Betsy the Lotus Cow Says – Define your Happiness

Happy Wednesday, friends! Here’s a quote that Betsy wants to share with y’all:

Your idea of happiness can only be defined by you.

So…what is happiness? According to Merriam-Webster, it can be define as the following:

Happiness___Definition_of_Happiness_by_Merriam-Webster

A simple definition on the word happiness. Yet, why do we sometimes complicate this quaint concept? For many of us, defining our idea of happiness can stem from a number of factors (not limited to the following):

  • Our childhood upbringing
  • What our peers tell us
  • What society tells us
  • What we see on social media
  • Our mentors / parental figures
  • Celebrities and people that we admire in a high visibility setting
  • What we find comfortable in our daily quo
  • Seeing others appearing successful (online and offline)

Growing up, I was fairly happy in the sense that I had a home to go to and spending time playing video games, conversing with my family, my cats and just being sheltered. My introverted nature came from my willingness to stay hidden in my room, while having an overactive imagination that resulted in dabbling on artistic pursuits (i.e. writing, drawing, painting, etc.).

As I’ve gotten older, my idea of happiness began to change as I was exposed to more situations that made me question my sense of what I originally defined during my childhood years. The thing about happiness is that our concept on what we originally learned many years ago usually changes (either for the better or worse). I do believe we have that ability to understand why our defining moments of happiness changes in our waking life. Some of us may not have an immediate grasp on it. Some already know what they want out in life to stay happy.

At the time of this writing, I can tell you that what makes me happy is helping others and being creative. Spending time with my family is also what keeps me going as I consider them my source of inspiration. I define my own happiness in the sense on what helps me improve my mood without resorting to drastic measures. Happiness, in a nutshell for me, is being content on what I have available.

What makes you happy? How do you define your sense of happiness? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Namaste,
Diana

Happy Independence Day

Hi friends πŸ‘‹ wishing everyone a safe Independence Day! Did a quick animation of Betsy waving the USA flag while fireworks are in the background πŸŽ† πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ GIF was made using FlipaClip! Had a lot of fun using their app on my iPad 😊 be sure to check out their Instagram page!

Out of a whim, I went out to visit the New York Hall of Science to check out the Above & Beyond and Connected Worlds exhibits. A fun experience with the family and plenty of opportunities to learn some cool stuff on science and nature.

A great way to spend the day! What are your plans for the holiday?

Namaste,

Diana

So Many Flavors

Betsy was able to bargain with the local ice cream shop owner by requesting samples of multiple flavors in one waffle cone.

“There’s no such thing as too much dairy-free ice cream,” she proudly said to herself.

Made with Arteza Real Brush Pens. Edited with Procreate app. Special thanks to @lizthewritingwiz for the Betsy quote during my last Instagram live stream session!


 

Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to find ways in cooling down while surviving the heat. Personally, I’m not a fan of the season as I’m doing my best to avoid the sun. I don’t mind getting Vitamin D, but I don’t want to get sunburned during the process. And that’s why I stock up on sunscreen (SPF 110, to be precise).

It’s really awesome to see so many flavors released for dairy-free ice cream brands. If there’s a particular brand that you love, let me know in the comments!

Namaste,
Diana

Betsy’s Sanctuary

It’s not everyday you see a cow sitting comfortably reading a book.

In Betsy’s case, her collection of books are the ideal entertainment for when she feels like escaping from reality. With so many worlds to explore, Betsy always felt amused and excited with each page turned.

Made with Arteza Real Brush Pens. Edited on Procreate app.


Ahh…books. Glorious, precious books.

Regardless of genre, I find books to be a source of happiness and comfort for when days become stressful or if I needed a moment of solitude.

Growing up, I’ve spent my time lounging around at my local Brooklyn Public Library. Usually after school, I would take a walk to my local library and borrow some romance and thriller literature to occupy myself once I was finished with my homework (Sweet Valley High were my guilty pleasure book series πŸ˜…).

I didn’t have a lot of friends back then, so having books near me was my own little piece of heaven. I found myself lugging more books, which was an acceptable form of baggage for me to carry rather than participate in nonsensical high school drama πŸ™ƒ. At least reading books kept me out of trouble, for the most part.

As I’ve gotten older (and silently thanking technology for the creation of the Internet), I found myself hoarding even more books, this time in a digital format. Still, nothing beats like the actual physical copy of a book. The scent, touch, the presentation, etc…

I remember visiting City Lights Books during my trip to San Francisco on a whim as I’ve discovered it was not too far off from where I’ve stayed.

You can imagine my excitement where I was able to stroll around for an hour in checking out the shelves and being immersed by the plethora of books that were hanging around the walls. Highly recommend this book shop, by the way 😊

At the moment, I still have a couple of books I’m currently reading.

What are your favourite books? Let me know in the comments below πŸ’­

Namaste,

Diana