Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
 - Henry David Thoreau

My Mom used to tell me whenever I would feel anxious and upset to clean my room. That probably sounds ridiculous but if you knew my Mom you would understand.  She believes that if you start organizing one thing in your life at a time, everything else will come together. She also believes that without organization, you have no way to prioritize. Have you ever tried it? Sometimes the simple act of cleaning your room when you’re feeling like you can’t figure out what to do next will bring you into focus.

I use this same idea when I’m not feeling great. I try to focus on one thing at a time and then eventually everything seems alright again. When I am feeling overwhelmed; I clean my room, go for a run, write a list of tasks in my planner and by that time whatever I was panicking over before seems much more manageable.

If you exercise every day, I bet you will become a happier person.  I used to not understand why I was upset all the time, and then one day I realized I hadn’t been upset in a long time. I wasn’t wallowing in my weight gain or insecurities anymore. While I was on a journey to figure out how to get to happiness, it just happened. It happened because instead of chasing happiness down, I turned my attention to other things- and happiness was what I found.

Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
 - Henry David Thoreau





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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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