If you’ve followed my blog for a while, I’m sure you know my stance on happiness. It’s not something that must be searched for. It’s not something that must be bought. It’s a state of being that you choose to feel. 

At any time in your life,  whether you feel trapped or hurt or confused or lost or angry, you can choose to be happy instead. It’s actually as easy as that. You just have to consciously decide to do it. 

I wish I could tell you that the reaction is immediate. It’s not. It’s an active process. But eventually, if you choose to be happy and smile over and over and over, you’ll start to see it everywhere. 

You’ll see the joy in other people: the beautiful way it radiates from their face and actions and words. 

You’ll see the simplistic wonder in the way the sunshine warms your body and soul. 

You’ll see your incredible, undeniable, irreplaceable worth on this earth.

You’ll see how capable your heart is for giving and loving and caring and feeling.

And suddenly, happiness isn’t something you choose. It’s something you’ve become. And others will see that and feel it too! How amazing, right?

Life hits us with some crazy stuff. We get thrown into the fire and we get burned. But you can either burn in it or be born from it. I like to choose the latter.

So laugh, smile, dance, and run! No one can tell you how to feel. You decide that. And I hope, with every ounce of my being, that you choose to be happy.

I turned 20 yesterday, which means that today I embarked on my third decade of life. I spent today soaking up the sun and feeling so insanely alive. My morning started out a little jittery, but I decided I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. So. I. Chose. Happy. 

I plan on waking up every single day for the rest of my life happy.

I’m an optimist. A reckless believer in all things good. A life enthusiast. 

And I’m so happy.

Happy Friday, my friends!

Love always,



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