noun: self-love
  1. regard for one's own well-being and happiness.

Each morning we wake to a brand new day - one filled with endless opportunities, possibilities and sometimes too many coffees to count; but what are we truly chasing? We all have different goals, dreams and obstacles to face when that sun rises each morning, but there is still one thing we all seek in common: happiness.


Often attributed to the colour yellow, sunflowers, babies’ bottoms and brunch (because let’s face it, a girls gotta eat), happiness is outwardly judged by a healthy glow, yet inwardly lies a little deeper.

Whether it’s the feeling you get when you put on your favourite dress, when you’re recognised for your achievements at work, or even (especially) when you create something that inspires someone else, underneath all of our little pleasures, is ourselves – the one person we often forget to give a little extra love.

Sometimes certain social anxieties, possible depressions and hey, just bad days can roll on into the next if we continue to compare ourselves to another person or even another stage in our life – we are all in this together, striving for our happiness; for those things that get us out of bed in the morning, that motivate us – they are the true meanings of happiness.

Happiness, we believe, lies somewhere in the valley between striving for our goals and reaching them. In and amongst the sweat and the offhanded swearing of our daily grind… the clarity and realization that we’ve got this comes to play. And EVERYONE is on the same journey, day in day out; our very own ‘tour de happiness’. 

So relish in the moment of each day and love the journey you are on, because life is what we make of it and happiness is whatever and wherever we choose it to be. There’s no doubt that we all have our days, and jeez, we deserve them – if I want to tuck up in bed and feel like the weight of the sheets is just too much, I’m going to – but don’t forget the happiness that little time of relaxation can bring; time for yourself and that big sip of tea or better yet, that glass of fine rose.


Be kind to others, and most importantly, be kind to yourself.


WORDS | Bonnie-Lee Mooney | CAPTURE Muse Photography


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