Lately I’ve been reevaluating what makes me happy (thank you Happiness Project for your words of wisdom as I’m reading the inspiring book) and I’m trying to get back on track to really finding a life path that makes me happy. I’ve always said, I’ll do a job until it’s no longer fun. Now, I know no job is fun 100% of the time, but when the bad times out-weigh the good, it’s time to take an inventory of your life and goals. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What about 10 years? Are you on the path to that goal already, or have you veered off-path? Are you already doing what you love, or working towards it? I’d love to hear from you. I’m accepting advice from everyone.

I feel like the best place to start is by making a list of what you enjoy. How would you fill your days if you won the lottery (yes, taken from the movie Office Space) and is there a way to do any of these as a career? If your favorite things are varied, maybe you try looking for 2 part time jobs to get to try a little bit of everything. I know the economy is bad, unemployment is high, and beggars can’t be choosers, but isn’t there something to be said for liking what you do? Our lives are so short as we speed along on a planet moving 6,700 mph around the sun, and our lives are just specks in time. Don’t you want to enjoy your speck?

Thankfully, I’ve had a fantastic weekend in the wilderness meeting great new friends, catching some rays, and getting a crazy arm workout on the Kern River. There’s nothing like a wilderness getaway to help clear your mind and get you on the path of refocusing about what’s important in life. There will be a more detailed post on that later for any of you interested in a cheap weekend getaway in Southern California.

One experiment I did to get the photos attached here was going to google and searching “happiness” to see how people visually define happiness. Almost all the photos feature elements from nature and many are people by the beach jumping in the air with their arms raised high. Unfortunately, jumping in the air doesn’t really do it for me. Though, there’s something about this apple and happy finger that makes me smile. Silly finger, apples are for people 🙂