How to protect your happiness

Never let anyone control everything you do. You are your own person and your happiness should be your number one priority. If anything gets close to threatening your happiness, get rid of it right away. I’m kind of a hermit. I don’t like to share too much of my information with others. I don’t feel the need to allow people to tell me what to do. I would rather stay by myself than to constantly be around others. I do like to be around my husband and my yorkie, but that’s about it. They’re the only two that let me be. They are chill and they’re never controlling.

I’ve found that my own happiness is so precious that I am constantly on guard. I will never let anyone take it away from me. I find that staying away from people creates less drama and more peace in my life. My closest friends are the ones that I let in my life, but I am very picky about who I spend my time with.

If you are like me, then you understand. I never want to let a day pass where I am unhappy or miserable because of someone else. My life is mine. And I am happy.

Taking time for yourself

I’m the kind of person that needs time to herself. I can’t be around a lot of people for a long time. I need to be by myself in order to stay calm. You’ll see me doing a lot of things by myself. I eat most of my meals alone. I relax by myself sometimes. And I prefer to have my alone time pretty much most of the day. I’ve always been like this my entire life. I think I’m a rare individual for feeling this way. I find it even more interesting that I frequently talk about moving to an island myself.

I might not be normal, but that’s okay with me. I know that I am super introverted and I’m happy. I don’t need other people to validate my feelings for myself. I have a strong sense of self and I’m okay with people leaving my life. When you realize that you’re the only person that can truly make you happy, your entire world changes for the better.

Vlogmas but for blogging 🎄 🎅

I’ve noticed that there isn’t something for bloggers to do during the month of December. Many vloggers post something every day during December. I was thinking of trying something for my blog. I’m going to contemplate this. And let me know if you think you’ll try something similar. It’ll be tough though. December is a hectic month already and I don’t know if I can post every day, but I don’t mind trying.

What makes me happy ☀️

This is what makes me happy:

Seeing my husband and our dog greet me when I come back from work

Hugging my husband

Seeing my dog sprint towards me or cuddle next to me

Getting good sleep at night

Taking care of my happiness and not relying on others to make me happy

Spending time on self-improvement

Relaxing after a long day

Eating steak and eggs with my husband

Listening to good music and singing along

Playing the piano

Spending copious amounts of alone time by myself

Being productive

Working out at the gym every day

Enjoying great weather

Hanging out with my friends

Talking to Zoe (my dog) and hanging out with her

Being best friends and a lover with my husband

What makes you happy?

Why become a teacher?

Being a teacher has changed my life. I don’t think people quite understand why teaching is so important to me. When my students have a question, I’m always happy to give them an answer. When I see them succeed at learning a song or a small piece, I’m so proud. I’ve always been their number one fan. I’m rooting for them to succeed. And I hope that I can be their mentor. When they grow older, they can pass on the knowledge I gave to them.

Teaching has given me a purpose. I care about their progress and I know it’s my responsibility to help them as much as I can. This has changed my life for the better. I’ve grown to be responsible and I know my students can rely on me to be there for them.

Whenever I see pictures or videos of piano students, I feel a sense of awe. I can’t believe a teacher was able to teach them how to navigate this complex instrument! And I can’t believe I have been doing that for many years now! Behind every successful student, there is a great music teacher. I know I would be nowhere without my teacher. I am so blessed to be a teacher!

Sometimes I feel like my community is so small

I realized that the reason why I was feeling like blogging was going out of style was because I don’t interact with the blogging community enough. I just went through the discovery feed on WordPress and I found tons of great blogs that I would love reading. I felt like I was only experiencing a tiny sliver of what WordPress has to offer. I heard that WordPress has millions of users, but I only followed a few. I am going to connect with the community more and continue to explore. The WordPress community is big! And I’m excited to read amazing blog posts!

I’m getting search engine recognition

I think it’s finally time to announce that my blog is showing up on search engines. I’ve come a long way with my blogs. I feel like they’re not just hobbies anymore. They’ve become more than that. They’re almost like extensions of myself. I’ve spent a lot of time building and writing these blogs. And I’m very happy with the results. My blog is now showing up on search engines like google and bing. I didn’t know when the time would come when this would happen, but I’m excited. I’ve been blogging for awhile and it’s easy to forget about these small milestones. I hope to continue to make more successes with these blogs! Thank you for all the support along the way! 🙏

Favorite apps at the moment

I’ve been very interested in finding down time to relax. I don’t get to do this often because I’m always busy, but when I do, I have a list of games that I love to play. I’m going to share my list and some pictures of these games 🙂 I highly recommend them. Let me know what your favorite games and apps are! By the way, I just recently watched After, the new season of Grey’s Anatomy, Unbelievable, For Love or Money, Falling Inn Love, and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’m always open to new movie or show suggestions!

1. Netflix

2. Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

3. Mario Kart

4. Doodle Jump

5. Dots

Small Things you can do to get ahead in blogging

I am going to preface this by saying that this is not a foolproof method or some hack to get more views. You won’t achieve thousands of views through this method. These tips are for those blogs that are gaining very little traffic. It can be a small boost to get ahead in blogging.

I use word ads on my blog and I gain a small profit through views, so it’s important to get these views. If you use the incognito mode on your phone, you can open a browser with your blog that will count as a new view. I open up a couple of tabs and I leave them open. From what I’ve known, the views still count towards your view count. And that could be a small boost for the day that you might need. It’s still very small, and you shouldn’t rely on this method to get views.

This next tip is not something new. I’ve seen this tip mentioned in a lot of other blogs. You have to interact with the blogging community. If you think blogging is an individualized path, it’s not. There’s an entire community out there of bloggers and it’s important to join it. If you’re using WordPress, you can search key terms to find other blogs in that topic area. I like to go through these posts and read them if I like it. I also go ahead and like the post. Showing appreciation for someone else’s work is important. It’s a reciprocal process.

Choosing the correct tags for your blog post is also another way to get your blog post seen. For me, I’ve seen the tag “Wordpress” be the most successful. WordPress also gives you analytics to see which tags get the most views. Use that to your advantage!

The last thing I do is I leave my blog browser open. I believe that the length of time someone dwells on your blog plays a role in your google analytics. It shows that your blog has good content. I do this when I have something else to do and I leave it open on my phone. This is not meant to have a huge impact, but I have seen my blog show up more on search engines. We all know blogging is a process that takes awhile, so don’t be discouraged.