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.
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.