What I Tried & Loved in 2016


Hi friends!

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.

2) Podcasts

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.

Want to read the rest of my favorite things of 2016? The whole post is in the Happsters Facebook group. Request to join by clicking here. I usually respond within the hour.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!



Weekly Happiness Challenges


Hi everyone!

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:weekly-happiness-challenges-3

  • 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.
  • Don’t complain for a week.



Want to join the Facebook group party? Request to join here and I’ll accept you within a few hours!

Hope to see you there.

Stay happy,


Top 5 Inspiring Snapchat Accounts to Follow

Top 5 Inspirational Snapchat Accounts to Follow

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.

1) LoveSweatandFit
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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Screenshot this to add LoveSweatandFit on Snapchat

2) MichelleObama
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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Screenshot this to add MichelleObama on Snapchat

3) SophiaBushSnaps
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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4) Rachel_Brathen
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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5) KelliDav
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

Screenshot this to add “KelliDav” AKA Happsters on Snapchat

Happy snapping!
P.S. I just realized all of these inspiring Snapchat accounts happen to be women – girl power!

Happy Quotes Delivered Straight to You!

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!


Get the happiness boost you deserve.


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Exciting Updates!

Hi happy friends!

Happy *almost* Thanksgiving! I wanted to share with you a few things that have been happening lately:

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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.

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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 happsters@gmail.com. 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?



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Every morning when you wake up, you have the opportunity to start with a clean slate. Visualize yourself having the best day possible by repeating a daily morning mantra each morning this week.

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Want daily inspiration? My happy party is over on Instagram. Join 64k+ other happy people over there for your daily happiness boost!

Questions? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at happsters@gmail.com ♥

I Want to Get to Know You & Send Some Happy Mail!

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!!


I’m no expert by any means, but I promise to make them with lots of love!

 Questions? Ask them in the comments below!

Fill out this form if you’d like me to send you some HappsterMail

HappsterMail Pen Pal Update

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 from Kylie to @tinymu


HappsterMail via @mselysse

HappsterMail via @mselysse


HappsterMail via @postcrossingnina

HappsterMail via @postcrossingnina


HappsterMail via @rosemarylynn

HappsterMail via @rosemarylynn


HappsterMail made by yours truly for @gyacoob

HappsterMail made by yours truly for @gyacoob


HappsterMail via @kimmibuimail

HappsterMail via @kimmibuimail


HappsterMail via @nan_ban!

HappsterMail via @nan_ban


HappsterMail via @dawnmaurice

HappsterMail via @dawnmaurice


HappsterMail via @squintpaperie

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!

Introducing HappsterMail Pen Pals

Ever since I started the Happsters 2+ years ago, I’ve wanted a way to connect members of the community. I recently came up with an idea to create a way for you to meet other Happsters in the most fun way possible! It’s a pen pal program for happy people! Basically I am going to match up Happsters based on similar hobbies, ages, etc. so that you can exchange letters and happy mail just like good old-fashioned pen pals!

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Photo via Papered Thoughts

I first came up with this idea when I saw @paperedthoughts on Instagram (see her pen pal mail above). She sends the cutest letters to people and uses hashtags like “#penpalswanted” and “#snailmailrevival”. I was blown away by how many people send these types of letters to pen pals all over the world. If you search “#snailmailrevolution”, it has over 100,000 photos tagged!

As you probably know, a large part of happiness comes from forming friendships and social connections. And what better way to do this than by connecting with the happiest people around the world through happy mail?

Announcing #HappsterMail. Here’s how it works:

1) Fill out the short survey here to tell me about yourself and what you’d like to find in a #HappsterMail pen pal.

2) Get matched with a #HappsterMail pen pal by me. I will email you both to let you know who it is. Isn’t the suspense killing you?!

3) Send your pen pal a letter filled with whatever you want inside. Suggestions include:

  • A nice note wishing them a great week
  • A long letter with fun facts about you and questions about your pen pal
  • It could include confetti
  • It could be decorated with doodles
  • Anything you want!

Share your mail by taking a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HappsterMail so we can all see what you got (optional).

4) Keep sending letters back and forth for however long you want and make a friend for life. If you want another pen pal for some reason, just fill out the form again.

Click here to get your HappsterMail Pen Pal

I’ve already asked some of the Happsters in the community if they would like to join and gotten an overwhelmingly positive response, so I can’t wait to get this started!

This is a picture of my letter going out to my first #HappsterMail pen pal, Shelley.


Here is more inspiration for your #HappsterMail that I found on Pinterest. P.S. These are just examples to get you thinking. Yours can be as simple or as elaborate as you want!!

Click here to get your HappsterMail Pen Pal

P.S. I started an Instagram account dedicated to this project. You can find it at @HappsterMail. If you use the hashtag #HappsterMail, I will feature you there!