What inspired you to start Happiness Is...?
Three reasons. 1. To inspire myself and others. It excites me to no end to discover how many creative people are out there living their dreams. 2. To bring visual art back into my life. I almost majored in architecture, but music distracted me. 3. To connect with you. I had no idea such a warm and welcoming community existed. Your comments and friendship truly make my days.
Where did you go to school?
University of Southern California. I began as a Vocal Arts major, but switched to Communication when I fell madly in love with my all-female a cappella group. My music instructors frowned upon me singing anything other than opera. I minored in Music Industry.
How did you acquire your blog readership?
With time. I've been at it since 2009, starting off with 3 posts a day for 3 straight years. I also made a point to visit as many other blogs as possible, comment on their posts, and form relationships.
How do you stay so positive all the time?
I'm not! But this blog helps put things in perspective. Choosing happy subject matter helps me remain focused on the positive. If on the rare occassion I write about something that's bothering me, it's to ask for your help or advice. This blog is a tiny sliver of my life. I feel blessed to lead a joyful existence, but I go through ups and downs just like everyone else.
I'm visiting Seattle. Tell me where to go and what to see!
I plan on writing a post about my favorite spots in the city, including restaurants, hotels, parks, and shops. Check back soon!
Who created your blog design and header?
I did, using Typepad's theme builder and Photoshop.
How did your husband propose to you?
Hal took me on a motorcycle trip and surprised me during a scenic stop along the road. You can read about it here.
Where can I learn about your wedding?
During my engagement, I kept pretty quiet about the details, since I wanted my guests to be surprised! But I shared inspiration and experiences under the Weddings category. I promise to reveal the photos with a mega series when I receive them back from our photographer! They'll be posted under the My Nuptials category.
How long have you been a vegetarian?
Since I was 4 years old. My parents switched our diet as a family. At that age, I didn't have much of a say in the matter, but as soon as I was old enough to make my own decisions, my research proved it to be a more compassionate way of life that resonated with me personally. I abstain from meat for health, environmental and animal rights reasons.
Did I hear your music on MTV?
You may have! My songs have been featured on The Hills, The Real World, and Taking The Stage. Plus a few indie films. I have a few more licensing deals in the works and I'll make sure to give you a heads up when they air.
When will you finish updating these FAQ?
Soon. Hand over heart!
Do you have any questions for me?
Send me an email with "FAQ" in the subject line.