Happiness Project: Skellie Wag of Anywired

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As seen by the picture, Skellie is shrouded in a cloud of mystery, which is just the way she likes it. At the same time, Skellie is one of the internets most prolific freelancers, and writes for two very popular blogs of her own.

Skellie’s Anywired “is a so-current-it-still-smells-new guide to working online” and she offers “a regular diet of tips, tricks, hacks, guides, must-see links and reviews to help you work when you want, from where you want to be.”

Skellie’s Skelliewag “is about creating content your site’s visitors will fall in love with. It’s about using simplicity to your advantage. It’s about being innovative, unique, and creating something worth talking about.”

Some of the major sites that Skellie has freelanced for are ProBlogger.net, Daily Blog Tips, Freelance Switch, NorthxEast, Daily Bits, Copyblogger, Zen Habits and a number of other popular blogs. That’s an impressive line up, and she’s pumped some of her famous creative juice into those sites.

Some of her most popular posts are:

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1. How do you define happiness?

I don’t. I’m not sure what it is, and I think it means different things to different people. I do think it has one key ingredient, though: to feel loved (whether by friends, family, or a romantic partner — but not necessarily all three at once) and to feel worthy of being loved (or, in other words, to feel proud of yourself).

2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your happiness now, versus when you were a child?

I couldn’t really rate my happiness on a scale of 1 – 10, simply because I haven’t experienced absolute happiness (a 10, and I say that because I’m not sure happiness has a limit), nor have I experienced the lows of 1, so I can’t position my happiness relative to either of those. But I can answer the question by saying that I feel happy.

I think children have a different kind of happiness — different things that are important of them, and different measurements of self-worth — so I can’t really compare. But I was a happy child most of the time, and am a happy adult most of the time.

3. What do you do on a daily basis that brings you happiness? (and how consistent is the feeling of happiness throughout your day)

Saying “I love you,” to my family, laughing with friends, the usual stuff. I also enjoy my work a lot (blogging and freelance web writing) — it feels more like a hobby than a job. Feeling inspired also makes me happy, and I find a lot of opportunities to be inspired.

4. What things take away from your happiness? What can be done to lessen their impact or remove them from your life?

When I do feel unhappy, it’s usually because I feel guilty about something I’ve done (or haven’t done). Most of these things are pretty minor, but I hold myself by strict standards. I don’t believe you can be happy all the time, so I’ll continue to do my best to behave in ways I’m proud of — but I don’t expect to be a perfect human being.

There are other inevitable things that take away from happiness, like the loss of a friend or family member, but these things are part of living (and I think some degree of temporary unhappiness is part of living).

5. What do you plan on doing in the future that will bring you even more happiness?

Traveling! One self-criticism I have is that I haven’t seen enough of the world. Being a web worker means I can work from anywhere, so there’s no excuse any more :-) .

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To get more info about what the Happiness Project is and isn’t, please visit the Introduction Post. To see a running list of all participants, which I will be updating as things happen, please visit the Happiness Project Page.

Posted by in Happiness Project | February 15, 2008 | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumble | Print | 2 comments

  • http://www.smilemyday.com Smiles That Made My Day

    I have the same questions.

    I just start my new happiest blog in the world project. I love to smile. I thought it will be a good idea to collect all the smiles that made my days. I can come back to review them and make me smile again. That is how I will be doing to bring myself some happiness.

    Feel free to submit your happiness to me and made my day. ;-)

    Personally, money can no longer bring me happiness. All I want now is a healthy body that I can enjoy the profit my hard working brought me.

    Life it too short. ;-)

    • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

      That is REALLY interesting. It’s like a gratitude journal… but a smile journal. I checked it out… that’s ALOT of smiles!