This is your life.

“This is your LIFE. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it.

**This birthday gift from friends hangs lovingly on my hallway wall and it brings me back to my own attention every single time I re-read it.

Someone recently suggested that I should “stop chasing happiness because by doing so, I’d never be happy, not today or ever.” And I thought about that statement for quite awhile. The comment annoyed me…then angered me and then freaked me out because I wondered if he/she was right. Was I really always chasing something just beyond my reach? But the longer I sat with this, the “crappy” thoughts subsided and the truth settled in.

That truth is this: I don’t now, nor have I ever, “chased happiness” but I recognize that (though not perfect,) I do live an amazing existence. My life will never look like anyone else’s because I am not anyone else.

If I don’t allow myself to have some hand in the “design” of my life and in the happiness that I experience (by making conscious choices that direct me to that place within and externally), then I am doing a HUGE disservice to myself and everyone around me. Happiness is a choice.

“Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.”  I intend to {always} because the world that is available to us is too damn amazing to accept anything less.