Today is Thanksgiving. What I find very interesting about our lifestyle in the 21st century in California is that we forget what it's like to enjoy a simple life. We're so up to date with the next new and up and coming gadget that is supposed to be helping our lives, but we forget that we've lived thousands of years before these products were even conceived. Don't get me wrong, I call my phone my life and without it I do feel helpless. I'm slowly learning to appreciate life without my phone and using it as a tool to help me live my life, not run my life. Sure, every once in a while I find myself mindlessly scrolling through various social medias to feel connected to life. But lately, I feel more connected when I just take in my surroundings and see what I have around me in that very moment.
Being grateful for the life you have is never easy. We become very busy living our lives every day. I've been trying to make a positive change in my lifestyle to try to be happy. Those changes include
1.) Becoming more active by working out // even if it means taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Or parking farther in order to walk more. Yoga is also my new thing.
2.) Surrounding myself with positivity // Positivity breeds positivity. If you hang around happy people, eventually you will be happy too.
3.) Being in the moment // Learning to breathe. These two come hand in hand. If I focus on my breath, I am in the moment.
There are far more changes I've been trying to do in my every day life to help me along my path. If you've taken a look at my instagram account, it's not always the most consistent feed, but it's what makes me happy. The quotes I post are what I hope to feel. I want to feel better. In the book "The Happiness Project," one of the author's commandments is to "act the way you want to feel." I feel like it's the perfect mantra for any one who is having a rough time in their lives.
So today, after I've finished typing this post, and scrolling through my IG feed before I go to be, I will promise myself that tomorrow, I will try to live fully in the moment and enjoy my day with my family. Not because it's Thanksgiving, but because today I am grateful. Grateful for the opportunity to have my family with me on this day.
I'm coming back to blogging as a way to help me jot my thoughts down in my virtual diary. I hope you find that reading along will help you find yourself and your path to happiness.