Tuesday, January 4, 2011

If happiness was the National Currency, what type of work would make you rich??

Well, last night the workouts began. My hubby makes the perfect personal trainer because, well, he's honest. Last night we worked on circuits of sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks.

I really hate push-ups. Really. But I haven't avoided them - I'm not a cheater. Usually I do "girly push-ups" <--- my husband's words, not my own - using my knees. And apparently I wasn't doing those correctly either.

What the heck are you doing??
Um... a push-up.
A push-up? Straighten your body out. You need to go down farther than that. No. Do it again. Do it 5 more times. No. That's wrong. Get.Up.And.Do.It.Again.
(This is when he got all Jillian Michael's on me, which he knows I love. I began to cry hysterically (of laughter).
Why do I even have to do push-ups?
They are good for your arms... and your core.
My arms? But I don't want to be jacked.
From 5 push-ups??? I'll let you know when you're close to being jacked, and then you can stop.

Ahhh... now that's love. There really is nothing like the support of someone you care about. Today I feel great!

Onto today's question for my Day Zero Project - From the 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind:

If happiness was the National Currency, what type of work would make you rich??

I find this question extremely compelling, in that it's a lot more difficult to answer than I anticipated. A lot of things make me happy. I enjoy reading to my daughter, but that doesn't make me happy in itself. I am happy when she lights up at the books. I'm happy in her happiness. So that doesn't count. It's funny to think that when it comes down to it that it's not really that easy to pinpoint our exact sources of happiness. But I think I've done it.

If happiness was the National Currency, I would be a millionaire family genealogy expert. I'd spend my time milling through old photographs and letters and putting together all the puzzle pieces and making people giddy with delight at my findings. (I have done a lot of this, personally, for zero money. Just saying. Ancestry.com is an amazing place to start for anyone looking to do some family research.)

I'd work from 9am-noon each day, and after lunch I'd spend my time volunteering at an animal shelter - mostly walking/playing with dogs. I would help eager children find the perfect pet to take home.

For dinner each night I'd be flying to the hottest new restaurants around the world to eat cuisine from celebrity chefs and spend time with my family. Everything, naturally, would be free because I would be paid thousands of dollars for my reviews.

And of course, when it's all said and done, I'd find myself back at home tucking my daughter into bed and curling up on the couch with my husband, because this average life we live makes me the happiest woman in the world. :)

What about you?

3 comments:

  1. Oh there are so many things I would love to do. I'd start with learning graphic design and then designing the crap out of...stuff :) I'm still laughing at your husband's line about the jacked arms! HAHA!

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  2. Holly! I hate push-ups too! And I suck at them! Can you send your wonderful husband to my house to yell at me too? Lol :)

    Congratulations on your workout! I'm so glad to read about it.

    The question you chose to answer is going to sit on my mind for a while. I like your answer, especially "this average life we live makes me the happiest woman in the world." I'm so happy for you!

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  3. Hi! Thanks for the visit and follow - I am following you back from Welcome Wednesday!

    Push-ups are just WRONG!! :) I enjoy average - it is a blessing! :)

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