It's been awhile since I've posted in this series, but I decided I had bring it back in order to feature a fellow Happiness Project pal and the designer of my lovely new blog design: Kory! Kory has already completed her year-long Happiness Project so I thought it would be great to get her insight on how it changed her life, business, and happiness!
Kory is a 20 something soon to be college graduate, designer, and blogger. She spends her time empowering and inspiring other creative entrepreneurs, watching The Office, and learning ways to better herself, her process, and her business.
What inspired you to start your own Happiness Project?
I had never really challenged myself with goals in that way before, and when I saw the series Erin ( Artsocial ) was doing, it really inspired me. I was heading into the second semester of my junior year of college, and I already had big plans for my life, and I really felt like having goals to work on something would help me start working to where I wanted to be a few years later.
Which changes in your life increased your happiness the most?
Oh wow, I would say one of the biggest changes was coming to college and truly living on my own independent from my parents. Being away from them really made me appreciate them and the work they put in to raise me to be the person ( I at least think ) I am today. It also was where I met my guy of over three years, who makes me happy ( almost, haha ) everyday!
Why do you think pursuing happiness is a worthwhile goal?
Happiness is one of those things that all people are searching for, and even quite a few that won’t admit it. We all know that when we’re not happy not only do we suffer emotionally ( and sometimes physically depending on the person and situation ), but our work suffers, our relationships, and so on. Since I’ve began my journey to happiness and positivity, I’ve truly felt like I do much better work and my relationships seem much better. Also, to me it’s important to work on being the best YOU that you can be before doing anything else, and if you constantly find yourself in a slump - even just little changes towards happiness can truly make a difference.
What are the biggest obstacles you face in finding happiness? How are you trying to overcome them?
My biggest obstacles - wow. My top two are that I have a quick temper and can ( at times ) overreact to little things. If anyone else can relate to this, then you know what kind of situations these two things can get you in. Instead of letting those obstacles hold me back, though, I really try to focus on taking in the situation, considering what’s going on and why it’s making me feel the way I do. Oftentimes I find that it can be that something was misinterpreted or that I just needed a few minutes to “cool off,” before I’m back to my generally positive self.
What are some things that truly make you happy?
Hmm.. This is easy! Many things! First of all my family, my guy, my dog, and my friends! I love spending time with each of them, even if we’re just sitting around watching tv. After that my business makes me happy ( most days, haha )! I truly have found so much joy in working with my clients, and that in itself fuels me to want to work! After that, it’s just silly things - throwing, an ice cold sweet tea, The Office reruns, sweets, getting a pedicure, and eating yummy food!
All images via Kory Woodard