How to Love the Life You’re Already Living
Okay, here’s the deal. I don’t always love my life. Surprise! As a mom, wife, or entrepreneur…I’m tired. I sometimes feel defeated and completely burnt out.
Do I kick myself for feeling this way though? Nah, I don’t. At least not for long. My goal is to offer myself the same grace I would offer anyone else.
But I definitely try to counteract any “low” days by focusing on gratitude. I find that works wonders. I sponsor these 2 BEAUTIFUL girls in Africa through an organization called Africa New Life and all I have to do is think of their little faces and how incredibly grateful they are to be able to go to SCHOOL…Puts me right in my place and allows me to focus on the right things instead of wallowing.
We’re human – so let’s not be too hard on ourselves, m’kay, but do try to keep it in perspective.
Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years that help me remember why my life is amazing (and remind me to keep loving it, just the way it is):
Enjoy the Small Things
Honestly, if you don’t take time to appreciate the smaller things in life, then you’ll probably be pretty disappointed most of the time. We tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everything that we forget there are some pretty incredible things happening all around us.
Like our health for example. Instagram is my reminder that there are so many Mamas who have sick babies. And it breaks me. Truly, my heart aches for them. But it also reminds me to thank God that my children are healthy (and pray, pray, pray for those who are not).
When did you last step outside solely to listen to the birds chirp and feel the sun on your face? It’s been raining for a week here in Atlanta and today the sun is out. I missed it:)
Little things can make you just as happy as something big, like a promotion or your child learning to walk, if you just let them. And there are FAR more of those than the big things.
Challenge yourself to focus on the tiniest of details for which you’re grateful.
Being present is a crucial part of living a healthy and happy life. It’s also one of the toughest things for most people to achieve. Especially right now.
There’s just so much information. All. The. Time. I honestly believe that (along with a few other factors)…The constant bombardment of info is a great source of anxiety for me.
I have to be very (VERY) intentional about putting down my phone, sitting on the floor with my kids, looking in people’s eyes, etc. It’s just too darn easy to go, go, go and to always be thinking about what is happening next or what So and So is doing on social media.
Challenge yourself to give your eyeballs and your brain a break. What feels like peace to you? Go do that thing.
Do Something About Your Complaints
Have you ever listened to Gary Vee talk about complaining? He hates complainers. What he says is so, so true. YOU’RE responsible for your life. If you’re unhappy with something – change it! Break free! Here’s a clip of him talking about it. If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk this may be a little harsh but I love what he says.
***LANGUAGE WARNING. THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN.
Make Your Health a Priority
Lastly, taking charge of your own health can be a surefire way to love yourself even more. We tend to place our health on the back burner when we become moms and businesswomen because everything else is “more important.” But really, they’re not. We are just as important as everything else going on in our lives.
Taking control of your own health is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Pay attention to what you eat. Make your yearly appointments with your doctor. Take time to exercise in a way that’s fun for you (I may or may not dance when no one’s watching!).
The things you do now to make your health better can help you lead a healthier, more fulfilled life for many years to come.
I want to hear from you! Leave me a comment letting me know what’s currently standing in your way from loving your life. What cycle do you get stuck in. I guarantee your response will help someone else. You’re not alone. xoxo, K.-