Once you start eating barbecue, it’s hard to stop. And AY Publisher Heather Baker and KARK host DJ Williams aren’t stopping yet. The duo visited their third barbecue joint listed on the AY Magazine Barbecue Bucket List.
This week, the pair dropped by Smokin’ Buns in Jacksonville. Before heading in, Baker gave Williams the scoop on what to expect inside – one of her favorite food orders.
“It is a giant baked potato stuffed with barbecue and cheese dip and all the fixings. It is so good, and it’s one of my all-time favorites,” Baker says.
All this food tourism might be taking its toll on Williams, but he’s ready to keep going. “I was working on my figure, and I don’t know how long this is going to last, but the food is definitely worth it,” Williams jokes.
Smokin’ Buns owner Cory Nicholson gave them a brief history of the restaurant, saying that he built the restaurant in 2008. Nicholson says he built the restaurant in roughly two months. “Sweat and labor. A lot of sweat and labor,” he says.
But on to the food! A spread of epic proportions was laid out for Baker and Williams. One of the first things to catch Williams’ eyes was the Hoss, a sandwich that is a tower of Texas toast, smoked pork, beans, sauce, slaw, 2 ribs and 2 onion rings – all held together with a knife.
The Hoss sandwich. It’s somewhat of a challenge,” Nicholson says. “It’s pretty much a plate stacked on top of one another.”
But Baker had other things on her mind – that baked potato.
“It’s about 2 pounds. Pretty much, you can take half of it home with you if you really want to,” Nicholson says.
Smokin’ Buns keeps its grill running constantly throughout the week. “We do it every day. The smoker starts on Tuesday night and doesn’t shut off until Saturday night, so it goes 24/4, I guess you could say,” Nicholson says.
Eating at Smokin’ Buns was a success. While the baked potato remains her favorite, Baker says the fried green tomatoes are a close second.
“This bucket list is amazing. So many places to go to. Smokin’ Buns was a hit,” Williams says.
Next week, Baker and Williams will be trying one final spot on the Barbecue Bucket List – Hawgz Blues Café in North Little Rock.
Smokin’ Buns is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 10:45 am to 8:30 pm. It is closed Sunday through Tuesday.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced the opening date for the Momentary, its new contemporary art space. The satellite location is scheduled to open February 22, 2020.
Following the opening of the Momentary opens, the space will feature two exhibitions, State of the Art II and Nick Cave: Until.
State of the Art II
State of the Art II, which is also being held at Crystal Bridges, is a new exhibition that expands upon 2014’s State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, a project in which Crystal Bridges curators traveled throughout America searching for artists. The exhibition featured 102 artists and was the subject of a PBS documentary.
The new exhibition features a new team that will be searching for a new selection of artists and artworks. It will run from February 22-May 24.
Nick Cave exhibit opening at Mass MoCA
Nick Cave: Until is a project by noted artist Nick Cave, who is creating a space comprised of thousands of wind spinners, featuring images of guns, bullets and targets, along with a “cloudscape encrusted in ceramic birds, beaded flowers and cast-iron lawn jockeys.”
Until will run from July 18, 2020 to January 2, 2021.
Nick Cave, Until, 2016
In addition, Crystal Bridges will be hosting four new exhibitions:Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…, Ansel Adams: In Our Time, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and Craft (working title). These exhibitions will run, respectively, from February 8-April 20, 2020; May 23-September 7,2020; July 4-October 11, 2020; and October 10, 2020-February 1, 2021.
Ansel Adams, The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
“We are excited to begin this new decade exploring art at Crystal Bridges and the soon-to-be opened Momentary,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges executive director & chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Whether the artists are familiar to our visitors or completely unknown, these exhibitions look at history, our natural landscape, art movements, and current culture through a broad set of objects and perspectives. The 2020 line up highlights award-winning artists such as Hank Willis Thomas and Nick Cave, and up-and-coming artists whose work will be featured in State of the Art II, the prolific photographer, Ansel Adams and so many more.”
Football season is quickly closing in, and that means that tickets are becoming a hot commodity. Now, single game tickets are on sale for the 2019 football season.
Starting August 31, the Razorbacks will kick off their 2019 season, the second Chad Morris’ tenure as head coach. The game will pit the Hogs against the Portland State Vikings at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The next game will see the Hogs travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss. and then return to Fayetteville to battle Colorado State.
In total, there are seven home games and four away games, as well as one game played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. On Nov. 30, the Razorbacks will travel to Little Rock to play Missouri at War Memorial.
Single tickets range from $35 to $250 for most games. However, tickets for the Auburn game are $60-300, and tickets for the Mississippi State game are $55-300. Tickets for the War Memorial game are currently $40.
I had some kind of weekend. Not the good kind. The “dreaded phone call” kind. And from that, I reached to something I wrote from my own website www.lisafischersaid.com I posted after our best friend died. Below is the edited version of that post.
I present to you:
Tips for that Grieving Friend
I, like so many people, have experienced grief. I have told publicly many times my story about losing my mother and custodial parent when I was 12, and how I was plucked up from my home in Gretna, LA, a suburb of New Orleans and sent to live with cousins in Arkansas for whom I am eternally grateful. The first cousin who adopted me became my mother, and I’m sad to report, she died over the weekend. Suddenly. She was 76 and was in good physical health but had experienced considerable mental decline.
Don’t say, “call me if you need anything.” Those in grief don’t know what they need. They probably can’t even think of your name if pressed. Grief affects memory. Just do something for the grieving family.
Don’t stay too long when serving them. If you take food, drop it off. Then scoot out the door. Those in grief have a hard time watching you in those awkward moments where you are weeping more than the grieving family.
Don’t say, “God needed an angel.” Or “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Neither is biblical. Just stop it.
“I know how you feel.” No, you don’t. You haven’t lost the loved one that person lost. Everyone’s grief is so unique.
“When my (husband, brother, wife, mother, sister, daughter) died, I…” No one asked you. I hate to be blunt. But come on. You had your time. Just listen.
Now some things you can say and do.
“I will miss your loved one, too.”
“I have a housekeeper coming tomorrow.” This was something I did for my best friend when her 56 year-old husband dropped dead. Even though she’s my bestie, I asked her, “would you rather strangers come clean your home or friends?” She quickly answered, “strangers.” I got the message loud and clear. She didn’t want to be judged by friends on her home. I get it. So Molly Maid came a couple of times and that helped her so much.
We live in the south. We always feed people when someone dies, a baby is born, or a new neighbor moves in. Food is always a great idea. You can begin a meal train by using an online source for people to sign up.
Take paper products. Those don’t spoil.
What about clothing? I know this sounds petty but depending on family size, everyone needs funeral clothing. Some families have different standards than what you have so find out. New clothes? Thrift store clothing?
Clean up the family’s yard or wherever they will be receiving guests.
Plant flowers or have something nice in the front yard to show signs of life in the home.
Help with the obituary if you’re a writer. It’s one way I knew for certain I could serve my friend. My friend Christina and her family still thank me often.
The Bible says to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, grieve with those who grieve.” There is a time for both. They will see joy again; it just might take more time than you could ever imagine.
Here is the obituary I wrote for today’s newspaper.
Sherry Jones Gibson, 76, of Dermott, passed away in her home in Dermott, Ark. July 13. She was born in Crossett, Ark. and a proud majorette with the marching band for the Crossett Eagles. Sherry was predeceased by her parents, James (Jimmie) Clyburn Jones and Earl Jones, and her son, Dan. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Charles Sidney Gibson; daughter, Lisa Fischer (Kris) of Little Rock and Chuck of Little Rock and Dermott and Gina Ware Gibson of Dermott, the mother of her grandchildren. She is survived by her seven grandchildren, Kristen Gibson and Charles Gibson of Little Rock; twins Madeline Gibson of Atlanta and Courtney Gibson Endsley of Dermott; Sidney Fischer Head (John) of Little Rock; Gibson Fischer and Anna Margaret Fischer of Dallas; one great grandchild, Kameron Kay Head of Little Rock, a brother K. C. Jones (Stacy) of Little Rock and an aunt, Sherwin Skidmore of Dermott.
Sherry’s life was characterized by artistic endeavors, breeding and showing her beloved golden retrievers, and even raising horses in her own backyard. Sherry was the one who decorated her house for Christmas in big ways before it was a trend which characterized the way she approached all of her projects. She never did anything in a small way or because other people did it. In the 70s, she got interested in tennis and charmingly convinced the small town of Dermott to build a tennis facility.
She was known for her generous spirit including taking in her 12 year-old first cousin in the 70s whom she raised as her only daughter. She moved Lisa into the boys’ bedroom so she could be accommodated with all the things a 12 year- old wanted.
She attracted media attention with her unique style. The Arkansas Gazette once featured her in a fashion segment that showed her status as southeast Arkansas’ style icon and quoted her daughter by calling Sherry “the Joan Collins of Dermott.”
Sherry was a trail-blazer in everything she did. She started going west to Snowmass at Aspen to take her family skiing in the 70s. She and Charles Sidney even hosted a high school group of students to Crested Butte, Colorado, in the early 80s. That’s the year the skiing for spring break was known as “mud skiing” due to the warm temperatures.
Once internet access came to Dermott, it gave Sherry an outlet to entertain the world. Her “dog show pals” as she called them were able to chat with SherryLiketheWine on the reg. Her friends even bought the domain name and gave her a website which has since gone dark. She received the moniker “SherryLiketheWine” when her friends would ask her what her name was, and when she answered, she would say, “Sherry, you know, like the wine.
Son Chuck began practicing law with her husband and that brought her so much joy. Chuck’s family continued to grow with four children in three years so Sherry was called in often for back-up. Sherry worked at Gibson Law Office for years as a helper for the Gibson men, but she probably spent more time getting to know the clients than actually preparing legal briefs.
Her legacy is her unique style and her fierce loyalty to her husband and children. In a battle, you’d want SherryLiketheWine by your side.
Arrangements are pending and will likely be held at the Dermott Presbyterian Church July 27 where Sherry had been a member since she moved to Dermott after her husband finished law school in 1970. Arrangements by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service of McGehee, Ark. Online guest book may be signed at www.griffinculpepper.com.
Rock City Harley-Davidson is opening a new 42,125 square-foot facility and training course, with the grand opening set for July 19 and 20.
The new facility, located at the Gateway Town Center in Little Rock, will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, July 20. During the event, there will be a motorcycle stunt show, food truck and concerts on Friday and Saturday.
“We’re excited to complete this modern facility for Central Arkansas where many enjoy riding motorcycles in our beautiful state.” said Gene Whisenhunt, President of Hickingbotham Investments, Inc. “When we repurchased the Central Arkansas market over two years ago, we committed to provide a facility that allows riders and those wanting to explore motorcycling to enjoy the ultimate Harley-Davidson experience. We are pleased this has now become a reality.”
With the new facility, Rock City Harley-Davidson has an expanded showroom, a state-of-the-art service department and increased retail space for Harley-Davidson merchandise and apparel. Lewis Architects Engineers designed the facility, which includes a one-and-a-half acre training course, while Baldwin & Shell served as the general contractor.
“Arkansas has a wonderful motorcycling community as well as many tourists that enjoy riding in our state,” said Joel Britt, general manager. “Our team, along with this new facility, will provide the very best products and the new facility allows us to host more events to grow the Harley-Davidson family. We will also have the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcyle and the StaCyc EDRIVE, electric powered two-wheelers for kids.”
The new Rock City Harley-Davidson facility is located in the Gateway Town Center at the interchange of Interstates 30 and 430.
The dog days of summer are upon us! Usually that means hot and muggy weather, but here at AY About You Magazine, it means cute puppies and dogs.
In AY’s August issue, you can learn all about dogs and celebrate what makes these pups a human’s best friend. This will be your guide for taking care of your canine, whether you have an old, reliable hound or are looking to adopt a new pup.
There’s more to having a dog than just taking them out for a walk and putting food in the bowl. That’s where we come in – we will dive into the real costs of canine ownership and what is needed to truly take care of your pet.
You will learn how to adopt a dog, how to find a vet, how to train your dog and more. Increasingly, more spots around Arkansas are dog-friendly, and we will highlight some of this great places.
And this is all made possible by our friends at Wags and Whiskers. In case you’re not familiar with them, Wags and Whiskers is a full-service doggie daycare and boarding facility, located in Little Rock. It is a cage-free daycare, where the dogs are broken up into three play groups: Posh Pets (small dogs), Urban Tails (medium to large pups) and Canine Courtyard (large dogs).
At the end of the day, we all want happy dogs! They’re always happy to see us, so we want to help our readers take care of their dogs and pups.
And don’t forget to check out our “ABowBow You” Cutest Dog Contest. You have until August 31 to nominate your pup to be featured into our August Dog Daze of Summer.
AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see Alabama, Pallbearer and more.
Around Little Rock
Grayson Shelton & Chris DeClerk/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR / 8-12 / Free
Independence Brewing Company (Austin, TX) is in town to do a special tapping event and they’ve invited local singer-songwriters Grayson Shelton and Chris DeClerk to join in the fun. Grab one of their tasty brews and sit back and enjoy some great music.
Punch Line Primetime Comedy Showcase/ The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse 301 Main St. #102 NLR/ 8-10/$15
This monthly comedy showcase welcomes headliner and local comedian, Jay Jackson; featured comic from Los Angeles,Kayla Esmond; and opening sets from Zane Lovelady, Lucas Smith and JP Ford.
2nd Friday Art Night at HAM/ Historic Arkansas Museum 200 E. 3rd St. / 5-8/ Free
Come out for the opening reception of the latest exhibit “Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts.” with music by folk/Americana duo Ten Penny Gypsy, and beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing.
Bow Wow Luau/ Bark Bar 1201 South Spring St. / 5-10
Grab your favorite tiki shirt, your furry friend (and their current shot records) and come to the Bow Wow Luau. A night of tiki drinks, food from Low Ivy food truck, selfie station, food specials, and a prize for the best person/dog luau attire. more info and do fill out info in advance
Rob Moore/ Walter’s Coffee & Speakeasy 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd/ 7-10
A mid-summer night jam as Mojo Depot front man and half of Mojo Duo, Rob Moore helps you unwind with some acoustic jams.
Collin Littlejohn/ 109 & Co. 109 Main St/ 8-10
Collin Littlejohn is a Memphis blues artist, now residing in Northwest Arkansas, and is bringing his solo show to 109 & Co.
Read Southall Band/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave./ 8:30-11:30/ $12 advance $15 day of show
Red Dirt/Southern Rock & Roll from Stillwater Oklahoma, the Read Southall Band is sure to bring a good time to the Chicken Shack. Get your tickets here.
The Schwag/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave./ 9-12/ $12 advance $15 at the door
The legendary Grateful Dead Experience from St. Louis,The Schwag puts on an unforgettable show “keeping the music and vibes alive.” Get your tickets here.
SeanFresh, BJ Soule and Ashley Evans/ South on Main 1304 Main St/ 9-12 / $10 advance $15 at the door
Keep that SoMa After Dark energy going with SeanFresh and friends as they bring those feel good R&B Vibes to South on Main. Get your tickets here.
White Mansion & Illusionaut/ Vino’s Pizza-Pub Brewery 923 W 7th St./ 9-12/ $8
Two of Arkansas most exciting and up-and-coming Alternative bands join forces for one great show. From Fayetteville the Dark Wave of White Mansion and from Little Rock the progressive post-punk of Illusionaut.
Urban Pioneers with Big Red Flag/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10-1/ $7
Hillbilly swing from Albany, Texas combining elements of country, western, Americana, bluegrass, and old time folk. Opening the show is Little Rock’s own modern day purveyors of Ragtime Gypsy Grass, Big Red Flag.
Pop-Up Zine: Little Rock/ South on Main 1304 Main St./ 4:30-6:30/ $7
Pop-Up Zine: Little Rock is bringing together writers, photographers, filmmakers, artist, and radio producers together for an afternoon of true story telling. Think of it as a live magazine. The event starts off at 4:30 with music by Isaac Alexander and at 5:30, the show begins with contributions from local writer Fredrick McKindra, photographer Don House, KUAF’s Katy Henriksen, filmmaker Mark Thiedeman, writer Meosha Howard, writer Graham Gordy, and editor Revekah Hall. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event sure to inspire the creative in all of us.
The Legendary Pacers/ Griffin Restaurant 101 East Locust St./ 8-10 / $5
Thursday Night Live welcomes those legendary Arkansas rockabilly boys, the Legendary Pacers, who have been honored by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Hot Springs Walk of Fame, Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, Arkansas Governors Award, Rock & Soul Museum Memphis, Arkansas Travelers Award and the Sonny Payne Blues Award. With hits from Sun Records including “Red Headed Woman,” and the wild “We Wanna Boogie,” this is a show rock n’ roll lovers don’t want to miss.
The Schwag / Cregeen’s Downtown 201 S. Main/ 9-1/$10
The legendary Grateful Dead Experience from St. Louis, the Schwag comes to Cregeen’s for a groovy Thursday night. “Keeping the music and vibes alive”
Alabama/ Arkansas Music Pavilion 5079 W. Northgate Rd. / 7:00/ $45-$139.50 www.walmartamp.com
Country music superstars Alabama are coming to the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Celebration of their 50th Anniversary. John Anderson and Exile open the show.
Runaway Planet & Rachel Ammons/ Kings Live Music 1020 Front St./ 8:30-12/ $5
2019 Arkansas Country Music Award winners for Best Bluegrass Band, Central Arkansas’ Runaway Planet is coming to Kings joined by their friend, multi-instrumentalist, Rachel Ammons.
Arkansas classic rock road warriors DeFrance bring that feel good rock & roll to Harry’s joined tonight by Follow the Buzzards, a four piece rock band from Tulsa with covers of your favorite classic rock songs and some originals.
Stay “in the know” about all the great events going on around Arkansas. AY’s Publisher, Heather Baker, will tell you what the hot spots are this weekend.
Thursday, July 11-Sunday, July 14
What: Mamma Mia!
Where: The Studio Theatre
When: 7:30 pm
Are you a dancing queen? Join the Studio Theatre for its production of Mamma Mia. Join a daughter and a mother as they navigate a wedding and three possible fathers!
Thursday, July 11-July 31
What: Where’s Waldo
Where: WordsWorth Books & Co.
When: 10 am
Waldo is hiding out in Little Rock, and you’ve got to find him. Pick up the search list at WordsWorth Books and start looking for him at local businesses.
Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14
What: 2019 Fat Tire Festival
Where: Eureka Springs
When: All weekend
This three-day extravaganza is packed with events, from downhill racing to cross country racing to short track racing. There will also be live entertainment and food! Learn more here.
Friday, July 12
What: SoMa After Dark
On the first Friday of every month, SoMa businesses keep their doors open a little longer to let everyone explore the neighborhood. This weekend, Argenta Bead Company, Community Bakery, Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos and more will be running specials.
Friday, July 12
What: Collin Littlejohn concert
Where: 109 & Co.
Collin Littlejohn, a Memphis native, will be bringing his Beale Street blues to 109 & Co. for a rousing concert.
Where: UA-Pulaski Tech: The Center for Humanities and Arts
UA-Pulaski Tech is hosting the opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints.” Designer Korto Momolu-Briggs will be speaking at 6:30 P.M.
Friday, July 12
What: BHealthy Farmers Market
Where: The Promenade at Chenal
From 4-7 pm, head to the Courtyard at the Chenal Promenande for a special farmers market. You can find locally grown produce and baked goods while also shopping for all your fashion needs!
Friday, July 12
What: Jazz Night at Guillermo’s
Where: Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee
Guillermo’s is aiming to kick off a tradition with its first jazz night. The West Village spot is welcoming a group of talented musicians, including Shirley Chauvin, Drew Stewart, David Higginbotham and Chris Parker.
Friday, July 12
What: Sandwiching in History Tour
Where: War Memorial Stadium
When: 12 pm
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will be hosting a tour of War Memorial Stadium. Learn more about the structure, which was completed in 1948, which was built as both a sporting venue and as a memorial for Arkansas’ veterans and fallen soldiers.
Saturday, July 13
What: Tesla Fest
Where: Mid-America Science Museum
When: 10 am
Mid-America Science Museum is hosting the fourth annual Tesla Fest this Saturday.
The fest celebrates the birth and inventions of Nikola Tesla, who would be celebrating his 163rdbirthday this year. He was born in 1856. He is famous for his contributions to modern-day alternating current (AC) electricity.
There will be Tesla-themed science activities and demonstrations throughout the museum.
There will also be a costume contest. Dress up like Tesla and win a prize for being the 163rdperson to check in for his birthday.
Did you know? Nikola Tesla designed the Tesla coil, which produces AC electricity.
During the fest, you’ll get to see a live demonstration of the world’s most powerful Tesla coil, as determined by Guinness World Records, which generates 1.5 million volts.
Admission for adults is $10, and children ages 3-12 and seniors get in for $8. Children 2 and under are free.
Saturday, July 13
What: 80s Mall Party
Where: Main Street Mall
Downtown Little Rock Partnership is hosting an 80’s Mall Party on Saturday at the old Main Street Mall in partnership with AY Magazine.
There will be a special appearance by Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s DeLorean.
Do you know what year Back to the Future came out? 1985 and they went back to 1955
Slick’s Grill will be serving burgers and fries, and there will be adult beverages.
Don’t miss the retro arcade, the lip sync contest and the music videos.
Did you know? Olivia Newton-John’s song “Physical” is Billboard’s #1 song of the 1980s.
Tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $40. VIPs get access to the Rock City Kicks Lounge, 2 drink tickets and food from Samantha’s.
Saturday, July 13
What: Rodney Block Collective: A Spike Lee Tribute
Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater
The Rodney Block Collective is celebrating the works of film director Spike Lee this Saturday.
Lee is the director of classic films like “Do the Right Thing”, “Malcolm X”, “Inside Man”, “25thHour” and “She’s Gotta Have It.”
It’s the 30th anniversary of Do the Right Thing (came out in 1989), which is screening at the Ron Robinson Theater on Friday.
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is hosting this performance, which will feature music from all of Lee’s films.
The Rodney Block Collective is a quartet comprised of a lead trumpet, piano, bass and drums.
Block is a Dumas native and a classically trained trumpet player.
General admission tickets are $15. Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm.
Sunday, July 14
What: Outdoor Patch: Tracking Wildlife
Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
Your kid can earn an Arkansas Game and Fish outdoor patch by learning more about wildlife.
Learn how to track animals that live around you at this outdoor program.
During the program, students will learn how to identify wildlife signs. They will then make an animal track that they can take home with them.
Did you know? You don’t have to find tracks to track animals. You can find animal beds, feeding areas, rubs and scratches (especially on trees) and hair/feathers to locate animals in the wild.
You know how else you can locate animals? Scat.
Sunday, July 14
What: Vinyl Brunch
Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing
When: 11 am
Stone’s Throw Brewing is partnering with Arkansas Record & CD Exchange for a delicious and entertaining brunch. While you’re enjoying chicken and waffles, hash browns, beer and cidermosas, you’ll also be jamming to some great tunes.
Publisher Heather Baker of AY About You magazine just wowed the crowds at the 2019 Annual Inclusion 700 Youth Empowerment Summit. She gave the young people this advice which could apply to any of us at any age.
This is her speech.
“I think a lot about happiness and what it means, I also do a lot of searching on ways that I can create more of it in my life and the lives of those who are around me.
We’re all looking for a sense of meaning and happiness in our lives, so I wanted to share with you a few ways I intentionally bring happiness into my own life.
Passion + Growth + Contribution = Personal Satisfaction aka Happiness!
Take personal responsibility for your own happiness and know that it is not someone else’s responsibility. Accept other people where they are at this moment and appreciate that they’re doing the best they can.
Document the great things people say to you or about you so you can read them when you forget just how amazing you really are.
Keep an organized list of items you need to accomplish and check them off with pride, which reaffirms to you and others that you’re someone who keeps his/her word and delivers what you promise.
Pay a compliment to someone randomly. If you think someone looks beautiful, tell them, if you like somebody’s shoes, TELL THEM! Think about how good it feels when someone you don’t know pays you a compliment and then go out and be that person!
Fix something at home that’s been annoying you: a button that’s missing, a light bulb that’s out or a drawer that just won’t shut right. These are small wins but well worth the effort.
Do a mini-declutter. Getting rid of stuff that is unused or old opens up space for you and your family.
Help someone! Take someone in need a warm dinner, hold the door or carry a bag. Small acts of kindness often do more for the giver than the receiver.
Choose who you spend your time with. Hang out with people who emit positivity and energize you, not people whose pessimism and negativity drain the life out of you. The person you will be in five years is based on the books you read and the people you surround yourself with today. Always remember that you are a result of the top five people you are around the most.
Make a connection. Send a text or pick up the phone and call someone you’ve lost touch with but are thinking about.
Turn off the TV and get busy. Don’t disrespect your time by wasting it. Happiness is found in GROWTH – and if it isn’t taking you UP, it’s pulling you down. Nothing ever leaves you the same.
Make a deposit into your INTERNAL BANK ACCOUNT. Like learning a new skill, reading a book, intentionally creating a new life experience or stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something you’ve never done before.
Be GRATEFUL. Take a moment and write down all of the incredible blessings in your life right now. Even if you’re not where you want to be, there’s a lot we take for granted.
With a small amount of intentional effort, you will feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. When you give the language of “HAPPY” to your friends and family and colleagues it is contagious. We all want more passion, excitement, magic moments, fearlessness, freedom to be vulnerable, encouragement and inspiration.
So enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.
What do you do to create more happiness in your life?
What’s one thing you need to take action on in your life?”