May 7, 2013

Interview on Happiness

Shirt and Jeans: JCrew; Chambray Blouse: Madewell; Purse: Marc Jacobs; Sunglasses: Rayban; Watch: Michael Kors; Shoes: Zara (in white)

Recently I was interviewed by Glamour on happiness.  You can see my quote here.  Below is the full Q&A.  After reading it again, I think I may need to take my own advice on a couple of these.  ;)

1. There are some people who dwell on certain events than others. Why is that? What can we do to change that? Is there anything we can do to change that?
When it comes to happiness, genetics plays 50%.  10% is circumstance.  That means 40% is attributed to our reactions to those circumstances.  If you can understand that you may not be in control of certain situations, you can be in control of how you react to them.  Trying to stay positive is not always easy, but it requires a conscious choice.  And if you are really in a lull, get back to the basics of what makes you you, by doing simple things that you enjoy.  
 2. What motivates you to get out of bed on a bad day? 
For me a Starbucks Venti 2 pump skinny vanilla latte usually helps.  Fortunately for me, I am able to be in a professional field that I love.  If you don't love what you're doing, I know because I've been there, it makes it difficult.
3. Is there something specifically that you tell yourself/think about/automatically do when something doesn’t go as planned?
When something doesn't go as planned, I try my very best to embrace it.  Sure, it's challenging.  But we have to believe there is a plan for us beyond our control.  Somewhere along the way, we will understand, look back, and know that it will all be worth it.  Our struggles and challenges make us better people.  I always think, God is much better at planning my life, than I am.  
4. How do you stay happy?
I truly believe that happiness comes with self acceptance.  When we drag our egos or insecurities around, our output is negative energy.  But if we are able to say, "This is me, this is where I am, and I accept it," then we're getting somewhere.  We smile more, and let our guard down which allows us to be more open to others, and vice versa.  I try to stay centered in life, and do things that fulfill me, which means taking care of myself and maintaining relationships.  There should be balance between your passions and your priorities.  Photography and blogging are huge passions of mine.
5. What is something simple you do daily to get into the swing of practicing happiness?
I pray for positivity and a light heart.  It's not always easy, but I try my best to always face people with a smile no matter what is thrown my way.  Getting rid of the television and picking up books has also been enlightening.  I read books that mentally stimulate me and help me search for answers.  Currently, I am reading, Dying For Perfection, You Are Your Choices, Man's Search For Meaning, and I listen to So Long Insecurity to and from work.   
6. What would you recommend a pessimist first do if she wants to turn her life around?
Try to see the bigger picture in life.  Sometimes we are so micro-focused on an area in our life, that we either need to zoom out, or change the channel.  When I say change the channel, maybe it's focusing on someone else and how we can better their life.  Or maybe, it's changing your situation.  If you're not happy, decide what it is that needs to change.  It is perfectly ok to say to yourself, "This isn't how I want my story to end."


Stesha said...

love this Katie! You always give the best advice. PS your outfit just makes me happy looking at it!


Chelsea Oliver said...

Great interview! I'm in love with your whole outfit - but I neeeeeed those shoes!


Lauren said...

Yay, you're back! I've missed your posts.

This is a great interview. I love your concept of zooming out or changing the channel on your own life and focusing on someone else. That is some sage advice.

Oh and of course, you look adorable.

Anonymous said...

"Starbucks Venti 2 pump skinny vanilla latte"
might have to try that..
but truthfully it's all about the strawberries and cream frappuccino

Tarah said...

This is a great post! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great interview Katie! You are so right, when you are not enjoying what you are doing it makes it that much harder to be happy. Good for you that you were able to direct your passions into a career and find happiness in that! Oh, and I have been wanting those shoes since the came out-totally regret not getting them!
Footprints in the City

Aurélie Marteau said...

Love your post! You have such a great way to see the life :)

ps: love colors of your outfit! and woaw!! what is your lipstick??

Cassandra said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love this advice and really needed it. Self acceptance is so the key!

Hanna Lei said...

Your advice is great. I love reading what you have to say. Hanna

Ainslee Hanger said...

I love this, you're so inspiring :) Also loving the colorful pictures, so cute!

xo, Ainslee

Unknown said...

Lovely outfit, beautiful smile and wonderful advice!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Katie! Wonderful advice!

MMB said...

I get so excited when I see there's an unread "Running on Happiness" post waiting for me to read.

I wholeheartedly agree with what you said, and I have started to read more again, as well. It's amazing how joyful it can be to transport yourself into a new world or challenge yourself in different ways.

Steph said...

You are so inspiring, and I love your style! Thanks for the pep talk :)

Myrna said...

Very inspiring. Loving the tennis shoes as well :) Miss ya around these parts of town (blogger world) Katie.


Lulu Soler said...

Good to see you back. Love the post and the interview. I've had a negative/pessimistic person in my life and they can drag you down. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

xo Lulu

Unknown said...

You always give the best advice, Katie! Absolutely love how positive you are. So glad you're back on the blog.



Kelley Gilster said...

I love this, and your outfit is super cute!

Maria said...

So good to have you back (no matter how long it lasts!). See, you wouldn't think the colours in those outfits would go together, but you SO pull it off.

I love what you say about believing there's a plan for us beyond our control. I wholeheartedly believe that. You just have to trust that everything is going to be ok. Because the reality is that that's all you CAN do.

Maria xx

Elaine said...

Seeing the bigger picture is a must when you are feeling down. I always find myself micro-analyzing all of my problems that I lose sight of how minor they are in the grand scheme of things. Great advice!!

Rachael {All Things Beautiful} said...

I love this post and your insight on happiness is spot on. It is so true that you need to make a conscious choice to make your own happiness a priority.

My favorite part was this:
"But we have to believe there is a plan for us beyond our control. Somewhere along the way, we will understand, look back, and know that it will all be worth it. Our struggles and challenges make us better people. I always think, God is much better at planning my life, than I am." As hard as that is to believe while you're going through a tough time, it's SO true. I went through an awful time this past fall and winter and now realize how much stronger I am for the pain, heartache, and struggles.

So glad to see you back blogging and congratulations on being featured in Glamour!

Caroline said...

These are some amazing answers! Congratulations on Glamour!

Perpetually Caroline

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Great advice! I also think it helps to surround yourself with colors that make you happy - like you seem to do with all that pretty pink!

Currently Coveting

l.c.s. said...

so glad you are back to blogging. been going through some rough times but thanks for reminding me to try to find happiness in all situations!


Mel said...

love the colours in this, shoes especially!

new follower :)


Ashley said...

Great post Katie and I am loving your outfit!! Glad your back :)

Sincerely Miss Ash

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I absolutely love this outfit, girl! These pants are the perfect color of blue. And I loved reading through your interview. :)

Stylishly in love said...

Beautiful vibrant colors on you.

If you get a sec, please check out my latest post 'Bonjour'. I would love to read what you think of it.

Have a wonderful day.

Jessica said...

Great interview. I loved reading it. A little mental break from all those outfit of the day posts, to something that matters most, our happiness.
Great answers.

<3 Jessica

Unknown said...

I have just got into blogging, and all I've been reading are blogs on fashion and beauty.

Over the last few days I've been feeling quite down, wanting to make some major changes in my life. And yesterday I thought, I'm sure I can get more inspirational blogs, something to uplift me a little.

And I came across your blog, I haven't had a chance to delve into it yet. But I'm really excited at the possibilities.

Please do continue to inspire and motivate, because this is a great blog!

Chantelle said...

I just came across your blog, and I'm so happy I did. It's wonderful, and makes me feel so light as I read it. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and aesthetic visions with the world. I truly appreciate it.

Jara said...

So long insecurity is an amazing book!!!

Jara said...

So long insecurity is an amazing book!!!

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I love these pictures! YOU look gorgeous, I like what you're wearing. Those shoes are beautiful.How you match every things....??

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