“April prepares her green traffic light, and the world thinks: Go.” – Christopher Morley
Spring is in the air, and we are so excited for everything this new season will bring. This is the season of hope and happiness.
Finding joy in everything you do is the ultimate goal, which is why it’s no surprise that our theme this year is “Choose Happy.” Imagine if you could wake up every morning inspired, positive, fulfilled and ready to crush the day. Happiness and hope are not things we can put in a jar. They’re not things we can have a handle on, but there are some paths to happiness that we can learn for the days when we are feeling down.
Being happy can mean different things to different people. Happiness is focusing on the present moment, taking time to reflect and letting go of the past. Find and engage in activities that will keep your attention to help you avoid negative thoughts. Figure out what your strengths are, and use them to contribute to a cause that’s bigger than you. By doing this, you will have feelings of fulfillment that could bring great happiness.
Giving back to your community is a great way to get rid of those negative thoughts and keep your focus on the positives. You can change the lives of others when you decide to choose happiness and give back!
April brings Kennesaw Business Association (KBA) members a ton of happiness, and the Big Shanty Festival is to thank for that. The annual weekend event, scheduled for April 22-23 in downtown Kennesaw, is the largest fundraiser of the year in Kennesaw and will include arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and a parade featuring floats, high school bands and various organizations. This is one celebration of spring you don’t want to miss.
We are excited to be back at the KSU Professional Education Building for our monthly luncheon, sponsored by North Cobb High School, on April 11 at 11 a.m. This month is all about giving back and bringing happiness to ourselves and others, and we’ll achieve that by presenting scholarships to more than 20 deserving students from local high schools.
For even more fun, join us at two additional networking events. Alive After 5 will kick off Big Shanty weekend April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Trackside Grill. Wake Up KBA will be at Honeysuckle Biscuits and Bakery April 25 from 7:45 to 9 a.m., and this is a great opportunity for early-morning networking and a great breakfast.
We can’t wait to see our amazing community members at the Big Shanty Festival and all our other KBA events this month. It’s going to be a month full of fun and happiness!
– Kevin Jabbari is the president of the Kennesaw Business Association and owns Jabbari Property Services LLC.
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