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The Secret to Happiness. {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

I had a life-altering realization this weekend.
An epiphany if you will.

I figured out the secret to happiness.
At least my secret to happiness.

Let me explain…


Friday night I stayed out a little late, had a few too many drinks, and all around did the opposite of what I would like to do on a night before a shoot. The next morning I woke up with the sunrise {because I fail at sleeping in} and accepted the fact that 4 hours of sleep would be what I had to work with that day.

I decided to turn on some light music { the Landon Pigg pandora station if you must know} and do yoga.
While my head was throbbing and the sun was a little too bright for me, I decided to create a calming morning to get the day started right.

Just when I entered down-dog I heard the loudest drumming of my life. Or at least what felt like it. There was a parade on the street below.

In that moment I realized I had a decision to make. I could fight it. I could turn up my calming station and bitterly continue my morning practice in spite of the parade.


I could embrace it. Open the windows, enjoy the beat, watch for a minute, and allow that music to determine the rhythm of my body on the mat.

I went with option two and it meant a different start to my day, but, a better one than I could have planned.

It was following that moment that I realized those are the two approaches one can take towards life.
We’re always going to have our set of plans. What we hope to get out of a moment, a day, or life. But, things rarely go according to that.
The key to happiness is how we approach the obstacles.

We can take the detour and make it work for us. Or, we can sit at the road block and scream for something to change.

Likely with no success.

We could emotionally run in place. Perpetually exhausted with little to show for our efforts.


We can not let the little things become big things.
We can revel in the beat of the drum, enjoy the scenic route, and find delight in the unexpected.

It doesn’t guarantee success.
But, I’m fairly certain it will guarantee happiness.
Which, isn’t that true success in the long run?

What are your thoughts?

with love and happiness,



Amy Evans - October 9, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Sarajane, you inspire me every day 🙂

Donna Dobbins McCall - October 9, 2013 - 8:17 pm

That is such a great outlook…especially coming from someone so well organized. It really is a big deal! I’m inspired..once again!

Jessica Hedrick - October 10, 2013 - 12:19 am

This is what I have been struggling with this week! Thank you 🙂

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