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Life is a Smorgasbord July 12, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Happiness, Humor.

IMGP3617bLife is a smorgasbord of tantalizing tidbits and creative pursuits.

At times, I prefer painting to writing. When I can turn off my thinking brain and just choose the next color and the next and the next.  I don’t worry about conveying a thought. It’s all about emotion.

Other times, I prefer writing to painting. Where mistakes and missteps can be erased and no one’s the wiser about the tangent that led no where.

Music allows me to float above the clouds and commune with the Universe, the dance, the moving swaying pulsing heartbeat of life.

Some times, I feed my creativity in the kitchen where I can indulge my fancy and consume the occasional masterpiece with gusto.

Laughter inspires.  Photography encourages me to focus.  Meditation allows me to sit still and just be.  Free.

Aah . . . that’s better!

How do you create HAPPY in your life?


1. davecenker - July 12, 2013

Awesome thoughts on how we should use every part of our being to define happiness in the moment. Inspiring … thank you 😉

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Glad you enjoyed. At times we pepper our “bucket lists” with specific places and things we want to see or do, overlooking the fact that “today” presents us with so many possibilities to enjoy and savor. Right here. Right now.

2. l0ve0utl0ud - July 12, 2013

I create happy with writing, singing, dancing, gardening, going for slow walks, swimming in the ocean, cycling…ah so many simple things that can make us happy!

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Yes! You’ve added a few more of my favorites . . . walking, cycling, swimming, singing. Bliss!

3. Jan - July 12, 2013

Love the smorgasbord analogy and its wonderful that you have so many creative outlets! Also love the WHIMSY in life, as captured by your alligator.

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Thanks, Jan. Whimsy is wonderful . . . especially when you run into it when you least expect it. This alligator surprised us in a pleasant way when we stumbled upon it “hanging out” in downtown Sarasota.

4. diannegray - July 12, 2013

What an amazing talent you are, Nancy! 😀

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Thanks! (But look who’s talking!). 😀

diannegray - July 12, 2013

😀 😀 😀

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

😀 😀 😀 => :mrgreen:

5. Eric Tonningsen - July 12, 2013

To your question: Quite simple; I allow, appreciate whatever presents and find something in what manifests for which to be grateful.

Food sometimes plays a role in it, too. 🙂

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

When we want what life wants for us . . . we are seldom disappointed.

Especially when food is involved. 😉

6. ericjbaker - July 12, 2013

I create happy in my life by going to the gourmet cupcake shop. There’s a momentary dip when I see the dollar amount on the cash register, but then I’m back in business with the happy.

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Mmm . . . gourmet cupcakes! I had a pina colada cupcake at Heavenly Cupcakes once. It was . . . heavenly. :mrgreen:

ericjbaker - July 12, 2013

It almost has to be with a name like that!

nrhatch - July 13, 2013

Truth in advertising . . . for a change.

7. jazzybrooke - July 12, 2013

Love it.

nrhatch - July 13, 2013

Thanks, Jazzy.

jazzybrooke - July 13, 2013


8. wantonwordflirt - July 13, 2013

I agree with sometimes needing to turn off the thinking, and switch from writing to painting. Being a beginning painter, I had not really thought of it that way, but you are oh so right! NIce blog you have here, I will be back for more!

nrhatch - July 13, 2013

Thanks, WWF. And welcome to SLTW. Once I’ve decided on the WHAT . . . the HOW of painting is supremely relaxing.

9. shreejacob - July 13, 2013

Ah…I learning to create happy Nancy 🙂 Art. Writing. Watching Youtube videos! Meditating. Going for my morning walks (when I do go for them, I am happy!).

nrhatch - July 13, 2013

Walking . . . in the morning . . . soaking up some sun . . . is a serotonin booster for most people.

Not vampires, though. 😯

10. Pix Under the Oaks - July 13, 2013

Sit under the Oaks and listen to the birds, reading blogs and books, listening to music, visit a beach place, snuggle a kitty, FOOD, watch a good movie, take a long ride in the country, take some pictures. So many things.. 🙂

nrhatch - July 13, 2013

That’s a great list, Pix. We enjoyed some FUN pursuits today with my sister’s family and two nieces (lunch out, bowling, swimming, playing games). It’s GREAT being 21+ . . . absolute the perfect age to be. :mrgreen:

11. kateshrewsday - July 14, 2013

Lovely, Nancy 🙂 Though life is not all about choosing; sometimes our next platefull choooses us…

nrhatch - July 14, 2013

Yes. Sometimes a big heaping helping of XYZ lands squarely in our lap. 🙄

12. Three Well Beings - July 14, 2013

I think I’m at my happiest when I putter! That’s my equivalent of a smorgasbord, I think. It’s the days when I don’t have an agenda driving my calendar, or would that be the calendar driving my agenda? Both, I think. And when I putter I do a little gardening and then a little cleaning with the music on quite loud, sit for awhile and read, perhaps spend time writing…it’s just a little of it all, but with no where else to be! I must admit those days are infrequent, but I try to find snatches of time to indulge in a puttering day! 🙂

nrhatch - July 14, 2013

Doing “chores” to favorite music transforms the “To Do’s” of life from work into play. And puttering at this, that, and the other thing makes for a well-balanced and quite pleasant day. 😀

13. jannatwrites - July 15, 2013

Your different interests make you diverse, which provides balance in life. I don’t excel at any one thing, but I like to learn about new things. I just finished my re-screening project where I replaced five damaged window screens with solar screen/pet screen (depending on which direction the window faces.) I’m in the middle of making valances for the kids’ rooms. I don’t have a pattern, but I have an idea in my mind. The fun part is seeing if I can get the idea displayed in fabric.

nrhatch - July 15, 2013

I love doing projects that are 1 part creativity and 2 parts necessity . . . or vice versa.

Good luck with the valance project. Such fun to bring an idea to life. Here’s the no sew (and no pattern) valance I did 2 years ago: https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/no-sew-valance/

14. sufilight - July 16, 2013

This sounds like a well balanced life, Nancy. I love to be creative as it energizes me. .

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

That’s been my experience too. When “inertia” sets in, the cure is doing something. Anything. But if I add a dose of creativity into what I’m doing, I feel my batteries start to recharge.

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