Diary #1: I can be happy.

diary #1 being happy

Writing usually helps me process my feelings pretty well, so I’ve always been a fan of keeping a diary. Whenever something’s on my mind, I write it down. Sometimes I like what I write, so I decided to start sharing some of  these better diary entries. This is the first one, written on a dark Sunday afternoon mid-October, and is about feeling happy.

Summer lasted a long time this year in Oslo. By the start of October, I could still go to work without needing a jacket, and there was so much sun that the shortening of the days was less noticeable. And then suddenly autumn hit last week. The days are darker and colder, today we didn’t even see the sun, but only gray clouds.

But surprisingly enough, I still feel happy. Happier than I was before, to be honest. I liked the darkness today. I sat in front of the window for quite a while, enjoying my view on the monotone clouds. And I didn’t mind the darkness. Everything looked so beautiful, everything felt so perfect.

Diary (I can be happy) entry quote

Sometimes those dark and cold winter nights feel warm and bright. The darkness outside makes lights so much more beautiful, makes them shine so much brighter, and the blankets, wool socks, and sweaters make everything feel so much more cozy.

I really feel like I am where I am supposed to be, right now. Everything feels just right today. I feel happy, I’m motivated, I’m productive and I’m confident for the future. I like days like these. Just enjoying life as it is, enjoying the beauty of life, even when it’s dark outside.

Not every day will be as good as this one. But just like the darkness makes lights shine brighter, the bad days will only make the good ones better. When I fall I will get back up again, and I’ll shine brighter than before.

Diary (I can be happy) entry quote

The pictures I made for this post are also for sale on Society6.

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  1. These pictures are so soft and inspring. I love the quotes as well.
    Of cours we should always enjoy the times outside, even when it’s dark, I simply agree.

    <3 xo Sabine

  2. I used to keep a diary as a teenager and have just started it again as a finisher for my daily entry in my Bullet Journal. I find it so helpful to get your thoughts and feelings down, especially at the end of the day. It can clear your mind to have a good nights sleep.

    I really love the quote you used in this post and I am glad you are feeling happy at the moment x x x

  3. These pictures are so beautiful!
    And you’re right: “But just like the darkness makes lights shine brighter, the bad days will only make the good ones better.” Well I had a very hectic week, I was so tired and stressed out… But I told myself: you have to enjoy every single moment of your life 🙂

    Loved this post!

  4. I have met many a people that get depressed with the changes of seasons…but really appreciating the unique things you get to do within each season is so important. I am personally enjoying the changes as I just had my first child who is 4 months old now….and she is getting to experience so much firsts. Like raindrops on her face…and her eyes flutter with wonder, its great! This is a great post as a reminder to just love where you are at in life!

  5. I’m with you – there’s something quite special about autumn. I always look forward to the cosy elements of this season and there’s nothing better than curling up in a warm jumper with big chunky socks on while you watch the rain and wind blustering outside.

  6. I have found this to be true too for me! The evenings that are getting darker may me feel brighter. I am enjoying this fall shift.

  7. What a beautiful post! I love your optimism and honesty in admitting that not every day is a good one. I love the dark, chilly days because they encourage this kind of introspection…and in my case, a need to snuggle up with a blanket and a book. It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just retreat into oneself for a while.

  8. I’ve kept diaries on an off for decades. Writing has always been a form of therapy for me. It helps when I’m writing and also years later when I read my entries and reflect upon where I was and where I am now.

  9. What a lovely post, it’s always good to reflect on your feelings and understand how you feel, it’s great to hear that things are good and that you’re happy. thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Amazing post and great diaries. When I feel well, sometime darkness day doesn´t disturb me. Sometime I have some motivation doing many activisties without feel sad on darkest and cloudy day. But in other day, I can feel like depressed or lost of motivation. Keep warm and have a great week ahead.

    Kintan xox,

  11. This entry really made me smile and feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside. I love the moments when you realise how happy you can be it just puts everything in perspective. Also: Great job on the pictures, they’re super atmospheric!