“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
It’s been a while since I’ve last shared my thoughts and opinions with you. When you’re busy working with a full-time job, it’s hard to find time to sit and review books. As a temporary alternative, I thought I’ll share the things that brings me joy and happiness. Thus, let me introduce to you ‘The Traveler’s Guide’, the blog section of Literary Boutique, where I go about obtaining memories from around the world in forms of ephemera, stationery, books and photographs.
Why call it ‘The Traveler’s Guide’? After a pretty stressful 2017, happiness and creativity is all that I wanted this year (and maybe a small pinch of change). Incidentally, the blog was originally named ‘The Happiness Diary’. Why the change? After trying to pursue happiness for several months, I’ve come to realise that I’ve been searching in the wrong direction. Here I thought happiness can be found through searching, but no, happiness is earned; and it will eventually find you without the need of pursuing it. As Nichole Bentz once wrote “Maybe the question is not how to achieve happiness, but what creates happiness?… Happiness is not a creature that is captured easily; happiness runs away from us, it hides, and we will struggle forever if all we do is chase it … It will find us and we do not need to find it.” Alas, ‘The Happiness Diary’ felt as if I was constantly searching for happiness, which I have now gladly stopped (for my own sanity).
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Instead, these future blog posts will consist of daily things that I love and inspire my creativity. This may include snippets from my daily writer’s journal/planner, stationery items, quotes, media etc. If you’re subscribed to my Instagram then you would have already seen some sneak peaks. I find it amazing that it is the little things in life that brings joy; and where there is joy, happiness is not far behind.