The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” — Terry Orlick

I love that quote! It is so true – discovering your purpose in life, letting go of the things that no longer serve you and embracing the things that do, will give you a reason to get up every day and this is pure happiness. I think it all begins with celebrating you! Discovering that passion by making sure you are in the right mindset.

Here are my top ways to celebrate me – every day. It is time to stop putting yourself at the bottom of the pile and to stop saving things for a special occasion. You are here now and every day you are on this earth should be valued and celebrated!

Here are my top 5 ways of celebrating me, every day.

  1. Sleep routine – make sure you go to bed and wake up at the same time. Get into the habit of turning your phone off, keeping it out of the bedroom. If you have a television in your bedroom, remove it.
  2. Eat healthy food, food that nourishes you. If you’re wondering what that looks like. Eat as many colours as you can. The non-processed kind. What does processed food look like? Read this. Drink plenty of water
  3. Move your body. If you’re in pain the best thing for you to do is to move. Stretch it over pushing it. I much prefer a good stretch, for example, yoga over something that is going to be hard on my body. Exercise should not be a punishment, it is to celebrate that you have a body that moves. It’s designed for it. So now use it.
  4. Clean up your environment. What I mean by this is to clean up your space around you. Your car, your home, your workplace. Is it cluttered and disorganized? Give yourself the gift of a clean space and celebrate you. Hire outside help if you need it – don’t feel guilty!
  5. Detox your friend’s list. Do you have people around you that make you feel guilty for not calling them? Does seeing that person stress you out? Some people come into our lives and they are there forever because of mutual love, interests, and enjoyment. Others come into our lives perhaps at a time when you need them, and unfortunately, you may grow apart or your mutual interests change. These people served a time and a place and it’s now time to let them go so they grow in another direction. Look at it this way, you might also be holding them back because they’re growing in a way that’s not aligned with you anymore. Your paths crossed and now it’s time to move on. You can love some people from a distance and this also includes family members too.

In summary, in order to move forward in your life, you need to change your mindset, let go of people or situations that no longer serve you and truly sit down with yourself for a long-overdue talk. Make a plan, a routine. Work on disconnecting yourself from old grudges. Get healthy by eating nutritious foods – move that body! Get out into nature. Turn off the electronics when you go to bed. Perhaps open the window and listen to the night sounds (hopefully not a busy freeway!!). Think back to times in your life when you truly felt happy – what is different now? Make positive changes and seek help if you need it.

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How you live out your life is just an extension of your feelings.  How you create others in the world, up close in person or even those around the world.  Even the ones you’ll never meet but have a conversation about. How you talk about these people says a lot of how you’re feeling towards your life.  How you treat yourself is another way of showing your feelings and emotions out to the world without words.  How you eat and move through out the day. The things you choose to do with intention or without.  Do you fill your time with things that need to be done and complain along the way or do you sing a song and enjoy the task until it’s complete?  Do you make sure you are doing your best while doing it? Should it really matter whether or not you like doing it?  No, not really! There are things in life that just truly need to be done and we should embrace that we’re able to do these tasks and be our best.  Consider it a blessing.  Do you fill your down time with things that bring you more joy?  Do you even believe that you’re allowed to have joy in your life?

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As a society, we convince ourselves that we can’t be happy because we don’t have what ‘they’ have therefore we cannot be happy.  We are told that happiness is inside a thing once you have it.  Like a magic genie bottle or something.  This is why when we want to feel happy and proud we can’t.  There’s a feeling inside that wants to come up and shine out through our smile and our eyes but there’s something else trying to stop it all cost. Where could that thing come from? That thing that would not want us to happy?  It’s the world.  We have come up with this idea for marketing that we have to have it in order to fully happy.  Then, once we have it and the felling isn’t there like you were promised then there’s another new thing out already that tells you you need to have the upgrade like everyone else.  You see the commercial with perfectly fit bodies with beautiful people surrounding them and all of them are having fun.  The mind gets convinced that it is truly happy and of course you want to be too, after all you deserve to be happy too. So, out you go to purchase it and it just keeps going on and on.

For me now, I am not buying any stuff and yet I still feel happy and blessed.  I am grateful for all I have in my life, good and not so good.  There is still a part of me who wants to yell and say “You don’t deserve it!” “You haven’t gotten anything like those commercials said you need”. It tries to convince me that it’s not real. Oh the trickery of the mind. I am happy and feel blessed without all the stuff.  My wish is that for more of us realize this and enjoy all that life has to offer and not the stuff.