What does living your best life mean to you? Respond here, as I would LOVE to know what it looks like to you so I can hold the vision with and for you.
Part of living my best life is seeing and hearing the water from my home. For years, I have wanted to wake up hearing the sounds of the ocean. I didn’t spend much time thinking or planning about it, as I didn’t see it becoming a reality as I LOVE living in Chicago and being only a few hours’ drive away from family. Last year I made it a reality by spending a month on the gulf, and I’m back again this year!
While being on the water is a big thing for me, living my best life is more about a feeling than a place. It’s about living in the space of gratitude most of the time.
Remember, I’m not an absolutist.
My focus is to be LOVING, kind,
compassionate, and peaceful MOST of the time.
It’s about focusing more on what I want than what I don’t want. To be of service. To know that even contrasting people and experiences are part of living, as living my best life isn’t just rainbows and unicorns. It’s about laughter, smiles, and, yes, tears. It’s about choosing, sometimes moment by moment, to find fairness in what seems unfair. It’s about gentleness. It’s about showing up to LIVE my life rather than allowing life to live me. It’s about knowing that even when I’m going through a hard time, honoring that space while knowing it will be okay. It’s about standing up for justice from a place of compassion. It’s about focusing on how I want to experience life and aligning my thoughts, words, and actions with that vision.
The people, the job, the home, and the vacations are great, yet that enhances my life; I am the one who creates it.
Moving forward, I invite you to live your best life by:
Finding appreciation in where you are, challenges and all, as you get excited about where you are headed.
Being gentle with yourself as you move toward actualizing your dreams.
Knowing what it is you want in your life. Sometimes when the don’t wants are staring you in the face, it’s hard to see what you want, yet it’s possible. Reframe the I don’t want this in my life anymore experiences to what you do want in your life. Example: I don’t want combative relationships; I want peaceful relationships.
Prioritizing the people and experiences most important to you and allowing them to grow. It’s easy to focus on the people and experiences that create conflict; rather than allowing that to frustrate you, use it as a springboard to refocus on the people and experiences that bring you peace.
Letting go of comparing what your best life looks like compared to others. Live your life rather than letting life live you.
By remembering, you are focusing on your dreams MOST of the time, knowing that frustration, disappointment, and other fear-based thoughts will pop up and that they are normal. Let them visit, don’t invite them to move in.
Making a list of all you want to experience in your one wild and beautiful life, from the smallest to the largest of dreams. Get curious about what it will feel like when those dreams become your reality. Share your list with me, as I’d LOVE to hold your dreams with and for you.
Mostly, I want you to feel worthy and deserving of living your best life, whatever that looks like. It may seem like a simple life to most, or it’s an extravagant life; whatever it is, it’s yours, and I encourage you to go for it.
Until next time, keep living the dream.
I am living my best life with LOVE as my guide.
Words to LOVE by:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did. – Mark Twain
Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. – Les Brown
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Sounds for Your Soul:
How We Living – Michael Franti & Spearhead