“How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.” –Gerald Jampolsky
Arlenis Sosa by Camilla Akrans for New York Times Style, Nov 2009
By now, you’re all probably tired of how happy I say I am in every single one of my posts. Well, if you are, bad news bears: you’re going to hear it again RIGHT NOW. Truth is, I wasn’t always this happy. Don’t get me wrong, I like to think of myself as a very positive and optimistic gal, however, the last couple of months of 2011 weren’t all that great. I hit some rough patches that really but a damper on my spirits. While I’m not yet comfortable enough to go into greater detail, I will say that I am so thankful and joyous that the rough patch is over. When you find that something in your life isn’t working, sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is realize that if you’ve tried your best to find a way to make it work, and it doesn’t, removing yourself from a situation doesn’t mean you’ve failed. In the end, you win because you’ve done something that has put you on track for things to be right again. I remember telling myself how much I wish I could just be happy again because I was so frustrated and depressed with how things were. Then I realized, “Hey, wait.. I AM a happy person.” The minute I removed myself from a toxic environment, things changed instantly. Of course, I don’t look back at these rough patches with bitterness. I like to think that because they occurred, I’m able to completely appreciate how amazing everything in my life is right now. I have no idea if any of what I just said makes any sense at all, but long story short, if you want to be happy, be. If you wait to be happy, you’ll be waiting forever. And I don’t know about you, but forever seems like a long time to be waiting. I learned that sometimes the answer really is as simple as it should be. We’re the ones who complicate things, but really, happiness is one of those things that is as easy as we allow it to be.
Two friendly reminders: (1) my giveaway ends this Friday, so get those entries in! and (2) I’m working on a special FAQ/birthday post which will feature some fun photos from a shoot with Tim! So make sure to keep commenting with any burning questions you have for me :)