Love Thy Neighbor

instagram_b8febd9ad0This past week I went house hunting. A wonderful friend of mine took me around to look at a few properties that had gotten my attention and I fell in love with house #2. It was gorgeous! From the cherry wood floors to the perfect mix of neutral paint and accent walls, I could definitely picture calling this place home. While we were there, the owner and his young daughter arrived home and introduced themselves.

He was such a nice man and his daughter was the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. We chatted about Read More

Books Every 20-Something Should Read

instagram_1d81a8bfbdIf you’re anything like me, you probably walk into a Barnes and Noble and just stare at the vast number of books. It can feel overwhelming, even when you know the topic you want to read about. Personally, I can spend hours in a bookstore. I love the atmosphere, the feel of a new book in my hands, and the amount of information at my fingertips. I also put a lot of pressure on myself to buy just the right book because, let’s face it, no one wants to invest time into a book only to get halfway through and realize it was a waste.

I take my reading time very seriously and if you do too, then I have the perfect list for you. Whether you’re looking for an inspiring romance story, a self-help book, or a book that pokes its way into the psychology of 20-something, I’ve got you covered. Read More

To My Younger Self

To My Younger Self


Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, there are a number of things I wish I could go back and tell myself. Here are a few of the things I’d say if I could back and have coffee with my early-twenties self. Read More

Vulnerable Souls

Sometimes I’ll create a post, but won’t share it right away. I wrote this a few months ago and I think it’s time to share it with you. Words are a powerful thing, friend.

WordWords are incredible reminders of how vulnerable our soul is. Often, we hide our soul behind a smile, deeply hoping someone will take the time to look past the appearance and care enough to ask.

But the question begs to be asked: If we want Read More

Failure Isn’t Final

20160808_210128How many times have you failed, reader? I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the thought of failure. In a lot of ways, I’m a perfectionist. I like a challenge, but only if I deem it as one I can likely succeed at. I like taking risks, but it’s often very calculated and thought out.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing people speak on failure. Each time, the message is clear: It’s important to fail, because it means you’ve tried (and) failure isn’t final. 

This past weekend, I heard some amazing facts about people who failed. Yet, if I told you their names, you wouldn’t know them by their failures. Amazingly, you’d probably only know them by their successes.

Did you know: Read More

It’s About Time…

New ThingsHey friends,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some recent updates to this blog. As you might have noticed, the look has changed slightly and I have gradually been transitioning away from “Happilyme23” to simply “HappilyMe.”

When I started this blog a couple years ago, the goal was to share my heart. As the years have gone by, I’ve been awed by how many people have come up to me, emailed me, or reached out in some way to tell me a post was exactly what they needed to hear.

Over the last month, I’ve decided to Read More

Get Busy Finding Rest

dollar-1362244_1920Will all the workaholics reading this post please raise your hand?

The more I work, the more I realize how much of it has become ingrained in who I am. I find it very difficult to unplug and even when I should be unplugging, I’m still thinking about work or worse, I find myself actually checking in with co-workers to make sure nothing has imploded due to my absence.

I never liked the term workaholic, though I think a lot of us find pleasure in Read More

Monday Challenge

tumblr_nt7thoF9Ek1sdhitho1_1280Yesterday, a friend called me on the phone. I answered and the first words out of her mouth were, “I hope it’s okay I’m calling you instead of texting.” I responded with, “Of course it’s okay!” as we continued our conversation. That brief exchange has me thinking more deeply though about an apparent issue in our culture. In our world of Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, GroupMe, WhatsApp, and texting, we rarely have audible conversations.

When was the last time you picked up the phone and called a friend?

So today, I challenge you. If you’ve got Read More

I saw you, sir.

cange-kid on hillThat day I was on vacation, enjoying a BBQ on the beautiful island of Labadee, Haiti, I saw you, sir.

While people ate their food and stayed myopically focused on only the things right in front of them, I became distracted. I saw you come down the hill, cautiously walking over rocks and tree stubs with your bare feet, looking over the barbed wire fence and into the crowd. I saw your face as you waved desperately, trying to get our attention. I wasn’t sure what you were doing there.

And then, I saw the Read More

If someone tells me this one more time…I’m going to slap them.

As I scroll through my Facebook news feed and look at interesting articles online, I can’t help but feel bombarded by articles with these kinds of titles:

You’ll Regret It If You Haven’t Done These 30 Things Before 30
Things To Do Before You’re 30
The 10 things EVERYONE should do before they turn 30

And on and on the list goes. Tonight, I had righteous indignation rise up in me. For those of you who don’t know, I turned 25 two weeks ago. And I won’t lie and say I didn’t have a few moments of slight panic that I’m halfway through this decade.

One article (and I quote) said this about doing things before Read More