Find Your Happy

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I want you to do something for me right now. Think about your life. Think about it as it stands right now in this very second. Who means the most to you? Do they know? Do you show it? What or where makes you happy? Do you do those things or go to those places often? Why or why not?

Hawaii is my happy place. It’s where my anxieties and struggles disappears as soon as I step off the airplane into the humid air. My eczema apparates to an alternate universe where that skin condition stresses me out. I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl and I’ve grown to adore this island paradise. I just got back from a week in Kauai and it was exactly the refresh I needed.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Madewell Skinny Overalls | White Shirt (Old) | Steve Madden Dina Sandal

I always take things back with me when I travel. The Nespresso machine sitting in my kitchen reminds me of Austraila. When I got home from Hawaii, I ordered the coffee maker that was in my family and I’s condo. It sounds weird, but having things like those around me bring me peace and calm in a world of chaos.

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When you’re outside of the hustle and the bustle, you see clearer. You’re not stressed out about that big project or your upcoming performance review. You remember the things you love and the people you love. A reset in your life every now and then is so important, and it’s cruel that so many people don’t have the luxury of having one.

With that being said, I want to challenge you in something. Take a step back. Look at your life. What’s in it? Is there anything unhealthy or that brings you unhappiness? Once you identify that thing (if any), is there anything you can do to change it?

You are never the victim once you recognize the road block. Once you see the ROUGH ROAD AHEAD sign, you can change your course. You’re not destined to be tied to something that makes you miserable, and you don’t owe it to anybody to keep yourself in a situation that’s not healthy for you. This is your one life. You’re never going to live this day ever again. How are you going to spend it? And what can you do today that will give you brighter days ahead?

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What’s your happy place?

I’ve Had The Time Of My Life Fighting Dragons With Taylor Swift

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There’s certain people in life who understand you before they even know you. Their energy, their laugh, the way their pieces fit so perfectly into yours even through you lived your whole life without them. You can think of them, can’t you? Who are the people who you know you’re in this for life with?

Taylor Swift is one of those people for me. 

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She opened up her Reputation World Tour in Glendale, Arizona two nights ago and I figured there is no better time than now to tell you why she’s my #1.

I flew to Los Angeles to see Taylor in concert for her Speak Now tour because she wasn’t playing in my area. My sister was going to UCLA so I stayed with her and she picked me up from the airport. For the concert, I was (obviously) dressed up in full costume (specifically as a Hershey Kiss as a pun on her song “The Last Kiss”) because her team goes around the audience every single night and picks people for a post-show meet & greet. I went by myself because all I really wanted was to be in the room, I didn’t care if I was sitting next to anybody or not.

During the middle of the show, there’s a moment when Taylor walks through the audience from the front to the back, giving out hugs to fans as she makes her way to the back stage. I was in the front row of the first level, so Taylor logistically would pass right by me. When Taylor walked by, she sadly passed by me and made her way to the next group of people, but then five seconds later, she turns around and looks at me, runs back, looks me in the eyes and says “I love you so much. Thank you for coming.” before running back up to finish her route.

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That moment is why I support Taylor through the thick and the thin.

That moment is why no matter the years or the miles, Taylor is always worth the wait and the trip.

That moment is why Taylor is one of the most successful musicians of this generation.

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Taylor, I’m so proud of you and so excited to see you in Pasadena next week at the Rose Bowl!