On being Happy

Life has been crazier than ever. 
For me, It’s full of grad school readings, assignments, research, painting, and attempting to blog.
For him, its working. Day, night and usually the moments in between too. 
We don’t get to see each other as much as we used to. 
But, I think it makes those times we do get together even more special.
And I have to say, I am happier than ever. 
It’s not because my life is perfect, because it is definitely not, no one’s is.
I’m happy because I choose to be. 
I wasn’t always that way. 
About seven years ago, my family moved to a new state (that felt like a different country)
I was in the middle of my junior year of high school. 
I wasn’t very happy. Actually, I was kind of angry and depressed. 
I lived that way for months.
Upset about my circumstances, sad about what I was missing and close minded to the things I did have.
One night I was sitting in my bed crying about my situation and I realized something. 
I was doing this to myself. 
I decided at that moment that I wasn’t in control of what happened in my life,
but I was in control of how I reacted to it. 
I didn’t change over night.
But I woke up each day and prayed to my Father in Heaven in gratitude for all of my blessings
and I asked him to help me see all the positive. 
He helped me change my mind and the way I see things.
He helped me create a habit.
So, one of my greatest trials turned into one of my greatest blessings. 
It’s easier said than done,
but it’s totally worth it. 
So, choose to be happy today! It’s awesome. 
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P.S. I know that depression is a real medical condition and that changing your mindset can’t fix it. I’m just talking about everyday stresses and trials. I want to be sensitive to that. I just wanted to share my experience. 


  1. Corina on January 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Your hair looks perfect in these pictures!

  2. Unknown on January 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I think a lot of us have been there. Well done on 'coming through' it. xLouisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  3. The Girl who Loved to Write on January 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I totally agree with you–happiness is a choice!

  4. Unknown on January 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    \”I wasn't in control of what happened in my life, but I was in control of how I reacted to it\”Very well said – It's so true. Things are always going to come up that we can't control, but choosing to be happy and having a positive attitude will make all the difference! Thank you!http://mrandmrsmclean.blogspot.ca/

  5. Hannah on January 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for this post! I think it's great to be reminded that we have the power to change our mood and know that we serve a Lord who is ready to help. I also really appreciate your P.S. about depression being a real medical issue. I was diagnosed when I was in junior in high school and have been suffering ever since. I've finally gotten a handle on this past year and it's so nice to hear someone acknowledge that some people can't just flip the happy switch and be good to go. I love your blog! Have a blessed day 🙂

  6. Camille on January 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    It can seem like a total \”duh moment\” when you realize you can change the prospective on how you view things! That \” I should of thought of that earlier and saved myself a lot of trouble!\” After you do so you see how these trails can be blessings and how thankful you can become that you've been through them. Btw love your necklace and you two are adorable! 😉

  7. Sierra @ Sierra's View on January 17, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Love this!!!

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