Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happiness... An optimistic Blossom

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it is that makes us happy in life. As I have shared before, my husband Tim quit his corporate job a month ago to help me with SnazzieDrawers. Although he worked for one of the most prestigious and "best companies to work for" in the world, he absolutely hated his job. It was a high stress job and it was not utilizing his talents or gifts. He was merely working for a paycheck and was completely lifeless and depressed because he had worked his entire life to reach this point: The ultimate job at the ultimate company, all to be completely miserable. I refused to let him go another day carrying this load on his shoulders. Life is too short. One of the things that inspired him to make this move was from a video of Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Inc.) giving a commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Ironically my husband worked for Apple, but something in his head clicked when he heard this speech. He has never been the same since. I just want to share that link here. If you haven't seen it, please take the time to watch it. It could change your life the way it has changed ours.

Do what you love with your life and happiness will follow. Surround yourself with people that LOVE you and want you to succeed and support your dreams and success will follow.

Here is a photo of Tim at the very top (excuse the Iphone photos) last November at the park while still working his corporate job at Apple. Do you see the guy on the bench in the background? Our kids were loving life playing at Zilker park and there he sat. Grumpy. Exhausted. Absent. This was very indicative of his daily demeanor. I can't blame him at all. I wouldn't have lasted a week at his job.

Months passed and our life has changed dramatically since those dreary days. The second and third photos are of Tim just last night at a bounce house playing with our Ava girl. Can you see a difference? Can you feel it?

What am I happy about? I have my husband back and I am dying to release the Ava Felt Flower Pattern! It's coming soon! I'm sending out packages to photographers this week so fan me on Facebook to get the notification of the release date!


The Wilted Magnolia said...

Hey doll! So glad you're both happy and doing well! :)

hipchic~cynde said...

Congratulations on all accounts. :)
How great it must be to have your family so happy,

the Forrest Diaries said...

I love you guys and have for sure seen how it has blessed your lives having Tim home. Keep striving for the top...hope to see you there soon :)

Stacey said...

I am so happy for you. It must be a dream come true to be all together and him to finally have his dream job. Maybe someday we will find that too. I want mine working at home each day more than anything. Thanks for the inspiration and for giving some of yourself to us. You're the best Joy!

Snazziedrawers said...

Thanks so much! You are so sweet! I hope that happens for your family too! I appreciate you taking the time to write a note!

Heather said...

when i was a child we moved to florida from indiana. i hated being away from "home" and i missed my family terribly. on my 7th bday, i came home after school, and was told there was something i needed to do in my bedroom. i opened the door and in the dark, walking towards me were two people with their hands out! to me it looked like two strangers trying to grab me! i turned around and ran, screaming! i was completely terrified! it turns out my grandma and my favorite aunt had come for a visit! after the initial horror wore off, it was replaced with pure excitment! my grandma has since passed away, and it is still one of my fondest memories!

Nickname unavailable said...

Can I just win one of these babies instead? please?