Happy Tweets Monday #50!

Looking back through past Happy Tweet posts, I realized that this is the 50th compilation of Tweets that I have shared on this blog based on happiness, success, and overall well-being. I have found them to be nice reminders – especially on those tough-to-live-through Mondays – of what I can do and how great my life is with the right mindset!

This week’s kind of have the theme of looking inside yourself for happiness. It is you and you alone who makes YOU happy, by what you say, think, how you act, and your perspective. So say only good, think productively, act wisely, and keep a positive perspective.

And I will work on me too 🙂 Enjoy!

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
« Being busy does not always mean real work. » Thomas Edison
« Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do. » Dale Carnegie
« Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. » E. Nightingale

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli
« Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind. »E. Nightingale
❤ The RoaminTwin

It’s a Small World!

Not only was this my favorite ride at Disneyland for years and years (and still might be!), this is also a fact of life.

Yes, it has a surface area of 196.9 Million square miles, and a radius of 3,959 miles (according to it’s Wikipedia page), but it is crazy how, with 7 billion people, so many networks cross paths.

Let me enlighten you:

1. My Grandpa Schneider was a military vet (as were my other grandpas) who settled in Kansas City, Missouri. When my dad took Grandpa to a casino in Lake Tahoe in the early 1990s, a fellow military vet recognized my grandpa (after all of those years) and flagged him down. Crazy, right?

2. My sister moved to New York City for a year. When I visited her for the first time, we were waiting on a random subway platform, and a former coworker from Kansas City walked right up to her and they talked for a few minutes! What???

3. My sister and I spent the first few years of our lives growing up in a small cow town in northern California (small school class to go with it). We spent the remainder of our childhood years in – you guessed it – Kansas City, and decided to go to San Diego for college. And you know what? One of our classmates from that small cow town and that tiny school class in northern California joined us at this small private school!

OK, so those are a few of the MANY past examples I have. And they are continuing into today, with an international run in. Not with someone I know, but someone I will come to know.

Timmykins and I finally booked our honeymoon flights and have been working on all of the plans in between. We decided to utilize the vacation rental site, Airbnb, for the first time for a night in Dublin, Ireland. In the little interaction we have had with the owner of the property so far, we have a LOT of conversing to do, because he attended high school for a year just a couple of hours from our home, his best friend lives nearby, and he has spent some time more recently in our city! CRAZY small world!

And it makes me happy! Why? Because it makes this big ole earth seem a little bit more like a community. More manageable. More like home. And it makes me realize that my house is not my home. Wherever I go is home, and wherever I go I always have the possibility of running into an old friend or a friend of a friend, and that gives me a warm feeling 🙂 

Have you ever had these small world interactions? How did they make you feel? Who knows? Maybe one day, you and I will run into and recognize one another. I look forward to that day, Happy People!

❤ The RoaminTwin
Mine & my mom’s favorite part of the Small World ride at Disneyland 🙂

Happy Tweets Monday!

We all know why we are here. So let the Happy Tweets today motivate, move, and inspire you! And most of all, may they bring happiness and joy to your Monday! Enjoy!
Jeanette Jenkins ‏@JeanetteJenkins
At any given moment you have the power to say “This is not how the story is going to end.” #OwnYourPower
Great Minds Quotes ‏@GreatestQuotes
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
Fitbie ‏@Fitbie
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” —Mahatma Gandhi
QuotesNSmiles™ ‏@QuotesNSmiles
7 Ways to Discover Happiness When You Hate the World: http://j.mp/1cMt1lo 
Women’s Health ‏@WomensHealthMag
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Personal Development ‏@persdevquotes
« We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice. »John Maxwell
❤ The RoaminTwin
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Blog Challenge: Day 23

Ohhhhh GOODY! Day 23 is here, meaning ONE WEEK LEFT! I have said it before and I will say it again: This has been SO MUCH FUN! I am happy just thinking about all I have accomplished with these challenge prompts–and outside of these challenge prompts–since I began. I hope to instill more challenges in my life from here on out to get me out of my comfort zone and into a productive, life-changing zone!

If you have no idea what this Blog Challenge is, or want to join in on the fun, start HERE!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? Stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Prompt Day 23: What’s your level of location independence and your nomadic quotient?
In other words, how “homeless” can I be, and what are the factors that lead me to that conclusion?

A: When I was younger, I would collect things: rocks, key chains, pens, post cards, Beanie Babies…

As I have gotten older, I have noticed the frivolity of this practice and have stopped collecting things other than pictures and memories (for the most part). Do I still have my collections? All but the rocks. And a few writing utensils that I have used up. The good thing is, these habits weren’t for large, space-taking items, and my propensity to collect ended well before adulthood. But alas, I am a photographer at heart, and am so happy I live in a digital age, because there is no way on this planet that I would be able to keep a collection of prints of EVERY SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH I have ever taken.

All of this is a round-about way of saying that I could already be pretty location independent. At this time in my life, I think I could even be the highest level of location independent. I have so much of the world to explore, and I don’t have a huge collection of things that I am attached to and need to the extent of needing a home base. Would I use my parents’ house for storage? Absolutely! The good thing is, my stuff doesn’t take up much space. Then, off I would go to a different country whenever I would feel like it with my computer, some clothes, toiletries and other necessities in hand (I am a light packer as it is, so this wouldn’t be difficult). Oh, and I guess I should pack my fiance. He might not like me gallivanting around the world without him. One of the good things about us is that we both want to travel and have a drive for exploration…you could call us Lewis and Clark or something!

After a few years of this, I think I could settle into the second-highest level of location independence. I could see myself having a home base and traveling for bigger blocks of time in the future. This would be much more conducive to raising children in the same school system (or two), giving them a sense of normalcy and routine while also the adventure that I yearn for. Let me tell you: I don’t plan on living vicariously through anyone but myself. And, I want my kids to know that they don’t have to wait until they are retired and less able to do things to do them.

These ideas and wishes seem more and more realistic every day. Oh BOY I just can’t WAIT (…to be king…)!

If you had freedom to be location independent, what would you do with that power?

❤ The RoaminTwin


Blog Challenge: Day 4

Happy Sunday, Happy People!!!

Thank you so much for continuing to join me on not only my lifelong journey of happiness, but also this 30 day blog challenge! I hope you are enjoying the process-and maybe even answering the questions on your own-as much as I am!

I just want to take a moment to reflect on the last 24+hours and how happy they have made me. It started with J&T’s baby shower yesterday, followed by an interview (that I feel I ROCKED by the way :)), a baseball game with friends (and my first tailgate EVER…weeeeeeee!), and joyous news followed by excitement I just cannot contain! Today was my first venture into wedding dress shopping with a sample sale. Bad news: what was on sale doesn’t carry the ethereal whimsy I am looking for for my big day (sounds stupid, but I have this vision…). Good news: I made an appointment to go back with my mom and my MOH on Wednesday. Time to turn down the volume on the voice in my head that makes fun of me when I try on clothes so i can say YES to a dress!

I hope that your weekend has been just as splendid, and maybe you will share what has made you happy in the last 24-48 hours?

Back to business…

Today’s Question: What is your definition of location independence?

A: Location independence is the ability to travel the world, sometimes on a whim, or live where I want without being “tied down” while also making an ample living. I don’t want to be a world explorer living off of daddy’s money, nor do I feel like living poor is the way to go. While I am young it seems fine, but I need to save so I can live comfortably later in life. I want to be able to visit friends and family and come and go as I-and they- please. I want to be able to be in the lives of those I love when they need me and spend time with them while I still can. It means that where I work and play can be the same place and my location is flexible to where I want to be.

What is YOUR definition of location independence?

❤ The RoaminTwin