May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and in others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to dance, sing, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
This is one of my favorite quotes right now, and it inspired me to write this blog post. Personally, I don’t think that there will ever be a set list of actions you can do to be happy or to be truly content with your life. But for me, I believe that there are three steps in starting to live your life to the best of your ability.
How do we learn to be content with all we have? How do we learn to stop comparing ourselves to others? How to we learn to be happy with who we are and not angry for who we are not?
Please don’t think that I have perfected living a life full of joy and happiness. I still don’t know the answers to all of these questions. I fall short, I mess up. Sometimes I forget that God’s plan for me is far greater than anything I could think up myself, and I forget how to be happy with what I have. I often catch myself comparing my life to famous travel and lifestyle bloggers and my body to the skinny, tall, and tan instagram models that take up my feed. My point is, I think that the first step is this:
STEP ONE: Be okay with falling short. Accept that you make mistakes and you aren’t perfect.
God doesn’t ask you to be perfect, He would never ask you to not make mistakes. He wants us to learn from our mistakes, from our past, so that we can grow into everything He has planned for us to be. The true reality of life is that no one is perfect. For example, I believe that social media is the “highlight reel” of everyone’s life. When you scroll through Instagram, you see the best of that person’s life. You don’t see their pain, their insecurities, their losses, or their mistakes. You see what they want you to see, and I think that gives such a false reality to those who strive for their lives to look like the ones they see on the screen.
Friends, you will fall short. You will forget these steps, and you will fall back into old mindsets and habits. Step one is realizing that it is okay. Don’t give up just because you make a mistake along the way.
STEP TWO: Realize that there is always a choice.
I believe that this is the most important step in living your best life. YOU are the only one that gets to choose your mindset. No, you are not able to choose your life and the situations and trials you go through. But you CAN choose to make joy out of any trial. You can choose to be content with who you are, and that you are still growing. You can choose to make the most out of every moment, to cherish the life that God has given you. The moment you are in, right now, will only happen once. Decide to make it the best it can possibly be. Finally, you can choose to stop comparing yourself to others and accept that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
STEP THREE: Go out and live.
After realizing that you will make mistakes, and then acknowledging that you have control over your mindset, GO OUT AND LIVE the way that you were created to. Allow your soul the freedom to dance and sing and grow and learn and love. Love God, Love Yourself, Love others deeper. Live each day as if it was your last one on Earth. I know that sounds so cliche, but really. TAKE RISKS. Never forget to say “I love you.” Do what makes you happy!
Most importantly: BE OPEN TO CHANGE. You cease to grow if you refuse to change.
This life is yours. Take each moment for what it is and love yourself for it. You have the choice to love yourself and love others the way you were created to. All you have to do is say YES to accepting the challenge of following these three steps to the best of your ability; and be able to accept and forgive yourself when you fall short.
I want to know if this helps you!
If you start implementing these three steps in your life, I want to hear how it goes for you! I want to hear your successes, your failures, your journey in learning that YOU have the ability to live your best life. Shoot me an email if this blog post impacted you or if you just wanna say hey! I’d love to be there to encourage you, pray for you, or just be another supporter on your journey for joy. Click the button below to contact me!