If you talk to anyone over the age of 50 they’ll tell you: Don’t put off the good stuff. Be happy now. Take care of yourself NOW. Love right this minute. And most importantly, find a way to make yourself happy day to day. Not every day will be the best day ever but as long as you’re living a generally happy life you’ll be healthier. If I’m happy, laughing, & excited about life…well isn’t that what being young is all about?
1. I have learned to take time to breathe.
I used to not be able to take time for myself, which is just silly. What is 20 minutes compared to the 24 hours in a day? I now make sure I take some me time- especially when I feel like I don’t have the time for it. Honestly, that is when I need it the most! Sometimes it is just flipping through a new magazine or catching up on an awful soap (don’t judge me) but it definitely helps. I also drink a lot of tea & sometimes I make myself stand in front of the machine while it heats up my water & just breathe to gather myself for the day or evening. It helps!
2. I am in love with being in love & loved.
My husband & I have been married for 5 years & I just can’t imagine my life without him. He makes me laugh like nobody else & we really fit. I love the feeling of being in love! On top of that, I’m the proud mommy to a total of four fur babies. Yes. Four. All of them are rescues & if that isn’t love what is? I’m they’re favorite too so that’s a sweet bonus. As if I wasn’t blessed enough in my own home I am also really close with both of my parents. I talk to one or both of them nearly every day & we’re friends. I love this age! Throw in friends & I’m set. Love all around!…in a good way of course.
3. I’ve embraced the flaws.
I’ve always been hard on myself & nit-picky but in the past few years I’ve gotten a lot better about things. I’ve tried to let go of the things I can’t change whether they are medical, spiritual, or just part of this random life. With a husband in the military & being so far away from family & friends, sometimes I feel adrift. Which can be depressing. But I try to remember that nothing bad is long term & we’re just waiting for our next happy place. Life is never going to be long enough for me to worry about that stuff! Sure, my eyebrows definitely aren’t identical & I still can’t whistle but look at all the awesome stuff I can do! Seriously. I’m pretty happy with that stuff.
4. I am constantly dreaming.
Goals & dreams are really important in my life. If I didn’t have something to work towards I think life would be extremely dull. I want to be in a magazine someday, learn to make sugar art, & so many random things across all my many interests. I think the key is to have a lot of little goals on the way to the big dreams, like learning to drive a stick or running a 5k. Pick something you can accomplish today & it will lift your spirits.
5. I find my work quite enjoyable the majority of the time.
If you’ve ever worked a cruddy job you feel me here. My job definitely isn’t for everyone but I get to work with products & write my thoughts for others to read. I never thought I could have a real job I liked this much! Working the stank jobs really helped me figure out what I did like (working for myself, beauty, writing) & what I didn’t (working in food, customer service, sales). I think finding a career is so much easier once you know what you don’t like! I wake up excited to work & take breaks when I’m sick. I can’t complain much! You guys really make my life so much better!
6. I always strive to be a better me.
This kind of goes back to dreams & goals but it really is that important. Making lists, planning vacations, trying new things… keeping life interesting I suppose. Just because I failed at something once doesn’t mean I will again! I can’t tell you how many companies I reached out to (when I was newer to blogging) that turned me down & then came knocking when I had put in more time, effort, & knowledge for them to see. I think it is important to be a well-rounded person as well- hobbies are important! So is some lounge time!
7. I try my best to be positive.
Yeah, this one can be tough. I am an anxiety-ridden person naturally so this is something I’m constantly working on. In order to be happy (& not become a grumpy, old person at age 24) I have to force myself to see the positive things. I do actually say clichés to myself like “When a door closes…” here & there & oddly enough that helps! Remaining positive makes me feel better, stand up straighter, & laugh a whole lot more.
Although you guys know I’m a huge SPF supporter & hoard skincare, the truth is you’re as young as you feel inside. Now don’t expect me to be rooting for wrinkles anytime soon but I’m a firm believer that if you feel good you will also look better too! And this, ladies & gents, is why I’ll be young forever!
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