In order to keep myself organized, I am basing this blog off of a website I found called "365 One Word Art Journal Prompts" (http://artjournalist.com/one-word-art-journal-prompts/). Although I do not consider myself artistic by any stretch of the imagination, I really liked the idea of starting with a single word and reflecting on that given word in order to get some inspiration and end the day off right on a good foot! I challenge you to start a similar project! Although I know this project may change over time, I am going to try to reflect on a different word each day for a year and just spin that word into what is going on in my life and possibly even bringing a quote, song, or video in to help support that word.
I really thought it was a good idea to have "Happiness" as my first word to reflect on because I really am happy currently and it would also be a good chance to further introduce myself through various hobbies I do that make me happy! So to start with, I am in a very good mood for various reasons. First and foremost, I really do believe I am in the right place at the right time. Many times this is a rare feeling since the future is almost constantly an unknown factor, so I've quickly learned to relish it when these times come along. For those who do not know, I am currently in my second year of my masters program at Western Carolina University and I am studying College Student Personnel. I love working in a residential living department on campus and this is primarily due to the eight amazing Resident Assistants I supervise. It is easy to say we have had some rough times this year, but there is little I wouldn't do for these students. In addition to this great opportunity, I will be graduating in the spring and my future is already looking bright! I don't want to say anything since nothing is confirmed until a signed contract is in hand, but the job search has been a great experience for me and I have some exciting times in front of me! I have been very fortunate when it has come to my life recently, I have a roof over my head, food in my stomach, a good group of friends and am amazing family. I don't know what I would do if I ever lost this support system and am very glad to have such a strong group to rely on.
When it comes to my favorite hobbies and activities that make me happy, I really am pretty well rounded. I enjoy the outdoors and have fallen in love with the mountains. Although I have not done it recently, I do enjoy camping and just soaking up the great outdoors. I am also fairly athletic and enjoy running and especially playing Ultimate Frisbee! When it isn't as nice outside, I enjoy baking, watching movies and curling up with a good book. In addition I feel like I should also mention this site. It has always been a dream of mine to create a website like this and once diving in and doing it, I realized it wasn't as difficult as I had originally anticipated! Having "input" as one of my top 5 strengths in "Strengths Quest", I pride myself in collecting information and creating a database where people with similar interests can benefit and share their own ideas! This is only a short list of some of the things that really make me happy. As we get further into this blog, I'm sure I will share more of my story and I look forward to possibly hearing more about yours as well!