Photo Challenge: Happy Place

If you had asked me where my ‘happy place’ was ten years ago, I would have told you that it was at the back of the farm. I used to go down there a lot and watch all the cows lazily plod along and munch on grass. There was something oddly peaceful about that place.

If you had asked me where my ‘happy place’ was five years ago, I would have told you that it was wherever my friends were. I’ve had the same group of friends for ten years (or more) now, so they feel like family more than anything else. It takes a few minutes with them to lift my spirits. They are good people.

If you had asked me where my ‘happy place’ was two years ago, I would have told you that it was the beach. If you’ve stalked my Instagram account (shameless plug) then you would have seen photo upon photo of sand, beach, and ocean. The beach is the place I go when I need to think, to have time out, to drink copious amounts of iced coffee, and where I go to just reconnect with the earth again. It is my place.

If you ask me where my ‘happy place’ is today, I would tell you that I’m in it. Right now. My first impression of Auckland was a bit all over the show, but this place has grown on me. I have fallen in love with this city. I didn’t imagine that I would end up going to college in Auckland, but it is probably the best choice I have made in a long time. I am happy here. Truly happy.

Instead of just writing about my happy place, I’ve chosen to show you. A while ago, I said that I wanted to show my photography skills (or lack thereof) more. Eventually, I found a place to do that. A couple of weeks ago, WordPress had a photo challenge with the theme of ‘happy place’. Well, I am finally responding to that theme. Better late than never, right? 😉

Waiwera Beach, Auckland, NZ Kendel @ Little Misadventures #myhappyplace
Waiwera, Auckland, NZ
Hatfields Beach, Auckland NZ Kendel @ Little Misadventures #myhappyplace
Hatfields Beach, Auckland, NZ
Orewa Estuary Walk and Cycleway Auckland NZ Kendel @ Little Misadventures #myhappyplace
Orewa, Auckland, NZ
Viaduct Basin, Auckland NZ Kendel @ Little Misadventures #myhappyplace
Viaduct Basin, Auckland, NZ

These are all photos from my new ‘home’ of Auckland. I knew I was a ‘city slicker’ at heart, but I never thought I would be this happy here. I might be looking at the place through rose-tinted glasses, but my heart just feels so happy when a) I realise I’ve made it over the harbour bridge alive, and b) when I see the Auckland skyline.

I finally feel like I fit somewhere. I finally feel like I have found my place – and that is the best feeling ever.

Your turn: Where is your happy place?


2 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Happy Place

  1. Hi! Revived blogger here bloghopping my way 🙂

    Auckland!! Oh gosh New Zealand, I know it reminds me of Hobbiton and Middle Earth very much (thank you Peter Jackson!) but I am fascinated with how life is there other than these first notions. I want to travel to NZ and Auckland someday. My friend is actually thinking of moving there as well. Do you have any tips or what do you love about Auckland the most? 🙂 It is a beautiful place!


  2. Auckland looks like such a beautiful place. I would love to visit New Zealand someday.

    I love the city I live in too, and my favourite place is the docks. Being so close to the sea (even if it is an estuary) is such a novelty to me. I grew up in a landlocked county so I appreciate it much more.


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