Life is always full of it’s ups and downs. It’s just the way it is. Some days you are living large and feeling like no one else in the world can be as happy as you are right now…and then in an instant your world can crash and you wonder if you’ve ever felt so sad. That is why I feel that it is so important to focus on the good things. There is enough bad stuff going on in the world that if we don’t try to see the good…the silver lining….then you are missing out. Like one of my favorite sayings go…Life is too short to be anything but happy.

This past week my husband and I paid off the final amount on our credit card debt. In the scheme of world events it is not a huge occasion, but in our world it was an amazing accomplishment. That day I bought a bottle of champagne and put it in the fridge so it could get nice and cold. My husband and I went out for a casual dinner..nothing fancy just good food and some time to enjoy each other’s company. When we got home, we popped the champagne using the toasting flutes from our wedding…toasted to us…and proceeded to enjoy our evening. It wasn’t anything fancy, but I was happy that we took the time to celebrate.

When my husband and I first started dating people used to laugh that many times we would celebrate our anniversary monthly. Sometimes it would be with a card and sometimes with a dinner but we would always try to recognize the time we had spent together. As the years went by we would be sure to celebrate our half year anniversaries. People would ask why we would do that, and my answer would be…why not? If anything, its a great excuse to spend a nice and quiet night together. If an anniversary is that excuse then I say go for it! Now that we are married my husband was hoping he’d only have to remember that date from now on…but I still like to celebrate the day of our first date which is Valentines day, which is also the date we got engaged. Every year we go back to the same restaurant that we went on our first date 8 1/2 years ago, it’s where we got engaged and is a special place for us….I also like to celebrate our “dating” anniversary which is March 17th…Saint Patricks day! That date served us well for so many years that I feel it’s still important to celebrate being together on that day too. My husband might feel differently…but at least he doesn’t show it!

There are so many little things in life that should be celebrated, and it doesn’t take much to do so. Light some candles…make a special dinner….go out for dinner…take a little walk….take a nice long bath… and say you know what? This was a good day…