DESIGN YOUR LIFE: jacquelyn of lark&linen

Hey guys! It’s Caitlin, and as usual I’m back with another amazing design your life interview. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Jacquelyn’s blog Lark&Linen already, but if you’re not, I would highly recommend you go take a gander at it after you read this interview. Her beautiful photos never fail to put a smile on my face and get me feeling inspired. Naturally, I was thrilled when Jacquelyn agreed to share her intentions with MML readers today. I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy them just as much as I did. Happy Wednesday!

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: jacquelyn of lark&linen

This probably qualifies as my mantra as I full subscribe to the notion that happiness is a choice. Naturally, everyone is going to have bad days, and sometimes you just need to throw in the towel and start fresh the next. But I really do believe that choosing to find that silver lining in an otherwise crappy situation vastly improves your every day life. While I have been known to get irritable when I’m stuck in traffic, or have to cancel plans due to a looming deadline at work, it makes a world of difference when I force myself to change my frame of mind. Blast the music, grab a bite to eat and make the very best of the cards you’re dealt.  In those moments I remind myself that every second that passes is one less in which I’ll have to be happy. Life’s too short to stew!

Much like my decision to choose happiness on the daily, appreciating the little things is equally as important. If you can find joy in a quiet morning and a big cup of tea, or grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon, your chances of living a fulfilled life improve greatly.


I once read a quote that stated: “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page”. In my opinion, seeing the world is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself. Of course, not everyone can afford to travel regularly, but I do believe that if it’s an option, it should fall under the “non-negotiable” category. For me it’s one of those life experiences that I just cannot get from anything else. It feeds the mind, the body and the soul in the most satisfying way.

I am a self-proclaimed people pleaser. I am still not terribly good at saying no to others in any given situation but I really am trying. I’m learning rather quickly that balance is incredibly important, and if I’m not able to say no when necessary, I end up burnt out and of no use to anybody. That balance is a tricky thing! I’ll let you know when I’ve figured out the secret 😉

I was raised in a household in which dishonesty was absolutely unacceptable. My mother refused to lie to anyone on my behalf, often telling my school that I simply needed a mental health day in lieu of pretending I was sick. She was always met with a joyful “great, have a wonderful day!” People appreciate honesty and, unfortunately, finding that quality within people these days can sometimes prove to be difficult. It’s incredibly refreshing to connect with real, genuine, honest folk.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.


This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Eleanor

    I’ve been reading Jacquelyn’s blog for a few months now, and it’s great to see her over here as well! I love all of her intentions and can definitely identify with them- I’m doing pretty well with some (Travel, Be Real) but could probably stand to Choose Happiness and Say No a little more often 🙂

    Loving this series, keep ’em coming!

  2. Jessica

    I love Jacquelyn’s blog and her intentions are absolutely on point. I wouldn’t expect less from someone whose blog always inspires with tranquil, beautiful photos and who shines with such a warm personality!

  3. rita

    i love this series! thank you for sharing! can’t wait to check out jacquelyn’s blog later today!

  4. I LOVE this interview! Jacquelines point of view is as beautiful and refreshing as her blog (which I have loved for a while)! I’ve been inspired and encouraged to make a few changes already!

  5. Excellent words to live by!! I completely agree with each one and find that reminding myself of them makes my life waaaay more enjoyable and less stressful!

  6. I love each and every one of the Design Your Life interviews that I’ve read. They’re so inspiring. In this interview I especially love Choose Happiness, Appreciate the Little Things, and Travel.

  7. I’ve been following Miss Jacquelyn for about a year now and I’ve loved her blog since day one. Reading this not only made me smile but secretly would love this girl to be my newest best friend!

  8. Jacquelyn’s blog is one of the first blogs I visit each day and it is just a breath of fresh air! I agree with everything here. I need to work on saying no and choosing happiness. Thanks for the reminders!

  9. Alexa

    Her remark about travel was so spot on. I just adore her blog!

  10. pve

    thanks. great interview. inspiring and real.
    saying no is huge.

  11. Melissa Head

    Love this advice – so perfect.

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