Hey guys! It’s Caitlin, and as usual I’m back with another amazing design your life interview. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Jacquelyn’s blog Lark&Linen already, but if you’re not, I would highly recommend you go take a gander at it after you read this interview. Her beautiful photos never fail to put a smile on my face and get me feeling inspired. Naturally, I was thrilled when Jacquelyn agreed to share her intentions with MML readers today. I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy them just as much as I did. Happy Wednesday!
DESIGN YOUR LIFE: jacquelyn of lark&linen
This probably qualifies as my mantra as I full subscribe to the notion that happiness is a choice. Naturally, everyone is going to have bad days, and sometimes you just need to throw in the towel and start fresh the next. But I really do believe that choosing to find that silver lining in an otherwise crappy situation vastly improves your every day life. While I have been known to get irritable when I’m stuck in traffic, or have to cancel plans due to a looming deadline at work, it makes a world of difference when I force myself to change my frame of mind. Blast the music, grab a bite to eat and make the very best of the cards you’re dealt. In those moments I remind myself that every second that passes is one less in which I’ll have to be happy. Life’s too short to stew!
Much like my decision to choose happiness on the daily, appreciating the little things is equally as important. If you can find joy in a quiet morning and a big cup of tea, or grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon, your chances of living a fulfilled life improve greatly.
I once read a quote that stated: “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page”. In my opinion, seeing the world is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself. Of course, not everyone can afford to travel regularly, but I do believe that if it’s an option, it should fall under the “non-negotiable” category. For me it’s one of those life experiences that I just cannot get from anything else. It feeds the mind, the body and the soul in the most satisfying way.
I am a self-proclaimed people pleaser. I am still not terribly good at saying no to others in any given situation but I really am trying. I’m learning rather quickly that balance is incredibly important, and if I’m not able to say no when necessary, I end up burnt out and of no use to anybody. That balance is a tricky thing! I’ll let you know when I’ve figured out the secret
I was raised in a household in which dishonesty was absolutely unacceptable. My mother refused to lie to anyone on my behalf, often telling my school that I simply needed a mental health day in lieu of pretending I was sick. She was always met with a joyful “great, have a wonderful day!” People appreciate honesty and, unfortunately, finding that quality within people these days can sometimes prove to be difficult. It’s incredibly refreshing to connect with real, genuine, honest folk.
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