We asked some of our favorite folks what makes them happy and why?

Shacolby Shentell | Writer/Actress/Singer

What makes me happy is using my God giving gifts as an artist. The opportunity to step out and do what your passionate about, what brings a smile to not only your face but to the world, and provide for your family is a blessing. I call myself a lover of the arts. I don’t know if I can pick one over the other as far as which do I love the most. Is it the music, the acting, the writing? Although one may be taking the lead over another I enjoy pursuing them all. Read more>>

Vera Wirianta Yates | Card maker / paper crafter

I learned to find joy in the small things. And, to me, being happy is a matter of perspective as well. When I focus to what I do have, I find many things that makes me grateful. And gratefulness lead to happiness in my humble opinion. First & foremost, together time with my family. I come from a very close knit family. Many times, it just a matter of hanging out and just catching up. Not really doing anything special. Read more>>

Diego Nuila | Videographer & Business Analyst

In my line of work, the thing that makes me the happiest are the raw emotions in a client’s reaction to my work. Client’s usually see me on set filming, or me at weddings only capturing very few parts of their day or of an event, but because clients are usually focused on other things, they miss some of the small details. It’s these details and other scenes that my clients are unaware of that eventually make it into the final film or commercial that makes the difference. Read more>>

Emily Hafley | Model

I’m happy when I’m learning different things and meeting new people. Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies, I’ve been to 56 countries, many of which I was fortunate to visit due to modeling. I love exploring new cultures and seeing the world through unique lenses. Discovering new parts of the world makes me thankful for our wonderful country and also makes me work harder knowing all the opportunity that is available in the United States. Read more>>

Melissa Gabler | Photographer

Something that makes me very happy is feeling like I’ve accomplished something. It’s just a drive in me to accomplish things and not deal with the subconscious weight of the unfinished list. With photography there is fulfillment in every aspect, but knowing that a project has been completed brings much joy because I am totally free to move on to the next project which makes me even happier! Read more>>

Craig Carter | Visual Artist

What makes me happy is creating artwork that inspires people . Especially with the difficult times that we’re going through I think art can take their minds off of the negativity. I tend to use vibrant colors in my pieces which makes people feel happy. My style is a combination of different cultural and musical influences. I tend to paint and sketch references that gets my attention especially facial expressions. Getting where I am today took a lot of believing and consistent practicing on my craft. Read more>>