Well, well, well. We’re coming to the end of another year. Is it just me or did 2013 go by in about two months?? Time is most definitely speeding up, people.
After the massive success (read: nobody threw tomatoes at me) of last year’s end of the year post, 7 Awesome Things About 2012, I decided to write one just like it for 2013. Now, as most of you know, I don’t really follow the news, and while the big stuff does usually trickle through to me, I certainly don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of everything that happened this year. I had to go and check and what I found was that major news outlets didn’t have much positive to say this year. That doesn’t mean that nothing awesome happened. Thank goodness for the internet in all it’s funny cat picture glory.
The following list is a collection of stuff that made me happy this year. Some of it is news, some of it is from my personal life, and some of it is just for fun. Happiness comes in all forms. I hope it provides you with as much joy as it has me, and perhaps you’d like to add your own item or two in the comment section when you’re done mooching off my list. Ha.
1. We got an awesome new pope.
Ok, you know I’m not religious, but this made me happy. When Pope John Paul II died, I was so hopeful that the church would bring in some new blood, someone to shake things up, someone who could give all those Catholics a bit of hope. I’m not saying that Pope Benedict XVI was bad or anything, I mean, he wasn’t worse, he just spread more of the same anti-homosexual, anti-contraceptive, anti-woman’s rights, anti-progressiveness in any way rhetoric. And although I was a bit disappointed, I just kept on putting my focus on what I wanted: a tolerant world where people focused on loving one another and making the world a better place for all.
Well, then something unprecedented and totally unexpected happened. Pope Benedict XVI retired. Holy crap (literally)! And Pope Francis (no fancy letters) got the gig. This guy. THIS GUY. He’s singlehandedly restoring people’s faith in the church in the most awesome way. He’s helping the poor, kicking cardinals who misappropriated funds out of their cushy jobs, and even secretly ditches his security details to go and help the poor in his spare time (do Popes have spare time??). I love this guy. He’s a wonderful example of the kind of human being we want in charge of a spiritual organization (or one that aims to be one…) More of this kind of thing please!
2. 24 Hours of Happy
Pharrell Williams made the first 24 hour video for the most awesome song ever. It’s called Happy. Check it out and see if you can keep from doing a happy dance. Or actually, don’t even bother trying to resist. It’s futile. I’ve been playing it non-stop in the background for over a week and I’m still not sick of it.
3. My sister started working at Deliberate Receiving
As my business has grown, I found myself in need of an assistant. But, me being me, I couldn’t just get any old assistant. I was determined to manifest pure awesomeness. And boy, did the Universe deliver! My big sis Tina unexpectedly became available and totally willing to get involved in my company, something that made me feel giddy with joy.
Get more details about my new hire here: Please Welcome The Newest Member Of The Deliberate Receiving Team!
4. A homeless man gets a makeover
I shared this video on my Facebook page, but it totally bears repeating. OMG, this made me cry with happiness. Do yourself a huge favor and let yourself be swept away with inspiration and warm fuzzy feelings. Watch what a bit of love and attention can do to how someone views himself.
5. I flew business class
This is something I haven’t shared with the public, but it was a major milestone for me this year. When I moved to the US when I was 9½ years old, I remember peeking in at the business class section each time I flew back and forth between continents. I always thought to myself, “Someday, I will be able to afford to sit there”. Every time I was asked to write one of those life goal lists over the years, “Fly to Germany, Business Class”, was on there.
When I started working for corporations, I was afforded the opportunity to upgrade, and I did. But while I enjoyed it, it didn’t really fill me with that sense of accomplishment. Someone else was footing the bill.
Well, this year, when I went on vacation to see my family in the US, I paid for a business class ticket, with my own money. It was a lot of money and it was a bit scary, but I worked my way into a place of comfort and I made it happen (with a lot of help from the Universe who facilitated a big discount on the tickets). The second I hit the purchase button, I was filled with an awesome sense of joy. It wasn’t until then that I realized just how much of a symbol this had been for me – I felt like I’d made it. I was successful. Of course, now that I realize that this is a massive boost to my abundance vibe, I’m never flying coach on long haul trips again. You know. Because of the abundance.
6. Autistic Girl Communicates Incredible Inner World
I think I linked to this video in one of my posts (who the hell can keep track anymore?), but again, it totally bears repeating. We tend to think of autistic kids as severely limited, mentally ill and often unable to interact. This girl has shown us just how wrong we are. I love paradigm shifting stories like this, which open us up to a completely different perspective. Prepare for your mind to be blown.
7. I did my first Liver Cleanse
I know, this was a fairly recent event, and those of you who read my blog religiously (THANK YOU!!), will undoubtedly be like, “This again!?” Don’t worry, I won’t talk about pooping in this post. Maybe. But the cleanse and the events that led up to it represented major mile stones for me and so, this is definitely part of my list. The clarity I received after the cleanse and the depth of my meditations deserve to be celebrated. Oh, and yes, I will be writing much more about all this. Soon. (That’s what we in the business call a cliff hanger…)
If you want to read more about this part of my journey, you can do so here: My Liver Cleansing Experience Part I – The Most Vulnerable Post I’ve Ever Written
8. Random acts of kindness
Finally, I have to share this site with you. It makes me cry happy tears every time I go on it. Basically, you can go there to share your stories of random acts of kindness, or read what others have posted. Raise your vibration, restore your faith in humanity and get ideas of how you can spread more love yourself.
I hope you enjoyed my happy list. Now, why not share a bit of your own in the comments and let everyone benefit? I can’t wait to read about what makes you happy!