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There are so many paradises, you just have to pick one.

June 24, 2013

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So, maybe I’m not as fit as I’d like to be, and my house is in a constant state of disarray, and my closet isn’t as fashionable as I would like, and I’m currently in a very confusing transitional period of my career….but life is good and far too often, I forget to appreciate it – however imperfect it may be. I can’t remember why or what the circumstances were but a short while back Evan and I were having one of our random conversations about life, about what we want out of life, about happiness and how to find it. At one point Evan said, “there are so many paradises” and I chimed in, ” guess you just have to pick one”. Okay, so maybe there were 1-2 (or 5) stiff drinks involved during this conversation, but we both had a little bit of an “a-ha!” moment in that instance. Paradise and happiness are what we make it. I choose my current paradise, it’s quite nice. -xo

{photos taken by my husband in a paradise called Malibu}

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. sydneynotfromaustralia permalink
    June 24, 2013 1:57 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:05 pm

      Thank you! It’s nice to know I’m not alone :)

  2. June 24, 2013 4:16 pm

    Well said!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. June 24, 2013 5:08 pm

    Great post. Words to ponder…

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:06 pm

      Thanks lady! I appreciate it :)

  4. June 24, 2013 8:20 pm

    Nice! Paradise – existence – our wonderful Earth – things I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Laurie Anderson said “Paradise is exactly where you are right now … only much, much better.’ – I disagree with that – like your husband I think Paradise is everywhere.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:07 pm

      Love that Laurie Anderson quote! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Ashlee permalink
    June 24, 2013 8:50 pm

    These are true words! It’s so easy to focus on the little things that aren’t just right, that you miss the moments that really good and right in front of you.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:37 pm

      Yes exactly! We’re on the same page Ashlee :)

  6. June 24, 2013 9:15 pm

    My one and only tattoo is a picture representing my favorite and related quote – ‘The paradise of Heaven is within us.’ We came about it in a Russian literature class and took it to mean, you can add what you like to your life but the ability to be happy comes from you alone. So I like your thinking :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:39 pm

      Awesome tattoo to have :) Thanks for your comment -xo

  7. June 24, 2013 11:00 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more here! Was having a similar discussion with hubby a couple days back! :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:39 pm

      Thanks Riddhi!

  8. June 24, 2013 11:20 pm

    Wonderful photos and a wonderful message! :D

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:40 pm

      Aren’t these photos great! I rarely love any photo I’m in, but these are the exception :) And thank you for your kind comment.

  9. June 25, 2013 1:32 am

    love that idea :D thanks for sharing! I am currently also stuck in a difficult phase, but you know, I have some really amazing paradises around me ;) first of all my dear boyfriend by my side <3 thanks for reminding! wise words :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:42 pm

      Glad I could be of help! Transitional phases can be trying, but they’re not the end of the world…not by long shot! And hooray for supportive partners!!

  10. julie permalink
    June 25, 2013 4:30 am

    such a great and inspiring message! it made me think about my own life in a new light. you’re so right – happiness is all around us if we just stop dwelling on the things we think we are not accomplishing and realize, embrace and enjoy all that we already have.

  11. June 25, 2013 2:29 pm

    You should keep drinking if it leads you to resolutions like this…

  12. June 26, 2013 8:56 am

    Compus reset – thank you!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 26, 2013 6:45 pm

      Yes! I love this way of looking at it. Resetting is so necessary at times :)

  13. June 30, 2013 2:00 pm

    Lovely thoughts! And lovely pictures too!

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