Posts tagged ‘happiness’

09/21/2011

do what you love.

 

i have always loved quotes. when i was younger, i would mimic movies, books and songs and then challenge my family and friends to guess what each line was from. quotes harbor wisdom, hope and thoughtfulness. my favorite quotes are those that make you want to change your life for the better. you know – the ones that talk about happiness and following your heart – i’m all about those. well, kind of. i had always loved those quotes, but i never really incorporated them into my every day life. i was on the path to happiness, i told myself, so i didn’t need to focus on being happy right now. going to college; pulling all-nighters; listening to lectures from professors who didn’t know what they were talking about; drinking gallons of coffee just to stay awake… this was all going to make me happy in the long run. i expected to graduate, land a full time job and *poof* i would be happy. i thought i should have been happy.

it took me one year and almost five months to learn that my expectations were wrong.

when i got my administrative job in glenview, i thought of it as a new chapter. that first day i knew i didn’t like anything about it, but i also knew that i needed to suck it up in order to gain the experience and the paycheck. i hoped for cohesiveness with my coworkers and my work – but that never came. i just didn’t fit in to the high-school-ish environment and after a month or two, i began to resent everything about it. i admit that i picked up on the job rather quickly and became good at what i did – but my resentfulness eventually turned into hatred, and i knew that i just couldn’t do it anymore. it was exhausting. spending two hours a day hating my drive, and eight hours a day hating my job. 10 hours of my day i was in a bad mood. i started thinking of ways i could bring happiness into my life – hence this blog post – but when it came down to it, i was just too tired to do anything.

so i began networking and talking to my friends and family about what i should do. i love photography, but felt like i needed a lot more experience. i love event planning, but felt like i needed someone to take a chance on me. i love refurbishing, but am still learning. i also started thinking about possible part-time jobs that i could have fun at. once i started thinking outside the box, things started falling in line. i started receiving emails and calls about photo shoots; within a week of applying to starbucks, i got a call, an interview and a job offer; i got word of a referral for planning a big event in evanston next summer. things were happening so quickly – it was like i had chosen the perfect time to quit glenview.

so, that’s exactly what i did. after six months, i quit my ‘big girl’ job and am now a starbucks barista! i am also spending the rest of my time focusing on my photography, event planning & refurbishing – and i couldn’t be more happier about it. i feel less stressed, more active and free. sure, it’s a little scary – but isn’t that what life is about? taking chances and living life to the fullest.

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07/28/2011

more happy, please!

about two months ago i saw the happiness project by gretchen rubin on the ‘summer reads’ table in B&N. as soon as i saw the bright and cheery cover, i knew instantly that i needed to purchase it – primarily because during that time, i was feeling overwhelmed, not myself and ultimately, not happy. i knew i wouldn’t have much time to read it right then, so i purchased it and packed it away in a box [since i was moving]. three weeks ago i unpacked it, and finally started the journey through gretchen’s happiness.

although i am only half way through her book, i have already been inspired by some of the changes gretchen has made. since her life was filled with work, chores and taking care of her family, gretchen decided she needed to add more things to her life that filled her with happiness. in one month, she decided to begin scrapbooking , develop a blog, and start a kid-lit book club.

these additions to gretchen’s life made me start thinking about what i would want to add to my life. i already read and blog when i have time… yeah, when i have time. see that excuse? and i photog all the time. i like coloring and painting, but don’t feel like i am very good at it. all of these thoughts came to me last weekend, sp i made of list of what i enjoy and what i would like to do more.

then this week, everything fell into place.

on tuesday, my friend katie posted a facebook status that said:

“I have all of the resources available to work out, I just don’t use them. Need to start so I can have an awesomely toned body. Just need a kick in the butt and a workable schedule to do it. Halp?”

my response?

“ugh. SAME. PROBLEM.”

as soon as i hit the enter button, i knew katie and i should do something about our predicaments. so i posed the idea of a joint health-esq blog. she is such a great writer, cook and motivator – i knew that our readers [and myself!] could learn so much from her. we agreed on a name, a theme and so it goes :] here is a little sneak peek of our joint blog [aka katie’s blog right now, since she is the only who has posted thus far!]. enjoy and feel free to join our subscriber list to follow our healthy journey!

that same tuesday, i had a thought about my photography. although i get great feedback regarding my photos, i feel as though i have much much more to learn. therefore, i messaged my good acquaintance april [whom i may or may not have tracked down six months ago after seeing her amazing photos…] and asked her whether or not she would be interested in helping me form a photography group. she happily agreed! so once a month, a couple of us will get together for an hour or so to discuss techniques, future opportunities, marketing tactics, equipment, etc. i plan to blog about some of the things i learn, so if you’re a budding photographer such as myself, be on the lookout for that! i am very excited for our first meeting :]

two days after forming the new health blog and a new photography group, i came across a third opportunity. jaimee, one of my best friends, tweeted thursday morning that she wanted to read ‘the help‘ before it came out in theaters. jokingly, i tweeted back “me too! book club? :D” and guess what? she thought it was a great idea! so we corralled a couple more of our girlfriends and decided to start one!

so as you can see, i will have my plate full for the rest of the year ;] but ya know what? that’s okay, because all of these things are going to make me happy and healthy.

when you open yourself up, the possibilities are endless.