Jen here with another fabulous Design Your Life feature.

I love doing this feature every week because there are so many talented, motivated and creative bloggers and business owners out there, and it’s so refreshing to hear how other people handle the stresses of our online industry. I feel like this feature brings us all closer together—knowing that what we going through, we’re not alone.

And after working with Gloria of Little White Whale for a feature on my blog. I knew she would be someone that would be able to really connect and share some truly positive vibes for how she lives her live with intention. Head on over to Little White Whale if you are looking to laugh, be inspired, want a dose of all things pretty, and if you need a new site design.  Seriously, she’s talented! Now let’s hear it from Gloria.

 

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It’s surprisingly easy to take everything in your life for granted day after day, and it’s even easier to obsess over the imperfections and annoyances until they overshadow the good. To help keep a positive outlook, I’ve started jotting down little notes about funny or happy things that happen each day. This simple exercise forces me to stop and reflect on all the amazing things I have in my life, big and small. When I realize how much I truly have to be grateful for, life’s curveballs seem just a bit more conquerable.

 

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My dog, Toby, has NO qualms whatsoever about letting you know what exactly he wants. If he’s thirsty, he loudly bangs his water bowl against the floor until you fill it up. If he thinks his walk was too short, he lays down on the floor and refuses to walk up the stairs to our apartment. If he wants to play, he brings you his beloved tennis ball. Speaking up for what you want in life can be tough, especially if you tend to be a bit shy like me, but my past experiences have taught me that being open and direct is the best way to get what you want. Just ask!

 

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You don’t have to Instagram every sandwich you eat. You don’t have to live-tweet throughout your favorite show. You don’t have to check your email while you’re walking down the street. You don’t have to endlessly fiddle with your phone while you’re waiting for your friend to arrive at a bar. You don’t have to watch a beautiful sunset from behind a screen because you need to take photos from every angle. Seriously, you don’t!  I’m definitely guilty of doing all of the above, so making a conscious effort to unplug more has been a move in the right direction. It’s a wonderful feeling to step away from all these distractions and be able to give the world your full attention!

 

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My friends and family are a goofy bunch, and I’m certainly no exception! I think the key to a happy life definitely involves karaoke, crazy getups, fake mustaches, spontaneous dance parties, and lots of terrible puns. There can often be a lot of pressure in today’s society to look and act cool (even as an adult!) that it’s just refreshing to be able to loosen up and surround myself with people who make me smile. Life’s far too short to take yourself so seriously, so have fun with it!

 

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Teddy Roosevelt’s quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy”, is one of my favorite life mantras. There will forever be someone out there who is smarter and prettier and [insert enviable trait] than you -  it’s a fact of life! Instead of working myself up into a jealous frenzy over those who are always seemingly one step ahead, I refocus that energy into being the best that I can be. There isn’t an ultimate path to success or happiness, and we all bumble through life with our own personal successes and failures. There are no winners in this game, so live and love your life and stop spending so much time keeping score!

 

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  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Thank you so much for sharing your intentions with us, Gloria!

    It sounds like we have very similar pups (mine is just as outgoing about his wants) and I am loving your positive outlook on life in general!!

    I hope you have a great weekend. : )

  • http://prettyanddelectable.wordpress.com/ Stephanie

    Great advice! So wonderful to see Gloria featured here! That photo of Toby is so cure. My four-year-old twins are great at voicing their opinions, too. ;P Hope you both have a fabulous weekend!

  • Melissa

    It’s often times the simple things in life that are the most difficult to do. Counterintuitive, I know. But, I think life is funny (and, challenging) like that. Telling people what they “should” do is something of which I try to steer clear, (not that you’re doing that at all) but deep down inside, I think we know that the reminders above are what we all, at some level, strive for. (But, it’s hard!) Thank you so much for all these healthy and loving reminders.*

    *I serendipitously came across this blog post when I needed these reminders the most. Life!

  • http://sagegrayson.com/ Sage Grayson

    I always seem to need reminding that I shouldn’t compare myself to others. I notice that it wrecks my mood and isn’t productive at all.

    Toby is adorable! My dog, Skyla, lays down in front of the door if she thinks her walks are too short too. :) Oh, and I checked out your website–totally diggin’ the design!

  • http://twitter.com/ShaleesaMize Shaleesa Mize

    great advice! love the one about comparing yourselves to others. guilty of this.

    http://theurbanpig.wordpress.com/