book · simple life

Happy Being Single

There was a time I wanted to have a relationship. The heart falls hard. The relationship was not realistic. He wanted something else. I wanted the commitment. I felt a despair. Cried for days. Then I woke up one day and recognized what being single really means.

There are many women who write about being single. And they all have similar ideas about the happiness a woman can find being single.

Here are some of the reasons being single can bring you happiness.

  • You don’t have to settle for a relationship out of loneliness
  • You can still fulfill your dreams
  • You can still love yourself
  • You can travel when you have the desire to
  • You can work on yourself
  • No one is around to tell you when to go to bed
  • You can sleep anywhere on your bed or the sofa
  • You can put more time into friendships and family
  • You can focus on your health-exercise and eating habits
  • Being single allows you to learn about yourself!

Singleness does not define you, it does not have to determine if you are happy. Happiness is something you can reach for no matter your relationship status.

Here are some books I have read to help me work through my singleness.

Btw: I am still single and don’t plan on changing that!


  • The single woman, Mandy Hale
  • Single, the art of being satisfied, fulfilled and independent, Judy Ford
  • On my Own, Florence Falk
  • A woman Alone, Travel Tales Around the World. Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, Christina Henry de Tessan

Your Shopping Wishes

The single woman

Single, the art of being satisfied fulfilled and independent

On my Own, Florence Falk
A woman Alone, Travel Tales Around the World. Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, Christina Henry de Tessan

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art studio · book · crafts · cross stitch · knitting · needlepoint · simple life

Update on My Goal List

I made goals at the beginning of this year. The goal is to complete what was started! Let’s see what has been done. And read the books I have. Plus no additional shopping, use what I have with my arts and crafts.

The Knits

There are 2 knitting projects, one a scarf and the other is a wrap.

The scarf is knitted with seed stitch. The wrap is knitted in hurdle stitch. It has 4 rows which is row one: knit stitch, row two: knit stitch, row three: knit, purl, row four: knit purl

The scarf is getting close to being completed. I may be able to wear this scarf before the winter ends!

Below is purl stitch. Garter stitch is the edge.

The wrap has much more to finish. I just added the other skein of yarn a few days ago. I also have to stop knitting it at a certain length, so I can knit pockets for it. (being a little adventurous)!

Below is close up of hurdle knit stitch.


I am not a fan of reading. I prefer to write, but I know my writing is not professional.

The Bible study is going well, every night I listen to the study and make notes. I have been learning a lot.

The other books-well they make it out of the bin, but then onto a table. I just can’t get myself interested. The goal was to read, not to complete the entire bin. Maybe I have revisit this goal.

I Bent the Rules

I was going to finish another cross stitch before I began Rue Paris. But I just wanted so badly to start it. So I am now focused on Rue Paris. I am ok with that. I think I will alternate between the one I need to finish and Rue Paris.

Below is how much I have accomplished on the stitching. I’ll stitch Rue Paris on Sunday.

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book · spiritual

Resisting Happiness

One of my goals this year is to read the list of books are in my possession.

Resisting Happiness

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly is next on the list.

Follow along as I include my thoughts about the exercises in this book. The chapters are short but provides a deep questioning of happiness.

Chapter one, when have I resisted happiness in the week?

Chapter 2, what is my score of happiness for the past 3 months? I would say it’s a 5.

And what are the three activities that increase my happiness? Those are art/stitching, being with my pets, walking/yoga.

To quote from the book, page 2, “make no mistake, resistance is your enemy. It will not quietly go away and leave you alone. You have to slay it like a dragon, and you have to slay it anew each day.”

Resisting Happiness is definitely something I will be more aware about. Never thought about how resistance is sabotaging my happiness.

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