Accidental Hard Drive Wisdom

Isn’t it weird how we just stumble on some things?

My hard drive failed this weekend, unfortunately, and I’m currently in the process of transferring my old files onto what feels like a brand new computer (I’m going to take this moment to say GET A BACK-UP DRIVE if you do not already have one, because you can lose EVERYTHING you have on your computer at the drop of a hat). Since not all files on my back-up drive are relevant or useful to me now, I’m opening many I don’t remember to see if they’re worth keeping.

Under my Documents folder, I saw this one Word Document I don’t recall titled “Life Lessons.”

Curious, I clicked on its icon. Up pops a page that is completely blank minus one short, unassuming sentence at the top. All it says is this: Continue reading “Accidental Hard Drive Wisdom”

How to Be Happy: Throw Out the Bad Apples

Throw Out the Bad Apples | The Cheerful Times

In my last post I introduced The Cheerful Times‘ new feature, the How to Be Happy series. I would like to kick off this new addition with a somewhat heavier first tip that holds a lot of importance to me personally: throw out the bad apples.

We meet a lot of people in life. Some of them are insanely wonderful, some of them are downright unpleasant. Some of them start out being insanely wonderful and then turn out to be downright unpleasant. And some, of course, just straight out suck. With all the good people we have in our lives, why is it that we continue to hold on to (and often give priority to) those who make us feel a certain incompleteness?

I struggled with this for a long time. Throughout high school and a few years after, I put so much energy into Continue reading “How to Be Happy: Throw Out the Bad Apples”

Introducing: The “How to Be Happy” Series

Today was a beautiful day! It’s the beginning of March and my college campus was already blessed with a 60 degree preview to spring. One of the things I love most about randomly gorgeous days is the renewed motivation they instill in people. Suddenly everyone forgot about the winter blahs and being trapped in their poorly-lit dorm rooms by the outside wind chill, and instead played Frisbee on the field, watched the baseball game from the top of the hill with their friends and families, and even gave suntanning an early try.

The feeling today’s weather gave me inspiration for a new blog series: How to Be Happy”. There may not be an overwhelming amount of tips highlighted in the series that are positively groundbreaking, but that’s not the point! It’s all about taking things that mean a lot to me personally and sharing my perspective. It’s nice to be reminded of ways to make us breath a little easier, things we often forget about when trapped in the depths of our busy, stressful lives.

The first post of the series will premiere sometime this week. In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of a happy pug in a turtle costume… it certainly cheered me up!


I hope your days have been just as beautiful as mine!


Welcome to The Cheerful Times!

As a budding young mass communication, advertising, and public relations professional, I have had the benefits of keeping a blog continuously drilled into my head. While teachers, fellow students, and professionals alike screamed EVERYONE NEEDS A BLOG, in my mind I quietly responded with a meek noooo…

I didn’t wish to be lumped with stereotypical bloggers, those who believe they are the best thing that ever happened to the internet. That’s not who I am; I’m just a regular person who:

  • loves experimenting with new projects
  • is extremely enthusiastic about a bizarre collection of topics from puppy dogs to PowerPoint
  • has a silver lining prepared for most situations, and will make one up where one doesn’t exist
  • likes to share things as I learn them
  • loves writing more than most things and misses having a writing outlet of my own

Okay, fine.

I decided to create The Cheerful Times after taking the time to actually explore the world of blogging. Sure, on my expedition I came across some blogs that possibly held true to the common stereotype, but for the most part there was just an insanely large plethora of thought. Whether the bloggers were keeping a professional blog, personal blog, hobby blog, mommy blog, other niche blog or any combination thereof, I couldn’t stop reading. Each post was a window, offering a peek into countless people’s unique experiences with an assortment of topics that caught each of their eyes. How cool is that?

So now, everyone, I introduce you to my contribution to this online community: The Cheerful Times.

Welcome to The Cheerful Times

This blog is my new project/adventure. I’m actually pretty excited about it! If you head over to my “About the Author” page, you will see the types of things I’m likely to discuss, which includes my hobbies, pets, studies, and other topics I find important such as thriftiness and, of course, cheerfulness.

While this blog is a writing outlet for me, it’s also an open conversation. I would love nothing more than to hear what you think about the things I explore. So please, write a comment when you’re so inclined! Whether you have something to add, a different viewpoint, or just general feedback, I definitely want to hear it. Feel free to suggest topics and ask questions as well. I’m all ears 🙂

Thank you for checking out The Cheerful Times, I really appreciate it. If you like what you see so far, please follow! It will be fun for all, I promise.

Have a good night!