Category Archives: happiness

words // 104.

“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.”

Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life

I really like that.

xo N

things i’ve learnt this week / 04

Books are my happy place.
I’m not one of those people who can
 recount every detail of their childhood but
most of the memories I can recall are ones
of my mom reading to me.
I can even remember feeling a sense of awe
 after each story had ended.
Today, I regard that feeling of awe as discovery.
Because that is really what reading is –
it’s discovery time and time again.
Discovering our world, both outside and personal.

To attain complete happiness,
you have to let go.
It’s more than just being over something and feeling fine.
It’s about matching up the words you speak with
 the the truth within you.
Sometimes this happens through the act of forgiveness,
other times through acceptance.
Whatever the case,
the moment your heart catches up to your mind
your freedom will come.

Celebrate your loved ones every single day.
We’ve all lost loved ones in our lives
either through a passing, a falling out or by
  simply losing contact.
Understandably, this can be hard to get over and
the loss can sometimes take your entire focus.
While it’s important to honor and/or reflect on who has
left your life,
it’s equally important to not lose focus on who is still in it.
These days, especially, I feel incredibly blessed 
to have the family and friends I do and
even if I sound like I broken record
I intend to tell them this, every single day.

xo N


With Christmas just a few days away
things are starting to slow down a bit.
{with the exception of scary malls}
Having had the majority of my gifts purchased earlier this month
I am free to really enjoy this time with my loved ones and
 reflect on the things I love about this season, in addition to
 the things that make me happy throughout the year.
1.  sequins and pearls
2.  giving, giving and more giving
3.  kisses on the forehead
4. connecting with old, cherished friends
5.  a splash of color
6.  reading old letters
7.  christmas eve at mama’s house
8. bright lights in the city
9.  afternoon naps by the fire
10. my husband

xo N

le weekend.

Le weekend it is!  And it’s going to be a gorgeous one!
My plan for the weekend is to
 soak up as much sunshine as possible
 with the people I love the most.
{Photo via here}
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some
and draw and paint
and sing and dance
and play and work, everyday some.
 – Robert Fulghum
Have a wonderful weekend!
-N xx


As the sun beams through my office window (yes, I know I should be working), I can’t help but smile with it.
Because the world is round it turns me on
Because the world is round…aaaaaahhhhhh
Because the wind is high it blows my mind
Because the wind is high……aaaaaaaahhhh
Love is all, love is new
Love is all, love is you
Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry
Because the sky is blue…….aaaaaaaahhhh
Sunshine + the Beatles = Love.