Monday, February 27, 2012
Do you guys know Gabrielle Blair over at Design Mom? (That's her under the umbrella). I love her, her life and her blog which I found quite by accident after seeing her and her family on House Hunters International (Best. Show. EVER.). So this is a quote from an interview that Gretchen Rubin (of the Happiness Project) did with Gabrielle and it fits perfectly with all the things swirling around in my head right now. Happiness is my word of the year for 2012 and I'm finding that as I search for my true happiness, I'm also learning a lot about jealousy, comparison and worthiness. This pretty much hits on about 90% of that so I thought I'd share.
Is there anything that you see people around you doing or saying that adds a lot to their happiness, or detracts a lot from their happiness?
The happiest, most content people I know in my own life are actively creative in some way, shape, or form. Creativity looks different on each of us, right? We may not all be painters whose art is on display in a Parisian gallery or designers whose clothes we all dream of wearing, but if we're expressing our talents and nurturing our interests, you can bet the house that happiness is happening.
Someone else is always going to be doing something more interesting, more innovative, more everything; it's the beauty of living in this big, creative world of ours, isn't it? So jealousy or feelings of inadequacy are perfectly natural, but that doesn't mean they have to stick. For me, that first pang of envy is a not-to-be-ignored signal that I need to get inspired and be inspiring. The simple act of sketching out an impossible idea, gathering up the ingredients for a decadent dessert, learning how to work a new setting on my camera, or even organizing a drawer are all perfect antidotes.
So here's to a happy and inspiring week for us ALL!