I’m a big believer that life is what you make it.
Circumstances may not always seem to get better on the outside, but we do– we have the choice to change within, and to grow stronger from the challenges life throws our way.
There have been a variety of things that have helped my life improve over the past couple of years. Happiness is cumulative; we don’t magically become content overnight, but each and every day we have the opportunity to add positive things that will build over time.
Start Your Day With An Intention
Having a mental map of what you want to accomplish each morning is important to start the day on the right foot. Do you intend to be kinder? Are you hoping to be more grateful? Would you like to remain mindful?
Maybe your intention is small, but it’s important to remember it throughout the day. It could make all the difference in turning a frustrating day into a beautiful one!
Giving up meat and most processed foods has been a slow-go; although I have dabbled with going meatless for the last few of years, it wasn’t until recently that I took it seriously. Boy, does clean eating change things.
My energy has sky rocketed, workouts are more enjoyable, and I’m doing my part to help the environment.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
I’m proud to say I’m a happily sober person. I used to begrudgingly tell people “I don’t drink,” but today I own my sobriety. It makes me who I am.
Being substance-free has empowered my life in so many ways. My intuition is keen, my health has improved, my mind is clear, and I make better decisions. I no longer wake up in strange places, or do I say things I later forget.
Many of my role models, such as Brené Brown and Wayne Dyer, have written about the benefits of living alcohol-free, and how being sober has enriched their lives. Why would I want to fit in with the drinking crowd when I could be helping someone who may be struggling by sharing my own story? That’s badass, if you ask me.
Stay In Your Lane
This was the best advice anyone has ever given me. When you get into the middle of someone else’s drama (especially when it doesn’t pertain you), you’re immediately sucked into their low vibes.
Sometimes we try and be “fixers,” and that’s totally okay- but know your limits. It’s great to want to help people, but understand when it’s time to step back.
Gossip in general is low vibe energy, and remember- when you point the finger, there’s three pointing back at yourself. Many use gossip as a bonding tool (haven’t we all?), but it’s some of the most harmful and hurtful types of bonding there can be. Be mindful of the company you keep- are they benefiting and enriching your life, or causing you chaos?
Make Time For Joy
As you go about your daily commute, stop and smell the flowers. Take the time to go in for that latte. Play in the sprinklers. Enjoy the sunset.
The most simple pleasures are sometimes to most beneficial- remember not to take them for granted.