How To Love Your Life: 11 Unique Ideas You Need To Read
How To Love Your Life Again
Ready to talk all about love?
We’re going to hone in a little more on that love part.
This is all about how to love your life.
Yep, this is all about you.
This is about pulling the curtain back. Blowing the dust away. And really looking at each and every part of your life.
We all want to live a life we love. A life that fills us up. A life we are proud of.
And good news for us, building that kind of life is very possible.
It just takes a little bit of elbow grease. And quite a bit of being intentional!
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Here Are 11 Ideas All About How To Love Your Life
1) What’s Up?
In order to make any change or shift or pivot, we first have to get clear on where we are.
We don’t just set out on a road trip without our GPS on. (or maybe you do…you little rebel)
Ask yourself some questions.
How am I feeling? Are there any things I feel uneasy about? Are there areas I feel very satisfied with?
Do I have clothes in the washer that need to be switched over to the dryer? (ok, that question isn’t super important but maybe you needed the reminder)
This is not about having a solid and 100% clear starting point.
But it can be really helpful to get your bearings a little bit.
2) Deal With Baggage
Is there a better word to use?
Baggage, when used in that context, can bring about such a negative connotation.
But I don’t think it is negative at all.
I don’t know about you but I have gotten to a point in my life where I want to work through issues that still consistently make an appearance.
Unpacking things (in any sense) is not easy and usually not fun but it feels good after you do it.
I have no desire anymore to brush things under the rug. That used to be my preferred method. Hide things away. Out of sight, out of mind. (we all know how well that works out)
Where I am in my life now, I don’t have time or space in my life for that way of thinking.
I choose to take the longer, more difficult path when it comes to all of that.
And I encourage you to do the same.
3) Examine Your Expectations
Unrealistic expectations have been the downfall of so many of us. (I know I have fallen victim many times)
We have to take a good, hard look at our expectations and their level of reasonability.
You will almost always come up short if your expectations of yourself are not even near the realm of reality.
4) Value Your Own Opinion
Your life is yours. Make it your own.
No one else has to live it. You have to live with the consequences of every choice and action you make.
Your opinion is the one that truly matters.
So often we look outward for what we should do in life or even what we should want for our lives.
There’s a lot of noise in the world. And it can be really easy for our own voice to get drowned out. It might get lost in the crowd.
Now, it’s ok and absolutely normal if outside sources influence you in some way or another.
But those outside elements shouldn’t be the driving force in your life.
5) Evaluate The Idea of Productivity
Do you know what is productive? Rest. Relaxation. Fun. Doing nothing.
Go go go is not the way. The main thing this will lead to is some massive burnout.
We are not robots or machines. We don’t need to be “getting something done” in order to be seen as doing a good job.
Reading a book serves me well. (here are some of my favorites) I also can not recommend this book enough.
Taking a nap serves me well. (couch cat naps with this blanket are what dreams are made of)
Listening to music while taking a walk serves me very well.
Those things may not seem necessarily productive by society’s standards but let’s challenge that mindset.
6) Appreciate The Now
Do you know what is going on right now?
Your life. It’s happening right now.
We can often get hung up on things that have occurred in the past or things that may or may not happen in the future.
What ends up happening is the present doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Be thankful for where you are today. Here and now.
Even if things aren’t going exactly the way you want them. Actually, especially if things aren’t going the way you want them. (will everything in our lives ever go exactly the way we want them to?)
Now, I do think our pasts can give us lessons. But I don’t think ruminating over parts of the past we can’t change is helpful in any way.
I also think it can be fun and exciting to look to the future. It’s great to think about future goals and accomplishments.
The key here is to focus on spending the majority of your time in the present.
7) Throw Some Stuff Away
Actually, scratch that…donate some stuff.
Embrace the idea that less is more. (because it really is)
In a world where there is always a new and better version of things. A world where we can easily become convinced we need a closet with 63 sweaters in it. (you definitely don’t by the way)
So many of us have too much stuff. And I think many of us hold onto things that we know we should let go of.
It can be tempting to fill our lives up. In our minds, the link between full homes or full calendars to a full life can seem pretty easy to connect. I say no way to that. There is no connection there.
I encourage you to be much more intentional about what you allow to take up space in your life.
8) Fill Your Joy Tank
I am always adding to my joy tank.
This concept in no way makes my life rainbows and sunshine. But it does give me that extra boost on days when I am running low on patience. On days when I am just not feeling my best.
The option to lay in bed all day, munch on food, and binge-watch shows on Netflix is one I do not have.
I am not saying to put your blinders on and only see the good in your life. That is what I would call a giant unrealistic expectation.
I do, however, encourage you to play detective a little bit. Sniff out the good stuff.
Full joy tanks can ease the pressure a bit. They can give us even a tiny leg up.
If you want to really go in on this idea, grab a little notebook and start writing these things down. Write down joy bombs that happen to you or even joyful things that you see happen.
9) Pop Your Bubble
Change (in any capacity) comes with some discomfort. And even the mere thought of that discomfort can stop us in our tracks.
It can definitely get us stuck.
We can get stuck in a bubble. That bubble is warm and cozy. Why would we want to leave our bubble?
I mean, I don’t know about you, but I can be an excuse master when I want to be.
Now, here’s a fun fact about me. I love bubbles. Comfort zones are my jam.
Over the past few years, this has changed for me quite a bit.
This may have something to do with the fact that my family and I are getting ready to move again for the third time in three years. That first move was ROUGH.
Mainly because I was VERY comfortable. This next move, which funny enough is our biggest move, feels like a real blessing and I am so excited and thankful.
Sometimes taking a chance or making a change can do magical things for our lives. And staying in our bubble could cause us to miss these beautiful things.
Also, pushing the boundaries of your life promotes growth. Growth is always a good thing.
10) Focus on What You Can Control
Many times in my life, I have felt like I had no choice. Like most of my control was taken away.
And if you’ve ever felt that way, you know it’s a pretty lousy feeling.
But here’s the thing. We always have some control.
One thing we are always in charge of is the way we respond to a situation. The way we react.
While we may feel a sense of helplessness at times, it’s vital to remind ourselves that there are things you and only you have control over.
Into what works for you.
Find what works for you and lean into it hard.
And guess what? There’s a flip side to that. Acknowledge and accept when things don’t serve you.
Think of it this way. It is highly unlikely that you go to a buffet and love every single food that is offered.
Here’s an uncomfortable truth.
You will not always be thriving. There will be times when you are just surviving. That’s ok.
Give yourself grace during those times. Practice being kind to yourself. Patient with yourself.
Your life doesn’t need to meet certain criteria in order for you to love it.
Love your life through all the beautiful and messy and hard and magical seasons.
Have any tips on how to love your life? Share!
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