#TheHappinessChallenge: Why I’ve Decided to Join the Social Media Movement

Do you think the world could use more happiness? Could you use more happiness in your life? I know that I sure do! Research proves that when your brain functions at a positive level, it performs 31% better than it does at neutral or negative! Interesting right? This is what is called the happiness advantage!

Recently, I stumbled upon the 21 Day Happiness Challenge on Twitter and I thought it was such an interesting idea. Logically we know that happiness is a choice. We are in control over our thoughts and reactions. However; we often lose that awareness when life throws us those unexpected curve-balls. Or, at least, I do! I’m a professional negative nancy on those less than stellar days! {Whenever I’m having one of those curve-ball days, all I want to do is crawl under the covers and eat the heck out of some double brownie chocolate chip ice cream. Annnd, maybe add some chocolate sprinkles for good measure 😉 }

The purpose of this challenge is quite simple: to regain and promote optimism and happiness by committing to doing the following five things each day for 21 days. The beauty is, these tasks are powerful enough to make a difference, yet not so difficult that it becomes daunting!

This challenge is hardly time-consuming, and can really change your way of thinking. I’m doing this because want to change my mind-set. Who wants to join me? Let’s do this! Here’s 5 steps that YOU can take to get to happy!

Journal Three Specific Things That YOU Are Grateful For

Writing can be so cathartic and can really soothe the soul. By documenting 3 specific things that you are grateful for each day, you are re-wiring your brain to look for the positive – no matter what the situation! So grab a journal, a piece of paper, go on your computer, anything works, and start jotting.

ExampleToday, I’m grateful for having a loving family to come home to every day, for being greeted with puppy kisses, and for having a Heavenly Father who forgives me, and never abandons me. 

Record One Positive Experience Per Day


Similar to the exercise above, writing down one positive thought a day, trains your brain to find the good in your life. Think about it, have you ever found yourself dwelling on negative or extremely embarrassing events from the past? Of course you have! It’s the worst right?! Instead, focus on one positive memory per day. That will help your brain relieve that positive experience and cause the same feelings of happiness.

Example: my friend (for the purpose of this blog, we’ll call her Joy) and I used to enjoy going to view Nicholas Sparks movies together. We’d make a plan, she’d pick me up, and we would head to the movie. Looking back on those memories always makes me smile from ear to ear. You know those people who shine so bright even the sun gets jealous? That’s Joy! I loved (and still do) spending quality time with her, and was so blessed to have shared those little moments. She radiated positivity and happiness, and I always came home with a full heart.

Carry Out Random Acts of Kindness


This is by far my favorite task on the list! I love showing people kindness. It makes me happy and (hopefully) makes the other person happy as well! Create a Kindness Kit for someone, post a positive thought on your social media accounts, compliment someone, pay it forward. There are all different and creative ways to spread sunshine around. Don’t hesitate – just do it!

Example: One of my favorite things to do is to send out little messages and gifts to people – whether that’s in the form of text messages, cards, or even a writing. I love to make others smile, and I love the surprise element of it all!


Okay, I’m not going to lie, this is probably my least favorite activity on the list. I’d rather curl up with a good book or tv show, and a cookie. BUT, I’ve begun to find out that exercising is such a powerful way to boost your mood. As it turns out, nothing can release endorphins quite like getting up and moving around!

Example: Do a different type every day, just to make it interesting, but be sure not to burn yourself out. Yoga, stretching, whatever your preference may be,  take 10-20 minutes each day and treat yourself to feeling good!



It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day life. We’re constantly rushing around to accomplish tasks that we hardly have time to breathe sometimes. That’s not healthy and that certainly does not make us happy! By taking time each day to meditate will help to bring you back to the present, will allow you to focus, and give you the relaxation that you need and deserve!

Example: Take a moment or two and do something strictly for you. For me? That means reading my devotionals, listening to my Christian music, and praying. Getting back in touch with my faith is the only way I know how to bring myself peace, along with happiness.

Studies show that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit. Wouldn’t happiness and positive thinking be a great habit to start? For me, it will! And, I hope it will for you, too. So, what do you say? Hop on the bandwagon with me and challenge yourself for 21 days.

If you’d like to participate in the challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment here, or on the contact page! 




New Month, New Start, New Me

I’ve been blogging for about two years now. This whole journey has been such a learning process for me. When I started writing back in 2014, I had no idea that I was about to discover another passion of mine.

I was in my third year at Utica College when I saw a job opening for a student blogger. I didn’t know a whole heck of a lot when it came to that (and still don’t!), but, it sounded so interesting, and I was pretty sure it would be something I enjoyed. So, I took the leap, my application was accepted, and I soon became an official student blogger for Utica College.

I absolutely loved my job. My requirements were to write about events going on in and around campus, as well as the community. Basically, anything was acceptable as long as it had something to do with college life or community topics.

Gradually, I found my voice and realized that I loved to give people advice, or share my stories with other college students. Sharing helpful hints to my peers became a regular part of my writing. Anytime someone shared or commented, it felt so great. Especially because I was relieved to have finally found my talent. (It only took me 20 years of nonstop searching.)

When I graduated from college, I knew that I still wanted to write. I still wanted my voice to be heard, and I still had an incredible desire to help others – in some way. So, I dubbed myself “The Positive Princess” and jumped in all the way into blogging. And completely drowned.

I did build a following – which was terrific. I managed to have a couple of my blogs go viral and be published on other blogging sites. I got to make friends with a few people who lived a billion miles away from me, but who loved to write and have an impact on people as much as I did.

Somewhere along the way though, I lost my fire. I lost my passion for writing. I lost my focus. It was becoming more like a chore than a cathartic hobby. I was caught up in reading about becoming a professional blogger, and striving to be the perfect writer. The more I read about blogging, the more I wanted to achieve success and be that perfect blogger.

I would sit at the computer every night, trying to write something that would be meaningful, positive, profound, and successful. When that didn’t happen, sometimes I would publish something, just to publish. After all, all of the tips on blogging said that 2-3 posts per week was the norm!

When I couldn’t think of a single thing, when I felt negative, or that article didn’t do as well as I hoped, I punished myself. I beat myself up and completely lost all confidence in writing. It took me a little while to realize that the way I was approaching writing….was all wrong. I felt a stirring in me to take a little breather from writing, to gain my focus back, and to completely start over. And that is what I am doing…

I am breaking free from my need to be perfect. I am breaking free from the need for likes, shares, and comments on social media.

I don’t want glory or success. I don’t want praise. I don’t want compliments.

What I want, is to make a positive impact in this world. If that can be done through my writing, then that will be enough for me.

If my story about my anxiety, my depression, or just my life in general can change someone, my heart will be filled with joy.

I want to focus on being real in my writing. Being myself. Being unedited. Being humorous. I want to build a blog that matters. That can touch people’s hearts. That can make others laugh. That people can identify with. I want to inspire others – in the hopes that someone out there will read my words and know that they are not or never will be alone.

I plan to be an open book in this blog. Completely vulnerable. Which, scares me a little bit, but that is what is tugging at my heart. I don’t plan to be all sunshine and rainbows all of the time. Because that’s not reality. BUT; I do plan to be as encouraging as possible, as much of a positive princess as I can be, as I continue walking down the path that my Lord and Savior put me on. And, I hope you’ll grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and join me.