Sunday recap: 5 Things that made me happy this week

April 29, 2012

in Gratitude, Sunday Recap

Well, it has only been six months since my last Sunday Recap. Impressive, right? Time to dive back in…

Arizona sunsets

Growing up in Arizona, I never appreciated the beauty my parents would point out – the mountains, the sunsets, the pretty parts of the desert. I instead reminded them of the oppressive heat, the lack of a beach and the fact that a $600 monthly electric bill during the summer (summer = six months a year) still meant it was never cooler than 78 degrees in the house. It may be a dry heat, but it’s 115 degrees is 115 degrees. It has been almost three years since I moved away for a second time, but this one was involuntary. I often wish I could move back, and I sincerely appreciate many of the things that I once rolled my eyes over… like the sunsets. I snapped several iPhone photos of great sunsets last week. I took this one on Thursday, which was a rainy day, right outside my parents’ house.

My mommy

I have the world’s best mom. (I have a great dad, too.) I been at my parents’ house in Arizona for two weeks now. Ed and the kids came out for five of those days. And even though I’ve been working a lot and very busy, I’ve gotten lots of good time with my mom. I love her company and I love being around her. And I’m 32 years old and she still takes great care of me. If she keeps it up, I might move back in…

Time to decompress

The last six months have been far too busy, far too stressful and far too exhausting. Each month somehow outdid the last. I’ve truly never felt so overworked, overwhelmed, sick (I was sick – really sick – for three solid months), stressed, exhausted and burned out. Any time I face a period of time in life that seems difficult, I compare it to another difficult time to try to put it in perspective. At this point, I’m fairly certain this one took the cake. That’s saying something. That’s another blog post in and of itself. This week, I decompressed, breathed deeply, stayed in the present but didn’t drown in it, slept six or seven hours a night, almost every night of the week, for the first time in probably years and took care of myself. I feel like a new person, and that’s not an exaggeration.

New opportunities

As difficult as the past six months were – working 16 hour days, seven days a week really is as difficult as you’d imagine – it was worth it. I was offered a job by the company I do 70 percent of my freelance work for. And I more than happily took it. I’m beyond excited about the opportunity, and not just because it means a normal workweek. At this point, 60 hour weeks seem like an endless vacation! It’s something that I love doing for a company that I love and working (virtually, on my part) with people who are really great. As I learned over the past year, I don’t just want to work, I need to work for myself. Staying home full time is great and it was absolutely necessary that I did that for nearly three years. But I’m not cut out for it indefinitely, or at least no during this part of my life. I was missing something pretty big and I spent the last year discovering it. And then I took it too far. Now, I hope to find balance and rediscover the things I’ve been missing for the past six months while making the absolute most of this great opportunity.


Ed catapulted himself into 2012 in February and bought an iPhone. It has been just as life altering for him as you’d expect. He’d had a Blackberry for so long that he had apparently began to believe that all cell phones are pieces of crap. He has learned that he was wrong. And it’s great for me because I’ve been able to FaceTime with the kids before bed almost every day since I’ve been in Arizona. I love seeing their cute little faces, listening them recap their day and watching them show me cute things, like the new moves they learned in dance class.

For me, this week was a very, very good one. What made you happy this week?

Number images courtesy of Free Clip Art.
Facetime image courtesy of Apple

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alicia April 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My 5 things-
1. When I found out Laura’s new promotion meant she was moving back to Arizona.
2. When I realized I would have happy hour with Laura regularly.
3. When I realized stealing Laura’s kids might actually be a possibility now.
4. I really like the sunsets here too.
5. When I found out Laura may shower more than once a week now and maybe, maybe will have more time to write the snarky articles I need.

In all seriousness- I am super stoked for you and I truly hope that some sort of happy hour is in our near future! And I do hope you move to Az even if California has WAY better summers! And beaches.


Laura April 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Is it okay that your five things sort of made me cry, even though you’re being funny? If it’s not okay, it’s b/c I had a glass of wine and it’s totally the wine. If it is okay, then that really happened and it wasn’t the wine. xoxo


Alicia April 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Yes, totally okay. I only accept crying on the 3rd glass. So does that mean you ARE moving here?


Nichole April 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

Seeing you rewarded with a job that you’ve earned a million times over was one of my greatest joys last week.

It doesn’t get better than seeing great things happen to amazing people. xoxo


Laura May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm



Jenni Chiu May 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Yay to face time.
Yay to the new gig!
Yay for mommies – oh geez, yay to it all!


Laura May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you!!!


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