Open to Happiness

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

As a writer, I hate it when people tell me what they’re going to tell me before they just freaking tell me already.  But when a blog with over 1600 subscribers and a five year history is suddenly completely and totally different from what it was before, a little “tell what tell” might be in order.

So, hi.  Welcome.  If you’re reading this in a feed reader, you’re going to want to visit the actual blog and checkout the new design.  It’s a little less “personal blog” and a little more “blog about personal growth”.

It took me about six months to accept that.

The term personal growth makes me shudder.  It makes most people shudder, even those of us who have a secret stash of self help books under our bed.  It’s vague and ambiguous and filled with shit that does not work.  It reeks of snake oil and empty promises made to people who are wrestling with a nagging hole inside of themselves that they can’t exactly identify.

I know that nagging hole.

I know that desperate need to name it in the hopes that doing so will help us fill it.

It’s the hole that drives us to seek out relationships, drugs, religion and success.  It’s the hole that makes us question why we are so needy, selfish, ungrateful and different from everyone else around us.

Why, we wonder, can’t we just be happy?

I’m here to tell you that we can.  This blog is all about figuring out exactly how.

Specifically, you can expect to read more about how to figure out what the hell your passion is and how to follow it once you find it.  You can also expect to read about me pursuing my own happiness.  I don’t think that is a journey that ever ends and mine seems to be constantly changing.

If that sounds like buzzword mumbo jumbo to you, let me try to be a little more specific.  The posts on this blog will fall into one of five categories:

  • Growth – this is the work we do in our own heads.  It’s about how we think and why it matters.
  • Logistics - this is the stuff we have to do to reach our goals. Less talking, more walking.
  • Relationships - because all of that counseling should count for something. And also because it’s pretty damn hard to be happy if you can’t get along with friends and family.
  • My Pursuit – this is where I talk about my own journey, including the process of selling our belongings so that we can travel full time as a family.
  • Inspirations - committing to happiness can make you feel like a freak.  A selfish freak.  It’s nice to be reminded that you aren’t alone and that you’re efforts will not be in vain.

Check out the newly updated About page for a more robust description of what I’ll be writing about here.  My goal is to post three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I have to admit, this entire transition scares the hell out of me.  I’ve resisted making this change because I’m afraid of disappointing people.  I’m afraid of losing readers and making a public fool of myself. I’m afraid of the inevitable criticism and the horrific things that are not inevitable but seem very, very real in my imagination.

I am, like everyone else, afraid of change and the unknown it represents.

But this is something I’m passionate about.  And that, I believe, is the key to happiness.

This blog is officially back open for business.

I hope that you’ll be open to happiness.

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  1. Poppy says:

    I am most definitely open to happiness. I hope your “in pursuit of happiness” finds plenty of time *with* the happiness, not always chasing it.

    • Miss Britt says:

      This was actually something I discussed with my friend Sam when I was writing the new tagline. I was worried that “in pursuit” would suggest that it was something you always have to chase and never get to enjoy.

      I do think it’s an active decision that needs to be made daily, but you’re definitely right that we also have to make a concerted effort to stay in the moment and enjoy where we are.

  2. Headless Mom says:

    Well done! A new focus for a new year. Love it!

  3. martymankins says:

    Wow. Great new look. Very clean. I am a big fan of this new look.

    And of course, open to happiness.

  4. Lisa says:

    This is wonderful! I am a big fan of finding your happiness!

  5. Dee says:

    I’m really looking forward to this new phase Britt. I will happily stick by you through your changes because I admire who you are as well as what you are doing with your life.

  6. Looking forward to your journey to happiness.

    • Miss Britt says:

      To be fair, I’m already pretty damn happy. :-) I’m hoping I can help others get a little more confident in their own happiness along the way.

  7. I want nothing but the best for you, my friend. You are a wonderful woman who deserves happiness and terrific things.
    The new place looks incredible. I love the clean look. Well done!

  8. the muskrat says:

    Where’d my favorite booth go?

  9. Hockeymandad says:

    Love the new look and the new focus.

  10. Hi – love the new look. Looking forward to reading more!

  11. Mandi Bone says:

    I am so excited for this! Love the new look.

  12. Megan says:

    Yay for change! I can’t wait to see what you do here. See, you’re increasing my happiness already. :)

  13. I love the new look and new direction! Yay to the pursuit of happiness! :)

  14. Liza says:

    don’t be worried about disappointing people. you do this for You. i like the look already :)

    • Miss Britt says:

      “don’t be worried about disappointing people. you do this for You.”

      That, right there, is one of the first things I learned in therapy and something I have to tell myself almost DAILY.

  15. Laurin says:

    The new look is great. I’m all about the personal growth these days. After all, I just read A New Earth for the third time. Looking forward to your new direction!

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  17. I think this looks great and sounds great. Good luck with it. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

  18. Selma says:

    I’m all about pursuing happiness and more importantly, recognising it when I see it. And sitting back and enjoying it as it coasts along with me. I am excited for you and your journey and wish you well along every step. Good for you, Britt. I admire your courage!

  19. Jamie says:

    Looks great. I can’t wait to follow along. All the best.

  20. stacy O says:

    I really like your new set up. It feels lighter. You deserve happinesss like anyone else. goodluck

  21. DeannaBanana says:

    Very nice. I’m looking forward to following you this year, to reading along while in pursuit of my own happiness. Cheers, my friend!

    • Miss Britt says:

      Love you. Love you lots and lots and lots and wish so much for you to have all the happiness in the whole world.

      And for us to drink margaritas together.

  22. Sometimes it’s like you’re in my head. Please ignore the more embarrassing things you may see there. Thanks.

  23. Beautiful in it’s simplicity. This year is a year of self discovery for me. I have a lot to learn about me that I’ve been hiding from myself. Looking forward, as always, to your adventures. And, hey…I might learn a thing or two along the way. Cheers to Happiness.

  24. Momo Fali says:

    It’s lovely. Like you.

  25. Chibi Jeebs says:

    I’ve always found your writing to be insightful and, more often than not, it makes me a little more introspective (in a GOOD way). I’m really looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :)

  26. lisahgolden says:

    The new look is great. And I’ll be here to read your journey. And hopefully learn something, too. I’m open to learning. Bring on the change.

  27. Keith says:

    Hey, don’t forget Hillaire Belloc:

    ‘First, I tell them what I’m going to tell them, then I tell them, then I tell them what I’ve told them’

    Of course, the Web wasn’t invented in Mr. Belloc’s time; for that, you just tell them!

    With you on it, though … the thing I can’t stand is whan someone prefaces a question with ‘I have a question!’. Why don’t they just bloody ask it?

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