Say No to Dr. Crankenstein!

Lately I’ve been a grump. A somewhat closeted grump (meaning I still smile brightly and answer “I’m doing great!” when people ask me how I am), but none-the-less I’m simply not as chipper as I used to be. Granted, it’s been a loooong winter, and I recently threw out my back, and I haven’t had my parents to lean on since they’ve been in Florida the whole month–all not easy when you have two little ones to entertain constantly–but I could still find my happy place at the end of the day chilling on the couch with my hubby and a glass of vino. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case recently: I’m more “bitchy Tara” than “fun Tara” and I don’t like it.Ā  But yesterday, I saw the light–literally.

I was driving my 4-year-old to swim lessons and as we crossed over the bridge into Red Bank (the next town over), I pointed out how pretty the river looked with the sun reflecting off of it. My son agreed, but said that he likes it more when the sun sets “because it’s orange”. When I told my husband about our little exchange over breakfast, he said, “Who doesn’t appreciate a good sunset?” As I sipped my coffee, this comment got me thinking about happiness–and how simple it is to feel a moment of joy when looking at something you like or even just envision it.

I used to write a monthly column for REDBOOK called “Time For You” and on that page I’d list 5 things to be happy about. While sometimes it was hard to come up with stuff–particularly when I was on a tight deadline!–I always smiled while reading the list I had turned in to my editor. So you know what, peeps? Right HERE and NOW I’m going to change my way of thinking, and this blog is going to encourage me to do it–as are you (I hope!). I’m going to shun the woman I refer to as “Dr. Crankenstein” and start focusing on something that makes me happy every day.

Today’s happiness for me is:

Sniffing my daughter’s little feet. Sure they’re sometimes a little stinky, but they’re so tiny and cute and I just love who they’re attached to!

Delicious baby feet!

Delicious baby feet!

I hope you’ll join me on this journey towards living a more positive lifestyle. Please free to chime in with what’s making your heart smile today!




8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Your Bitchy buddy :)
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 20:43:31

    Aww, Love you T..feet


  2. Rachel Fluharty
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 21:14:42

    I got to spend a few days with the Zoe bunnit this week, and I loved sniffing her little feet. Everyt ime I’d say “You’ve got the ‘tinkiest feet,” and Zoe would reply “in the world!”

    Zoe’s laughter is up there on the list of my favorite sounds ever. It melts my heart.


  3. Christine Throckmorton
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 05:35:22

    LOVE it. Love. Brilliant! Happy blogging!

    {P.S. I bet if you sniff Quincy’s feet, they will smell like Fritos. I love that phenomenon!}


    • Tara Berson
      Mar 28, 2011 @ 08:02:16

      Thanks, C! BTW, I’ve sniffed Q’s feet and he totally smells like Fritos (as does his body most of the time!). What is this phenomenon you’re talking about? Inquiring minds want to know!


  4. Joanne McCall
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 11:13:31

    What a wonderful post, Tara. Your daughter’s feet are cute!!

    Let’s see. Here are some simple things that make me happy:
    1. My daffodils are blooming
    2. The sound of Canadian geese honking overhead
    3. My whole family, including pets, are all healthy
    4. Fresh, hot coffee. The first cup of the day
    5. I exercised early this morning. Done! woo hoo

    Looking forward to your future posts.



    • Tara Berson
      Mar 28, 2011 @ 11:38:30

      Thanks, Joanne! Love your happy thoughts. While I also like the sound of Canadian geese, I hope that they’re not so close to you that they leave green poop all over your yard. šŸ˜‰


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