About Happiness

You are a product of your environment. In July, I moved into Baltimore city. I found a roommate on Craigslist, and we moved after countless texts and tours of horrible apartments. Nothing about moving is easy, especially when you move into a row-home on the third floor. Looking back at July, I remember how relieved I was after at least 100 trips up and down those stairs.

The move to Eutaw Place has been one of my best decisions yet. I am a staircase away from one of my best friends, Erin. And being a staircase away from Erin means becoming close with her roommate Cath, who is the goofiest and craftiest human I know. I'd be lying if I said I didn't constantly look to Erin and Cath for decorating tips and to borrow their drill. My roommate, Mel, has been such a saving grace. I am constantly saying she's the best thing I ever could have found on Craigslist. Between constantly leaving me friendly notes or treating me to coffee or orange juice when I need it, I could not ask for a better friend to share a space with. These people have made Baltimore home.

Overall, I just wanted to take time to write down how important your environment is. I cannot stress enough how much your environment has everything to do with your happiness. Find a space you love. Make it yours. Look to make it more comfortable and more expressive every chance you get. Love your space. Surround yourself with people who want you to be creative, happy, and healthy. Find a friend who you have things in common with. Challenge each other. Create together. Family is not limited to blood. I find myself feeling more at home in Baltimore than I ever did back in my hometown in Southern Maryland. Set aside time for yourself. You're important. Sit down and just think. What are your goals? What do you want to to do this week? Make lists, if that helps you. Do something new. Mel and I have a list, inspired by my friend Saul and his roommate Brady, compiled of things we want to do together and places we want to go. There is never nothing to do. Happiness is that much easier when you love your environment and the people who fill it.

And finally here's some pictures from our most recent family brunch to Ceremony in Mount Vernon, Baltimore: