Feeling Joy

We have made it to the end of 2020 and I am sure everyone is ready to start the new year in the hopes that it will be a little more like 2019 before COVID came into our lives. I have to admit. the pandemic disrupted my usual endeavors but it also made things better for me. I found happiness and joy where others might have found discouragement, fear and perhaps anger. I learned to cling to the things that bring happiness in my life and to disassociate with the things that only create frustration.

So what is it that brings you happiness and joy into your life? Here are 5 things that bring my joy and I celebrate them at the end of this year.

  1. Animals
  2. Family
  3. Good Food
  4. Travel
  5. My Savior

Thankful for the Gift of Travel

I have been blessed in my life to travel to many places near and far. Every time I hop in the car or on a plane, I get thrilled. I am so excited about where my next adventure will take me, what I will see and who I will meet. Even in the year of COVID, I have been able to take 11 trips (most very close to home) but I have discovered new things and new places I want to go back to.

Get out there and discover even if it is something close by. Take that Saturday to do go explore that town you have always been meaning to get to. Then start planning for future longer trips. Wanderlust really is a thing and it is wonderful once the travel bug has finally bit you.

Here are 5 destinations that I have loved (since I cannot list all of my destinations).

  1. Archipelago of Gothenburg Sweden
  2. Blarney Castle & Gardens Ireland
  3. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park Hawaii
  4. Grand Teton National Park * Jackson Hole Wyoming
  5. Deception Pass * Whidbey Island Washington

Dreaming of Places (Far Away)

I used to be excited when I would have the off occasion to stay home for a weekend and just hang out. Not anymore. Now I am dreaming of all the places I want to wake up in beside my own room. Is anyone else feeling like this?

Here are 5 places that my dreams are taking me to right now. I can’t wait to explore once the world opens up again!

Bear Lake

I hope everyone had a great week! Mine had bottomed out at the beginning but it improved as the week went on. I am not going to lie; it has been extremely frustrating finding a job and my severance has finally run out. I actually need a job now. Pray for me that it is a great one. I really need something that is going to invigorate me and keep me happy working for the next ten to twenty years.
In the meantime; we are at the Places I’ve Been post and I have decided to share where I was last weekend with Beki and my nieces: Bear Lake. So here are my five favorite things about the Bear Lake area and then I have included a photo roll from the weekend as well.
1. LaBeau’s Drive In. They have great lake food and shakes. It is probably going to kill your diet and raise your cholesterol but it sure tastes great after spending all day on the lake.
2. Minnetonka Caves. I love going through this cave but I also love the drive to the cave. It is so beautiful. A great time to relax and get out of the heat of the day.
3. Pickleville Playhouse. I can’t leave the Bear Lake region without spending time watching a great melodrama put on by my cousins and I HIGHLY encourage everyone going to that region to stop in and see a great show.
4. Of course the Lake! It is beautiful! So blue, clear and freezing cold. It actually makes you really glad to have it be close to 100 degrees outside.
5. Jet Skiing. It is a lot of fun to just lay on the beach, play in the shallow surf but it is a WHOLE lot of fun to jet ski on this lake.
I hope everyone does something really fun this weekend! Get out there and explore nature!