on the little things in her current life she can change for the better (changing her life without changing her life). So much of what she said resonated with me. I completely agree that it’s more difficult to be happy than it is to be in a sour mood. If I am happy and smiling, people immediately question it. Why is that? Why do we have to assume that being happy is somehow abnormal?

Yesterday on my 10.14 (supposed to be 11) mile run, an older man who was biking smiled and gave me the thumbs up to keep going. This small gesture made me so happy that it gave me the push I needed to finish those miles. I wonder if that man knew how much that little gesture affected me.

Although I don’t want to start my own Happiness Project, there is a ton I learned from the book and little things I want to work on in my own life, resolutions such as:

  • Act the way I want to feel
  • Don’t snap at Brenton (I can have a hot temper sometimes)
  • Think about what I am grateful for more often
  • Don’t feel guilty about going to the gym
  • Not engaging in negative conversations (or, at least, limit them)
  • Learn a new skill (i.e. crafting. My next project is finishing a necklace that inspired me at Strawberry Festival and work on some special WWCD – What Would Carol Do – bracelets. I also have a ton of projects I want to do on my Pinterest boards.

Question: What is one resolution you have to be happier?

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Welcome to She's on the Run! I'm Alysha, a copywriter and food writer living in Milwaukee. I live to run, write and explore wonderful food - this blog is how I find balance while constantly being on the run. Feel free to reach me at Alysha@shesontherun.com with any questions or comments.
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