This post is inspired by Sherri’s Berries and their Happiness Happens campaign!

Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my people. I say “my people” over family because not all of these people are blood-related. I learned at a young age that family doesn’t have to be blood, but to surround myself with the people who care the most and mean the most.

It may sound strange but my most treasured times are the times that Iman and I are driving around being silly. Maybe it’s because we spent a lot of our high school friendship in that way. At any rate, the times that we turn the music up, singing and laughing have always been my favorite. Now, we’ve got Miss Delainey in our backseat and, oftentimes, Jimi in our front seat.

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Because I can’t resist a car ride with this doll

I know I don’t talk about it often, but our roommate Jimi is as much a part of our family as one of our brothers. We always joke about the fact that Jimi’s future wife will have to live with us. There’s more truth in it than joke. Whenever we talk 5 year and 10 year plans, Jimi is always a part of the conversation and the plan.

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To prove it here is an embarrassing photo of me sleeping on the way to Vegas.

So, back to the car rides. They really seem to be a simple, every day moment. Those are the happiest moments, right?

Whenever I feel the pressures of life tightening around me and my anxiety sneaks in, I try to recreate these silly moments of music and family.

Some days it looks like dance parties in our living room.

Other days it’s song lyrics on a chalk board.

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But the best days? Those are the ones where we pile into the car, destination unknown.

How do you make happiness happen on your toughest days? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

raewyn