Serving Its Purpose Beautifully

I’m enjoying the latest stint of daily blogging, which started back in October. It’s been relatively painless from a work point of view. As usual, it’s satisfying to leave a “trail” of my thoughts. Since my first post back on April 3, 2016, I have published six-hundred and fourteen posts (including this one, it will be six-hundred and fifteen)! It’s satisfying to have accumulated such a high number so effortlessly, using my slow and steady approach. Kind of like my journals, my blog posts keep piling up! Of course, the…

Carving Out My Corner of the World

One thing I love about this blog is that it is my turf. I get to set the rules, I get to choose the subjects, I get to go on about whatever I want to go on about. It’s inherently satisfying, because, to put it perhaps inelegantly, it’s all about me. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if that makes it a great read for others! Yet this has always been a personal project, a self-serving vehicle for my own self-expression through writing. It’s never had to answer to any other motivation…

Your Inner World, Made Visible to Others

Tonight I wanted to share some personal thoughts on what it means to me to write a blog. I haven’t exactly taken this tact on this topic before. I’m sort of going into teacher role. Here goes: To write a blog post means to conjure up some thoughts that matter to you, to piece together something that in your estimation is of value. Since your estimation is all you got, fundamentally, blogging is about giving credit to your own thoughts. “I think this is worth writing.” You are someone who…

The Blog Where I Throw Rocks At Myself

A couple of days ago, my mom, a writer herself, made a nice comment on one of my early posts (You can look at it here , yes the post, and my mom’s comment at the bottom). Along with feeling appreciative for a comment (yes, even from my mom! It’s my first comment since starting up this blog this month!), I also found myself feeling a bit uncomfortable. After all, here’s the title: Thoughts from my Viciously Depressed Thursday night (Come on in, the Hell-fire’s Warm!) “Yikes,” I thought to…

My Daily Blog Meditation

Last night, as I sat down to start writing my blog post, I noticed that I was rather distracted, that my thinking was unclear, and that I was resistant to writing. Happily, it occurred to me to sit out on the porch, which I did for about 15 minutes. In that time, I got myself calmer just by appreciating the cool, windy evening. At some point I got the sense that sitting out there had done its job, and I came back in to write. The resulting post was fairly…

Look After Your Own Happiness

My exploration into happiness is showing me again and again how important it is that we look after our own happiness. In other words, if we want to be happy, we need to be selfish enough to make decisions are deeply satisfying to us, regardless of others’ opinions. That feels a bit like a weird thing to say, like an anti-social thing. But bear with me as I make my case. On this blog, I write a lot about things I enjoy, things like running and writing and investing and…

Leave the Place Better

Okay, it’s almost 9pm and I admit I feel a bit low in energy. However, I am posting on this blog, so I am motivated to clear my thoughts and come up with something that is up to snuff πŸ™‚ One thing that is nice about this blog is that it encourages me to articulate thoughts from an empowered place. It’s like it forces me to focus… on something that feels good. Introspection, inspiration, creativity, upliftment… these are mind states that I enjoy sharing with others. Whatever I post here,…

Reaching for Satisfaction: Creativity Edition

Since starting up this blog again ten days ago–actually, for several months now–I have been thinking about what, exactly, this blog means to me. More importantly, whether I’m blogging or doing something else creatively, I have been searching for what I want to do next. It may turn out to be blogging specifically. It may turn out to be another kind of writing project, like writing a book. It may be a music project. Either way, it will be a satisfying creative project πŸ™‚ The 365 Day Blogging Project was…

A Fresh Start

In the past few years I have been doing everything I can to get a fresh perspective, to do things that are fun, that are different from the old routines of work and stress, that get me out of the old ruts, the old mental thoughts, the old habits. This blog was a great way for me to go in a completely different direction. Instead of stressing about work or business, I simply had the job of writing each day. And because the topic usually had nothing to do with…

Will Let You Know

Well, well, well… here we are. It seems I have found myself writing my blog on a daily basis once again πŸ™‚ Without any fanfare and without specifically addressing it, I started up the personal reflection machine that is myhappinessobsession.com mid-month. It has been cool so far. Today I have been looking around on this site, and… I updated my Complete Post Index. I read some smart posts from last year about Uncertainty (here and here). I read the first post I wrote during the Pandemic, which I found very…