Why Happy Handful?

21st September 2014

Back in 2012 when my handful was all Liam.

Back in 2012 when my handful was all Liam.

The idea for this blog began as a bit of an accident.  Like so many parents out there, I often find myself going through a store with my arms full of more items than any one person should ever have to carry.  Picture a car seat (with baby), overflowing diaper bag, caffeinated beverage, the hand of a little boy and perhaps a grocery bag or two.  I assure the check-out clerk that I don’t need help out to my car and waddle myself out the door.  Inevitably, someone will step out of the way to let me through or  observe me passing by and call out some version of “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”  Maybe I bump into someone I haven’t seen in a while and they’ll look at me and say “Well, I don’t have to ask what you’ve been up to. You have quite a handful!”  It’s a frequent occurrence and mostly I don’t think much of it.  I know plenty of people who juggle way more.

One day, however, a lady remarked on my “handful” with a particularly pitying look on her face and in the most organic and unexpected way, I smiled at her and replied, “Yes, it’s a happy handful.”  She was very surprised at my reaction and it seemed to change her perspective, at least in that brief moment.  I began to think about my little handful and how, at times, I am not connected to that feeling of happiness that they represent.  I spend my share of time complaining about the challenges of raising two little boys and keeping the house in decent shape, spending time with my husband, friends and myself, which usually comes last.  I find myself thinking ahead to less stressful times when the kids are in school and I have more time for everything I don’t have time for now and even wishing away the more dependent phases of their development. This is usually followed by guilt and some reminding of how wonderful and amazing everyone in my life is. Deep breaths… and I move on.

I decided to do something a little different.  What if I spent some time sharing things that inspire me to enjoy life with others?  What if I could stop waiting for that “less busy” time and find more happiness in the life I live TODAY?  What if I could create a community that sparked creativity, motivated people and provided solutions for common challenges?  A place where you go to lighten your load while you enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine after a long day.  Thus, Happy Handful was created.  Everything in it is designed to do just that.  It’s for everyone and anyone who has a lot on their plate and wants to enjoy it a little more and wish it away a little less.  A small idea growing and evolving out of a desire to connect people.

Happy Handful. The perfect companion for your morning (or afternoon) jo.

Happy Handful. The perfect companion for your morning (or anytime) joe.

So, come often, leave comments, and share it with your friends and family.  Let’s bring the village back one happy handful at a time.

6 thoughts on “Why Happy Handful?

  1. holly

    What a fun idea! Yes, occasionally we need reminders of what a blessing our kids are (but it’s usually obvious!) I’ll be checking in.

    1. sathyatripodi Post author

      Hi Holly! Thanks for checking it out!! Hopefully, this will be a great way to stay more connected. Looking forward to it!

  2. Nikki

    A beautiful family, a beautiful blog, written by a BEAUTIFUL woman. I’m excited to keep up with the many adventures of your precious handful. xoxo

    1. sathyatripodi Post author

      Why thank you, my dear friend. That was an incredibly generous thing to say. Missing you, as always. Chicago is a little bit warmer thanks to you. XOXO

  3. Celie

    I think of you so often, Sathya, and each time I’m driving near your neighborhood, I wish I had time to stop by and say hello.

    This blogging thing requires me checking in on your blog site, right? Maybe you can do an email “heads up” once a week (or month) to remind me that you’ve posted again. I just love you posting pictures of your growing family!!!

    Nice seeing you at church, too!


    1. sathyatripodi Post author

      Thank you so much! Yes, I can certainly send out an e-mail periodically and I’m also announcing each post on Facebook so you can always check in on there as well. Hope we see more of you all soon! And if you ever do have the time, you’re always welcome to stop by!


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