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Finding Your Happy Place

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is

Where is your happy place?  I am starting to realize that quarantine for me (and others, I’m sure) means one solid day followed by a dumpster fire.  This yo-yo cycle has been hard to break, and I am not going to pretend I have the answers, but I will tell you that any time I can get into the woods and breathe in the fresh air and watch as nature comes back to life a little bit more than the day before fills me with hope.  I feel like it’s God’s way of reminding me how minuscule some of the things I stress out over are.

Clearly this isn’t a practical method for everyone right now, but going into this week I want to encourage you to do some little things to help take your mind off of worldly things.  Because, let’s be honest, we’re all stressed out, frustrated, unmotivated or anxious for some reason or another. 

Talking about mental health is great because it is breaking the stigma, but it also just goes to show how hard it is for us to “keep up” with the world we live in, even during a pandemic.  Maybe keeping up and the instant gratification we seek isn’t so gratifying after all?

Sometimes you have to remember: “No.” is a complete sentence; boundaries are healthy.  It’s okay to turn off your phone.  It’s okay to not want to participate in a live workout.  It’s okay to go outside in the jammies you’re still in at 2pm because you need some fresh air.  Let what you do be enough, not what the world wants you to do.  

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.