April 11, 2011

What's in a Name

One night, driving home from work, I was staring at a red stop light, deep in thought, pondering what I would title my blog.  Suddenly, my car warned me that I needed to get gas; that I was running on empty.  Those three words jogged across my mind a few times.  "Running on empty.  Running on empty.  Running on..."  And suddenly, I started to apply that metaphor to my life.  What is it that I run on?  What is it that I want to run on?  What do I want to be?  And then I came to the conclusion:  Out of everything in life, I want to be happy.  Everyday.  Not just at certain times, or around certain people.  I want to be happy simply existing.  

So, I decided to title my blog "Running on Happiness" because happiness is the fuel that moves my bones.  It gets me out of bed in the morning and allows me sleep peacefully at night.  It sings to me when I'm sad and laughs when I embarrass myself.  Happiness is not always easy, because life is not always easy.  But fortunately, we are given two gifts: the opportunity for a new day, and choice.  Will we make the most of it?

I don't want this blog to be strictly about what I wear.  I want it to be what I titled it.  It is my hope to gain more knowledge, more insight and to share with each other, so that we all can become happier people.  Because I've been told by my friend, "happiness is a serious problem." 

But tell me friend, before I go, what is it that you run on?


Amy @ Amy Day to Day said...

This is such a great post! I really like the inspiration behind your blog title. And I love lifestyle blogs - blogs about everything. I'm trying to incorporate everything as well. I try and run on happiness too, and definitely faith. Faith that I can create happiness, not just expect it to find me. Because we all know, that doesn't always happen. And faith in lots of other things, but I'll stop there. Thanks for getting us to think!

amy day to day

Lori said...

I love your blog's name! and I love this post :)

Rissy said...

I think your posts everyday make it very clear that you run on happiness.
You are happy being you and happy in your life, and that it absolutely shines through.

I think right now I run on hope and on the support I get from everyone around me!

Loved reading this.


Unknown said...

Jesus in my life.

Thanks for the reminder. : )

Emily said...

I love this post--what a great reminder. I'm like you with the constant and consistent positivity...But I'd say I run on Grace. Grace given to me from God, from others, and from myself... it's a beautiful thing.

Sabrina Says Blog said...

Your blog definitely makes me happy!

I run on inspiration. I am constantly inspired by the things I see around me. Not only blogs (Like yours!) but nature, friends, food, art.. ect.

Thanks for the lovely post!

Sabrina Says

Anonymous said...

What a great post and your blog exudes happiness! I run on laughter. I love having a sense of humor and making others laugh; even if it’s at me expense. Laughter brings people together and lets you forget about your worries even for just a short time.

Unknown said...

Way to re-center your blog. What do I run on? Nothing but the most dynamic relationship with God. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Siena in Style said...

you look so cute!

Lauren Caldwell said...

love this post!! your blog DEF makes me happy! :)

xo! Lauren @ tickled.

Bronzed Humanity said...

Happiness makes the world a better place...I think that if everyone found happiness within it would be easier to exude. Great post!

Hot Pink Day

Young and Fabulous said...

i think your blog is GREAT! and the photos as well are so vibrant and colorful.

your blog reminds me a ton of one of my favorite blogs, Enjoying the Small Things..if you haven't read it, I say READ IT NOW! haha it's awesome :)

love your blog

Suburbs of Utopia said...

your awesome blog title is what made me start following earlier this year, even before I had read any of your adorable posts... now its a daily read with my morning cuppa jo!
I run on dreams... and the beauty they possess... and how simple it is to cultivate a new one! =)

Taylor Morgan said...

love this post! I needed to read this right now :) I run on hope and faith.

Gentri said...

I love your blogs name! A LOT!! :) And the story is very inspiring. I would say that I run on faith. I wish I could say that I'm happy ALL of the time (I honestly do pretty well) but I'm not. But I have faith that I can be happy. So happy or sad, I run on faith. :)

Day of the Red said...

Hi I love your blog! I live in Yuma AZ woot woot haha...anyway totally following you!


Unknown said...

i run on dunkin... hahah just kidding, but i always think of that slogan when i come to your blog! i run on love from my love! is that too cheesy?

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Rachael said...

I love what you said about being give two gifts: the opportunity for a new day, and choice.
Love how to decided to name your blog. It's a good philosophy for life.
What I run on....I have no idea. I'd say happiness, but it's a constant struggle for me of 'what makes me happy'. Running on....what I feel I guess.

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

i love the idea of weekly happiness posts. its important to focus on the positives in your life :) i run on happiness too-- and love and support from the people around me (my fiance, friends, family). im also a v self modivating person and i know that if you want to be happy you gotta think happy! so that is what i try to do. cheers lady!

xoxo jcd :: ps im hosting a interior design link up! post about your dream room or decor wishlist and link up at cornflake dreams all week!

Chloe said...

I most definitely run on nervous energy.

C x


lolabarri said...

Love the back story on the name of your blog. I would say I run on happiness as well- self love to be exact because to be happy you first have to love yourself.

If you haven't already you should check out the author Alexandra Stoddard. She has some grean inspirational books on happiness.

Happy Monday!
The Powder Room

Alisha said...

It's always fun to read about the meaning behind blog titles. Love this post Katie!


melissa said...

I love your perspective, great post miss! I've been thinking a lot about my inner happiness and working through many thing. I am reading the book called Mastery of Love and it focuses on our self love and how much love we're capable of having. It's a fantastic book and gives so much insight and inspiration.

Thanks for posting this and I look forward to future posts like this!! Hope today has been fabulous for you! xoxo

Unknown said...

Great post! Happiness and being true to myself are what I run on! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

christine donee said...

Katie, I'm so glad you shared this! I've always loved the title of your blog & I'm really happy to know where it came from.

For me, I run on sugar. Kidding. Sort of... but happiness is definitely what I strive for. That and the feeling of being alive. I want to get hurt, I want to love, to laugh hard and get butterflies in my stomach. I want to cry and be in pain.. isn't that part of being human? I want experiences to move me... so that I always feel alive and not simply floating along.

Anna said...

Love love love the story of the name. Your photo is so dynamic, great catch! www.ThisIsAYes.com

Jessica said...

Fumes ;)

Kaley said...

You really do such a great job of sharing your happiness with all your readers...I know that stopping by your blog will be a boost of happiness, but not in an artificial way. Your stories and photos just exude warmth and happiness!! I think I run on a combination of tea and optimism. I guess that makes me opTEAmistic ;)


LCR said...

isn't it the truth that we can 'run' on happiness... i think there are two kinds of moments in life "fueling moments" and "filler moments". filler, as in the times that you are scrubbing the bathroom floor, or functioning... "fueling" are the ones that you live (or run) off of, that fuel your soul.

love the blog title.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

oh wow, that is really inspirational. I would love to be running on happiness too. I do want to be genuinely happy and I want to share that with others. =)

Laura said...

What a fantastic post, and lovely blog naming inspiration. I always appreciate the entries that make me dig a little deeper than the surface clothing.

Laura said...

Oh woops, I didn't say what I run on. I think I run on love and faith. Love of the amazing people in my life and faith that I will one day find my other half who will love me with the same intensity that I love others.

Sandy said...

This is a great post. Sometimes I love reading something more substantial like this among all the pictures. Keep it up! =)


GretchTM said...

This is a really great post! I love your blog!

Natella Mammadbeyli said...

That is a great idea! I'm going thru a really tough time at work right now and your blog is such an inspiration! Instead of being mad at my management, feeling frustrated and miserable, I tell myself that this is just a phase that I have to go thru and something really good is going to happen to me very soon! I have opened my blog with the same intentions - to concentrate on positive things, to notice all the beautiful things that life gives us and to share my happy moments with other people, so I truly feel and support every word in your blog!


Passion for art and fashion

Ana O' said...

I love your blog, it's so positive!! Thanks for this post, all the I wish/I'm thankful posts, for this aknowledgement of the good things in life; and also thanks for the tutorials, beyond being very clear, there's a sense of genuine want to share with others, giving a little back, that shows in them and I LOVE that.

I run on sharing unique moments with my FRIENDS, sunshine and music and, last but not least, my ever amazing partner.

I'll be looking forward for these Mondays' posts.


Teddi said...

luv that song by jackson browne plus "tender is the night" & "somebody's baby." i'm fueled by art & music.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That's beautiful...we should all have something that we run on! Mine would be Love!

Abby said...

I love this and I absolutely adore your blog!!! We definitely need more happiness in this world and I think it's awesome that you're helping to spread it! I support this cause 100% :)

Morgan said...

Love it! & You!!!!

Molliee said...

just found your blog! I love it! I would love to guest post together - let me know if you would be interested!


Nik said...

Fantastic blog K! One of my new favorites.



Anonymous said...

I run on proteins and hydrocarbons...

Jamie said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I am adding it to my list of favorites. I love the positive energy of it. Sadly, in our modern world, most people think that happiness is something that they are entitled to. I think it is something you choose and something you work for. You seem to be choosing it everyday. That's an inspiration. Thanks!

Amy said...

I'm running on faith. Love your blog title and that it can really get you thinking :)

*Reeny* said...

Love your blog and you do seem very happy..And what I love about it also is that you project depth (not just a pretty face, although you are very pretty) R xo

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

You are amazing Katie, you know that!? I loved this blog. You have a few inspirational blogs here but this is one of my favorites. Very meangiful and deep and we got a little background on the title of your blog as well. I have understood the gist of who you are (a shiny, smily, positive person) from the very first blogs I have read and seen of yours but now I see it even more and not just by the title of your blog. Not only are you gorgeous physically, you are a bright, intelligent, sharp, happy person who radiates all that happines from within, as well!! Which, therefore makes you even more beautiful!

Please Stop By & Check Out My Blog. I can use you as a new reader and I can use your positivity to shine through my blog, as well!!!

XOXO <3 Ada.


Unknown said...

Thank you for your inspiration and sharing your light =^) my has been flickering instead of burning for a long time, hope floats though! You helped hope to float in my heart thank you. xo

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