A Redirect, of sorts

I started writing here at HeidiHappily a few years ago with a nebulous idea of writing about art, fashion, and anything pretty that caught my attention. Needless to say, after a few months of creating and photographing beautiful things, I started to wonder if this was the right direction for me. I took some time to really think about what it is I want to share in this space.

Originally, I wanted to steer clear of my day-to-day work, but it turns out that what I do on a daily basis is actually what I am incredibly passionate about and what I want to share with people.

So, what is it that I do? I am a lawyer for a start-up company, and I teach standardized exam test taking strategies on the weekend. Luckily for me, law and education are the things I am passionate about and think about ALL the time. And, I hope that I can bring that excitement and passion to people around me.

The beautiful things I write about outside of this? Icing on the cake, and I will continue to share those bits and pieces here occasionally.

This space will continue to evolve, and I do hope you continue to stay with me as I figure things out along the way.

With love;

Heidi

Why I Chose My New Years Resolution

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At the start of each year, like many others, I make a New Years Resolution. And, like many others, I have often failed to maintain the New Years Resolutions that I have made… and not intentionally, but simply because we are all creatures of habit and it is often very difficult to break ourselves of the habits we have.

A few years ago, I decided that I would only make resolutions that I could be truly uphold…. and since my list of resolutions has turned into very simple goals that I have for myself. Often times, my resolution is singular and something that I keep in mind as I continue throughout my year.

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This year, my resolution was singular. My resolution, “Say less.” It sounds so simple, and I wanted my resolution to be one that I could repeat quickly to myself to remind myself of throughout the year. Despite the simplicity, it has multiple implications and reasons for being my resolution this year.

I made it after seeing, hearing, and participating in this flurry of commenting that we have become so accustomed to today. In my experience, it is so easy to just speak without thinking and to continue to speak even when it is not my turn anymore. Last year, I found myself speaking when it was my turn to listen…. and I found myself saying things I inevitably regretted because I did not think them through.

So, after some introspection, my resolution was to simply “Say Less.” Because by saying less, I have more time for thoughtful comments and conversations. By saying less, I have more time to listen and hear what is happening around me.

We are one month into 2018, and I have to say I think I have chosen a worthy resolution. It is simple, and it is challenging too. I went to dinner this weekend with friends, and where I would normally jump into the spirited discussions about politics with my friends…. this time I listened. And, I was surprised and happy to find myself learning so much about my friends.

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January 2018 has been a wonderful month for me, and I hope that January has been equally if not more lovely for you.

Tell me in the comments what you think of my resolution! And, tell me yours!

Thank you so much for visiting!

-Heidi

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