A beautiful and imperfect life …

When I pray I don’t ask for a perfect life. But instead, I ask for perfect moments in my rather imperfect life. I do not need an easy life to be happy. I do not need flawlessness. What makes me the happiest are those times when I am with the people I love most, sharing easy conversations, laughs or even stillness, quiet or tears. Those moments when I find myself saying that I wouldn’t trade RIGHT NOW for anything, no matter what situation I may be in. We could be home or on an adventure. At the market or an appointment. We can be going through tough times or good. It doesn’t matter. Opening my heart to accepting that these moments can happen ANYWHERE and under ANY circumstances has allowed me much joy. The genuineness of these moments allow me to feel the closeness that I am blessed to share with others. I appreciate the natural flow of these interactions and the contentment that they bring. They are a reminder that there is a great beauty in just BEING.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you appreciate your beautiful life!!!

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Just be … 

Every new year I come up with a new mantra. A simple phrase or one word that I use throughout the year to keep me focused on who I am and what I want to become.

I am not a big resolution maker. I never have been. I just like to keep things ultimately moving in the right direction. Forward. Sure I stumble, just like everyone else, but in the end, once I pick myself back up again, forward is the way I want to go. And by “forward” I mean living a lifestyle that supports me being me and the efforts that I make to become more of the me I was always meant to be. Being genuine is important to me. I am what I am. You get what you see. And I am not going to lie about one messy part of me. I have always liked that about myself. I make no apologies for who I am … and it feels wonderful.

BUT it doesn’t always come easy. It is a lot simpler to become what others expect of you. To fit in. To suppress who you sincerely are so that you feel loved and accepted. On some level, it is pleasant to feel that you are pleasing others. And It certainly can make for an “easier” life in some instances. Yet, this does not bring real happiness. At best, it’s a quick fix.

As for me, I want to be honest. I want to live a candid and unfiltered life. I want people to love and accept me in my flawed authentic state. If people don’t like me, that is fine. I don’t need everyone to like me … just the ones who appreciate my me-ness.

I think it takes time to get to this point in your life. At least requiring enough experience that shows you that being who you are is, quite honestly, the best gift you could ever give yourself. There is comfort, calmness and joy in being able to love yourself in your rawest form. And it is a way of life that I will continue to embrace throughout 2016.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you choose to JUST BE !!!