Monday… that dreaded event that happens once a week whether we like it or not…

For many, it means another slog into the office or to school, or where ever your workplace happens to be. Where I live, that also means icy roads, impossibly cold temperatures and traffic delays which are better negotiated with a very large cup of coffee!

So, what does that have to do with happiness and of course… writing?

Well, I was reflecting this morning on how much life has changed over the years, and how what I value has changed along with it. I was stuck in that world for a long time, and of course, like many people it’s out of necessity. Raising your family, providing, and paying the bills – the majority of us know this scenario all too well.

However, as the holiday approaches, and the pace picks up and people rush around frantically, I find myself taking a step back. I find myself thinking about conversations I’ve had with friends and family, about how having more doesn’t necessarily make you happier.

This is where the Happiness Quotient comes in. Sometimes we are so focused on the rat race we forget to appreciate what we have in our lives. After you achieve a certain level of income, you are not always happier, in fact, often you are less happy, because every moment of your time is going into maintaining it. Less is sometimes more…

Enter writing… for me, this is something I love to do, and honestly, writing doesn’t feel like work. As my children grow up, I am encouraging them to pick a career where not only can they provide, but they can be happy doing the job for years to come. Mainly because my career was one I initially liked, but it wasn’t something I truly loved. I worked in banking and financial services for many years… yeah, banking… not such fun, right? Especially these days…

Anyways, there was a time when it was moderately satisfying, and I had some great clients over the years, but as time went on, something was missing… that happiness quotient. So, a couple years ago, I started writing as a hobby. I have always loved reading, and dreamed about writing a book someday. That passion grew, and now my goal is to get to the point where I can do it full time.

Yes, it’s tough to do, but it’s something I love, and getting up on a Monday morning and saying ‘I’m happy about going to do my work’ is something that’s been missing for a long time.

This is what I wish for my children in their lives, to find that thing that makes them happy, and go for it. As everyone always says, life is far too short to work at a job that makes you miserable. For my one daughter, it seems that direction will be health care, for the other more artistically inclined daughter that will be an art related career. And I hope they both find great success and happiness.

In closing today, I wish that for you too. To find that great passion, and to follow that dream. Perhaps you have been lucky enough to already have the career you love, but if not… remember it’s never too late to pursue that dream and find the key to the Happiness Quotient.

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Happy Holidays everyone, and check back tomorrow for another post… which will be more focused on writing… I promise.

Kate