I’m flexing my heart in this pic rather than my biceps because I’m really happy right now.
Happy it’s almost Fall, happy for progress I’ve made, happy you’re in my life to share the journey.
Some days are just like this, where you feel so aligned.
But not every day is going to be your “best day.” You aren’t required to be “happy” 24/7.
I read this great quote that said, “don’t compare your reality to someone else’s controlled online content” and I think that’s so important.
Reality has its ups and downs.
When you’re sad, it’s ok to feel it.
Trying to skip the hard parts just means we will probably have to repeat them.
I’ve tried to drown the hard feelings out in the past with avoidance behavior like alcohol, binge movie watching, shopping and other activities that distracted me from feeling – but inevitably sooner or later you just have to feel the feelings and let them move through you.
That’s the only way I know for sure we grow.
These days when I’m sad, or discouraged or blue, I have different strategies. I like to write, or exercise, or draw on the tools i learned in EMDR (therapy) or call a friend to hang out.
I choose to nourish myself rather than abuse myself.
I also think about what I’m grateful for.
It helps a lot.
Letting ourselves feel the blues when they come on and just acknowledging those feelings is also the best way to have more happy days – we didn’t come into this life with a handbook on how to get everything we want and how to have a perfect experience.
Take the pressure off yourself.
It’s ok if you don’t have it all figured out yet, and it’s definitely ok if your life doesn’t seem to match the version of someone else’s you see on social media.
We write that playbook day by day with what our experiences teach us about life.
The hard chapters make room for the happy endings, I promise ❤️ So don’t give up.
Keep it #real.
Keep pushing forward and take some time for yourself if you need a day off.
It’s your life.