A strong happiness booster in my opinion would be Familiarity. The root  of ‘familiar’ is from the Latin word familiāritās  meaning “friendliness, intimacy”. When I think of familiar, I think of belonging or connection. When I am familiar with something I can recall a certain feeling, it’s hard to describe or explain isn’t it? I remember going to Poland and my friend was ecstatic saying “I remember this! I was here! I remember that!” And while I wanted to share this joy with her I was unable to because my memories of the place had not even begun. But that unique opportunity she had of recalling and feeling reconnected to a place I am quite ‘familiar’ with. I love this feeling. Perhaps this is the reason I am always flipping through old photos or revisiting the same places.

As much as I want to pursue adventure, I’ll never stop wanting to be familiar with the people and places of my past.


The 20s are the ‘Defining Decade’

How You Spend Your 20s Will Define You

According to Meg Jay, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter–and how to make the most of them now, many 20-somethings believe they have all time in the world and how they spend their 20s doesn’t matter. But Jay says they matter most. The foundation you build in your 20s will define the rest of your life. Take yourself seriously, she urges.


Encouraging others

I decided to make a blog because 2 people encouraged me to. It was small, but it was the push that I needed. How can you encourage somebody by saying something small? And why not do that today. You don’t know the effect of positive encouragement until you do it 🙂 

“I’d read the shit out of your blog”. – Colleen Thompson