Happiness is everything.  Where there is happiness, everything else is possible and so we asked the community to tell us what makes them happy.

Rachel Farabaugh | Artist & Author

Happiness is waking up each day and having a choice as to how I want to spend my time. The freedom of getting to wake up naturally without an alarm and look out the window first thing in the morning brings me so much peace and happiness. I make sure to really enjoy the space I’ve created for myself and not rush out the door. I like to make espresso and look out the window at the mountains and then plan for my day ahead. Usually it includes painting, reading Tarot or working with clients. Having so much variety and knowing that no two days are ever the same is what makes life so exciting and worthwhile. It also adds an incredible amount of gratitude when you realize just how special each moment is. Read more>>

Benjamin Brockman | Artist

As long as I can remember I’ve been at my happiest when if the process of creating things. There is something about the blank space, the thrill of making those first marks – or taking the first steps towards manifesting and idea I’ve had for awhile. I love cultivating that and giving space for that with my daughter. I am really energized when I can play a part in drawing out those latent creative energies in other people, whether they are kids, other artists or adults at any level of experience – I love playing that role in the community. My art practice serves many proposes for me – lately it’s been a way to drum up money to finance other creative ventures, and in the past its bee my method of telling a story that is very dear to me – but above all it is a safe sp[ace for play. I like to make a mess, paint myself into a corner and try to get back out. Read more>>

Mikaela Durfee | Portrait Photographer

In my business, what makes me happiest is creating memorable, beautiful, and fun photographs for my clients. I especially love serving my return clients and seeing how their families grow each year! Photos only increase in value over time as they help us keep our memories with loved ones fresh in our minds. I’ve been especially grateful for that this year as my mom (who was a photographer even before it was cool!) passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. She’s the one who lit the fire of my photography obsession. I am so thankful for the photos I have of her and our family, and only wish I had more. When I photograph my wonderful clients, I’m filled with happiness and gratitude for the chance to show them what loving their people looks like. It’s an absolute honor to help them preserve their memories of their loved ones, especially knowing that life is short. Read more>>