Thank you to my new friend Megan for giving me the fabulous opportunity to paint this for baby Owen!
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“Do what makes you happy”
*Sigh* If only it was that simple.
I have a hard time making decisions because I always try to do “what makes me happy.”
For years, I believed that whenever I had a string of bad days (or months, or years…), I needed some big change: career switch, new wardrobe, do-over of friends, move to a new city.
And after making these big changes hoping that life would be perfect, exciting, and wonderful all the time, I slowly realized that everything has its pros and cons, and no path is going to be perfect all the time. That’s still very hard for me to accept.
I shouldn’t be paralzed by fear when choosing a “right” path because no matter what there will be bad days. And good days in between. That’s just how the world works.
Focusing on the little things that make me happy and giving myself the time to enjoy them is something I want to practice.
Since I’ve been so busy complaining and whinning about all sorts of things, I figured it was about time to write a list of all the things that make me happy – no mattter how silly or stupid they may sound to other people.
When I first sat down to write 150 things that make me happy, I thought it was going to be difficult:
“But I don’t have this career
But I haven’t learned these skills
But I don’t have that waistline
But I haven’t traveled to those places
But I haven’t been recognized for this…”
So how could I possibly have 150 things that make me happy??
However, I was shocked by how easily I came up with the little things that put a smile on my face.
But even more shocking to me was the realization that most things on my list are simple and can happen anywhere. I don’t need to live in a particular city or have a speficic kind of house, big career, or large amount of money.
If I ever get stressed or fall into the idea that “x, y, z” will make me happy, I can turn to this list and remember that the simple things will be enough for me. Even on the bad days.
Because as my mother says, “Wherever you go, there you are – so you might as well have a good attitude about it.”
Today I challenge you to make a list of 100 things (or more!) that make you happy, smile, laugh, or put you in a good mood – even for just a few seconds.
Feel free to share a few of them in the comments below! I’d love to read what makes you happy!
Here are 150 things that make me happy/bring joy in my life (in no particlar order):
Disney’s Up is one of my favorite movies of all time.
I saw this movie in theaters in high school with a bunch of friends. My friend Jacob, who is normally a pretty cranky person, cried from laughing so hard at Doug the dog. We were the loudest group of people in the movie theater. Russel, Doug, and Kevin (Kevin’s a girl??) were all so adorable, funny, and magical.
But nothing is as adorable, sweet, and wonderful as Carl and Ellie. #truelove What a beautiful story of the adventures and joys of married life.
I painted this 12×12 acrylic piece for a friend who loves the movie Up and all the characters in it just as much as I do! She just got engaged to the love of her life. May they always be each other’s greatest adventure!
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The Disney parks have this beautiful thing called character meet-and-greets.
(aka the incredible opportunity to visit with your favorite characters).
How COOL is that??
After performing in the parks, I not only gained a deep appreciation for the characters, but I also learned that there is a very specific layout of meet-and-greets.
Character meet-and-greets include the princesses, Pixar characters, and more.
Each meet-and-greet has a character or two, a character attendant (basically a body guard for the character), and a Photopass photographer who takes photos of the fun interaction.
While the characters are spread out all over the four main Disney parks, most meet-and-greets are approximately 60 seconds (sometimes less, sometimes more).
Even if you have been coming to the parks for years, you may not know that there are definitely ways in which to make your meet-and-greet a more memorable, special, and positive experience for both you and the character.
Here are 10 tips for how to properly experience meet-and-greets at the Disney parks (and to avoid characters from secretly hating you):
Most nights at 1am, I’m painting and relatively happy about it.
But for some reason tonight, I’m just completely frustrated with this particular art piece – so much so that it is bringing me to tears. I find myself spitting out all sorts of swear words, and I’m running on about four hours of sleep (which probably explains my minor emotional breakdown).
I figured I would just take a break, get my heart rate down, and turn to my blog instead.
So here is what I’m thinking about…
Last night, my husband told me we can train our minds to think positive thoughts. And the more we train our brain to think “on the bright side,” the easier it becomes*.
I used to do that all the time as a kid. I kept a journal and wrote about all the happy things in my life. I was never jealous. Or bitter. Or sad. I enjoyed everything (with the exception of math class). Nothing was a competition, and I embraced being different.
But recently, I feel like I’ve done the opposite.
By allowing my mind to stay in a constant state of insecurity, self-doubt, and negativity, I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself:
Pressure to do well, have a steady job, keep in contact with a million people.
Pressure to make a lot of money, travel to new places, paint better things, be thinner.
Pressure to be more educated, keep up with social media, possess more stuff, discover new talents.
Pressure to be happy and in motion … all the time.
And it’s exhausting. I don’t want to feel that way.
One of my goals for my blog is to be more transparent.
I am working on revealing more of my heart through blogging, which is something I don’t do very well or very often.
But I figured I would just write what comes to mind.
Not sure who will read this – but if you are, thank you.
Last night, I went to the Andy Grammer/Gavin DeGraw concert with my husband as sort of a last minute date idea. We had a really great time, but it was unexpectedly an emotional experience for me.
Let’s back track: I saw Andy Grammer in concert for the first time during my freshman year of college with my best friend from high school/college roommate. At that time, I was going through some rough times – heartbreak, loneliness, maybe even depression.
During one of the darkest, most confusing times in my life, I remember my best friend and I sang (belted) Andy Grammer’s “Keep Your Head Up” over and over again as we rode around town in her little green car.
To my surprise – when I heard that song at the concert last night, I didn’t think about the bad stuff I was dealing with at that time. In fact, no specific tough memory came to mind, but I sure as hell smiled as I thought of old college friends, no curfews, 3am coffee runs, random dance outbursts, designed tattoos, and failed vlog attempts. I could only remember the joys.
Isn’t it amazing that music can bring us back to struggles we overcame, relationships we developed, and laughter we shared with those we continue to love and trust?
The day before my wedding, I received a call from Disney Resorts line.
The gentleman said he heard my wedding was the next day & invited my family to stay at the Grand Floridian Theme Park View Room – Club Level.
You see, that room is normally $900/night, but he offered us a complimentary stay.
Last night, I had a dream I was standing on the balcony of that hotel room again- watching the sunrise and watching the lights change from blue to purple at Cinderella’s castle. I dreamt I was alone again, listening to the waves of the lagoon as I anxiously waited for the upcoming wedding festivities.
When I woke up, I realized I will probably never get that view again, but it felt so real in my dream. While it was bittersweet, I knew 5-year-old me would be dancing in circles if my fairy godmother had whispered how my wedding day would begin. This wasn’t just a dream. It was real. How could I possibly be sad?
Thank you kind sir & Disney resorts for an enchanting start of happily ever after. As Cinderella would say, “it was like a dream, better than a dream.”
Weee!! Enjoyed painting this Monster’s Inc. wall art piece for my friend, Haley!
I met Haley and her husband Tyler while working at Walt Disney World, and they kindly let me stay at their house as I traveled from Nashville to Orlando to perform at the parks! They were my “home away from home” and introduced to the Bachelorette and Nordy.
A few weeks ago, Haley gave birth to a BABY BOY! They designed a Monster’s Inc nursery for Callahan. I was thrilled to paint this for them!!
After months of planning our dream wedding at Walt Disney World, our big day FINALLY arrived.
And while the wedding was wonderful in every way, my husband and I were ready and excited to relax on our honeymoon at Walt Disney World.
Having our honeymoon at WDW was the perfect choice for us.
A major perk of having a wedding at WDW is that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings sends the bride and groom complimentary annual passes! As a cast member, I used discounts on our Disney resort, food, and merchandise. We also love being at WDW and knew it would be a fun place to run around as newlyweds and HAVE FUN!
For you fellow Disney-lovers, I have shared a few “Disney-moon” ideas and tips! If you have any questions about our Disney-moon or Disney travel in general, feel free to contact me. Enjoy! ♥
WHERE WE STAYED:
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Oh, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge…. such a beautiful place. One of Disney’s deluxe resorts, the Wilderness Lodge is known for its elegant yet rustic flair and being just a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom. Since my husband proposed while on a camping trip, we agreed that this would be a fitting resort to stay at during our honeymoon.
Why it’s a great honeymoon resort:
It’s a perfect place to relax – rocking chairs, cozy fireplaces, nature trails, a murmuring creek inside the hotel… This place was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I wish we had spent more time exploring this incredible resort instead of running around the parks. I would HIGHLY recommend spending a peaceful day at the resort.