Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Living My Happiness

Hey blog, whaddup?
I didn't really know what to write about today, but I knew I wanted to write. You know, it's just one of those days where my fingers are gracing this keyboard just right and the click-clacks are sounding like a perfect melody in my head.

Sometimes when I have mornings like this, where I'm feeling inspired but not really on one specific topic, I turn to for motivation. It's a little weird, I know, but it's just what I cuddle up next to when I'm in a specific mood, and today would definitely be one of those days.

Every now and then I'll have a friend or two text me to joke on me about days where their feeds are blown up by quote pins thanks to yours truly. It's true though, you absolutely tell I'm in some type of funky mood when I start browsing the quotes section, almost as if it's therapeutic. Straight jacket, party of one.

This happened to be the one to strike a nerve this morning and ignite a little spark in my brain to start writing. Maybe because I just made it another year in my life? Or maybe just because this is honestly something I tend to live by more times than not, and maybe it's even something I've been criticized for just about my entire life. I don't know, but I've always loved embracing the forever young mentality. I mean, what's really wrong with that?

Not to say I don't get my adult shit done and out of the way, but no one ever cracked a smile only working and not playing. If you can't let go and enjoy life, wont it just fly by? The last thing I want to do is wake up in 10 years, at the age of 36, wishing I would have had more fun in my twenties. Wishing I would have embraced that inner kid just a little more. I don't want to wake up to that reality. Ever.

Which brings me to another thought. Just because you might think you are enjoying your life doesn't mean that the same things would cause me to enjoy mine, and completely vice versa. I realize that the majority of people would probably be miserable doing some of the things I find enjoyment in, but that doesn't mean I judge the majority of people for whatever it is they find enjoyment in. We all find happiness from different places and that's what's really awesome about being an individual and thinking for yourself.

I'll never really understand why there's this standard of life where we have to put an age on everything. Ever since I can remember, 26 was always the age I needed to be married by. I needed to be committed, I needed to be "grown up" by now, according to that weird, age elephant in the room who tells everyone what age they're supposed to do things at. Well Mr. Elephant, sorry to burst your bubble but that just isn't how the cards panned out in this girl's life and I'm actually very ok with it.

I spent a lot of time in my life constantly being afraid of everything. I'd never break the rules, I'd never do things that could even remotely get me in trouble, I wouldn't even pass notes back to my friends in class most of the time because I was terrified I'd get caught. When I finally woke up from this phase and realized that sometimes the very best times are the times when, maybe, you're not always perfect and following the rules, I started living and loving every minute of it.

I guess that's where I am now, I'm just living for me and in this very moment. Whether I'm in a crowd of people, dancing like a drunken bafoon, or sitting at my desk elbow deep in a group text that has me snorting from laughing out loud, most likely at something entirely juvenile, I'm living in happiness. My life might not be all together like you think it should be, but I like to think I'm getting there and I'm doing it while having fun and making memories that I'll reminisce on 10 years from now, that'll forever make me just as happy as I am in this moment. Maybe even happier.

And that's going to do it for another installment of Whitney brain vomit.
You stay classy, Blog Land.


  1. August 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    1st comment! And im 7 yeras old.

  2. August 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Crap I mean "years" old. I can't spell either obvi.

  3. August 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I like to think that I'll live as a 21 year old, even though I'm well past it. Old enough to make grown up decisions and at the same time young enough to make some dumb decisions.

  4. August 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I completely agree with you, I have always felt so much pressure to be a certain person by a certain age and it's like hello world it isn't 1836 anymore, I don't have to be married and poppin out babies by 25 or 30!

  5. August 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I'm 18 in Kayleigh years and 26 (nearly 27) in human years. Haha. ;)

  6. August 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Well, I definitely wouldn't be ages 10-14 because those were NOT cute. I like the age range where my boobs are existent but haven't fallen down to my waist. So, 21-25ish? AKA now? Sounds good.

  7. August 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I'm reverting back to childhood today.. where I'm pretending to go to the bus stop until my mom pulls off the street on her way to work.. then I'm running back home, hopping on the couch with my pjs back on and watching Fresh Prince.

  8. August 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I love this mentality! I just turned 20 on August 2nd, and I want to make sure that I make my 20s the best years of my life! So this really speaks to me!

  9. August 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    What a great post Whit! I needed a pick me up this morning, and this was just what I needed! XOXO Keep it up, girl!

  10. August 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I've been using the "your-only-in-your-twenties-once" mentality to justify me sornding money on concerts and groupons and events. It makes me happy, but my bank account is not so happy.

    Big Apple, Little Bites

  11. August 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Not to sound like Taylor Swift, but I think I'll be feeling 22 for a while. Even though I only turn 24 in a week.

    And yay for so many wonderful women realizing they don't have to have other people's goals accomplished by a certain age!

  12. August 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I Love you. That is all.

    Oh and I damn sure done FEEL 28. I feel 17. Always.

  13. August 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    pinterest quotes are way cheaper than actually going to therapy and they pretty much give you the same advice, if not better.

  14. August 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    More people are "settling down" way later now so live your life, girl!

  15. August 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    As a newly 30 year old I too used to think my life should be at a certain place when I was younger. And although I am married and life is panning out quite well. I would not have given up my twenties for anything. I got married when I was 29 and although to younger me that would be something to balk at. I am so glad that is how it all worked out. You only have 10 years to live in your twenties so enjoy them!!

  16. August 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    The grown up thing is SO true!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  17. August 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Nailed it.

  18. August 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    You must do you. This last year has been my most favorite ever and my mission is to just keep beating the previous year in awesomeness. Some people say that your 30's are your best decade, so I can't even imagine the awesomeness I'm approaching. Looks like you had the best birthday ever. I took a fireball shot in your honor (who I am kidding, it was also in my honor) this weekend. Cheers.

  19. August 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I'm a quote junkie, too. My Pinterest is flooded with them. Sorry I'm not sorry.

  20. August 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I love this post, so true! And Pinterest quotes are great!

  21. August 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I'm 26 going on 22.... I don't see a problem with that :)


  22. August 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    love this whitney!

    I cant stand when teenagers/20 somethings/ANYONE for that matter take life too seriously. A girl I know is constantly judging my friends and I for going out on weekends and especially if we go out without our boyfriends. HELLO? why must the boyfriends always come and TWO...i'll let you sit home knitting a wolf sweater and watching BBC while I go out and have a good time

    people are so quick to judge for people having a good time and I never understood it! My parents are both in their 50s and still go out almost every weekend whether it be them two or with friends and have an AMAZING time. My parents always say, if you feel young, act young :)

    all those others, F the hata'z


  23. August 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Sometimes I feel ancient. I need to loosen up a bit more. Thanks for the reminder!

  24. August 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I just found your blog! and I looove it! Well, said today! I blog over at missydallas.com would love for you to come check it out!

  25. August 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I will forever be 21 even though I recently turned 27. I'll grow up when I have kids, when's it's time to get serious and actually grow up!

  26. August 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    My girlfriend and I just turned 28. She is single, worked on a ski mountain in the winter.. snowboarding and working in the pub. Now she works in a very busy, fun bar this summer, with live bands and all kinds of action all around her. I have owned my house for five years, married for 3 years, known my husband for 8.. just had a baby. I'm happy. She's happy. BUT- we're both missing SOMETHING. She wants more.. a boyfriend, settling down. I want more.. FUN, to be able to have some drinks (lots of drinks..) and DANCE.. have a good time without feeling guilty because I'm suddenly a mommy. So- I think it doesn't matter WHERE you are in life.. Everybody wants a little bit of the life that they don't have..
    I think you have the right idea.. for sure. Enjoy your youth while you have it!! Believe me.. married at 25, baby at 27.. I LOVE my husband and daughter.. BUT every once in awhile I feel TRAPPED and just wish I could flutter away and just be ME. Haley. Not a wife, not a mom. Just a girl.. having a good time! Enjoy it while you have it Whitney.

  27. August 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I like this. I like it a lot. I'm still two years behind so you can't grow up on me yet.

  28. August 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Living is breathing. There shouldn't be a day in your life that you don't just enjoy it to the fullest without any regrets. I don't think there is one point in life when we truly have it all together, but it's ok - you just have to enjoy life while you can.

  29. August 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I'm turning 27 this month and *gasp* will be entering the last year of my "mid-twenties". I'm having a little trouble wrapping my brain around this fact but I agree, age is just a number and as long as I'm being goofy and enjoying my life, that's all that matters. Great post today!

  30. August 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This is a great questions! Makes me think too! I had the BEST year when I was 19 and sometimes I feel like I'm that young again. So I think I'd go back! :)

  31. August 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    16. I feel 16. Maybe 15. Awkward and pretty and figuring it out and twirling and hopping a lot. Playing and doing are more important than working and thinking. And I like it here just fine. (Also, sometimes 6. SIX is FUN. Coloring, you know.)

  32. August 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I know what you mean... I can never understand why people are "supposed" to do certain things by a certain age... even certain things that are completely stupid, like what clothes you should be wearing, how you should be doing your hair, what you should be doing for fun, etc.

  33. August 7, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Well hey, it looks like in your case, with age comes with wisdom! Kidding, but seriously - your words are ringing true!

  34. August 7, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Love when birthdays cause revelations and Pinterest is there for the assist. Great post

  35. soniaskyesblogAugust 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Loved the post. Be who you want to be, age is just a number as generic as it sounds. It is not a guideline, as some may be led to believe. You're as old as you feel, and if you're happy - what's the issue?

  36. August 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    How old am I..............well that depends on the day some days I feel like 16 others say 21 today I feel 50 which is due to the pounding in my head and sore throat and the tiredness

  37. August 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    mainly i think we don't like people telling us what to do.
    unless it's to take more shots. because that we'll do.

  38. August 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Amen. Tell Mr. Elephant to go sit in the corner. I'm tired of being told what I need to do with my life and by what specific age. I don't want to be married at 23, but that's great if someone else does. Just don't expect me to.

    So I guess what I'm trying to say is, I've got your back girl.


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