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"Inherent in every desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment." - Deepak Chopra

This is one of my very favorite quotes. When I first read it, it kind of blew my mind. Okay, it still blows my mind. According to this quote, if you really want to do something, be something, accomplish a certain goal, you have everything within you to achieve it. You know those things you really want? You already have everything it takes to do them.

SO. The tricky part: what do you want? I have a hard time with this question. I want a lot of things! I don't know! It's like being asked what you're doing after graduation... that always gave me anxiety. But answering this question is oh so important.

I've noticed as I go through different phases in my life, the answer to that question keeps evolving. So I have to keep asking... just when I thought I had everything all figured out, too!

I thought I'd be happy being "just" a blogger. Writing posts and setting up collaborations. But my favorite part of the week is designing graphics for Tiffany Han and planning events like Eat Drink Create and tonight's party with Madewell. Sooo, what do I really want? Time to ask myself that question again...

Do you have a hard time figuring out what it is you truly want? Tell me I'm not alone...!

It’s Thursday and that means a whole gang of rad bloggers are talking about happiness! Join the movement below, on facebook, and on twitter with #BeHappylinkup!

Original photo by Kate Donaldson.


Guys. I've hit a block... maybe it's a fork. Since starting my blog happiness project, I've noticed that writing the happiness-related posts come so easily. They flow off the keyboard, I have so much to say! But then with the just-for-fun posts, the lighter posts, I've started to feel a little less pumped and a little more wah wahh. No, not the art crushes or the art dranks - I LOVE those. I mean the random silly posts... like the weekend roundups I used to do every Monday. They don't seem fun anymore because they don't really seem to serve a purpose.

I sat down this weekend to write about fall activities and after a few minutes of looking through Pinterest for awesome fall images (love this one btdubs), I suddenly thought ugh who really cares about this? Sure it's fun... but what is it really contributing? I know my blog can't be all serious all the time, but maybe it can be more seriously fun or funnily serious... or something. And if I'm following my Be Happy commandments 4: Keep it Real and 5: Live with Intention, Blog with Intention, then it might be time to reevaluate my content choices.

I'm starting to realize I want this blog to be helpful, inspiring even. Whoa that's a lot of pressure... I would like my readers to get something out of their visits to artsocial, not just pretty images and sassy observations - although those things will still be in there of course. Lately in my blog reading, I'm also drawn to posts where I really learn something. Like this one from Unicorns for Socialism, basically every post from Tiffany Moore, or this whole series from Designlovefest. I like the idea of blogging with a purpose. Oh sure, I do that a little by offering a craft idea here and there, a fall cocktail recipe that is really nom (check back tomorrow!), and introductions to rad artists... but I want to contribute more. How I just don't know... yet.

What are you guys drawn to more? The just-for-fun posts? Or the posts with more thought-provoking juiciness?

Images found here.