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Sunday 24 September 2017

My Happy Place: Blogger Maria O' Donnell on her 'source of happiness and calm'

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Maria O' Donnell

Blogger Maria O' Donnell of 'The MOD's Blog' writes about her happy place for Independent.ie as part of the 'Mind yourself' campaign, together with the Irish Independent.

When I write I am completely at ease, it's a source of happiness and calm. For their “Mind Yourself” campaign, Independent.ie have asked me to discuss my happy place.

Oxford Dictionaries defines a happy place as a place which a person associates with happiness, visualised as a means of reducing stress, calming down etc. (hence) a happy state of mind. So by this definition, such a happy place would exist with the formula:

Happiness + reduction in stress + calm state = your happy place

My obstacle in the search for my happy place was always two fold. One, I struggled in the attempt to have all elements of this formula in place at a given time. I could be happy, but was probably stressed in conjunction, or I could be calm but didn't feel happy. Two, I didn't know that I hadn't a defined happy place. I was young and was always busy, I never let myself think that deeply.  

The day I began my blog was the day I found my happy place. I had something that I created, that I nurtured and I could watch grow. What started off just being a past time became something other people enjoyed, I couldn't believe it. In essence my blog became my baby and when people gave me positive feedback I couldn't help but beam with pride and feel driven to work even harder.

My happy place is not a physical location, rather a place in my mind that I can drive, no one else. Sure there are external factors but essentially I am responsible. I spent a lot of my life believing that other people were responsible for that, now I know different. As well as this, I know I can be transported to my happy place anywhere, anytime. All I need is my notebook (or even just a scrap of paper) and a pen, a hazelnut Americano is an optional extra and a Spotify playlist puts the icing on the cake for me.

My blog was born during a challenging time in my life and despite how difficult it was at the time I can only be thankful for it now. I learnt to take a rather adverse and gloomy energy and channel it into something positive. I don’t doubt that as I age my interpretation of a happy place will shift and alter and possibly be entirely different, but for now blogging and writing is my ultimate happy place and I hope that others can benefit too by enjoying my writing endeavours.

You can read more from Maria here and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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