The Start of a Journey

The start of a journey can sometimes be fearful, and the path treacherous, however choosing to shift my mind from fear to excitement has made all the difference.


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It’s always so incredibly exciting to start a new journey.

Whether far or near, it’s never hard for me to take off my boots and run with the wind.

The start of a journey can sometimes be fearful, and the path treacherous, however choosing to shift my mind from fear to excitement has made all the difference.

Choose to be excited for life, not fearful. ♥

Love J.J.

Finding Silence in a Noisy World

Sometimes, noise is good. Sometimes noise is productive. Sometimes noise is healing, like the heartbeat of your mother who you haven’t seen for years. But sometimes, noise is the opposite of what we need. Sometimes, we start to search for silence.

A lot of people search for what makes them feel alive. What place or person or activity that makes them scream with joy, mad with happiness, from the inside out.

We live in a very noisy environment. This world is filled with so many distractions, opportunities, dreams, and people that flood the canals of our ears flowing straight into our minds. Our thoughts are polluted with as many things as we can handle, as many topics as we can speak.

Sometimes, noise is good. Sometimes noise is productive. Sometimes noise is healing, like the heartbeat of your mother who you haven’t seen for years.

Sometimes, noise can be exactly what we need. Words that inspire us. People that encourage us. The songs of a lyric that speaks to our souls.

But sometimes, noise is the opposite of what we need. Sometimes, we start to search for silence.


I’ve found in a world with so much noise, so much beauty, I tend to lean towards wanting to wind down from all the liveliness and expressions that surround me.

Sometimes, in my happiest moments, is when I feel completely silent, and the world is still.

I search for those moments when the world is silent. I search for that moment when everything around me is still and I can concentrate only on my heartbeat.

I search for that one thing in life that brings me joy in it’s most simplest form.

Whether it’s movement, fulfilling the senses, experiencing something new, or witnessing an old face, I crave those moments.

There’s a specific time warp that happens when I find that moment of silence. It’s like those films where I stand completely at still and all I see is that one thing or person, and everything else around us just speeds past at lightning pace.

Or that scene when everyone else is frozen, and the slow motion of things makes the moment seem unreal, unfathomable. And even the slightest movement like the batter of an eyelash is enough to make my heart beat rapidly out of my chest.

It’s these moments, where I forget everything else, that make me realize that there’s more to life than living at it’s loudest or expressing all there is to feel.

Sometimes, when you feel nothing, when you think nothing, you find yourself in absolute peace. Calmness. Still. And silent. The world is no longer a mess, but a garden of gratitude.

It’s these moments that I search for silence in life, that one thing that makes the world completely quiet and still.

Love J.J.

Who Is J’adore Journey?

Meet the creator of J’adore Journey. Pamela Sendee is a world traveler, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Learn about her lifestyle at J’adore Journey, a blog about passions, inspirations, and goals.

Hello guys! Welcome to J’adore Journey, a blog about passions, inspirations, aspirations, and lifestyle – including travel!

My name is Pamela, I travel blog at Pamela Sendee where I document all of my previous and current travel journeys through photos and writing.

For any questions or comments, please email me. IMG_2094-e1419420462860 I am the founder of an international education non-profit organization called Humans of Change. Together we work to alleviate poverty and create sustainability through building schools and education.

I grew up in Northern California and now reside in Cape Town, South Africa. A huge move, but all the more exciting with my partner and puppy.

I’m currently blogging just for the hell of it. I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, food, education, and Ellen Degeneres.

My number one destination in the world is sailing to Antarctica to see the King Penguins on South Georgia Island. What’s yours?

You can follow my adventures on Instagram or Facebook.

For all things travel and adventurous, check out my travel diary. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset To reach out, say hello to me personally.

Love J.J.

55+ Happiness Quotes to Make Your Life Better

Be happy and whole in your hearts and remember to be kind to one another.


  1. “Science of happiness lies in our understanding. The secrets of happiness lie in our capacity to expand our heart.” – Amit Ray
  2. “Whoever is happy will make others happy.” – Anne Frank
  3. “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – Ashley Montagu
  4. “Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius
  5. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  6. “If you have not taken the time to define what happiness means to you, what have your spent your whole life pursuing?” – Bo Bennett
  7. “When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope
  8. “I learned from a very young age that if I pursued the things that truly excited me, that they would reward in more important ways, like happiness.” – Brandon Boyd
  9. “Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.” – Brian L. Weiss
  10. “Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” – Bryant H. McGill
  11. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
  12. “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.” – Buddha
  13. “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Colette
  14. “Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on ‘being more’ rather than simply having more.” – Daisaku Ikeda
  15. “Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” – Daisaku Ikeda
  16. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” – Dalai Lama
  17. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  18. “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” – Dalai Lama
  19. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
  20. “Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” – Dale Carnegie
  21. “Happiness is determined by factors like your health, your family relationships and friendships, and above all by feeling that you are in control of how you spend your time.” – Daniel Kahneman
  22. “Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake may have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone.” – David O. McKay
  23. “No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.” – Dean Koontz
  24. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  25. “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment. It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  26. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  27. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus
  28. “Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” – Greg Anderson
  29. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx
  30. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  31. “Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller
  32. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
  33. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau
  34. “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs
  35. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim
  36. “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.” – Kanye West
  37. “Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.” – Khalil Gibran
  38. “Love is too precious to be ashamed of.” – Laurell K. Hamilton
  39. “Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  40. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  41. “Seven Deadly Sins”. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Science without humanity. Knowledge without character. Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Worship without sacrifice.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  42. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
  43. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius
  44. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  45. “Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being.” – Marina Abramovic
  46. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  47. “Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.” – Marquis de Sade
  48. “I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.” – Martha Washington
  49. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin
  50. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox
  51. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” – Nelson Mandela
  52. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost
  53. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” – Seneca the Younger
  54. “Your life begins to change the day you take responsibility for it.” – Steve Maraboli
  55. “Happiness is very simple and minimal.” – Tablo
  56. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson
  57. “Happiness doesn’t depend on how much you have to enjoy, but how much you enjoy what you have.” – Tom Wilson

Be happy and whole in your hearts and remember to be kind to one another.

Love J.J.