Natalie is a very talented blogger that I’ve recently had the pleasure to get to know. Her blog is easy to get invested in with posts like her Style Diary, Life posts and her beautiful wedding. The best part is the tone of her blog, it’s honest and uplifting, like a friend you can relate to. I’ve been looking forward to seeing how she currently lives her life with intention, so let’s take a peak.
This is a fairly new intention as I’ve recently become more aware of the fact that I’m living certain parts of my life in fear. The books, articles, and blog posts I’ve been reading lately have helped me realize this. I say it’s a “fairly” new intention because when I was younger and found myself in a situation that was out of my comfort zone, I knew I had to embrace it. I was super shy as a kid and as I got older I took jobs that made me doubt I could do them – the ones that forced me to constantly interact with people. And guess what, I’m not shy anymore. I need to get back to realizing that when something scares me, it’s probably a sign that I need to do it.
Weirdness and all. Nowadays, we always know what’s going on in other peoples’ lives thanks to social media and it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap, especially in the blogging world. Anytime I feel myself heading to that place, I remind myself that I just need to do me. If I’m not going to be me, then who is? Someone else’s life might be awesome but so is mine. It’s the quirks and not-so-perfect that make us who we are and make us interesting. Sometimes it’s helpful to just shut it all out, not open Instagram, and instead focus on what makes me happy, what I enjoy, and the people I love. Fully embracing who I am and where I’m at always seem to combat feelings of doubt, jealousy, or inadequacy.
This year, I have made my health more of a serious priority. I bought myself a monthly yoga membership and have been doing my best to eat healthy, whole, nutritious foods. I certainly haven’t been perfect, but by focusing on my health and thinking about how my decisions will affect my body (and my mind) have made me more successful than in the past. Also, for the first time, I’m focusing on how I feel rather than just how I look. This time it’s about the inside too. This shift in focus has really kept me motivated. The moments when my physical strength surprises me, when I feel refreshed and clear minded, when I suddenly find myself balancing in a yoga pose I have never done before, those moments are stronger motivation than anything else.
This is kind of a 2-in-1. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I’m grateful for. The saying that being grateful makes what we have enough is so true. I most often find myself reflecting on what I’m thankful for at the end of my yoga practice or on my commute home – the quiet moments that I have to myself. Initially the title of this intention only included “be grateful,” but once I started to write, I realized that the quiet moments I have to myself every day have become very important to me and are often what ignite my gratitude. Quietness fosters gratitude for what we have and what we are. I think these two intentions are more important today than ever. We’re constantly taking in information, especially online, and we are constantly being marketed to. Being quiet and being grateful, I think, are essential to bringing balance to our lives.
As much as I believe in hard work, I think it’s pointless if you aren’t going to enjoy life. Sometimes you just have to let everything go and have fun. Be weird, sing loud, dance like you mean it, tell stupid jokes, take trips. My husband and I usually take several trips throughout the year – usually (hopefully) one big trip and then a few weekend road trips. Whether it’s our annual trip to Stagecoach Country Music Festival, a weekend in Tahoe with our friends, or even our typical BBQ birthday parties at my parents’ house, these are the times we remember the most. Having fun has its own way of nourishing your soul and refreshing your spirit. It’s what makes all our hard work worth it.
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