How To Live a Life You Love
5 Ways To Create The Life You Want To Live
This is all about how to live a life you love.
Now, loving your life does not mean you need to be just a little hop, skip, and jump away from perfection.
(here is your reminder that perfection is and always will be completely unattainable)
Loving your life does not mean your life will be free from challenges.
Let’s be real here. Life will always have challenges and hiccups.
So often, we put happiness or enjoyment on hold. We put these things on hold just until we have reached a certain point or accomplished a specific goal or until we have our lives where we want them.
The problem is that happiness ends up being put on hold indefinitely. Joy gets put on the backburner until further notice.
We have to let go of the idea that we can only love our lives if things are going well. If things are going exactly according to plan.
Living a life you love is about doing things you love. Being with people you love. Spending your time and energy on things that you love.
It is not about waiting to love your one and only life until X, Y, or Z happens. A “when this happens.. I’ll be happy” life can sneak up on you like a silent ninja if you’re not careful.
Exit the waiting room. Step into being present in your life as it is right now. And work on loving all the shades of your life. Not just the bright and cheery ones.
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Here Are 5 Tips All About How To Live a Life You Love
1) Live For… (whatever day it is)
This might seem like such a simple idea. Live for today.
OK. Got it. No big deal. Right?
It can be challenging as heck to be fully present and appreciate our lives for what they are and where they are.
I think so often we can either get hung up on the past or become overly concerned about the future.
This inevitably results in us missing out on the present. And at the risk of sounding cheesy, missing the present is missing your life.
One simple way to hunker down and be more present is to make gratitude a part of your daily life. Gratitude is about noticing and acknowledging the good stuff.
The little things that we so often overlook in our day-to-day lives. For me, gratitude also pushes me to slow down.
Many days I find myself just going through the motions. Trying to get to the next thing on my to-do list. I am just go go go.
Focusing on gratitude is a way of holding up a metaphorical stop sign throughout your day. It pulls you out of the hustle and bustle and acts as sort of a mini reset.
The point is to try to see the beauty or find the good every day.
2) Ask More Questions
Get to know yourself better. Really get curious. Do some digging.
Discover what is important to you. What do you want your life to look like?
Grab a journal and just start writing. Sit with your thoughts for a while.
If we don’t give ourselves time to stop and think, then how do we even know what we truly want for our lives?
Turn the cruise control off. Turn the TV off. And maybe (dare I say) put your phone away.
Have an open and honest conversation with yourself.
Don’t be surprised if at some point the flood gates just open and you can’t even write fast enough to keep up with your thoughts.
Learning about ourselves can be an intense process. Especially if we have been holding things in and keeping ourselves all buttoned up for a long time.
This is also a great time to turn to books (if books are your jam).
Books are perfect tools that can help us learn about ourselves and they open the door to discovery.
Here are some of my favorites!
I also recently finished this amazing book and fell in love with it. Oh, and this book about boundaries is a must-read.
3) Do Less
Yep, you read that right.
Let go of the idea that you have to do everything and be everything to those around you.
Barreling through life seems to come with high praise these days. We think people that are doing it all are the ones thriving.
And maybe they are. I am not here to say I know exactly how anyone feels about the state of their life.
I am, however, here to say that a majority of people would not thrive doing it all. (and really is doing it all even possible?)
Seemingly doing it all with a smile on your face is not a badge of honor you need to earn.
Prioritizing will serve your life well. And also resist the urge to fill your days.
Like most important things, it takes time and lots of practice. But you will love your life so much more when you see the value in rest and in fun and in joy and in doing absolutely nothing at all.
We just talked about doing less but now let’s talk about having less.
This might seem weird but I swear there is something magical that happens when you declutter.
Your living space can easily become overtaken by loads of stuff. And too much stuff around us is overwhelming, to say the least.
It might not be easy to part ways with things but give it your best shot.
This also directly relates to being mindful about what you are allowing to take up space in your life.
Think about the choices you make day to day. Think about the habits you have put in place.
Often we have this vision for our lives but there’s a disconnect or a gap between that vision and our actual selves.
Picture a bridge. And you are on one side and the version of your life you want to build towards is on the other.
It comes down to the small steps. And we have to check in with ourselves consistently to see if we are taking steps to get to where we want to be.
Or are we just staring across that bridge with our fingers and toes crossed hoping for the best?
This is not about good choices and bad choices. Right or wrong. Life and black and white thinking don’t really go hand in hand.
But it’s very necessary to look at your life and your decisions and see if there are small tweaks or minor shifts you could make in order to feel better about the overall state of your life.
The stars are not going to align next Monday and make everything in your life fall into place. Life isn’t a puzzle that will be complete once you find that last piece that has been eluding you for years.
Life is this constant, in-motion beast that is happening.
And you always have the power to do a little realigning. (don’t underestimate the power that little changes can have)
Living a life you love does not mean you have banished the “bad things” monster once and for all.
Part of working on yourself and working on your life is really learning to work through the inevitable challenges or struggles that you will run into.
And here’s the kicker. You can love your life through all the changing seasons. Through the ups, downs, and everywhere in between.
Life is not just something we should be trying to get through. We don’t get to the end and get to start over.
So go ahead and say something out loud right now that you love about your life!
Have any tips on how to live a life you love?
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