Thursday, September 5, 2013

“I Needed to Change the Lens Through Which I Viewed Everything Familiar” -Gretchen Rubin (Blogtember #3)

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 Sweater & Skirt: LOFT
Tank: H&M
Shoes: Target

Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered. 

Last year around this time of year I was very stressed. I was beginning my last semester of undergrad, just starting to feel normal after a stressful break-up, and just generally feeling a bit down in the dumps about life. I felt stuck. Stuck because I followed the exact same routine with the exact same people every day for the past few years. I hadn't tried anything new, I wasn't happy with the all of the same things my friends were still happy doing, and I just felt lost. I was working a job that I was slowly beginning to despise (not all of the people, I still have some great friends from there, but just the work environment wasn't the nicest). College was ending which scared me, and I hadn't heard back yet if I was accepted into grad school. I honestly didn't know (and still don't know) what I would have done had I not been accepted into the library sciences program at Kent. I finished up my last semester at Cleveland State with great grades and was accepted into my program, but beyond school accomplishments there wasn't much for me to be proud of or excited about.

I have always been one to secretly read self help books, but I never really tried to put the advice to good use for more than a few weeks, kind of like a New Year's resolution. I picked up The Happiness Project in December and began to read, and something just clicked. Gretchen Rubin spent a year focusing on little goals for herself each month, such as not nagging her husband as much (you could translate that to a friend if you'd like), having more hobbies which made her happy, and just appreciating all of the little thing in life.

I decided that I wanted to try my own "happiness project", so I began in January. I started by exercising more. It was something that I've always wanted to do but felt I never had the time. I honestly feel so much better when I have gone for a walk or a run than if I sit around all day. I'm still working on the running part, but I know for sure I can run much farther than I think I ever have in my life. I started to pick up more new hobbies, including blogging. I have started two other blogs before this one but I never posted more than four or five times because I just didn't think I could do it or that anyone would want to read. Blogging now brings me so much happiness and I love reading other people's blogs as well.

There is a chapter in the book with a section about sleep and I started going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. I feel like I have so much more of my day to enjoy when I'm not functioning on only four hours of sleep. I've also always wanted to pick up a stringed instrument, I already can play the flute, so earlier in the summer I bought a ukelele and I'm attempting to learn! I've also learned I love doing things alone, which I know sounds strange, but I guess that's the introvert in me. Give me time to take a walk in the woods, read in a coffee shop, or just walk around the art museum and I'm a happy girl.

This post is getting a bit long, but in a simpler way, my advice that I want to share is do what you love and what makes you happy. Pick up new hobbies and try something you've never tried but always wanted to. Create a list of goals to help you become a happier person if this is what you are looking for. I definitely recommend the book, it's a great read.

**I am also linking up with Passion for Fashion again this week, head over and check out all the lovely ladies styles!**



  1. Hey girl,

    Your outfit is amazing. I LOVE that polka dot sweater!! Im stopping by from the linky party. ♥

    Love this post too, great advice and good for you for working on bettering yourself! You rock! I definitely think we can all do a lot more than we think we can. ♥


  2. Wow,I love this outfit! Total bombshell. Belted cardigans are one of my favorite looks as well. Popping over from Passion for Fashion. :)

  3. I love the colours in this outfit! Great choice!
    Donna xx

  4. Great advice! And that outfit is awesome! Love that you went with a blue shoe! :)
    Thanks for linking up for Passion For Fashion! I participated in this blogtember prompt too. ;)

  5. I have always wanted to pick up the Happiness Project. It's a good to know its a good book. Love your outfit!!

  6. oh wow, i love this! black white and red.. my current go-to combo. its funky and chic all at the same time! great outfit amia!Thanks so much for linking up to Passion for Fashion, hope to see you again this friday!xx

  7. SO cute! Love the color of the pencil skirt and it's just darling with the polka dots :)
    Thanks for your sweet comment!


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