lauren spitler

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Plot Twist!

This post wasn't originally planned for now, but I have to be honest, I finished a post, and really didn't like it. It felt super forced, and usually when things are forced, they turn out pretty crappy. I didn't want to publish something I didn't care for, so I'm putting it on the back burner and will perhaps revisit it in the future.

If you have been following my Disney Happiness Project, you might be confused as to where Weeks 13 and 14 are, as far as blog posts go. Well, I've been really thinking about the project, and my blog in general, and have some new ideas about how they are going to work. I can do that because they are both mine.. muah ha ha!! 

With that disclaimer out of the way... here we go! :)

First off, my project is not going anywhere! It is a year-long project, and no way am I throwing in the towel at the Week 15 mark! I have decided though that I am not going to throw posts together as a chore, but rather when I feel inspired to share.

I put unnecessary pressure on myself when it came to creating posts, and the truth is, some weeks are just blah weeks, and the last thing I feel like doing is rushing to get a post ready just so that I can publish it "on time." That is not fun. 

I love my blog and have loved working on it for close to a year and a half now. I don't want to lose the enjoyment I personally get out of writing posts I love and feel good about sharing.

After all, this is JUST a blog. I am not leading a revolution or creating the cure to human ailments, and coming up with solutions to the world's problems. Since it is my little space on the Internet, I get to come up with how I use it. Score! So... with that said, I think it is time for a plot twist!

When I started my blog in 2013, I wrote mostly about events and thoughts I had leading up to my time spent with Disney. There were 2, maybe 3 posts that were not explicitly related to Disney somehow, depending on how you look at it.

2014 was FULL of Disney related posts. Obviously, this was the year I spent the majority of  my time down in Florida with Disney. When I moved back to Illinois, I wrote a few posts about thoughts I had related to finding joy and feeling encouraged in life, or of everyday things like my trip to the zoo--just random bits of my life beyond Disney. I was convinced, though, that people only cared about my posts when I was in Florida at Disney where things were bright and colorful, and when my life was the stuff dreams are made of! 

I can't promise you all that my life will be on the same level of excitement and general eventfulness as it was during those months spent in Florida, but I still want to share it with you. I want to do this because in documenting it, I am processing things that I am going through and I will get the chance to stop and appreciate the life I have that I know I regularly take for granted.

From my Instagram. This fun pop-up book was found in a quaint, little bookstore! I wanted to share a picture with this post, and this is my latest, but if you want to get deeper, you can see it as that I am starting a new chapter of this blog :) ooh yeah! 

I put myself in a box (figuratively speaking, of course) when I had the mindset that every post must somehow have a connection to Disney. I don't like the feeling of confinement, especially when it comes to something I control, so that is why I am making a change now.

who.what.Ren will now include bits of my life that, wait for it... may not have a Disney connection. Gasp! What? That's right, you heard me :)

Disney will always be a huge part of my life, that is not changing. It is still a huge slice in the pie-chart that is Lauren, don't you fear, but I'm going to delve into those other slices and share from those now too! 

You will still get my monthly post of how Disney makes my life more positive and makes me happy each week of that month, as explained earlier!

I would love to see this space become a place where I post and share, but you feel free to comment and start a dialogue with me as well! Don't be shy! Sometimes it is just nice to hear another voice and be reminded that although this is my life I'm writing about most times, I am not in it alone!

Thank you for being a part of this journey!
x Lauren

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Life's A Happy Song | Disney Happiness Project

Now, I know that Week 11's Disney artifact, if you will, was a song, but get ready because Week 12 was feeling quite musical as well. 

The reason music has been pretty present lately is because I drive around playing either music from my phone or from one of those old-fashioned CDs. Do you know what I'm talking about? Ah..the good old days. Jokes! 

I have a few Disney CDs that I alternate between while I play DJ on the road. "Now That's What I Call Disney, Volume 3" has been played on most drives lately. Track 4 of that CD is "Life's a Happy Song" from The Muppets. 

Confession time! I have not seen the movie, and the first few times I played through the CD, I skipped over the song simply because I didn't recognize it. Well, some happy accident happened when it played out and I was introduced to the 4 minutes and 29 seconds of joy. The song begins with the most cheerful chime-like opening that sounds like a smile. Just those first few moments are enough to make me happy.

Now, since I have not seen the movie, I have no knowledge of the song's context, and the the significance it has to the overall story, but I do know that I like it!

Just picture me driving down the highway, belting along to a choir of ensemble cast members and Muppet. The synchronized choreography and facial expressions are show choir worthy. That happens on a daily basis, the only difference is that the car is empty except for me, and the town folk and Muppet are just heard through the speakers, but still, it is magical.

Of course, I can't leave you without giving you the chance to hear it for yourself, so I included the video at the bottom of this post! You might want to listen to it a few times, which I completely understand and even encourage! 

I hope that if you feel so inclined to, you will invest in the song yourself and singalong in the car on your drives! It is quite fun, I do admit! 

I have been loving a bunch of new music lately, and if you want to hear some of my non-Disney favorites right now too, let me know! 

What have you been listening to lately?
Let me know! I am always looking for some good suggestions!
x Lauren

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Bit of Catch Up | Disney Happiness Project

Last month, I ended up making 10 posts on the blog! I actually just stopped writing for a second to go double-check that fact because that is crazy to me!

Because I made so many posts, half of which were dedicated to pictures from my trip to Walt Disney World alone, I didn't want to overwhelm the month with my usual weekly posts for my Disney Happiness Project. (That, and I became a bit lazy in December and procrastinated, but hey! The project lives on!)

Weeks 9 and 10 may seem like a cop-out since they are both devoted to my Disney trip that took place the week before, but let me explain! I spent the entire month poured over the photos I took on my trip whether it was preparing them for printing, or going through them again for each blog post, and then putting some of them in the cards I sent out to friends for Christmas. I spent the whole month immersed in my trip and reliving every moment! It brought me so much happiness throughout all of December, so I think it is fair that I took a few weeks to document it for my project.

Now, since I already shared pictures from my trip in other posts, and wrote a bit of explanation for each day, these pages from my book will look quite familiar to you! With that exciting disclaimer, I will just leave those pictures here for you.... and if you keep reading past the pictures to see Week 11, you'll see some content new to this blog!

One thing that I've loved during Week 11 is the song, "When You Wish Upon a Star." It's a Disney classic. I don't have loads to say about why it made me happy this week, but it did! I listen to the Cliff Edwards rendition, as he voiced Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. It just sounds like nostalgia.

Another reason the song makes me happy is because it is a big part of "Wishes Nighttime Spectacular"at Magic Kingdom. "Wishes" is a firework show that I memorized the soundtrack to years ago, and ever since, watch when I visit and sing along to (I do my best to be quiet and not bothersome to those around me, don't worry! I do also conduct the fireworks, as I know when they will go off, and feel like someone should properly cue them, haha!).

I'm not going to lie, the year has been off to a rough start, but the point of my project all along has been to seek out the positive, even when times and circumstances seem overwhelmingly negative. Little things like looking at pictures from my trips and time spent at Disney or a song I listened to during the week can really help.

I leave you now with the lyrics of "When You Wish Upon a Star." Feel free to be inspired.
x Lauren

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
Like dreamers do
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and pulls you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and pulls you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

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