From: vienna noreen (blog)
Subject Title: jar of happiness ✨
How are you doing? I can’t remember the last time I reach out to you and I’m not sure if you even open this kind of email. I hope you do and I hope you are having at least a good, if not great, 2018 so far.
I slept at around 3am today and I’ve been restless since the year started. There are so many things going on in my mind and my blog is just one of them. You are probably subscribed to this list through my website. I’d like to thank you for that and I hope you wouldn’t unsubscribe anytime soon 😅
So, as I was saying.. I’ve been scrolling through my site lately. I noticed again the tiny space I had on the sidebar that describes myself somehow. I tried to re-evaluate if those words remain true from the moment I wrote them.
“V is a highly caffeinated Asian writer in her 20s.”
Yes, I am still highly caffeinated and still on my 20s. Fortunately, I’m still an Asian. 😂 What comes next is something I am not sure of. I’m not sure if I meant what I meant.
“This is where she keeps her love for words and coffee blends.”
It is true that I love words. So much. I wouldn’t be writing if I don’t. I added coffee blends for two reasons:
- my love for coffee
- when you blend words, mix your thoughts together, you can create something as good as a great cup of coffee or tea (depends on what beverage you prefer)
Here is the crucial thing: not all blends suit everyone. I may like latte and you might prefer cappuccino. Also, not everyone loves americano. We can go hot or iced. I’ve been thinking if the thoughts that I blend and turn into words are serving its purpose. I’ve always wanted for my words to touch people’s heartstrings but right now, I’m not sure if I’m capable of that. I’ve been re-reading my blog posts and I’m not really sure if I’m glad on what I’ve written the past 3 years and if I’m happy with where my blog is going. I’m thinking of re-branding but I just realized I don’t even know what my brand is. I’m having all these thoughts because I was about to sign up for this community where it brings together the people in the web. It asks if you are an influencer or a brand. I am neither.
Then, here goes the last words from that widget area:
“Join her as she writes her way to Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa and Amor Fati”
Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa. In Chinese it is 花樣年華. Each letter literally means: flower, shape, year and shining. As Namjoon coined it, it can be a “blooming period of time” or as we call it, “the most beautiful moment in life.”
I have written about this a lot. When we say the most beautiful moment in life, we initially think about happiness. Don’t we? It has been the basis of life being beautiful – if you are happy in that moment. The thing is: “happiness is not something you have to achieve. you can still be happy in the process of achieving something”. I realized it is okay if I’m neither an influencer or a brand. Maybe, I will get there or maybe not. But through writing, I can still enjoy the journey. I am growing. You are growing. Before the flower finally blooms, it goes through a process. We are a work in progress. We do have a great sense of character development.
Amor Fati. A love of fate. Friedrich Nietzsche. Happiness can happen when we learn that there are things we cannot change. Maybe that is the art of letting go. If you can’t do anything about something, drop it. If you can change it, give all that you can. Only in giving your best can you live without regrets. I may not change the world with my words but if there is one person, yes even just one, who I somehow helps get through the day with my wordblends, that is enough for me. I will be happy then. I think Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa and Amor Fati go hand in hand. It is a perfect blend.
Jar of happiness. I made this as the subject of this email because I believe that we can collect each happy moment and store it in a jar. Please remember that happiness don’t necessarily have to be grand. It can be as simple as seeing the sunrise or enjoying your breakfast. It can be a night run or a walk in the park. When the time comes that you need a reason to keep going, please take one moment from the jar. We can’t be happy 24/7. Sadness is inevitable. Here is the challenge, though. When you take one, make sure you replace it. Do not let it go down halfway. It would be better if you will let it overflow the brim. It would be better if we can share it with one another, right? Be the happiness your self needs and be the happiness that shine upon others.
Shine brighter, little sunbeam ☀️
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