What does true happiness mean to you? To me, it means being at peace. I often find a slice of happiness when I’m out of the city. I love forest preserves — they tend to be so tranquil and soothing. Plus, I’ve decided to live in favor of my passions which has the power to transform your life into one full of love, happiness and meaning. Continue reading to learn more…
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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
We live in very stressful times, and I definitely consider myself a modern woman who is constantly busy. I’m a business owner, mother and wife. There are many times where I feel overwhelmed and exhausted. But I’ve learned that at times like these I simply need some time for myself. My inner spirit needs a rest, and what place would be better than the forest? It’s my save haven — a place where I can rest, replenish and renew.
Further, I truly believe that everyone’s soul has a unique purpose in life. A year ago it was my great mission to blog full-time, and growing into the best version of myself. During this journey of self-employment I’ve learned that my path and purpose will be different to everyone else, so instead of conforming to social norms, I started to consult with my own heart and intuition when making decisions for my life.
How about you?! What are your keys to happiness? Do tell by commenting below!
As always, thanks much for reading and have a wonderful Wednesday!
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Such a great post — your smile is infectious! I love this color on you!
You looks absolutely stunning here, Vanessa! The shooting location is so perfect!!
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You look beautiful and so happy! That’s so cliché and might sounds stupid but when I feel down I’m going to a coffee shop for a heart coffee, my favorite thing of the day! Happy Hump Day beautiful!
You look lovely!
Great post! You look so beautiful! xx
Such a beautiful post Vanessa, scenery and outfit. I love what you’ve written. For me happiness means inner contentment and being at peace too.
Pareces una bella hada del bosque!! Estás preciosa!! el vestido es alucinante!!
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Great post, Vanessa! To me, happiness has a lot to do with gratitude. It’s important for me to make time every day to be grateful for what I have. It’s also a way for me to slow down.
I love the photos of you in nature! You look so beautiful & happy! The shade of pink looks gorgeous on you!
Your heart makes me happy, plus you are soooo smart and wise….everyone has a unique purpose..I LOVE that V!!! And talk about gorgeous in that bright pink lace….you are a ray of sunshine and our world needs more people like you dear friend!!
I definitely try to stay away from social norms..how boring if we were all alike!?
You look stunning, Vanessa! Love the fun, vibrant pink dress and cute flower crown!
Beauty With Lily
Beautiful dress and wonderful thoughts! I agree that we should all follow our intuition and heart. We all have different journeys and we should embrace them. Amazing post Vanessa!
Wow you look like a boho princess V!!!
I can’t wait for you to see what I’m wearing this week at the blog – come check it out and lemme know what you think!
You look so beautiful and happy! I can relate to finding peace outside of the city too.
Lovely flower crown & hot pink dress!
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V you are so cute! I say this all the time but seriously you bring such a big smile to my face everytime I stop by here! You look so gorg! I am obsessing over that dress on you! That color is perfect!
I totally agree with you, dear V., happiness is being at peace, doing what we love, in a world with so much stress! Happiness for me is the same, and I am sure it is for you too, for ex, being with family! I try to be as peaceful as possible, to refuel batteries. Like you, I also believe that every soul has a purpose! You look stunning! The forest seems to be so lovely, and I loved your dress and flower crown! Really amazing pictures, with a beautiful smile! Hope you have a very beautiful day, dear V.! Hugs and kisses!
First of all these photos are stunning! The dress and the floral crown looks beautiful and something about this post looks magical. Second, I agree that finding your own inner peace is so important. Sometimes the social norm gets in the way. I am so proud that you were able to find and now at your happy place. I’m in the process of finding my inner peace and hopefully I can get there soon!
Cute outfit and loving that floral crown on you!
Such a lovely post Vanessa!!! you should really come to Canada… there all lots of forests and great view and many relaxing places hehe!!!! I agree with everything you said its so true!
Doing what I love to do, keeping God first and helping others are my keys to happiness. You look so gorgeous in this post!
Such a beautiful post! You are such a babe, and you look stunning in this pretty pink dress!
This is such a great post! I always feel rejuvenated when I escape out to the countryside for a weekend too!
Such a good read love! Love to be outside too and find peace, just breathe and be! But love the intensity of the fashion life too, even though it gets too much sometimes! Xx
What a lovely post Vanessa, I am so glad you decided to become a full time blogger to make yourself happy. This is a great step and sometimes when you get overwhelmed it is nice to take a break and concentrate on what you want. For me happiness is doing what I want, a couple of years ago I used to act how the way everyone would find “correct” but that wasn’t me. When I got to college I was so glad in was in a different country because then nobody knew me and it was a fresh new start. That was when I was finally happy!
P.S.: I did a small Q&A and would love if you could read it (http://www.myvoguestyle.com/qa-get-know-me/)
Have a wonderful day gorgeous!
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Looking so beautiful, love the flower crown. When I’m feeling down and out my little getaway would be the beach or blasting some music whilst acting coo coo and singing along.
It’s amazing what a little down time can do. I also love to be outside or spend some quiet time reading my bible to relax. You are simply stunning in these photos. I love the flowers with your pink lace.
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It’s always so important to take time to reflect and recharge. My favorite spot is my father-in-laws property (it’s the meaning behind my blog name) because it is so peaceful and full of memories. It helps ground me and remember my vision for my life.
This is a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!
gorgeous dress and photos! happiness for me is being able to do what i want at my own phase with people that matter to my life. =)
Awesome pictures, you look beautiful! I also feel happiest when I’m at peach and my happy place is by the water (lake, sea, ocean).
Its a lovely post, Vanessa and you look so gorgeous in this pink outfit…xoxo, Neha
You look absolutely stunning, girlie! As I mentioned on Insta, I adore this shade of pink on you! My keys to happiness is staying connected and grounded in my faith, the moment I begin to divert I feel all sorts of confusion and anxiety. It’s what maintains my peace! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you’re having the best week so far!
First things first: you are absolutely gorgeous! This dress and flower crown are so pretty and your smile is stunning. I loved reading this post- we definitely do live in a high-stress world and I often get caught up in everything as well. As a student, it can be hard for me to balance my work, part time job, blog, and personal relationships, but I find that my happy place is nature too. There’s a hiking trail near my house, and I like going off trail and finding my favorite meadow, where I can just sit for hours and calm myself down.
Have a lovely day, Vanessa!
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I definitely need time to myself for true happiness…time to take a quiet moment to relax and time to find that peace that comes from reflecting on my life…remembering that I’m at peace with my decisions, appreciative of the present, and excited about the future. Lovely post, Vanessa, and gorgeous pics!
You look absolutely gorgeous Vanessa! And I love how you achieved your goals and found happiness through it all!
u look like a dream vanessa! beautiful all the way!
gorgeous photos! I love the color of your dress!
Happiness is inner peace and love for me.
You look radiantly beautiful in this bold and lovely dress, Vanessa dear. You’re a pretty woman. 🙂
the sweetest post and you look happy-Totally understand stepping back and regrouping for a moment and then stepping back in to meet your goals. Good for you Vanessa!
Love this color on you! The flower crown was a wonderful touch.
You look simply serene in this outfit, especially with the flower crown.
Gorgeous girl! x
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So beautiful, your smile is so gorgeous and the flower crown! Amazing x
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Incredible pictures, as always!
Amazing outfit! You look stunning!
You look superbly gorgeous! Beautiful location!
Love your dress, very sexy and beautiful. You have the hot body
I really like how you’ve styled this outfit!
Such a cute outfit as usual gorgeous!
You look gorgeous! Love these shades!
You look so beautiful! I love that flower crown, perfect for summer, and the photos are amazing! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com/2016/07/maliboo/
Very beautiful the edges so finished, you look great!
Such a fun Blogger ! I’m in love with the!
Great Blogger ! Lvoe that you paired it with these light blue heels. Great look girl!
That is SO right!!!
This is so magical… I love this pink colour on you. Hope your having a beautiful week
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So beautiful and you look like a bohemian goddess! I love the lacey dress 🙂
Kayla xo // Kayla’s Vibration
This is such a cute look!
Beautiful pictures, love the dress! X Minale
Cute crown. Lovely colored dress! Key to happiness for me is to always know how lucky I am to be in the position I am in. There are so many people who don’t have parents, loved ones or good health. Very blessed.
Fantástica, la corona de flores es preciosa. Besos Vanessa y feliz día.
Hi dear, love your dress and the location is really amazing!
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Wow, breathtaking look and dress! A gorgeous post! Happiness is time with my husband, a good book, and hopefully more Paris! Hope you’re having a great week, Vanessa!
You look like a princess! What stunning photos doll x
Such a great post! Finding that balance of doing it all and being truly happy is so hard!! You look gorgeous!
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Dreaming about a story! I love the photos! Such an lovely smile!
What a beautiful post, Vanessa! And so true, I believe that everyone has a unique purpose in life as well. It’s so important to find happiness in whatever you do. On another note, how gorgeous are you in this pink lace dress! Simply stunning!
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You look so lovely- and happy!- here, lady. 🙂
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such a beautiful dress!! it looks great on you !
Such a wonderful post
and wise words, I totally agree with you and love the message in this post
thanks for sharing
Lovely post! Inner peace is my key to happiness.
Hey dear, it has been a while, I agree that the city life can be overwhelming and the modern woman has a lot of responsibilities. The forest is a peaceful place because there is less noise and the trees and the air is just amazing. Happiness for me is contentment which is being peaceful either way. I love your dress and your hair accessory. You look stunning as always!
I’m always happiest when I spend time with close friends and family. I love going to concerts and making art. Nothing makes me happier! I love your dress Vanessa and I’m glad you were able to take a break in the forest!
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Most beautifully shaped body you have.
Very beautiful jewelry)! Love the accessories)!
The pieces are so gorgeous in the first pic, so luxurious!
You really look like a forest fairy, gorgeous pictures!
The key to happiness, for me, is acceptance. Once you accept that you can’t have everything you want or everything done your way, then there are a lot less reasons to be angry and more space to be at peace. And then you can find ways to improve things, still not expecting everything to be perfect right away.
Ahhhh! What a nice outfit, you look amazing! 🙂
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Beautiful dress and flower crown Vanessa! Your smile is so infectious. You couldn’t have said it better, we should always trust our hearts and intuition. I love to be outside, the beauty of nature always helps to bring me back to my centre. And I also like to read too, usually sitting outside:)
You and the photos are so stunning !
Love the pink fuschia color of your lace dress !
for me happiness is time with the beloved ones ad to be grateful for things in life 🙂 I LOVED this post, your thoughts ad I ca just repeat myself by saying: You’re a beauty, inside and out and everyoe following you would agree *_* hab dich lieb <3
What a beautiful post – beautiful photos (the fuchsia dress is amazing on you!) and beautiful words!
I actually live right next to a forest and one of my favourite things is taking a walk with my dog as the beauty of nature always helps me to relax !
Beautiful post! I’m so inspired by you to follow my dreams as well!
Stunning photos and a beautiful message. The pink dress really pops against the green forest background. You look like the snapchat filter in real life! Keep doin’ what you’re doin girl!