happy-new-year Guys. It's almost 2013.

I sure had a lot of "holy shit" moments in 2012. You know the ones, right? Those moments when you're thinking "holy shit, am I really doing this?" Out of all of those moments, I definitely have two favorites. One was going to blogshop in Seattle. If you get the opportunity to go, DO IT. And yes, that's me in the first pic! Gah I couldn't have worn nicer shoes? Ohh me.

The other was a major moment for me. Like, I didn't even believe I was doing it as I was doing it. I'm talking, of course, about quitting my job. Last New Year's Eve I remember feeling terrified, frustrated, lost - I hated my job and I didn't know what to do or how to fix it. I wanted to leave, I wanted a big change, I wanted to find my purpose and start effing living it already, no more waiting! But I was too scared to make a move. I had a feeling I should quit my job and try blogging full time, but what does "a feeling" really mean? If I only had a sign... a clue as to what to do.

It took me another 10 months to learn - that feeling, that inner pull to do something greater, more awesome, more useful, more fulfilling, more everything - THAT'S IT. That is the sign. That feeling is telling you what to do... and you know it. It's just scary. While I haven't necessarily found my ultimate super awesome true purpose yet, I know I'm on the right path.

2012 was about leaving behind what wasn't working and starting what I know was right for me. So I've started... I think 2013 is going to be about really going for what I want, listening to my "feelings" on the regular, owning my decisions, and being an effing boss and not apologizing for it. We deserve everything we want... so let's go for it, k? Me and you.

Here's to even more "holy shit, am I really doing this?" moments in 2013. Woot!



What were some of your favorite moments from 2012? Do you ever have a feeling about something, but are too scared to make a move? I'd love to hear about it, cuz believe me - I feel ya.


Image by artsocial.


maryam-nassir-zadeh I've been thinking a lot about how to take the Be Happy linkup to the next level in 2013. I'm so inspired by everyone who joins the conversation each week, you guys are truly the best. Big hugs to you!

But I really want the linkup to be even more amazing, inspiring, and helpful for you guys. How do you feel about a facebook group just for us? To share any and all things happiness-related; to support each other on our individual happiness projects; and to get inspiration on the reg instead of just one day a week. We'll still be rockin' it with our happiness posts every Thursday, this is just an added bonus... and unlike the linkup, the fb group would be open to non-bloggers to share their thoughts, too.

There are so many little extras I'd love to share with you regarding my blog happiness project (links, quotes, books I love)... I think an fb group could be just what we need. Like a happiness party just for us.

You have made the Be Happy linkup a success, so I want you to be involved in the decision-making process!

Vote HELL YES, I'm in! - or -  Ugh no, if I add one more thing to my social media plate, I'll vom. in the comments. I can't wait to hear your thoughts...!


p.s. mad props to Amanda Genther for inspiring me to try this.

Image by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, found here.