a happy soul

how taking care of your body will allow your soul to achieve a higher level of happiness

Activities! Activities! Activities!


Activities! Activities! Activities!

(This is Ben’s common phrase. He says this phrase while throwing his fists up and down in the air with a big goofy smile on his face. A pretty funny image.)

I decided…I am going to keep a list of 5 activities that I participate in/will participate in. And yes…I picked an arbitrary number, but I do have a reason for this random declarative sentence…


When people ask “So, what do you do?,” you start talking about your job, your family, and your demographics. Sometimes when they decide to ask you what you REALLY do, you may kind of hesitate and say some generic sentence like “Oh I workout and camp in the summer…pick my nose….blah blah blah.” I have TOTALLY been caught off guard with that sneaky second sentence and have to think about what else I do besides the ordinary, routine things like work, workout, brush my teeth, etc. I mean, I do have other hobbies that make me some sort of unique, interesting individual, but I don’t do them nearly enough if I have to think really hard about what I REALLY do with my time.

I have started an activity list where 3 activities are ones I try to do at least once a week and the other are seasonal. This is totally an arbitrary number that I randomly chose. It just seemed like a good, strong number. 😉

  1. Painting/drawing
  2. Water Skiiing
  3. Woodworking
  4. Back bends & handstands
  5. My blog!

I like to work and I love my job; I find fulfillment in working hard. But it’s important to invest in yourself in other ways like learning a new skill, trying a new recipe, volunteering for your community, or doing anything that will help you mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Your activity list can be things that help you attain a goal or just something you enjoy doing.

Now go find yourself some ACTIVITIES! And make sure you have enough room for them.


Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

3 thoughts on “Activities! Activities! Activities!

  1. I love the idea of having a different answer to “What do you do?” We have let our work define us for too long. I’m going to work on a better answer to that question. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Exactly! What defines us is so much more. You’re welcome! 🙂

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