January 9, 2020

Finding Happiness from Within

Sydne Style wears tadashi shoji polka dot dress with pink balloons

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I intend to find happiness within myself

Over the years, I’ve searched for happiness in all different forms. Sometimes it was in a partner. Other times it was in work. Overall, the theme for my search for happiness was validation from others. But they say you can never be happy unless you’re truly happy with yourself. As I sat down to write my intentions for the year, I thought about happiness as a whole. While I’ve been on the right path to finding happiness within myself, I certainly have a lot more searching to do.

“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself,
but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

In the majority of these posts, where I’ve been sharing my 2020 intentions, I’ve also been sharing tips that have helped me. To be honest, I don’t really have a tip for finding inner happiness. It’s been one of the hardest practices for me. So when I’m not sure, I look towards others, and what they have to say on the subject. These quotes really spoke to me, so I wanted to share in case this is a topic you struggle with as well…

Sydne Style wears tadashi shoji polka dot dress in black and white fashion photography

“If you’re searching for that one person who will change your life,
take a look in the mirror.”

Sydne Style wears tadashi shoji black and white polka dot dress with ruffles

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu

Sydne Style shows black and white fashion photography in polka dot dress

“Respect yourself enough to say,
‘I deserve inner peace,’
and walk away from people and things that prevent you from attaining it.”
–Jerico Silvers

In my search for happiness from within, at least I know certain things that make me happy: my family, my friend, my dog and fashion! It was hard not to smile as I slipped into this polka dot dress. So maybe on days where I’m having trouble finding inner happiness, I’ll slip into something fun and festive and start with happiness from the outside in.

Sydne Style wears black and white polka dot dress for fashion editorial with balloons

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  1. Kim H commented:

    Love that Lao Tzu quote!!!
    I would love to just keep seeing all the great positive posts! Always so motivating…

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  2. SweetlanaO commented:

    First of all, i looooove the dress! You gives do much joy from these pictures! Secondary, reading tge quotes, i cannot disagree that mirrow is a good server. Love the quote! And what i wanna see on your IG and site is happy you in trendy prints and outfits, your stories from travels, and “how to style”. New season is coming! Wanna know your vision about colors, trends…

    @sweetlanao ❤

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  3. Yokkit commented:

    Omg love the dress! 😍😍😍 I’m a long time follower and I’ve always loved your trend guide series. Hope you’ll Continue to make them in 2020! @_yokkit_

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  4. Claire Frimming commented:

    All you say is true Sydne and those quotes speak to me! Keep doing what you are doing. I enjoy everything you are doing and you always keep it fresh and up to date!
    Things I would like to see:
    1. Closet clean out: how often do you do it, what do you decide to keep, etc
    2. How did you decide what you wanted to do. How you grew your blog, who did you reach out to, etc.
    3. Take us on a day in the life of Sydne
    4. I am sure I can think of more!💕
    Insta handle : @claire_frimming

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  5. Aimee Richardson commented:

    Love today’s post. Reminds me of retro style of the 50’s. Fun and fancy free. I love to see more laid back style, very easy going. Thank you

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  6. Cara commented:

    Love this pic!! I like your outfit videos to wear multiple ways and maybe some recipes? @cara6151

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  7. Susan Smith commented:

    Beautiful dress! I love reading reviews of beauty products, hair, skin care and makeup. There are so many of them out there it can get overwhelming. Are the more expensive products worth the extra cost? IG susancarylsmith

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  8. Nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) commented:

    Such a good quote about being content. This dress is amazing, probably my favourite so far.
    I’d love to see some good, comfortable but still amazing shoe recommendations.

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  9. Judith Mbugua commented:

    Oh Sydne, style and fashion come so effortlessly to you – it is so amazing to watch! I simply cannot get enough. First off, I love all these quotes as they sing directly to very soul! I recently read that ‘the right people bring your soul medicine’ and that is exactly what you do to me! You are so inventive and innovative – sparkling my creativity in fashion and subsequently invigorating a ‘bright, new way of being for me’, for which I am immensely grateful! I truly enjoy your IGTV videos on how to style fashion staples in different ways. Please continue leaving your mark!

    Blessings and love,

    Judy from callherjudy ig.

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  10. Sandy Weinstein commented:

    @eview1 love black and white, so classic. you look amazing as usual. love the shoes. i would like to see more anti aging skin care products and cosmetic procedures that would help with anti aging, as well as fitness, thank you

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  11. Cynthia Richardson commented:

    I love to hear about all of your travels and tips.

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  12. patricia commented:

    That dress screams happy!

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  13. Elisabeth commented:

    I definitely love travel content! Especially travel itineraries to help give me ideas. @egood33

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  14. Luna N. commented:

    More gorgeous dresses!!
    IG: 7luna0613

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  15. Shelley commented:

    I agree with Claire, would love to see a closet clean out. Maybe video for YouTube channel? My closets are packed… I am the WORST at getting rid of clothes & accessories. IG: @shelleytibbetts

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  16. Mary Soliz commented:

    You have such an incredible sense of style that is inspiring! I would love to see more styling tips and suggestions for those of us that do not have your sense of style, but a desire to have more style in our lives!

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  17. Zaborro commented:

    Finding happiness from within will not save me. I realized that this is yet another illusion. I don’t want to stay alone for eternity. I want to find a man.

    Published 4.7.22 Reply

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