Thanks for being here! Aim Happy is so much more than a blog. This is a soft place for you to come back to, and you can keep coming back to find simple practices and inspiration for a happy life.
The ultimate intention of Aim Happy is to inspire love through positive messages.
Everything you read here is written with love by me, Jen.
What It Means to Aim Happy
To me, happiness is the omnipresent experience that life is amazing and that I am a part of it–the feeling of being fully alive in and connected to this moment in a spirit of love and gratitude.
Happiness is something that requires our moment-to-moment presence and devotion, but we can always return to love whenever we “fall out of” the moment. This concept of happiness extends far beyond a fleeting feeling, and it embraces the belief that joy is our true state. Through your simple willingness to being happy on the inside first, you’ve tapped into a wellspring of peace; you’ve found a way of connecting to yourself and your life on a meaningful level.
There is no magical one-size-fits-all potion, and we can each define happiness differently. You are your best teacher, and I’m not here to judge or instruct you, but rather to remind you of how capable you are of lighting up your own life. My writing is actually just as much a reminder for myself as it is for you–this is a healing for me.
From a metaphorical standpoint, “aim happy” is more about the bow and arrow than it is about the target. Happiness is not outside of yourself, not so much something to aim for, but something to aim with. Happiness is always here, and when you aim happy, you prioritize happiness rather than pursue it. You tap into your inner reserves (that wellspring within) and harness your ability to become the happiness, the peace, the love, the abundance, and the light that you wish to see in the world.
Call me Jen, Jenny, or Jennifer. I love reading, writing, learning, crafting, being in nature, yoga, and good company. Curious by nature, it’s been quite a journey so far discovering what captures my heart. One day it just clicked, as if something whispered to me: this is you. The answer was my love for writing combined with a cause dear to me. It felt right, so I listened…
I can still remember when I was a little kid, hearing myself say that when I grew up I just wanted “to be happy.”
Aim Happy was dreamed in 2014, born in 2015, and its mission to spread love is itself inspired by a very sad time in my life. It is often the most tragic situations in life that open your eyes not only to the pain, but the beauty…
I experienced heartbreaking loss when my older brother committed suicide at the age of 25 (four years before this blog was born, in 2011). I’ve had my fair share of grief, pain, fear, sadness, regret, anger, self-doubt, love, forgiveness, kindness, wonder, miracles, and feelings and things far beyond words.
I thought this was the end, but it ended up being a new beginning.
What was endured during those dark times became the force that inspired growth and positive change in my life. Mark (my brother) is present in my writing, in every waking moment of my day, and he is the reason that Aim Happy exists.
Upon losing my father due to lifelong health complications (we’re blessed to have had him here on earth for so long), my family and I are learning to rebuild together, once again. Grief is not an easy part of this life, but it can be a healing path back to love.
May my writing embody the spirit of both my brother and my father, may my words honor their lives, and may this all be of service to you.
It may not be possible to feel happy every moment of every day. I do believe that if we consciously choose love–prioritizing the positive thoughts, the beauty in the world, the calm in the chaos, the smile in the sadness, the reasons to be grateful, the people we love–again and again, we can unlock a meaningful life and gracefully endure the dark moments with light in our hearts.
Healing isn’t all bubbles and sunshine. Crying and stomping our feet is sometimes part of the deal. Be kind to yourself. Remember that even the darkest clouds can’t stop the sun from shining.
I am SO glad you’re here.
With deep gratitude and all my love,
DISCLAIMER: I don’t know everything and I’m not perfect… whatever that is. What you read here is a work in progress and it’s a reflection of a personal promise to choose happiness every day, even especially when it’s hard. We’re all on a journey here. Aim Happy is home to the lessons learned along the way.
Photo credit: Andrew James Photography.