happiness is…

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I’ve always been a bit of an existentialist. It’s quite annoying, really. I envy those people who are happy just being. What’s the point? What’s the meaning? I’ve never been satisfied to just live; I always want to know why, what, who, where… What makes us happy? What makes me happy? Sometimes I fear that I’m so scared of being unhappy that my avoidance of unhappiness is actually making me unhappy (how ironic is that, Alanis).

Sometimes it’s the little things. Sometimes it’s the big things. And so I’ll start a list, to remind myself.

Happiness is:
– not avoiding unhappiness
– being otherwise engaged in life
– the pursuit of it (happiness, that is)
– running to a really great song (rain or shine)
– staying off social media for an entire day
– successfully making a meal and enjoying it with red wine
– writing, especially on here

This is not a sappy post explaining the meaning of happiness or life. This is a reminder to myself that I need to be aware and to let myself get lost in life.

I will be continuing this “happiness is…” series whenever the mood strikes me… Stay tuned. Have a wonderful day.

ph/Andrew Cameron at The Edgewater Hotel



  1. 03.18.2015 / 4:33 am

    True happiness is in the eye of the beholder

  2. 03.18.2015 / 5:16 am

    Wonderful post! Something we all need to remember from time to time.


    A Peck on the Chic

  3. 03.18.2015 / 7:36 pm

    I totally get what you’re feeling. You should read The Happiness Project – it’s about one woman’s journey to finding the happiness within her own life. It’s so inspiring that I’ve vowed to start my own happiness project!

    • 03.29.2015 / 5:38 pm

      great recommendation! thank you 🙂

  4. Elise
    03.24.2015 / 9:15 pm

    Just came across your site and wanted to say how happy it made me! Love the fashion and recognizing some local places in Vancouver, will definitely be back for inspiration 🙂


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