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Doing More Of What Makes Me Happy

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DOING MORE OF WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY

As I’ve gotten older (now nearly fifty)
I’ve shifted my goals, becoming quite thrifty.
Responsibility, after all, comes with a cost
for too many years, moderation was lost!
So many things to get me off track, while
I now focus on what makes me smile.

Life has become too packed and too busy
all work and no play is making me dizzy.
Those around me, have learned the look
of when it’s time for my crayons and book!
So many things to get me off track, while
I now focus on what makes me smile.

The tensions that build in my shoulders and neck
tell me it’s time to get my stressors in check.
So it’s off to the gym, or to yoga for me!
Or one of my favorites, a class of Tai Chi!
So many things to get me off track, while
I now focus on what makes me smile.

2016-06-15
P. Wanken

Shared at Poetic Bloomings – INFORM POETS: COLLINS SESTET

For those who haven’t seen it, I’ve been blogging about my last year in my 40s. I’ll be 50 in September – and my goal is to be happier at 50 than I was turning 49. In case you’re interested, here’s the blog: Before 49 Turns to 50.

California Poppies

Photo Credit: Margaret Hourigan

Photo Credit: Margaret Hourigan

 
blanket of sunshine
bursting from fields of green ~
stemming happiness

2014-08-27
P. Wanken

 

Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 74 ~ green / field.  

 

Author’s Note:
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Margaret Hourigan, for letting me use this photo in my post.

Chihuly Q’s

Photo Credit: Linda Gray Schmale

Photo Credit: Linda Gray Schmale

 
CHIHULY Q’S
(a shadorma)

Curly twists
of red and yellow,
intertwined
with orange,
match the smiles on the faces
of those looking on.

2014-08-23
P. Wanken

 

Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 70 ~ Orange / Close-Up. 

 

Author’s Note:
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Linda Gray Schmale, for letting me use this photo in my post. To see more of her art, click on the photo. Also–this photo is taken of Chihuly art as displayed at the Denver Botanic Gardens exhibit. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Happy Nose

"Happy Nose" (Photo Credit: Heidi Karjalainen)

“Happy Nose” (Photo Credit: Heidi Karjalainen)

 
HAPPY NOSE

Happy.
In a world of
gray sadness, remember
to try spreading happiness when
you can.

2014-08-22
P. Wanken

 

Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 69 ~ Gray. 

 

Author’s Note:
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Heidi Karjalainen, for letting me use this photo in my post. To see more of her work, click the photo above.

Six Word Saturday…9/8/12


HAPPY (HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY) Birthday!

To me.

 

My birthday was actually Tuesday,
but today is day five of celebrating, thus the five “HAPPYs”. 🙂

(plus…I’m just that happy)

Written for “Six Word Saturday”…click here to go to Cate’s blog to read how others describe their life in six words; also posting as Day 63 at “100 Days of Summer” challenge, click here to go to the group’s home page on Facebook.