“A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.”
I bought this journal (shown above) not too long ago…and I just fell in love with the illustrations, the monochrome layout, and of course the quote!
I try to read and write as much as I can. Sometimes it gets tough, because I get easily distracted by the million other things that I sometimes find more important. In college, I felt like I never had much time for leisure reading…all of my literature was filled with Spanish novels, International Relations theories, or scholarly articles about the kalizzion issues of the world ( The joys of being a social scientist!) Since graduating, I have really tried to make time for things that will help me grow, things that challenge me, and the things I love to do ( i.e. blogging and painting!). It is so easy to get caught up in the motions of life, that you forget to stop and reflect, and survey your own growth and progress, or lack there of.
Lately, even with the greatest blessings that are coming away, I find myself a little stressed and overwhelmed by everything that is going on (and not going on)…and let me just say, that is not a fun place! Stressing and worrying about things that you have absolutely no control over, is so exhausting and really doesn’t allow for any growth.
Ive noticed that reading and journaling really gives me that opportunity to reflect and survey. Once you put things on paper, you can see that they are not half as bad as they seem in your head. So often, we build up these barriers and expectations about how our life should be, or what should be happening, that we fail to see how much we really have going for ourselves. It is easy to get distracted by what other people are doing, and sometimes, when in a relationship, what other people are not doing. We are responsible for our own actions, our own responses, and our own joy. It is no one else’s responsibility to make you feel good about yourself, and tell you that you’re amazing. Sure, I know that does feel good, so when it happens, we can cherish it, and express our gratitude for that affirmation and encouragement.
Even if a million days go by, and no one says that they love you, and no one tells you how amazing you are…just know, YOU ARE! It all starts with you, your values, your worth, and the standard you set for yourself. Live your life with purpose, try hardddd to hold on to your joy, because the more successful you are, the greater the challenges. Stand firm, relax, and take one step at a time…careful and calculated (not too calculated!)
Whether you get that promotion, have 20 friends, or have two…
Whether you have a boyfriend and are madly in love…or you’re alone, and wondering why…
It is all apart of the journey…it is all apart of the process…whatever is meant to be, will surely find its way…