The Art of Feeling Good

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

So I saw this post on Crushed Caramel and she responded to a Q&A created by “A Guy Called Bloke and K-9 Doodlepip!” called “Game On- Series 2- The Art of Feeling Good“. It’s been a while since I’ve done the last Q&A with Bonneywood Manor’s Friday Night Clam Bake. These are a lot of fun for me to think about.

Daily Topic Subject – The art of Feeling Good

Q1] How do you define ‘feeling good?’
Being able to create and express yourself in response to whatever circumstances you’re in. It ignites the flames of my passions. Feeling happy and inspired. Something that I feel after accomplishing a difficult task or goal. Addressing a problem in a community and tackling the challenges head on to create a positive result.

Q2] Do you have someone human or animal that is always there for you, and how do you feel about them?
I’m grateful for my family and my roommates. They always have a kind word and a delicious meal waiting for me after a difficult day.

Q3] What is something you have done recently that is thoughtful for someone else?
I just became a reading buddy volunteer for two second graders with a local youth literacy group. When I first moved to town, some kids told me they really didn’t like reading, and that they only read in class to become teacher’s pet. I wanted to help them enjoy reading more.

Q4] What’s the best thing that has happened to you today?
I’m really enjoying a bowl of Raisin Bran with almond milk right now.

PQ5] If you want to feel good, what type of music do you listen to? [Please provide link]
I listen to a lot of instrumental music in which the melodies inspire me to go places. I once listened to Alexis Ffrench’s song “Hope” on loop for three hours to soothe me. Alexis Ffrench | Reborn & Ludovico Eunaudi | Nuvole Bianche

Q6] What has inspired you recently?
I enjoyed an inspiring commencement address given by a navy seal. His experiences are valuable no matter what walk of life you come from. University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

PQ7] Have you seen a feel good film recently, and if not recently please provide a link to a film that has inspired you?
The Greatest Showman. Here is a trailer! This musical made me laugh and cry. Stellar soundtrack. Dream inspiring. 

Q8] When you are feeling down and you wish to treat yourself to motivate and encourage you, what do you do?
I work on some sort of creative activity and listen to inspirational music. I paint, garden, bake, journal, read, or watch a movie.

Q9] List five feel good things in your life right now?
friends & family, flowers, dancing, music, comic books

Q10] Has anyone done anything for you really special in the last month or so, that they did just for you and no expectation of anything back?
I received a graduation card from my coworkers which brought tears of joy to my eyes. I felt so loved and supported.

Q11] What made you laugh or smile today?
Ellen DeGeneres “Clumsy 🙂 Thumbsy” Youtube videos. Hilarious auto-correct scenarios! 

PQ12] If you wanted to read something to make you feel good, where would you go to find it, and what would it be?
I go to The Good News Network where there are so many inspiring news articles of all the good in the world. Media generally likes to report negative events to help us stay informed, and I like to balance what I read to give me hope.

Q13]  What’s your weather like today, and what is one good thing about it?
It’s sunny and bright. The skies are clear. I love how the rays of the sun warm my skin after being inside with air conditioning.

Q14] Of all the seasons which one makes you feel totally great and why?
Summer, without a doubt. I may go through several bottles of sunscreen, but I love swimming, going hiking in the parks, checking out the ice cream store, checking out fruit in season and making desserts, checking out summer reading clubs and new fashion trends. 

PQ15] What choices in the last twelve months have you made to improve your life and how’s that going for you?
I’ve been making an effort to stay fit by staying really active. A variety of jogging, yoga, strengths training, jump roping, ballet exercises. It’s been well! I feel more energetic.

Q16] Who in your life has survived something difficult, and how do you feel when you think about the fact that they’re still here?
My family lives are a testimony to survival. My uncle was stabbed by a guy who stalked and mugged him with a broken wine bottle in the garage of his own home. He survived the ordeal and was able to move on with his life. I feel a sense of awe that he is still the life of the party at family events he hosts and can still dance the night away. My father and mother were Vietnamese refugee boat people who survived grueling circumstances. I’m just amazed at what they were able to accomplish in their adopted homeland. You can overcome a lot of things with the right people at your side no matter what kind of chaos is out there.

Q17] Have you recently imagined a worst-case scenario that didn’t actually happen?
Last night I saw one of my coworkers juggling a pair of scissors. I stopped breathing afraid that he was going to hurt himself, but he didn’t! He smiled at me and told me he was formally in the color guard tossing flags. STILL, it’s DANGEROUS!!!

Q18] What is your sweetest memory?
I was an unpaid volunteer for teaching children language studies one year. At the end of the year, my students gave me so many flowers and cards. They gave me loads of hugs, and told me I was a second parent to them. The other teachers and parents hosted a seafood party where I got to eat as many craw fish as I wanted. I felt so appreciated and loved. 

Q19] If you could only keep five of your possessions which ones would you keep to ensure that you always felt good?
Piano, Laptop, Camera, Golden Pathos plant, Panda figurine from the Nature’s Endangered Fraser collection

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

Q21] What do you wish for the epitaph on your gravestone to read?
It’s not really something I think about a lot, but it would probably be something along the lines of  “Enjoyed the Beauty of Life and Cared for Many.”

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