Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Purpose of Happy Camper Life


Last week I attended an educational conference in Atlanta, GA.  When I originally agreed to attend this conference, I assumed we would fly since it is an 11 hour drive to Atlanta from here.  I assumed wrong!  But I'm always up for a road trip so I stuck with it.  All those hours in the vehicle and all the hours waiting in lines for various things at the conference (sessions, food, even elevators!) gave me a lot of thinking time.

What did I think about mostly?  My blog of course!  Mostly I kept thinking about why I'm doing this.  I decided I want to constantly remind myself and anyone who takes the time to read my blog that the purpose is to stay true to its name - Happy Camper Life.  In other words, regardless if I have any followers at all or if I make a cent off this blog, I want to share my life and how I stay happy through the everyday ups and downs.  Whether that's through remodeling a house, cooking a great meal, camping at a beautiful state park, or even attending an educational conference, there is always something beautiful and wonderful and awe-inspiring in this life.  We just have to search for it, notice it and appreciate it.

So here are a few things that made me happy while at the conference in Atlanta:

The huge KFC sign that actually moved!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Key to Happiness {Be Flexible}

There are a lot of self-help books out there telling people the keys to happiness.  Really the only self-help book you need is the Bible.  I'm serious!  True happiness comes from giving up what our selfish nature wants and listening to that still, small voice telling us what we should do instead.  When we follow that still, small voice, we get want we truly need which makes us happy.

Sometimes doing this is easy and sometimes it's REALLY hard!  Like Wednesday.....it was our anniversary.  Last year we celebrated by going to Alaska!  This year we were so overwhelmed with the house and new puppies, we had no plans.  Yet I was determined to do something fun.  Besides I'm writing a blog now and I have very few posts about the joys of the great outdoors lol!

So I quickly planned a day of outdoor fun at a couple state parks about 2 1/2 hours away.....Elephant Rocks and Johnson's Shut-Ins.  We hadn't been in there in years - our son didn't really remember going and he's 22!  I was able to coordinate him and his girlfriend going with us.  By the grace of God even the different guys working on our house couldn't work on our house Wednesday due to other jobs.  So I bought a new swim suit to wear at the river, new beach towels, lots of snacks - I was ready!

Then it rained!


















And rained......