I started this blog last year and abandoned it almost immediately.
My goal then was to create a blog - more than that, create an online identity - about pursuing happiness in the little and the big.
I figured I could catalog the places I found happiness as well as the ways I created happiness for myself and others. Happiness is accomplished through fulfilling careers, working to improve our communities, and fostering relationships with friends and family. Happiness is found in sunsets, laughter, and eating an entire row of Double Stuf Oreos by yourself every once in a while. I wanted to share those moments with the world and maybe - hopefully - have the world share their happiness with me, too.
And then Trump won the presidency and I spiraled into a pit of negativity and checked out of everything pretty hard for a while. I am lucky enough to have a job that is flexible and unconsciously accommodated my floundering. I am fortunate to have friends who are maybe a little oblivious and very forgiving, which gave me the space to figure out my hurt on my own terms and still returning to a group of people who loved me even though I had a habit of disappearing here and there.
The worst part of this last year is that the momentum I had built in community and political involvement - small though it was - evaporated. I hadn't gotten to a leadership stage in anything, but I was attending events, doing my research, and engaging in conversations with the people around me in an attempt to be and do better collectively. I aim to find that place once again and have a part of my happiness be the work that I put in to improving this flawed, fabulous country that we are cursed and blessed to call our home.
This blog will (fingers crossed) chronicle my slow slog to happiness. It will be a journey in which I stop to smell a lot of flowers. I'm sure it will be littered with beautiful lattes, moments of joy shared with family and friends, and a lot of hard work to do my part - however small or large it may be - to help create the world that I wish we all lived in.
Join me on this hunt for happiness. I'll find mine, you find yours, and maybe we will make a happier world for everyone.