Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What living my best life looks like

As I get older, the concept of living my best life is one I think about a lot. That can mean different things depending on the day but mostly it's things I do or ways of being that are in the best interest of my mental health and enable me to look in the mirror without disappointment at the end of the day.

Living my best life is doing what actually makes me happy, not what should make me happy

Living my best life is pursuing happiness and not getting caught up in bullshit

Living my best life is being a helper

Living my best life is not finishing books I don't want to finish

Living my best life is spending as much of my time as possible at the shore and continuing to make my life bigger there

Living my best life is eating the cupcake

Living my best life is not waiting for tomorrow or next week or next year or the right time because sometimes there is no right time

Living my best life is being open to things on my path

Living my best life is knowing how crucial my tribe is to who I am 

Living my best life is being okay with people not liking me because I am not for everyone

Living my best life is wearing lounge attire a large percentage of the time

Living my best life is encouraging and empowering others

Living my best life is buying the sunglasses

Living my best life is saying no to something in order to say yes to myself

Living my best life is saying screw the to do list, I'm going on a bike ride 

Living my best life is being invested in other people 

Living my best life is not defining myself by my appearance because I will look a lot of different ways in this life so I can't tie my identity or worth to that 

Living my best life is playing to my strengths while recognizing the limits of my weaknesses

Living my best life is appreciating everylittlething

Living my best life is stretching as far between hair washes as I can

Living my best life is not being a people pleaser or aspiring to be described as nice

Living my best life is sleeping at least seven hours a night 

Living my best life is alone at dawn feeling peace settle down into my bones while watching the sunrise 

Living my best life is choosing every day whether I'm going to be a good person or a shitty person, knowing one feels much better than the other,  not always making the right choice, and trying again the next day

Living my best life is letting go of things and people that interfere with my energy. Nothing occupies space here unless I allow it and I don't owe space to anyone regardless of who they are

Living my best life is growing and changing a little bit every day 

Living my best life is living as me according to my own definition, not anyone else's, and allowing myself to be who I am, warts and all

What are some of the ways you live your best life?


26 comments:

  1. I have been pretty much content for a while. It’s awesome. Being able to watch our grandchickens is the best. With the phone cameras now, I catch so many precious moments. I light all always and am proud of our grown chickens watching all of you thrive and for the most part, thank the universe , we have wonderful lives. Nothing is perfect. We rise by lifting others. Love that. Love you to infinity and beyond. Love. Your. Very. Proud. Momma.

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  2. I really love this. I agree with so many of these, & with each passing year they become more & more true. I don't have the time or energy to do things, or spend time with people, that don't make me happy.

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  3. You are fluid & that shows im how you live your life.

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  4. Yes to all of this! Especially being ok with people not liking you--and not having to like everyone either....and to finding and loving your tribe. Oh, and to eating the cupcake ;) hehe

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  5. This is fabulous. Especially finding your tribe. Having people who support you, don't stress you out and don't cut you down is essential. And choosing to be a good or shitty person, that is key.

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  6. I find this to be your best, yet. It's taken me 65 years to figure all of this out, and especially during this major change I'm experiencing...it's extremely important to have thissense of self. Nice piece!

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  7. "Living my best life is saying no to something in order to say yes to myself" this this this !!!!!! I had to learn about ten years back that my physical and mental health are more important to me than saying yes to things to please my family or other people.

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  8. Yes to buying the sunglasses and at least 7 hours of sleep at night! And love how much time you're spending at the shore, must be so so so good for the soul :)

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  9. I've always been pretty bitchy in a 'speak my mind, take no bullshit' way and in high school my mom was like 'don't you want to be remembered as nice?' No mom, that's literally at the bottom of my list of things I want to be remembered for.
    I didn't realize the book finishing guilt was a thing until I started blogging. I've always ditched books I didn't like, I had no idea people felt pressured to finish them!

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  10. I need to work on not being a people pleaser or aspiring to be described as nice. This has been the reason for so many troubles on my path and still currently is. I love all of these ways you are your best self and they are all so true. We keep getting wiser to these truths as we age and it is so comforting.

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  11. I'm really trying to tap into more of this attitude. I'm trying to live my best life by not having people take advantage of the things I do... like photography - everyone wants a free session - when it takes HOURSSSSSSS of my life. So frustrating.

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  12. I really love this. I think today I had the realization that I don't have to be apologetic or embarrassed for doing the things I like to do. Everyone's asked me what I'm doing for my bday and I honestly truly only want to get take-out Thai food, watch The Voice, and chill on the couch with K and the dogs :) I don't have to apologize for not wanting to go out with friends or have people over.

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  13. Living my best life is knowing that every day I tried and even if I didn't try enough, it's okay.

    I still need to work on speaking my mind more often and to the people who need to hear it but I definitely don't care if people like me or not.

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  14. Love this outlook and so much goodness on your list. I need to do a better job prioritizing things today vs putting them off for whatever reason.

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  15. This is such a great list and such a great exercise to undertake because really, if we're not living our best lives (and we don't know what "makes" our lives the best), then what's the point?? I want to reflect upon this myself. :) I know for sure that when I go to bed with a completely clean kitchen it feels pretty darn good...just off the top of my head...haha

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  16. I love how much effort you put into helping and empowering others as well as knowing when to drop the BS to focus on what's important in life and what makes you happy!

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  17. I love this! Let's see, my best life involves: being present, being healthy (sleep, exercise, food), being organized but not letting to to-do list take over my life, keeping it simple, spending time with loved ones, and reading all the books I can.

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  18. I absolutely love your list, and think about this quite often as well. I am pretty sure if you read some of the comments that people signed in my yearbook...they talked about me being nice. I spent way too much of my life being nice all the time. Being nice translate really into being walked on. You can be nice, but still stand up for yourself. It took me a long time to realize that.

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  19. Living my best life is also sleeping at least 7 hours a night. It's also puzzling. I'm traveling now and missing my puzzle on the coffee table at home.

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  20. This post speaks volumes to me! "Living my best life is not waiting for tomorrow or next week or next year or the right time because sometimes there is no right time" SO MUCH YES to that!

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  21. Living my best life means accepting compliments and owning my mistakes.
    Living my best life means learning from those mistakes but not dwelling on them.
    Living my best life means continuing to bring my sense of humor to people lives even if only through FB.
    Living my best life means and this is a big one letting myself enjoy little and big moments without fear that those moments will be taken away from me.
    I thought of more this morning but I can’t respond and drive at the same time.
    Thanks for giving me some stuff to think about this was great.

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  22. ...knowing that not everyone will like you and that has very little to do with you and more to do with them.
    I've felt the push and shift lately to really tweak how I act at work. Giving it an "all" I didn't have in me to give a year ago feels more natural now so I'm just going with it.
    Great post.

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  23. Absolutely love this post and the comments. I'm pretty sure that I'm with you on my best life including helping and investing in others. My best life also includes capturing the beauty in the world with my camera and reliving it when I need some of it in my life. My best live involves two cookie days (like today) without apologizing for it.

    My best life also involves puppies that aren't my own... particularly pugs. The videos MFD posted this week gave me so much enjoyment. I felt awkward that I watched them so many times. #SorryNotSorry.

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  24. Love it! Living your best life means different things to different people and I love that this list is so catered to YOU. Happiness is not cookie cutter and NOT one size fits all :)

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