stephmodo: What Do You Like Best to Do?

What Do You Like Best to Do?

• 17 May 2016

I subscribe to Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project newsletter, which is essentially a daily reminder to find and create happiness in our own lives (versus allowing it to just fall upon you).  I want to share with you a quote from one particular email.  It reminded me how important it is to take a personal inventory every now and again; and remember, amidst the chaos, disappointments, pain, etc. that we need to discover the things within ourselves that can bring us small bursts of joy (at least this was my interpretation).  It sounds so simple to do, but the application can actually be quite challenging.

"It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises."

--M.F.K. Fisher

I used this image here because I love to photograph landscapes, particularly in France.  The mix of chartreuse grass and gray limestone struck me as stunning in a natural, unpretentious way.  That evening, I hopped over some train tracks and slipped through a barbwire fence to snap this shot alongside my oldest daughter.  This is a moment I like to remember and represents a moment of joy for me!

p.s. another fantastic newsletter to subscribe to is BrenĂ© Brown's Courage Works.  About once a week, she sends out a pretty image and a poignant quote.  It's just the right amount :).


  1. I was just thinking about you the other day... wondering what you were up to! Good to see you back!

  2. So fun to see Stephmodo pop up in my reader!

  3. what mary said! the internet needs more stephmodo. and lucky me, i saw you in person! xoxo

  4. You guys are sweet...didn't know anyone was still there! Ha!

  5. Hooray! StephModo is BACK! Your recipes, your photography, and your home tours have been *missed.* Gold medal for you in my book!


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