The best things in life are not things. The best things in life are relationships, laughter, love, silliness, acceptance, comfort, friends, peace, memories, family, joy + so much more. I’m reminded this morning how absolutely lovely life is – and I mean outside of new clothes, job titles, new clothes and good food. Spending the past two days with my best friends this week reminded me just how important it is to value relationships over material possessions; to value kindness over “success.” I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy a few words of encouragement!- Happy Wednesday!
Good morning friends! I’m sharing a post I originally wrote for 8 Women Dream on March 10, 2011 that I wanted to repost on my own blog today. I wrote this post during my final week of college in March and at the time, was very overwhelmed. Not just overwhelmed with a lot of nerves, new changes and transitions in the future, but overwhelmed with goodness and joy. Life is truly a whirlwind.
The reason I wanted to share again was because I have a feeling a lot of people are feeling the exact same way now. Many of my friends have their last two weeks left in our little heaven called Athens – and it IS beyond weird to think about the future. Rereading my own post and looking back on the past two months has bee such a refreshing reminder to live life to the fullest in every single moment. Enjoy the people around you – focus on right now. Hope you like the post! xo
I’m adopting a new mantra: “Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” This is why I’ve compiled:
8 Reasons to Enjoy Your Life Today -
1. You are doing great things.
Regardless of where you are sitting right now, you are doing something important with your life. You are impacting someone and you have already done so much. Stay cheerful and optimistic about who you are, what you’ve done and where you are going.
2. There are people who love and support you.
People care about you. Anytime you feel upset, remember how many people love you and are cheering for you! Anytime you feel anxious or freaking out about pursuing your future and your dreams, remember how many people love you right where you are at right now.
3. You have opportunities to grow.
Today is the day to embrace that you can constantly be refining who you are. You can always be growing personally and professionally. This doesn’t mean achieving you dream overnight — it just means taking life one day at a time and constantly trying to get better with each one.
4. The longer you wait to enjoy life, the more you lose in the long run.
Sometimes when you are stressing about your dreams or future, it’s essential to just sit back and breathe. Take a chew on this: the longer you wait to actually enjoy and soak up life, the less time you have to enjoy it.
5. Extra stress keeps you from moving forward.
I live by a sweet saying that runs through my mind almost daily: too blessed to be stressed. We have so much to be grateful for let stress overwhelm us. We have too many beautiful things to be grateful for to worry about the bad things.
6. Life is an adventure.
Life doesn’t have to be one big struggle. What if we viewed life as an exciting adventure rather than a battle uphill. Rather than view life as a battle uphill, why not instead run down the hill sprinting?
7. You have control of your own life.
No one is telling you what to do. No one is forcing you to do something or go somewhere. You have the power to decide how you view your life, you have the control to do what you want to do. Now all you have to do is go for it.
8. Unexpected moments and disasters can be the just what you need.
Sometimes, we just have bad days. It’s inevitable, but just when you think you can’t crack a smile or laugh-something absolutely ridiculous comes along to keep you rolling on the floor.
Case in point: My friend and I were bummed after a rough group project and being bombarded with tasks to do and were walking down the escalator to grab a quick dinner. My friend was wearing a fabulous floor-length maxi skirt and as we stepped off the escalator, she was stuck.
Her skirt was caught in the escalator steps for a full minute until a random stranger came up to rip her skirt out of the escalator. You can’t script moments like this. And I wouldn’t pass up these moments for the world. Today, and the very moment we are in, is an gift.
And a beautiful one at that!
Make today beautiful, positive and enjoyable. I only shared a few reasons to soak up today, live it up in the moment you are in and appreciate how far you’ve come, where you’re heading and the precise moment you’re in. Thanks for reading – I’m always here to cheer for you! xo
- Choosing to rise above small things – forgiving big, believing big, laughing big, acting big, dreaming big, living big.
- Radical self-love
- Finding old pictures…this one is from my summer in DC!
- Figuring out exactly what motivates me and other people
- Happy hour….and/or glasses of white wine
- Little lambs jumping….(actual saw this yesterday..SO cute!)
- The smell of fresh cut grass
- Eggs….usually omelets but love these below:
- Learning how to sew!
- New blogs to follow: My Style Pill, Sincerely Jules, Jenny – From the Block, B. Jones Style…
- Calling a sister on the phone
- That SF has been (mostly) sunny this week
- When a not-so-great day gets really good
- Anticipation (of a good thing)
- Strangers who are plain nice and helpful
- Color-blocking outfits
- To-do lists —- like the one below:
- Blue, blue skies
- Learning lessons
- Inspiration nation: The Brave Girls Club
- The movie Sixteen Candles
- NEW YORK CITY
- Riding bikes. I need one!
- Bubble baths
- Simple reminders
- Music that reminds you of what is true, right, important.
- Recipes (fruit salsa!)
- When things fall into place
- Treating yourself the very best- as you would treat a best friend.
- Using your words and actions to be constructive, supportive, encouraging, & loving
- I have all I need.
>>>I am thrilled that it’s Thursday. It has been QUITE a week and I have to admit, I’ve been a little out of my element. I’ve been beating myself up, feeling extra emotional, freaking out on the inside about dumb, insignificant things. I had a brilliant snap back to reality before finishing this post – (partially thanks to a long talk with my mom!) ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I literally stopped myself and had to put an end to the negative thinking. I have all that I need – mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I have all that I need and more, and I’m so glad I have this weekly post because it reminded me of little things TO be happy about. To be thankful for. To feel blessed by.
>>>The rest of this week and this weekend will not have the same approach the past few days had. Today and the rest of the week will be full of peace, rather than full of anxiety. It will be full of positive words, rather than mean voices in my head. It will be full of strength. I’m reminded of this simple verse: Joy is love’s strength, peace is love’s security, goodness is love’s character, faith is love’s confidence. THAT is what this week(end) will be all about: joy, peace, goodness, faith and love. The other stuff, the mental garbage and chaos, will be put to rest. Enjoy your Thursday, stay positive! And thanks for reminding me to do the same – xo!