Good morning!! I hope you’re having a rockin’ week!! Mine?! Pretty good if I don’t say so myself (well, I just did, so I guess it’s going fine)!
Too early in the day for hard to follow humor?
Probably so, so let me keep rockin’ and rollin’ through this post! Alright, not that I don’t love all weekends (because I do), but I’m especially lovin’ this heart happy weekend (well, I will (very soon because it’s almost Saturday)) because it’s my (drumroll, pleeeease) BIRTHDAY WEEKEND!! Roll your eyes if you must (I don’t care, namely, because I can’t see it (the eye roll)), but I love my birthdays, which is kinda odd to me because…
AHHHHH, I’M TURNING 29 & THAT MEANS… I’M ALMOST 30!!! If you haven’t noticed (by the AHHHH), I’m a bit freaked out about it!!
I know, I know, I have a whole year to reflect on what the 30 blues will feel like (not really, just kidding), but until then, I plan on aging out of my twenties with a big, humongous BANG!!! What do I mean by this?! Well, I’m not entirely sure yet, but believe you me, I intend on finding out. I know I want to make my 29th birthday (this year) + everything (that comes) after it (leading up to my 30th birthday) as special as possible! I wanna do something big (hence, something that would leave a “big, humongous BANG” in my mind, you know, a fabulous memory)!
Don’t get me wrong, I want every single day of my life to be as special as possible, but for some reason, this 29-30 stretch seems particularly important to me. It’s strange, though because I still feel like I’m in college, celebrating my 21st birthday with a little margarita action! Oh, fun times!! How time flies when you’re having fun (and I guess when you’re not having fun, too)!! Irregardless, I should have listened to my parents many years ago when they told me to embrace every single moment (you know, suck the juice out of life) because it goes by way too fast!!
Note to my parents: You were right!!!
Just think about it, we’re constantly wanting the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months to fly by faster and faster so that we can get to… WHERE EXACTLY?! Summer vacation? The weekend? The holiday? Graduation? An event? A birthday? Great!! Fine, but I’m finding that I’m letting these precious day-to-day (even hour-to-hour) moments slip by (so easily) with no consequence for what I’m doing at the time, meaning, I’m not living in the moment…I’m living beyond the moment (looking towards something that’s coming up).
When I finally realized this about myself (that I was living beyond the moment/living in the future), I decided to make some changes!!
HOW I’M LEARNING TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT:
1} When I find myself wandering about what’s next (i.e. the next day, the next weekend, my next running/swimming event), I stop, relax, and come back to what I’m currently doing (eating, writing, walking my dog, etc.). It’s great to think about what’s up/what’s next, but it’s also great to suck the juice out of every moment in your life (i.e. think, reflect, respond).
2} Writing in my gratitude journal is really helpful because #1- It allows me to write about how I’m feeling at that very moment and #2- It allows me to actively seek happiness in my day and in my environment. I highly recommend getting a gratitude journal!!
3} If I’m worried (or even overly excited) about an upcoming event, I surround myself with nature! I go outside, take in a nice, hearty whiff of fresh air, maybe even watch the squirrels and birds play for a while, and then come back to what’s going on that day.
4} Hahahahaha!!!! Hahahahaha!!! Laughing really helps me to find peace in my day and to find happiness in those little, crucial day-to-day occurrences (that should not be ignored)!! Try it out!! I guarantee you’ll have a better day (even if you’re not having the best day). Does that make sense? Well, try it out and see!!!
HEY, YOU OVER THERE, DO YOU LIVE IN THE MOMENT OR DO YOU LIVE IN THE FUTURE??!!
HAVE A GREAT ONE!! XOXOXO!!!