Good morning! Today I’m back with Choosing Happy and an old friend. Suzanne and I lived in the same town in Connecticut two decades ago and our parents are dear friends. We touched base in Manhattan this spring and she’s since moved to sunny LA. I’m constantly inspired by her amazing website, Striving Onward, where she and her team empower women to be the best version of themselves. I asked this beautiful girl to share her happy in life, with the hopes that she might be able to inspire you too:
When are you the happiest?
When I’m enjoying the vibrancy of life – a great song, a good book, a beautiful day at the beach. While I love being surrounded by friends and family, it’s important to me to feel happy without relying on anyone else or having to spend a lot of money. Recognizing the joy I feel in moments of solitude and simplicity are the most exciting because I know it’s happiness that will last.
What is your favorite pick-me-up?
Listening to my favorite playlists on Spotify, a funny episode of Seinfeld, a McDonalds ice cream cone (I’m convinced these have medicinal qualities), a peaceful drive, reading pretty much anything on Buzzfeed.com, catching up with a close friend.
How do you choose happy?
This is an interesting question – I choose happy because I feel so blessed already with what I have in my life. I also want the people that surround me to feel good when they’re around me, so I try to exude as much cheerfulness, generosity and positivity as I can.
There will always be things you wish were different, things you wish you had, people that offend you or treat you poorly. But focusing on the good and what you can control, gives you the opportunity to choose to be content with your life.
What things could you do more of that would make you happier?
I tend to overanalyze…a lot. I think if I could just learn more to let go and let things happen as they’re supposed to while living in the moment, I would avoid feeling disappointed and frustrated at times.
- By the ocean
- Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi (when that song comes on when you’re out dancing with friends you CANNOT help but doing some fist pumps)
- 13 Going on 30 (may have watched that movie and then restarted the DVD and watched it again once)
- John Vanderlyn’s Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (when I was living in Manhattan I would sit in the room and study it for hours trying to imagine the beauty and richness of the actual palace)
- Flipping through a children’s book to remember the innocence and simplicity of childhood – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Dr. Seuss, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and pretty much anything by Judy Blume.
- The Post that Started it All
- How to Flirt Like a Disney Princess
- Making a Significant Difference in Insignificant Ways
- How to Find a Real Man and Why He’s Worth the Wait
- A Playlist for the Brave
- Succeeding at Small Talk