I’m usually not too good at reflecting on the past. I’m more of a live in the moment and look forward kind of gal, but as we go into the new year I wanted to share with you some things I tried in 2016. I heard Katie Dalebout do this on her podcast and thought it was such a good idea that I wanted to do it myself! Here is my list of things I tried this year and hope to continue in 2017:
1) Word of the Year
2016 was the first year I chose a word to focus on. I chose “calm” and it was the perfect word for me. I generally am more of a “go go go” type person, but I knew this year was going to be especially hectic and wanted a word that would ground me. The biggest example of this hectic year was that I planned a wedding and got married! It was so exciting and one of the best days of my life. Luckily the word calm really stuck with me the whole time. It was a great reminder when things got crazy that allowed me to stay relaxed and keep calm.
I tell everyone I know how incredible podcasts are. Obviously they are a huge phenomenon that most people are familiar with, but I got deep into them this year in a way that I had never dreamed of back in 2015. I started by listening to the podcast “Serial” when I was sick one week and never turned back. Now listening to podcasts is a crucial part of my daily routine. I usually listen to them while I’m getting ready in the morning and while driving to and from work. My most recent find is the podcast “How I Built This,” which focuses on interviewing very successful entrepreneurs like Mark Cubin, Joe Gebbia (founded Airbnb) and Yvon Chouinard (founded Patagonia). Another one I absolutely adore is the TED Radio Hour, where they choose a topic of the hour and discuss it with experts who have done TED talks on the topic.
3) Morning Pages
I started writing morning pages a few months ago and absolutely love the daily download. I’ve never been much of a journal person, but this practice has been the perfect way to get into journaling for me. Morning pages are basically a daily writing activity where you share unfiltered thoughts. Most people do them right when they wake up in the morning, which I think is great, but it works best for me when I get to work in the morning. I work with my brother so we both do them at the same time for about 10 minutes once we sit down at our desk each morning. It helps me feel more ready for the day, less anxious about what I have to do and get onto paper creative ideas I’m having.
While I haven’t posted here in a long time, I’ve been hanging out on other platforms lately and would love for you to join me for some of the fun things that are coming up!
As some of you know, I post happiness quotes daily on Instagram. You can find me at @happsters.
I’ve also been hanging out in the Happsters Facebook group! Though it’s only been about a month since the Facebook group has been active, we’ve already:
1) Sent holiday snail mail to Happsters across the world to spread a little holiday cheer.
2) Shared tons of uplifting happiness articles and LOTS of cute animal photos.
3) Started “Good News Wednesday“, where everyone shares all the good that’s happening in their world.
And now, starting in January we’re going to do weekly happiness challenges. At the beginning of each week, I’ll post the challenge of the week in the group and whoever wants to join in can do it with us! We’ll be updating each other on how it’s going and giving each other tips and tricks along the way in the Facebook group. Some challenges we might do are:
Put away your phone at 8pm every day for a week.
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for every day for a week.
Turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts for a week.
Snapchat is my new obsession. I cannot get enough of the behind-the-scenes looks at peoples’ lives. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that it isn’t easy to find inspirational accounts to follow so I wanted to solve that problem! Here are 5 motivational and inspirational Snapchat accounts you should follow.
Katie is a southern California fitness professional and blogger who kills it on Snapchat. I love watching her days whether she’s filming a new YouTube video or just showing what her grocery haul is and chatting about her favorite products. Love her! Add her at: LoveSweatandFit
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Michelle Obama recently just got her own Snapchat account. I love her personality and have found it incredibly inspirational to peek into her life and see all the good she’s accomplishing in the world on a daily basis. Add her at: MichelleObama
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I’m a fan of Sophia Bush from her days on “One Tree Hill” and her Snapchat does not disappoint. She snaps lots of photos and videos on set of her TV show and highlights causes that she’s an activist for. Add her at: SophiaBushSnaps
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Rachel Brathen is also known as “Yoga_Girl” on Instagram with 1.9 million followers. She gives a glimpse into her life being a yogini in Aruba with her husband and adorable dog. What you see is what you get with her and I love her down-to-earth real vibe. Add her at: Rachel_Brathen
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This is my Happsters Snapchat account! I post happiness Snapchat challenges, happiness tips and a peek into my daily life (which lately has a lot of art, my fiancé, friends, beach time, and neighborhood walks). Add me at: KelliDav
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P.S. I just realized all of these inspiring Snapchat accounts happen to be women – girl power!
I share a positive quote a day on my Instagram page with over 72,000 followers, but many of you have requested another way to access these quotes. So, here we go! If you don’t have Instagram or would simply rather have them delivered to you via email, this is your chance!
Happy *almost* Thanksgiving! I wanted to share with you a few things that have been happening lately:
1) $250 WHOLE FOODS GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY: I’ve teamed up with some incredible Instagram friends to bring you the best giveaway I’ve ever run. All you have to do is click on this like to enter. It will just take 30 seconds. Think of all the delicious food you could buy!
2) INTERVIEW ON WHATSHAPPYNING.COM: The other day, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jessica from whatshappyning.com about the importance of social connections as they relate to happiness. The interview just went up! Check it out here.
3) I’M STARTING A PODCAST: I’m hooked on podcasts and loving them so much that I’ve teamed up with my friend, Gina at fullonhappiness.com to create one! We will interview all kinds of people, from happiness experts to happy people we look up to, about their happiness secrets and their definition of happiness. Do you have happiness questions that you want us to ask our guests or suggestions on who to interview? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Launch date coming soon!
That’s all for now! As always, you can keep up with me on a daily basis on Instagram. Tell me: Do you ever listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites?
Hi friends! Long time, no talk! I’ve been super active over on Instagram, but not so much here on the blog. I hope you’ll follow me there so we can stay in touch more frequently.
Onto the topic for the day! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get to know each one of you a little better and I came up with an idea!
8 months ago I started HappsterMail, a pen pal program where I match up two happy people to write notes back and forth to each other. I am currently on hiatus from matching up pen pals as I am focusing on other projects, but will resume that program again next year. I love seeing those how those friendships formed and I want to take it up a notch!
Now onto my newest project: I want to send YOU some happy mail now. Not only do I want to spread the love, but I also want to get to you know you personally! I’m going to start with sending 10 people mail and see how it goes. If all goes well, I’ll do it again and again. If you want me to send you some HappsterMail, all you have to do it follow this link to fill out a 2 minute form about yourself. I’ll pick 10 of you to send mail to at random. This should be fun!!
Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a formal blog post, but I wanted to pop in to show you what’s been happening ever since I announced HappsterMail. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.
It’s been SO MUCH fun matching up pen pals. More people are wanting to be matched up each day and it makes me so happy to see! Here’s a peek at what some HappsterMail pen pals have been sending each other so far. Hopefully this will inspire you to write some snail mail to a friend or a pen pal!
If you want to sign up for the HappsterMail program, please click here. Heads up: It will take me a week or two to match you up!
HappsterMail from Kylie to @tinymu
HappsterMail via @mselysse
HappsterMail via @postcrossingnina
HappsterMail via @rosemarylynn
HappsterMail made by yours truly for @gyacoob
HappsterMail via @kimmibuimail
HappsterMail via @nan_ban
HappsterMail via @dawnmaurice
HappsterMail via @squintpaperie
Question of the day: When is the last time you wrote some snail mail and made someone’s day a little brighter? Let me know in the comments!