My Manifesto

Welcome to my blog: Lucky Little Mustardseed – my own personal attempt at a happiness project.

Stop, I know what you are thinking: “Why do such a thing?”

Well, you can blame such writers as Karen Salmansohn, Grace Bonney, and Gretchen Rubin for awakening my inner happy, blog-tastic hunger.

Hi, I'm Jenna Carlson. Photo Courtesy of Neka Rae Photography

(Photo by Neka Rae Photography)

See, 2012 has been one whirl-a-wind, roller coaster of a ride [and I’m not even fond of roller coasters], but because of the happenings of this past year, I have learned a magnificent ton about me, utterly by accident, and it’s been absolute, beautiful chaos. From my compound disarray of unexpected learning, a yearning has become ever present in my life. I want to excogitate myself, my happiness, and the bulk of imaginative, artistic gobbly goop that’s constantly in my head.

You’ve been warned, people!

The thing is I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “Little Jenna” and for as long as I can remember, my only real plan in life was to be happy.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

I also remember wanting to be an adult, but can’t really remember why ;)

Anyway, “Little Jenna” was this fearless, miniature version of me who spent hours being inventive in life and at play, and for the most part, I AM still her . . . but with life, the mundane naturally has taken some of that [me] away.

Now, the real question is “how do I hone Jenna?”

And that’s where Lucky Little Mustardseed steps in. A “happiness project” is an approach to changing your life. It’s not easy. It won’t be perfect. It will be messy. I will most likely get frustrated [actually, I can probably guarantee that], BUT . . . but, the plan, my plan, was, IS to be happy! I am eight days away from my 28th birthday, and shit, I am determined to BE JENNA; to keep developing, creating, and smiling with any age . . . and I want to document it. Right here on my blog: a truthful evolution of self, happiness, and everything creative in between.

Rambler, over and out!

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