Why Being Happy Should Be Your Number One Priority

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You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, enjoy the moment, blah blah blah – I know, we’ve heard it before. But have you ever really, seriously tried it?

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A little over a year ago I was enthusiastically happy about where I was going, but I was terribly unhappy with where I was. All the goals were written out, the plan was in place, and let me tell you the future was looking very bright. Problem was I woke up anxious, stressed, and unhappy. My thought process was when I get that, when I move there, when I can travel there, when I’ve achieved those goals then I will be happy. I was so focused on how much better the future was going to be that I was blind to the joy of where I was.

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It took me some time to realize that if I wasn’t happy right now, with who I am, with the people around me, and with the place that I live right now, how could I expect to ever be happy? Because once I do finally get “there,” wherever “there” is, I will have somewhere else I want to go. I decided to make being happy right now, my number one priority and to start finding moments of joy in exactly where I was.

Fast forward to this past weekend, I had a moment of realizing how genuinely happy I am right now.

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Shoes: Zara

One of my best friends, Brooke, just built a beautiful desert oasis in Cave Creek, Arizona. I spent Friday night at her place making tacos, drinking some Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy (however the heck you pronounce that) and enjoying a girl’s night with 2 of my best friends. It’s so peaceful up there; the view out her living room window is breath taking. We woke up early on Saturday morning to explore Cave Creek, and of course snap some photos. I’m falling more and more in love with this state by the minute.

We headed back home for mimosas, smoothies and chocolate chip waffles. Sitting at her kitchen counter, surrounded by friends, being in the pursuit of something I am so passionate about, I couldn’t help but take a minute to soak in the joy of that moment. I couldn’t believe how content I was. I believe that the most creative and fulfilling space you can ever be in is being completely content with where you are, while in the pursuit of where you want to go.

My hope for you is that you find whatever lights you up in the world. Go after it without hesitation and remember to find joy in the journey between where you are and where you want to be.