As we close a chapter on this current year – it’s a great time to reflect on what went right, and how to bring more of that positivity into the new year. While not every part of this last year has gone well, I’ve learned important lessons and am looking ahead to the future. I truly believe that I’m living my best life and I want to encourage you to do the same!
Living My Best Life And How You Can Too!
Losing 6 people in just 13 months time was a huge wake-up call for me. My 2018 sucked and 2019 didn’t start out so well…and while that heartbreak took me a long time to bounce back, it taught me just how short life can be. By changing my mindset and finding happiness again I gained my power back. I am better equipped to take on new challenges big or small.
So how do I know I’m living my best life?
It’s not rainbows and butterflies every day that’s for sure, but I do wake up each day grateful and with purpose. I can’t stress this enough – if you are not being fulfilled by what makes up the majority of your day, change it. If that’s your career, take a good, hard look at what you have a true passion for and go for it! There’s no better time than now.
I absolutely love what I do. I am my own boss. I set my own hours. In my spare time, I enjoy giving back by volunteering and the rest of it is spent with my family doing the things that we love. Friends and family often hear me say “I have the best job ever!” And they are inclined to agree. I am not shy about sharing our love for life with everyone. Heck, living my best life is how I was recognized by O Magazine and invited to join their O Mag Insiders program!
So find what you are passionate about and seize the moment. Push that self-doubt out the window and focus on the steps to make it happen. Do your research, seek out others in that field for advice, etc. You are perfectly capable. You just need to let go of the excuses. As Dr. Phil would say, the only thing worse than being in a bad relationship for one year is being it in for a year and a day. Your career is like a relationship. If it’s not meant to be, if it doesn’t fulfill you, find what does.
Think about this for a moment: if everyone took time out of their day, or week to do something for others, just think how much better this world would be. We’ve become so self-absorbed that we’ve forgotten how to be selfless. This next generation is watching our every move and if we’re not teaching them the importance of kindness, this world will just continue to spiral out of control. So what do I mean by be selfless? It does not mean neglect yourself. (In fact, here are 4 ways to put yourself first) Instead, it means to look for ways you can be of service or help another person. When you give of yourself, you honestly feel better inside so it’s a win-win. Over time it will become a habit and change your life for the better, I promise.
I choose to volunteer hours each week working with students at an elementary school helping them learn how to read. It not only helps the students gain more confidence and grow their vocabulary, but this simple act has a domino effect. It helps the overworked teacher and the school improve it’s testing scores by providing individual tutoring for that student. Sometimes I help in other capacities at the school wherever they need a helping hand, so if working with students isn’t your strong suit, just ask how you can be of service.
By the way – being selfless doesn’t equate to several hours of your time or money. It can be as simple as offering an elderly neighbor a helping hand. Whether that’s mowing their lawn occasionally, or maybe ask them to join you on a walk around the block. Many times elderly people are lonely and want nothing more than a friend to tell their stories to. You can offer to take them to a doctor’s appointment, pick up items at the store, etc.
There are many ways you can do something kind for someone else. Just find what best suits your lifestyle, and make it a habit. I assure you this simple act will make such a difference in your life. And those good deeds will not go unnoticed either. You’ll create a trend of kindness which is what this world needs more of. Wouldn’t you agree?
I hope you enjoyed this week’s #MotivationMonday. Implementing these two changes can lead you to live your best life too. I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!