I Still Choose Happy

Around this time last year, I proclaimed to the blogging world that I choose happy. If you are new around here or don’t remember the post, go check it out! It was one of my first really personal posts and one that I’m still proud of. And, guess what? A year later, I still choose happy!

Haentze's Garden Nursery, Fond du Lac, Wis.
I have to laugh to myself a little bit about the timing of the original post, today’s post, and my recent chat about battling negative body image. May for whatever reason never seems to be my month!

I’ll be the first to admit that my mission to choose happy has been tested as of late. Ryan and I have been apart a lot lately, I’m working on my self-image, and insignificant daily annoyances and inconveniences have been bringing me down. It always seems to be the little things that add up and get to me the most.

But, because of the strides that I’ve made in the last year since I wrote that first post I do make the conscious effort to find a silver lining in every day. I’m not saying that I’m happy all day, every day – who is? If you are, then you’re a superhuman and you belong on Krypton with Superman. Rather, I try to change my attitude or perspective on what’s bothering me. Like with Ryan being gone a lot, at least we have the opportunity to miss each other. That ultimately leads to a greater appreciation of one another and our marriage when we are together. My body image issues? This is a major work in progress, but now I always say a positive affirmation to myself in the mirror when I’m finished getting dressed. This puts me in the right mindset for the day to feel good and be happy.

I Still Choose Happy
It’s definitely a challenge to get yourself and your mind to turn negative to positive, but the benefits are worth it. And, I urge you to give it a go! If I still choose happy a year later, I know that you certainly can too. Just know that if you’re going through a difficult time or are simply experiencing a bad day, there is so much goodness that surrounds you. You just have to take the time to find your happiness!

Do you choose happy? What do you do to find the good in every day?

photos by Kim Kedinger Photography

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  1. 5.23.17
    Julie said:

    Happy really is a choice! Something little that I like to do (even better when the husband joins in, too) is to come up with two or three nice things/small victories that happened during the day when I’m getting ready for bed. Makes me feel more peaceful/positive when ending the day!

  2. 5.23.17

    Such a great post and love these pics!

  3. 5.23.17
    Mes Voyages à Paris said:

    Such a lovely pictures!! Great post!
    Mónica Sors

  4. 5.22.17

    I cannot LOVE this enough! I really realized that being happy was a choice a few years ago, and since then I’ve been doing my darndest to choose happy, and always look on the bright side. Thanks for the fabulous reminder! xx

  5. 5.22.17

    Love it! And that off the shoulder top is darling!
    Miss Olivia Says

  6. 5.22.17
    Ashley said:

    I love this! Choosing happy is so worth it! 🙂

  7. 5.22.17

    It is a challenge to choose happy. This hits home for me today actually because I am coming off a tough weekend and feeling a little grumpy. Thanks for the reminder!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. 5.22.17

    There seriously can’t be anybody that’s happy all day everyday, but I love that you’re trying to look for the silver lining on a daily basis! It’s so easy to get stuck on the negative, but it seems like you’re doing a good job of being happy!

  9. 5.22.17

    Love this post! It’s so hard not to get caught up in all the little annoyances of the day to day… I’m always trying to look at the silver lining and the happy moments to lift up my spirits too! And these photos are gorgeous!

  10. 5.22.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    Gorgeous photos – love your outfit, love the setting! It’s not always easiest to find the happy but it’s better off to – I find it a constant struggle and it’s nice to know I’m not alone – love your honest posts!

    • 5.23.17

      No, you’re not alone at all! Especially lately this seems to be a challenge with everything going on. But we just have to remember the daily good. Thanks, girl!

  11. 5.22.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    With all the negative that we’re surrounded with everyday, it’s not always easy to find the happy! This is a stuggle for me I admit. But this time of year I can find happy out in the garden and that helps!

  12. 5.22.17

    I always try to find the positives in things. Sometimes it is definitely hard but I feel like you can really make yourself miserable with flooding your brain with negativity. I’m so glad to hear your positive mindset right now!

    • 5.23.17

      You’re so right! We just have to remind ourselves that there’s always good around, even if we have to look a little harder for it.

  13. 5.22.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I love your outlook Karly and I do try to choose happy every day! For the most part if I’m having a hard day I think of the couch that I get to come home to and relax with my husband on!! It’s that little thing that helps me find happy again 🙂 xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 5.23.17

      Yes, girl! Nothing better than the couch at the end of a hard day. Looking forward to something, no matter how simple, always helps.