20 Things That Make Me Happy

20 Things That Make Me Happy

Photo by @shwahall on Instagram.

Happy Saturday beautiful people! I feel like life has been going pretty okay at the moment, but even when things are going fine there can always be a few things that have the ability to get you down and allow yourself to think less positively.

Today I thought I would reflect and mention a few things I’m grateful for because they make me happy and it’s good to have a list to refer to when things aren’t going your way to remind you why life is so great. So without further ado, here are 20 things that make me happy.

  1. THIS. This is so important and I literally cannot stop smiling (and crying) when I read this. It’s a must-read.
  2. Dinosaurs! Not like the scary ones in Jurassic Park, but friendly looking dinosaurs. Like my adorable little planter over here on the right (Target it truly the best).

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  3. Dunkin’ runs with my mama.
  4. The feeling you get when you walk into a bookstore or library (Which if you don’t read you won’t understand, but it’s amazing).
  5. Making my sister, Emily, laugh.
  6. Making my parents proud.
  7. When something goes right for my friends, whether it be something big or small, my heart is just so happy when things go right for them.
  8. Hugs when you need them most.
  9. Long conversations in a parked car.
  10. The smell of antique stores and the thrill of walking into a place filled with so many memories of the past.
  11. The excitement of listening to a record on vinyl for the first time, or better yet discovering a new favorite song on a new record.
  12. Writing things down on paper with my favorite pen. You may laugh, but I swear Y’all are really missing out if you don’t have a favorite pen because it’s a great little excitement when you have to write something down.
  13. Dance parties with Em! In the car, in the driveway, and in the kitchen! It’s the original dance party spot. You can occasionally join in one of our many dance parties on my Instagram story, so be sure to follow me!
  14. Reading comments and responses to posts I’ve written from you lovely people. It makes my day when I get feedback from you all! I love hearing from you!
  15. Thinking about the not-so-stressful parts about the future like traveling, college life, and how I hope my confidence, experience, blog, and social media presence, will have grown by then.
  16. Oversized sweaters and sweatshirts. If you think there is something comfier you are probably lying to yourself unless you went out and bought a snuggie or something. Sweatshirts are a socially acceptable blanket that you wear and keeps you warm, you feel me?
  17. Wearing an outfit that you love everything about and is the ideal image of “your style” and it makes you feel like a boss.
  18. Plants just plants being plants, taking artsy pictures of plants, being around plants . . . I think you get the idea.edcf141e-fa5b-4ffc-9c41-70cb20c0aacc
  19. When you flip to a channel that is just magically playing one your favorite shows (Which for me is Psych or Murder She Wrote).
  20. When you give someone a compliment and you can tell it really made a difference to their day.

I hope you might consider making your own list of 20 things that make you happy as it is actually psychologically proven that writing these things down has the ability to make you happier and less stressed.

So tell me, what is something that makes you happy and/or grateful to be here? Let’s start a positive conversation.

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It’s Been a Long Time . . .

It’s Been a Long Time . . .

I am currently happier than I have been in a long time. I still deal with a lot of daily stress as my life is heading almost out of control toward the future, which still seems so unclear to me, even though I have so much more figured out than I did a year ago. The whole “make it happen” part is pretty scary, but hey, I’m human and that’s just kind of how life works sometimes, and I am still perfectly content with the way things are going right now.

Actually this time last year I started this blog. I have been doing this for a year now, and it feels so crazy to think about. One day in February of 2017, I just started writing more, taking photos and investing more time into being creative; More time into what I love and enjoy. I also made several lifestyle changes that should be addressed.

I started putting myself first. I’ve said this once, but I will say it a million times more, if it gets to a point where you are emotionally drained from living in someone else’s story, take a step back and write your own narrative, even when it seems hard, and don’t feel guilty about it. I began investing all my efforts into other people’s situations, which was not so great for my mental health. Sometimes you just have to walk away, and that is okay.

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” —Lalah Deliah

I removed toxic people from my life. It was so hard to say goodbye, but sometimes you just have to rip yourself out from someone else’s feet when they get a little comfortable walking all over you. I’m not a carpet, not even a flying magical one (even though that might be kind of cool, but alas, I’m not any kind of floor garment), so please don’t treat me like one.

“No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.”

I’m being more hopeful for the future. I’m starting to believe this daydream of mine could actually become a reality. I  am allowing my dream to be the driving force towards my future. I have found something I am extremely passionate about and I put everything I can into it. If I want to turn this blog of mine into a small business someday, why can’t I?

I worry less about what people think, I still worry, just definitely not as much as I used to. I’m a little more carefree now, but only as carefree as a tightly coiled spring can be. She will loosen up from time to time, bounce a little, and have some fun. She doesn’t care about the height she’ll reach, as long as she bounces where she pleases and she’s happy along the way. She’s finally learned to stop comparing her abilities to others. She is finally free.

I ended all my Snapchat streaks. This may seem small or even completely unrelated to my happiness, but in our media-obsessed world, some people just live for maintaining their streaks, and I decided I wasn’t going to be like that because I’m not into pointless communication. If you need to tell me something, call me or text me. Send a message that’ll last.

I decided to stop worrying so much about my online connections with real people in my life and to start focusing more on my actual life connections with them. I have almost completely stopped using Snapchat and I can honestly say I feel like a whole new person, just by not utilizing one app.

Most of my friends are obsessed with keeping streaks, and I felt like it was starting to be like that too. I guess I’ve just decided that it matters more to me that I keep a streak of talking to my friends every day and having a real conversation with them than just sending them a random picture of my foot.

I’ve made it my mission to spread the love. It’s so hard and I know it is something everyone, you might not even realize it, but everyone struggles with, and that is spreading negativity and hate.

I know hate is a very powerful word, but it has a large bandwidth of reach, almost larger than that of love. Whether you are making a negative comment about someone, their personality, the sound of their voice, or more extreme by making degrading remarks about what makes them different than you, it all isn’t okay. I get it, we all need a good rant sometimes just to make yourself feel better, BUT if ranting about it will only get you more upset and cause your hatred to grow, it’s not worth it.

You’ve got to be able to rant, shake it off, and let it go. People will do or say whatever they want if they like and that is completely out of your control. If they don’t understand the consequences of their actions, that’s on them, but you cannot take their burning hate and negative vibes and allow it to fuel a hateful fire of your own. Then all that is left is a never-ending circle of hate and unhappiness and no one left to douse the flames. You are in control of your reactions and how you decide to deal with it proves what kind of person you are.

So please, just choose kind.

You’ll find a much yourself to be much happier by choosing that path.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyways.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

What are some life changes you have made recently to make yourself happier?

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Things I Get Excited About

Things I Get Excited About

I am an extremely excitable person. Many people like to blame it on my blonde roots, but I firmly believe it is because I’m a happy person who thrives on little excitements in life. On that note, I’m going to share with you some things that I get it excited about. They may seem crazy and probably won’t make too much sense, but ya know what, thats okay, its good to have little things that give you a happy buzz. So these are things that make me excited and it doesn’t really matter why. Continue reading “Things I Get Excited About”