How many times do you think about what you would do “if only”? Fill in that blank. If only I had enough money. Enough time. If only I had someone to do that with. To travel with. To go see that movie with. Or if you didn’t have to work or have kids. I could go on and on with lists of what if’s and if only’s.
There are so many moments in life when we think things hold us back rather than give us life and opportunities. I am not afraid to do things alone and have many times. I am independent and love that I am capable of tackling this life alone if need be. But today I am doing one of those “if onlys” in my life.
I have always wanted to randomly hop a flight and take off without any prior planning! This has been an if I only had the money. If I only had the time. Without planning the how, where, what, details that I become consumed with. As a single mom for many years this has been my standard operating procedure. I have had to plan and plan and save and save. And it’s not that I don’t have to do those things anymore now that my life is very different, but it’s that I see my priorities differently. I do not have to tackle this tough life alone anymore; my opportunities are more abundant.
So today I am hoping that flight to meet up with my partner in life to go to one of my favorite places. I am choosing to not say what if or maybe I shouldn’t or we can’t afford it and just go. To head out to a place that brings joy to my soul the moment my feet land and share that with him and some of our kids. The idea that we were not going to be there together is more painful than the costs of just taking the leap.
So I ask you, what moments of spontaneity do you wish for? What would you do if you could just push aside all the doubts, all the if onlys and just went for it? Would you start a business? Would you reach out to that long lost friend? Would you move? Try a new job? This applies to so many areas of life. We are so often bogged down by the thoughts that stop us rather than push us.
Sometimes to live your best life, you have to go for it. You have to be spontaneous and try something new. Or do the things that test you, that encourage you, that lift you up.
Living my best life sometimes means just doing it. It may be something simple to one but makes a huge impact to another. So go live your best life. Take risks. Be spontaneous! I can’t wait to see what this trip brings, my soul is about to be light up. And when we fill ourselves with joy, it can’t help but spill out to others. When we live our best life, we help others do the same.
I hope you have a place that is this for you; I’m off to one of mine. Happy Wednesday.
I’ve been sharing a lot about joy as that is my usual state and I really want to share how possible it is to overcome the past and move forward to having a life you love. But I do have off days too. Today is one of those. I am cranky. Tired. Easily annoyed. Kinda wishing I’d just stayed in bed. There’s no real reason I can attribute this mood to other than it’s just an off day.
Do you feel like that at times? Where you’re just crabby and don’t really feel like talking to anyone? How do you tackle cranky emotions when they crop up?
In continually seeking to be my best self, I have found one of the best ways for me to change my attitude and mood is to be alone. And also to exercise.
It’s a beautiful sunny day here. Perfect for walking to the park or taking a long bike ride. Sometimes deep breathing and sitting quietly in the fresh air helps to clear the mind.
Think I’m going to head to find a place of peace. To sit quietly and close my eyes and refocus my thoughts.
I hope when you experience an off day, you have a goto method the helps you redirect to finding your better self. We all have cranky, edgy, negative attitudes but we can choose how long we walk in that state. We can choose to find a way back to peace and joy within our selves.
I hope you have a great beginning to your week. Here’s a couple pictures from our family hike yesterday; a beautiful moment I think I’ll focus on.
I thought this was great. I’ve spent a lot of time focused on success, this might be better. What if this was our guiding thought instead.
Have a great start to your week. Focus on what brings you satisfaction.
The end of the second week in a new role is leaving me exhausted. Adjustments always take a moment and getting back to the type of shift I enjoy; a bit older than the last time is knocking me off my feet a bit.
But as I was scrolling around looking at quotes, I thought this was a good one for today. Sometimes finding a great fit for your strengths and skills can take time. I can say that I think I have found a great fit for me in this position.
If you are working to create your best life, keep looking at the ways in which you earn an income. Make what you do; your job, be something you enjoy (at least most of the time). Even if you have to learn something new, use that as a challenge for yourself. Don’t be afraid of the new or unknown. Sometimes taking a calculated risk truly does pay off.
I am someone who likes to be challenged. To learn something new. I am often easily distracted and enjoy change. So once again, I am not living to work, but am enjoying the work I do.
And by the way; blogging is one of the things that makes me happy so I will continue to post. To encourage you to live each day to the fullest. To cheer you on in pursuing your goals, dreams and best life. Today! Everyday!
The house is quiet as is the usual every Sunday morning. The puppy sleeping peacefully next to me as I work through my morning routine. It’s vital to me to begin my days with quiet. To wake up before everyone else. To be able to meditate. To read. Scroll through social media; (yes I’m working on Not doing that). Drink a coffee and maybe journal.
This morning I’m reflecting on how many things have changed since I’ve been practicing some of these routines. As I was scrolling my social media the other day, I was reminded that this time a year ago I was doing a 9 day purge. Removing, cleaning out, throwing away, or deleting 27 items each day for 9 days. I didn’t miss a day. It was challenging as I’m not a big collector of stuff. The point was to make room; mentally and emotionally for something new. To create spaces in my mind, home, and heart by cleaning out what was no longer necessary. Or at least that’s why I was doing it.
What’s amazing is that I was open to that process. I was committed to finding 27 items each day. Clothes, books, contacts, old CDs and movies. Etc. And by sticking with it, being open to what I was hoping to gain, it ended up changing my life.
About a week later I met this man that in the last 50 weeks has shown me what love is. Has laughed with me almost every day since we met. Holds my hand through challenging moments and let’s me have space when I need it.
We are coming upon closing this year out with a little vacation just the two of us. I can’t help but reflecting on how one small thing can affect ones whole world.
Making room and space for someone was not an easy task for me. I’m very independent and enjoy my alone time. But doing that 9 day purge created an opening for my life to change.
Today as many celebrate Easter, I’m celebrating this life changing year. Enjoying it one day at a time.
Thought this was fitting for today’s reflection. Cheers to life changing mindsets.
I’m in over-drive today. Lack of sleep. Lots of mind whirling today as we have new opportunities to decide about. Thoughts a bit overwhelmed by all the ideas floating about.
And as I’m working through the pros and cons of new possibilities, I’m reminded of these thoughts/quotes. I’m reflecting on these as I desire to live my best life.
I am pretty content each day. I am living so many parts of my definition of a great life. And I am committed to being the best me I can be. Sometimes that means I have to tackle fear of the unknown. Fear of making a bad decision. Fear of failing.
And because I’ve seen the rewards that come from pushing past fear. Overcoming failure, I am reflecting on what decisions I need to make to continue on this path.
May you relate to these quotes if tackling important decisions. Facing new ideas or possibilities. Don’t let fear hold you back.
Once in awhile I get stuck on just needing to escape for a few days. No responsibility. No requests on my time or energy. No alarm clock. With the weather change and the sun out more I’m dreaming of hoping a plane and relaxing somewhere new.
This quote seemed appropriate for today’s thoughts.