August 13, 2013

Emergence


Today I enter the very last year of my twenties with a sense of new emergence.  To be honest, I am happily saying goodbye to 28, to warmly embrace my new, yet older number.  28 was a year of tremendous growth.  But with that growth, came tremendous struggle.  I spent the better part of the year battling myself.  And I worked hard to keep myself inside of my cocoon, shielding myself from the world.   I was desperately yearning to fly, but it's hard to fly when something is weighing you down.  
I didn't realize when I started my blog two years ago, how it would impact me emotionally.  How it would change me.  But I understand now.  With "Running on Happiness", I spent so much energy analyzing what it is that will make me happy, to the point, where I became a real miserable person.  So, I have come to realize this one thing - The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.  Worrying about being happy is an oxymoron!  We can thank our frontal lobe for giving us the ability of foresight.  Which in turn, can cause anxiety or fear...
The more I live, the more I learn that true happiness exists with trusting that life has this unique way of working itself out.  That happiness is, the unbridled self discovery of who we are truly destined to be.  But we'll never know if we stay inside our cocoon.  We'll never know how beautiful we can be, to what great heights we can fly, or to where our journey will take us.  But I've got to tell you.  Even though there is much joy in that journey - there is also a lot of pain.  And we cannot be complete without both.   For me, 28 was the year that I got lost.  But 29?  29 Is the year I get found.     

52 comments:

danettethedreamer said...

This is a very inspiring post. Thank you ♥

ravenlocks said...

Aww...what a lovely post :) It's true, however...that if we try to dive into what makes us happy, we over think and thus become unhappy. I've found myself thinking too much about it too. It's almost as if being happy means keeping it simple and not put much thought into it.

Happy birthday, by the way! I hope that 29 is a happy and wonderful year for you.

xo Azu

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Ashley said...

This was a great post and very inspiring! Happy Birthdday Kate. I hope this year will be a good one for you :)

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Jennifer Prod said...

hey kate -- i'm actually doing a happiness project too, but mine is all about happiness for others. i call it 'random acts of happiness' -- here is an example of a naked cake party i did in the streets: http://apartment-wife.com/2013/08/03/naked-cake-party-in-the-streets/

Loren Anne said...

What a beautiful message! Well said!

Elle Blackwell said...

Really enjoyed this post as I am experiencing a similar chapter in my life. Your words were right on time for me! :) happy birthday and I wish you many years of true happiness!

Melanie said...

Happy birthday!

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Kayli Schattner said...

Very inspiring post. Hope you have an amazing birthday- cheers to 29!!

Kayli Schattner said...

Very inspiring post. Hope you have an amazing birthday- cheers to 29!!

Rachael {All Things Beautiful} said...

Love this post! So inspiring and a great reminder to not search out happiness, but to just let it happen naturally and be content with where we are in our lives each day. Happy 29th Birthday! Cheers to your best year yet!

xo

Caroline said...

This is a beautifully written post - I can see that with age, comes wisdom :) Happy Birthday!

Ashley Allan said...

I love this post Katie! Happy 29th! I'll be celebrating my 28th next week.

MMB said...

I love this Katie. I just read your post, and then I read this one: http://littleremindersoflove.blogspot.com/2013/08/quote-of-week-my-favorite-one-to-date.html

The quote is pretty dead on to what you feel right now.

Happiness is fleeting and when we focus on trying to attain it, we end up missing some of the best parts of our life.

Mana said...

My 27th birthday is coming up in October and I'm already making plans from what pajamas I'll wear to bed, what I'll wear that day, and many many wishlists. Not that they're very long this year, but still. I love my birthday, but ever since I had a what the hell am I doing freak out on my 25th birthday I worry it'll happen again. I think I'm going to schedule an email to email me the link to this post on my birthday to remember to calm down and just enjoy the day.

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Courtney Carr said...

Katie, you're who inspired me years ago when I stumbled upon this blog. You're personality shines through & is so uplifting. Writing is sometimes a carthotic release.. but can also be terrifying when thinking about how others may respond. All I can say is thank you for inspiring me along the journey! :)

Courtney @ http://www.harnessyourenergy.blogspot.com

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Bohemian Beautiful said...

Just what I needed to read today :) beautifully written, and happy birthday!!

Linsey Beeson said...

I am so happy that you are feeling happier!! :D

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful and wonderful post. May 29 be a year filled with following your dreams :)

3girls1apple said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Enjoy ur last year in ur twenties but oh trust it only gets better =)

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Hanna Lei said...

Very inspiring post. -Hanna Lei

Dee Kay said...

Inspirational post! Happy birthday, this resonates very well with me. Hope 29 is the year you turn into a butterfly.

Dee
Ms Dee Kay

Sarah Tucker said...

totally katie. and we all have those years. looking forward to watching how richly blessed 29 is going to be for you! smooches babe!

Leah said...

Very beautifully written! I hope that 29 brings you many blessings and is a year full of joy!

Jessica said...

What a lovely way to put it. It is so true searching for happiness does make you unhappy sometimes, because you realize all the things you lack. But just living and being yourself makes you happier. I'm glad you found that out. I wish you the best at 29 and the many years of life you'll have.

-Jessica

Joelyne TheSydneyGirl said...

Such a beautiful and honest post! Thank you for sharing. I loved this line: true happiness exists with trusting that life has this unique way of working itself out. - Completely agree. I think you could make a famour quote out of that! :)

x
thesydneygirl.com

Amynath said...

I am in my 28 and am feeling the same way as you have mentioned. I could relate to in your post when you mentioned that 28 is the year you got lost. I hope next year it will be a better year for me. Wish it would be a better year for you too. And a very late-happy belated birthday :)

Conny Sullivan said...

Beautiful blogpost and very inspiring! :)

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