“Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clear away dirty energy.
Even smile in your liver.”
~ Ketut, from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love
Having a smiling heart means being truly happy. So happy that you can feel every part of yourself smiling, as though the sun shines in you & through you, brightening your whole life.
With quotes, videos, images, music, personal stories, & Wise Words Wednesdays, every My Smiling Heart post is another stepping stone to self-discovery, growth, joy, & truth.
My Smiling Heart is here to make your heart smile.
Who is My Smiling Heart?
My name is Jen, I’m an Australian artist & writer currently living in northern China with my fiancé, Mike.
I started My Smiling Heart in October 2010, after a series of unfortunate events turned my life upside down. I had moved to the other side of the world to teach English, only to be unfairly fired after a month. Our passports were illegally withheld by the school, so that we couldn’t go home, we had no money, & had no idea what to do.
We eventually got our passports back (thanks to the Chinese police), & we had decided to stay in China for the remainder of Mike’s contract, but I felt like a complete failure. I was miserable, homesick, & I really started to hate being in China.
Then, I got really sick whilst travelling through Inner Mongolia. I was bed ridden for a month.
During that time, I started to really think about my life. It wasn’t at all how I wanted it to be. I had lost my way… I had lost myself.
I made a conscious decision to do whatever I needed to do in order to be happy. I read positive blogs, listened to my favourite music, ate the right foods, started learning Mandarin, & laughed as much as possible. That’s when I started My Smiling Heart.
I started My Smiling Heart in order to document my journey as I build myself back up after ruin & inject more positivity into my life & the lives of others every single day.
And I’ve woken up every morning with a smiling heart ever since 🙂 ♥
“Keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
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