In the last 14 years since I left home for college, I've moved an average of once every year a half. Between switching apartments when my leases were up, switching states for school or internships, and switching coasts for jobs, love, and then back after that love failed, I've spent a lot of time in only a semi-settled in state. I've also lived in places where you walk outside to be surrounded by lush natural beauty, and places where you walk outside and smell urine, step in stray cat poo, and have to drive miles just to see grass. The biggest thing I've realized in living everywhere from very rural Appalachia, to frigid New England, to extremely hot and bustling Hollywood, is that it doesn't take much to find my happy place. Just like you can take a pretty yoga picture in front of a gray and cloudy sky, transforming a meh day into something artful, you can find your happy place in any location, no matter the landscape.
Your happy place is your state of mind. I turn inward to find and create beauty so that I can view the outside world the same way. Granted, it is easier for me to be happy when I'm in nature, and I go to nature to set myself ease. But sometimes that isn't possible, and it hasn't always been an option for me. However, no matter where I live, or how hard it is to find what is considered traditional beauty in the landscape of my location, I can find my happy place by reflecting inside first. #headhighheartforward