find happiness in the simplest of things.

find happiness in the simplest of things.

First things first, this isn't the post I sat down to write. I love editorial calendars, but this post evolved on its own. Follow me here: by the end of the week, I find many {seemingly} random photos on my phone because I'm a constant picture-taker. There are so many photos which I don't share on Instagram, mostly because I don't want to overwhelm your feed. I try to pick the best of the best to share with all of you, but it does mean my phone fills up with plenty of funny snaps.

I realized that many of those photos are little moments of happiness, which only mean something to me. Case in point: the photo featured above of the bookshelves in the entry of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum {touched up a bit with everyone's new favorite app, Waterlogue}. For me, this photo represents a perfect afternoon spent exploring a historic hideaway with my main squeeze {cv}. For everyone else, the photo looks like a random set of bookshelves.
In this internet-driven world, we're compelled to share everything.  Somewhere along the way, I made the choice to share the things I think others will like too {probably because it's called a "like"--go figure}. If I shared everything, you'd see just how normal my life really is. I just assume you'd rather not see my sweaty post-gym selfies or a bazillion snaps of my favorite kitties. I'm okay with that. I will treasure those random snaps from my typical Tuesdays for years to come. Who knows? Maybe they'll even become a future #tbt post.

In my pledge to you at the beginning of 2014, I promised you the best. The same applies to all elements of my "internet" life. I will continue to spare you my sweatiness, but I promise to share some of those hidden gems with you here on the blog. When you've long forgotten me ten years from now, I'll be grateful for those gems as I scroll through old posts. Maybe that is what blogging is all about...

How do you draw the line between the internet and "real" life--or do you? xoxo {av}

P.S. Does the idea behind Waterlogue remind anyone of those funny mall photobooths with the paint effects? I know I'm dating myself here.


  1. Oh gosh, I do the same. I have so many photos that I never share on Instagram or my blog. ANd yes, I've been playing around with Waterlogue but haven't posted anything yet on instagram. I didn't know what to think at first, it kind of cool but then I'm not sure. I have tons of photos that I have process through this app but have not posted any yet... maybe over the weekend...

  2. Great post!! I needed to hear this today. Sometimes, we get so busy, we forget about the simple things in life. You totally can find happiness in the simple things. Love your positive outlook on life. It's so awesome.
    Have a great weekend.

    Best, Mree

  3. I have tons of photos I don't share on Instagram; I really try to keep Instagram as a pretty place for snippets of my life. It's pretty things and funny things. My Twitter is probably the most real place for me, but there is a fine line. You don't want people to know too much about you and where you are and everything because that opens up a weird world of stalking. I guess that's where I draw the line: am I putting something out there that could potentially put me in danger? If yes, I keep it to myself :)

  4. I don't really hesitate to share photos or Tweet things...after all, they're an extension of my personality and my personality is what makes me ME. I would rather share cute candid photos of my cat than carefully styled photos that look just like what every other 20-something blogger is posting. I'd rather Tweet my random, weird thoughts that pop into my head than carefully crafting *just* the right thing to say.

    I do limit myself however...I don't want to be that annoying girl who blows up Insta with a zillion sleeping cat pictures or the girl who tweets obnoxious things 24/7. I think it's definitely important to realize who you're Instagramming or tweeting for: yourself or others and then use that as a basis on what to share.

    (I also have both my Insta and twitter on private and have to approve people, so this may be completely moot...)

  5. I find the same, lots of images that I would like to share and sometimes they only mean something to me... sometimes it's too much for one day...
    Oh, I found your blog recently and loved it!