03 May 2013

Yellow Happiness

From Becca - on the day after the Boston bombings:

"Sarah Jane Studios is offering this seriously fantastic {YELLOW} printable that is PERFECT for today, for free.  I'm not sure how long she'll leave it up, but it is sunshine to my soul."  Also, I love, love, love the short post that Sarah wrote to go with this print.  It's worth taking a peak. 



From Megan (living in France and blogging at Hello Bougiotte!):

"Thought of your yellow project this weekend - came across this group of happy people playing some terrific music in Place de la Concorde in Paris. Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious."




From Alyssa (This is SUPER inspiring!):

"I just broke up with my boyfriend of almost two years last night.  It was mutual. We both recognized that it wasn't working and we cared about the other too much to try and make something happen that clearly wasn't meant to work at this time.  So when I woke up this morning, I knew I needed to dress for my new single life - a life I vow to live in love and with joy.  So I pulled out my yellow striped shirt, with a shirt on top featuring what I could only assume is a strong confident woman riding a bike. And with that I paired these new yellow shoes. When I bought them, I thought of you guys and the fact that yellow can truly add cheer to the brightest day.  And you know what, I feel better every time I catch a glimpse of my feet today. Thank you for the love you put out into this world. I'm sending my love right back at you both!"  Alyssa, you're wonderful.  Thank you so much for sharing.





From Tessa Lynn:


On one of my family's recent trips to France, we came across a field of "happiness."  It was so beautiful, I just wanted to get out of the car and run, jump, laugh, and of course smile! I imagine that if nature were to smile, it would be through flowers in the spring. So, how then could your spirit not be lifted when you're encompassed about by a field of yellow flowers, i.e. one of Mother Nature's glorious smiles!? I've come to the conclusion that if smiles are contagious, then nature's smile has the greatest effect on me.  The field made me think of you and your wonderful blog! It was so vast and wonderful and I couldn't help but feel happy for hours after.






From Petra, in the Netherlands:

"See here some yellowness on dutch roads :-)  All the license plates in The Netherlands are yellow!!!!!  Loads of road signs as well.  Once you focus on it - neverending."






From Melody Rowell:  

"Yellow has always been my favorite color-- I think because I was obsessed with Belle's yellow dress in Beauty and the Beast as a kid :) I LOVE this series that you do, and wanted to pitch in!  Here is a photo of a giant bush I walk by on the way to work every morning. These bushes are huge and all over my neighborhood, and they always brighten my day.  If anyone knows what they are, I'd love to know!"




From Claire Baker:

"I saw this fun yellow card from Rifle Paper Co. and thought of your yellow campaign.  Hope you have a lovely weekend!" 



From Carolyn Rubenstein (such a lovely blog - and book!)

"I was going through old blog posts today and came across a little collage filled with yellow happiness which immediately made me thing of you! Yellow is definitely my happy color :). 

I am so grateful for your words on A Blog About Love, each post hits a different chord with me. Your writing is so beautifully heartmade (made up word!)." 


From Anonymous, in Salt Lake City:

"I drive by this house in SLC on my way home from work.  I love how it's such a cute cottage, but the yellow & periwinkle tickle me even more."


From Jackie Paslay (Jacquelyn Lee Photography):

"I bought myself some ranunculus Friday night, sometimes a single girl just gotta buy herself flowers haha, with the thought in mind that I would, of course, photograph them.  I just shot a quick pic with my iPhone & I immediately thought yellow…A Blog About Love!!! Thought you might enjoy them as well! Also, wanted to say thanks for what you guys are doing here!!! It's truly wonderful, although wonderful doesn't even really touch upon y'all's greatness. It is a beautiful thing what you are doing. Sharing your stories with the world with a level of vulnerability that is truly genuine & radiates love & positivity...I cannot thank you two enough!! :) "




From Brooke Andreoli, Alpine, UT:

"I wanted to pass along a link to a painting (and series of paintings) that when i saw i immediately thought of sharing with you.  So, i'll just follow that thought and be brave and send it to you!  the artist, caitlin connolly, says this about the painting:  I have a lot of close friends who are struggling with wanting to have children, but realizing it is ultimately not in their control.  I tried to emulate the feelings of pleading, faith, hope, loss, and all of the emotions that are involved the depth of this experience.  This painting is dedicated to you, dear friends, and to all of you who have been through the same thing.

my dear friend called me last night and told me i just had to check out this artist.  caitlin lives in her ward (in utah) and she had just had a little art show for the young women.  

and her paintings are beautiful.  wonderful, strong women.  i love this one called courage (that features yellow) and the strong women deep roots.  


thank you for all the beautiful things you put out into the world.  i appreciate it.  i took one of your first online classes last year and still think about the principle of seeking virtues."  




From Elizabeth Thackeray:

"I wanted to contribute #yellowhappiness. I have always loved the color yellow. Though my favorite color is green, yellow and blue are close seconds (and yep, they just happen to make green!) A few years ago, I was living in the basement in a house. It had a window, but because of the direction it faced it really didn't let much light in. It could have been a really dreary space, but I painted the walls in a yellow diamond pattern--and it definitely cheered things up. The following year I lived there was one of the hardest years of my life (if not the hardest up to this point)--with a really messy relationship of my own, and then some substantial family trials (one of my sisters was pregnant outside of marriage and was giving her baby up for adoption and another sister was struggling with severe depression). Meanwhile, I was in grad school just trying to survive. Haha. It was certainly a trying time, but waking up to sunshiny walls certainly helped me through. It was a small thing, but it's amazing how much difference small things like that can make. Nothing but blessings have come from all of those difficult situations and I am SO grateful for those experiences despite how hard they were at the time. It is always amazing to me how God can bring out beauty and goodness in ANY situation."



"p.s. I recently got these shoes from Old Navy. I don't think it would be possible to not be happy wearing these little gems!"  -Elizabeth Thackery



From Christine Higgins (becomingbetter.com) & 
Mckenzie Higgins (future blogger @ purehungry.com):

"My daughter Mckenzie Higgins snapped this photo yesterday and It made me think about your yellow happiness feature. It was taken at BYU in Provo. Enjoy your trip to WV, and remember what you said at Alt... "If you find a way to help people, great things will happen!" Best to both of you."



To all of you - - - THANK YOU!!  You're so dang cute to send in these photos. 

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!

Danny and I will be off again.  I can't believe it.  We are headed to the Virgin Islands.  Yes, this is nuts.  I know.  But Danny's parents invited us to go and we couldn't resist.  His two sisters and their husbands are going, too.  So it will be a week of catching up with Danny's dear family - something I am looking forward to so much.  I seriously have the best in-laws you could ask for.

xo,
Mara

More Yellow:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 9 / 10  / 11 / 12

4 comments:

  1. That "yellow bush" is called forsythia! Isn't it beautiful?! They are such an average-looking shrub when they're not blooming, but their yellow flowers are just stunning in the springtime.

    http://www.nybg.org/plant-talk/2013/04/tip-of-the-week/resurrecting-forsythias-reputation/

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  2. I very randomly stumbled onto your blog following a link from Jenny Komenda or something related... I read through a few posts and then noticed that "divorce" was among the list of topics on your sidebar. Okay. At the risk of being silly, I wanted to say thank you for those posts. I am 28 and going through a divorce, and it's a whole new world. Thank you for sharing your experience; it means a lot to me to hear from a beautiful, successful LDS girl who has survived divorce and come out stronger (alright, and with a cute 2nd husband, too). You make me feel more secure that my life can continue and improve and I can find someone who wants to share it with me. Anyway, thank you for bravely posting all the divorce stuff.

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  3. I'm Anonymous with the Yellow house Pic. Everytime I drive by I think to snap a pic and send it, and then promptly forget a block later. So the day I sent it, we finally had some sunshine, and I quickly snapped a shot and emailed it at the very next light so I wouldn't forget for the thousandth time. :)
    Love your blog. Even though I've learned the principles you share here, I really enjoy how you present them. It gives me new insight and I've been able to move through things that I now see were holding me back. Thank you! xoxo
    Amanda

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  4. Thanks for featuring my photo! Yellow in Paris :)

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