Happiness After Loss

As this week begins I felt so inspired to share my happiness with you.  I am sitting here on Monday afternoon running a business that I love, recently getting back from an amazing beach vacation with amazing people, and planning more travel for 2015.  My life looks completely different than it did 3 years ago, but I could not be happier.
If you would have told me 2 years ago that I would be happier after my dad died I would have thought you were crazy; but its TRUE.
When my dad died, the life that I was planning was no longer an option; I was now without a dad, without a sense of support, without my pillar of strength.  I never thought I would be able to move on.  I thought I was destined to live a life of regret and unhappiness.  I thought that my best years were behind me and it would be all down hill from here.
But there was a part of me that would not accept option. I made the decision to live a life that I loved.  I decided that the best way to honor my dad was to love every moment that I had, and to go after what I wanted.  One thing that I knew I wanted was more travel in my life.
Growing up I did not travel a lot and it was not until 2011 that I took my first trip abroad; I caught the travel bug and I caught it hard.  I thought travel would be something I would only experience every few years.  After my dad died I felt this urgency to travel more. To take advantage of any and very opportunity I had to see new places. 
Traveling not only brings me so much joy, but also a deep feeling of gratitude.  Every time I visit a new place I come back with new ideas, deep gratitude for what I have, and new desires for what I want in the future.  Traveling also gives me something to look forward to.  All too often after loss we focus on what we do not have, or what we are going to miss out on; but finding something to look forward to gives us a renewed sense of joy. What better way to live our lives than with a renewed sense of happiness?

So as you move forward in this week, think about one thing that could bring you happiness.  What is it?  I would love to hear from you! Let me know what it is this week that you are looking forward to, that is bringing you happiness.