August 9, 2012

Finding happiness.


dress, sandals, belt: thrifted

While I was in Washington, I really discovered what matters to me. There are so many things in this life that get in the way and ruin our perceptions of happiness; I'm definitely guilty of this. I worry about my hair, how I look, what I'm wearing, what others think of me, how little money I have to my name, the lack of friends I have... But when it comes down to it all, these things are minimal to my happiness. There's a quote on campus that I think of often. It states: "On one's pursuit for happiness, one should just stop and be happy." We're all on this hunt for what happiness is. But have we ever thought to just stop, be still, and think of all the beautiful things in this life? I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for the beauty in my life; the gospel, my loving and dear husband, my supportive family, my education, the talents that God has given me. I get exhausted with trying to be the person I feel like people want to be. I try so hard to please others. I've done this my whole life. I put others wants and desires before my own happiness. Which, really, may not be a bad thing, but I deserve happiness as well. 

I've decided to get ride of the things that don't matter and replace them with things that make me happy. I worked out this morning for the first time in months, I'll make dinner tonight, and maybe even get some sewing in today. I'll spend time with my love and clean our living room, because it's make me feel all domestic like. 

I'm in charge of my happiness and finding what makes me happy starts today. 

14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. I don't normally comment on blogs, especially when I haven't met the blogger :) But I just had to thank you for reminding ME what is most important.

    Although I haven't met you, I've had the pleasure of reading your blog for quite some time now, and I think you have such a Christ-like attitude all the time. You are a wonderful example.

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  2. enjoy being happy today. congratz on working out :) and being domestic life. another one of my favorite quotes is "find JOY in the journey."

    xoxo

    brooke elyse

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  3. This is a trap I fall into a lot: finding a balance of doing what I want (in a unselfish-taking care of yourself way) or what others want. Thank you for a little reminder of doing what makes me happy!

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  4. I feel like it is hard to have a "best friend" when you get married. I was never one to have a lot of really close friends in college either. So, I feel your pain.

    However, it is wonderful to have a spouse and even though we're poor...it's great to know that you're with the only person in the world who could make it that fun.

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  5. Well done :) It's really hard to focus on what's important. I can relate with the friends thing!

    I gave you an award on my blog :) Take a look!

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  6. wow- i love this post. So encouraging and uplifting. Indeed, we are all in charge of our own happiness. We can't wait around for anyone or anything to make us happy! cute blog! xo

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  7. just what i needed to hear. thanks!

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  8. i love that quotes. i can totally relate - i'm always striving to be better, never appreciating what i have/do now!

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  9. So often, I've felt the same! I've even started my own Happiness Project in order to find more happiness; it's taught me that happiness is really as simple as choosing to do things you love and choosing to not get downtrodden. Glad I'm not the only one who's looking for it! :)

    Sara
    http://clochedeletoile.blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful dress! And what you said about happiness-totally agree! If we're constantly looking to something in the future to fulfill us, or make us happy-we'll never be happy!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  11. I love this post. You are very wise beyond your years haha. A lot of people don't figure this out until much later. Keep it up! =)

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  12. Heck to the yes! It's definitely good to remember to be happy. "Men are that they might have joy." We came to this Earth to find joy. :) Keep it up!

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  13. So pretty! Your hair looks so amazing!! :)

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  14. I absolutely love this post! Thank you for the reminder. I especially needed it.

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