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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

living your best life

I am extremely passionate about personal growth and development. I love reading articles, tips, tricks and books about living your best life or how to improve yourself, be a better human, etc. What I’ve learned throughout the years is that little changes make a BIG difference. 

Here are some tips and tricks that have I have applied to my own life: 

Start Fresh Every Day
Forget about what troubled you yesterday, last month, a year ago. Forget about what you did or didn’t do, whatever or whoever made you upset. Finish each day and be done with it. Don't bring yesterday's baggage into today. Remember that life always offers you a second chance—it’s called tomorrow. Everyday is a new beginning.

Be Kind & Compassionate
My Dad taught this one to my sister and I when we were kids. He stills says it to this day. No matter what you do, who you are, where you are at in life…everything comes back to kindness & compassion. Take the time to listen, take the time to talk, take the time to care. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and try to understand their situation. Remember that random acts of kindness go a long way—a simple smile, or, “Good morning,” can change someone’s entire mood and maybe even their day. To put it simply, be kind and compassionate and remember that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

Have a Positive Attitude
Don’t be a Negative Nancy. Nobody likes Nancy. Having a positive attitude is SO important when it comes to living your best life and being happy. Free yourself from negativity, free yourself from negative people. All it does is bring you down and hold you back. Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Your mind is a powerful thing. Your attitude determines your direction. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

Stop Judging
Judgement comes from a negative place. Judgments mostly have to do with us, not the people we judge, and the same is true when others judge us. Every single person on this planet has a different story. We’re all on some type of journey--surviving, evolving, growing, trying to find our way. None of us are perfect. We have all made mistakes. Bob Marley nailed it on the head when he said, “Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

Go The Extra Mile
Pushing yourself makes you stronger. Get to work a half hour early. Bust out an extra 5 or 10 minutes on your morning run. If you don’t know whose turn it is to unload the dishwasher, unload it. Volunteer to help others. Be the first one to show up and the last one to leave. Don’t do what’s expected..do more. There’s a reason the extra mile is never crowded, it takes effort and effort is what marks the difference between living a mediocre life and an extraordinary life. 

Make Yourself a Priority 
We are often so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Take time for yourself. It’s not selfish to make yourself a priority, it is absolutely necessary. Get enough sleep. Exercise and move your body. Eat healthy, throw in some fruits and vegetables. Relax. Breathe. Enjoy alone time. Do things that you enjoy. You are worth it. 

Practice Gratitude
As corny as it may sound, practicing an attitude of gratitude has changed my life. Gratitude has changed the way I think, the way I speak, the way I react to others and the way I look at life. Every morning before I get out of bed, I thank God for another beautiful day. I thank God for my life, my health, my family, my dogs, my friends..the list goes on. I name as many things as I can think of. I have learned to be grateful for big things, small things, and everything in between—the sun shining, the beautiful trees, memories with my loved ones, the food in my fridge, the roof over my head, the bed I sleep on, being able to move and exercise, good music in my ears, fresh water to shower with…there is literally always something to be thankful for. Life is SO very fragile. Everyday we wake up is a blessing and although everyday may not be good, there is good in everyday. 

It also helps to start each day with a positive affirmation, quote, word, etc.
Here is one of my favorites:

Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
—Christian D. Larson

Here’s to always living your best life.

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

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