by Ashley Logsdon


We put so much pressure on ourselves to identify these huge elements of significance in our lives – to lay claim on the things that make us happiest, pursuing our one intense passion, etc. And we end up freezing in stagnation, unable to move forward out of fear. Fear of committing to something that may change over time.

We all change. We all grow, and our interests will change as we learn and explore new things. It’s okay to identify happiness in the moment. Aim high and dream big dreams. But if you’re stuck not being able to identify the big picture, look at what IS. Right now.

Transcript of the video:

This morning, my husband Nathan and I were sitting in bed and going through Danielle LaPorte’s books and inspiration with The Fire Starter Sessions and with Desire Map. The questions that were being asked were about “what things are you most excited about doing?” “What are you most passionate about?” “Where are your intense desires?”
My husband was stumbling on this. Because, right now we’re in a seeking phase and it may be that he doesn’t have something that really jumps out.
The more I thought about this, the more I started to think about the way a kid views life.
And, as my middle daughter Ellie climbed into bed with us, I asked her,

“what makes you happy?”

She immediately started grabbing and identifying things that were right in that present moment.
So she said, “being warm in this bed, laying next to you and to Daddy, and my Rainbow Bear, my pajamas…” These are the things that make her happy.
And they make her intensely happy – in that moment.Happiness...IS.
Children tend to hold on to the present – more than any other time. They are fully engaged in what is going on RIGHT NOW and the feelings that are going on RIGHT NOW.
Somewhere along the way we lose that. We become so focused on the past, or the future, and we forget about the present moment.
When we try to identify happiness, you don’t have to pull – and the things that inspire you – you don’t have to pull something that is so big that it takes up – that it is your only identifier.
I mean, think about the way that a child does. Where can you find happiness in the present moment?
Just for right now, just for today, I choose to be happy because of THIS.
Today the sun is shining. Today, I feel good. Right now, my warm peppermint tea tastes really really good. These are the things I am happy about. I don’t have to have the pressure of finding something that is a big happy focus intense desire that’s going to be there for the next thirty years. I’m looking at the present moment.
So I was inspired, listening to my girls talking about happiness and what happiness is to them. And the fact that right now, happiness…IS.
It IS. Right now, what is going on. That was my lesson today. That was my inspiration from my kids. I want to focus on what makes me happy in this present moment. I challenge you to do the same. Look around, stop what you’re doing, look around where you’re sitting, however you’re watching this, and come up with five things that make you intensely happy right now. That is something that is existing right now in your present moment.
I would love for you to share them in the comments below. Namaste.

About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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  1. Great post! I’ve been learning to be present and just be grateful for what is….right in front of me. I’ve always worked diligently to be hyper aware of everything going on around me. And I am, consequently, a very aware person. I see everything. BUT, that’s different than being present in that awareness and genuinely being grateful for each nuance.

    Now I’m learning to be present in that awareness. I’m learning to stop looking so deep into the looking glass and just appreciate what is right in front of me. Most days, at some point, I will lay on the ground or stand up high on something, just to look at the world from an angle that forces me to look at things differently, and be more present in that moment.

    And that, I believe, is where we are able to truly experience happiness. It’s in that awareness, and being present and grateful. As you know, being a parent certainly provides us with plenty of opportunity to embrace the present moment! I love that, and am grateful for it. I’m also grateful for the wisdom you are sharing with the world. Thank you!

  2. Ashley, your videos are tremendous. Thank you for helping us see and embrace the importance of happiness in the moment. Looking at what IS, right now, is such an important step in authentic joy. Thank you again!

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