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happy places

We’re traveling back to NYC today after our trip to the West Coast, and it’s got me thinking about locations and their effect on the way that we feel.  To be fair, living in New York is absolutely an amazing adventure.  It’s perhaps the greatest city on Earth, and there is so much action and culture to be found that you almost can’t cover it all.  But despite all of that — the food, the sights, the art, and (of course) the theatre — I count myself a California girl through and through.

The bottom line is that when I’m in California, I feel happy.  And nothing particular needs to be happening to make me feel that way.  In my California-colored glasses, the trees look greener, the sun shines brighter, and the smiles are bigger, just on your average day.  And that makes me happy.  It’s not even that I’m unhappy in New York.  It’s that in California, I’m on this different level of enjoying life.

So what about you?  Do you have certain happy places?  And how do you spend your time there?  I suppose it doesn’t even need to be a city or a state — maybe there’s a park or a restaurant that you walk into and you’re suddenly peaceful.  I’m curious to know: what’s your happy place?  xoxo

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  1. Hiking Ireland by myself… itinerary, no set destination…just go where the people and the music take me…..have been able to do this 5 times now and am thinking about dates for the next trip. Right now we are on the boat anchored off Cumberland Island among the dolphins, rays, pelicans……., watching the island’s wild horses…..and deciding to stay another night, just because we can! Happy places, indeed!

  2. You’re right on with this post. I love living in Ireland, but set me down on the coast of Maine and I could sit there for days and not want to move. It’s where I daydream to when I’m having a bad day! Plus, I think the light in America altogether is just different. It’s so bright! Must be something about Ireland’s latitude…

  3. Totally know what you mean. Been in Portland for 3-4 years now, but I’m definitely a Cali girl at heart. Happy places are usually any where with my good friends. We turn anything into a happy place. Nature & picnics also help! 🙂

  4. At a kitchen table, looking out the window, drinking coffee. If my children are there, so much the better. That’s my happy place.
    Ohhhhhh everybody has a laughing place…..a laughing place… go ho ho! Take a frown, turn it upside down, and you’ll find yours I know ho ho! <3

  5. I am also a California girl. I’ve had so many opportunities to move, and have even taken jobs all over just to feel the different air, but I always return to California. I feel fortunate that theater is a career where I can travel to get work, or stay put to get work and both are satisfying.

  6. I’m from New York, and when my family moved to Palm Beach, Florida I thought my life was over. I stayed in New York for four years, and the distance from my family killed me. I’ve been in Palm Beach for about a year now, and let me tell you that I completely understand what you mean when it comes to location affecting mood. As much as NYC is certainly the best city in the world, there is SOMETHING down here that I’ve been missing in New York. I understand your “California-colored glasses”, because I wear a similar shade of Florida-colored ones 😉

    I’m in the process of creating my first blog, and you are a very great inspiration!
    xo desiree

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