I'm tired of scrolling through my phone only to be inundated with articles about all of the things I am doing wrong and all the things I have to change in my life in order to have a better body, better skin, a better apartment, and a better life. My life is far from perfect, but I kind of feel like I have a handle on a lot of things and would prefer, on occasion, to find some articles that maybe, I dunno, reinforce some of the positive instead of laundry listing and magnifying all the weak spots.
No, I don't own three pieces of real estate, I haven't maxed out my 401K contributions for the year, I haven't set up a charity to solve the world's problems, but, Im happy, healthy, and perpetually grateful for all of the things that I do have.
With that in mind, let's outline some of things I think we're all doing pretty well.
- Sleep. Every night. Some Saturday afternoons. Whatever. I love to sleep and find that I am able to get between 6-8 hours, nightly. Bravo for us! Having trouble sleeping? Improve your bedding or the space around it; make yourself excited about getting into bed. My favorites textile brands are John Robshaw and Matouk. Don't want to splurge on bedding, try a clean scented candle next to your bed (or safer yet, a diffuser). I also always run an air purifier and seasonally, a humidifier.
- Hydrate. I'm obsessed with Smart Water. It's an indulgence and its selfish (I go through a ton of plastic bottles), but it's a good-vice, as far as they go. I can take down 4 liters in a day. I drink it at room temperature and I try to always have a bottle on me. It's great for skin, suppresses some hunger, and keeps me happy. I'm confident you're staying hydrated too. If not, it's a pretty quick fix.
- Stuff. As mentioned, I have a lot of shoes. I also have a lot of jeans, sweaters, dresses, and work out clothes. But do you know what I don't have too many of? Any of them. I am perpetually cleaning out my closet and drawers and keep only what I wear. I am a frequent seller on ThredUp, The RealReal, and am always dropping a bag off at Goodwill. It feels so good to have less. Start today - right now. Grab a shopping bag and just fill it with stuff you haven't worn in the last year. Find a donation center and voila!
- Gratitude. My grandmother gave me monogrammed stationary before I could read or write my own name. New sets were gifted for every birthday and each year I looked forward to whatever she had designed for me. She died before I turned 10, but my appreciation for beautiful paper and my compulsion to write prompt thank you notes, lives on. Sugar Paper is my go-to. The letter press stationary is simply magnificent. If you intend to become better at writing thank you notes, start by having stationary that brings you joy.
- Exercise. Like everyone else, I have a lot of stress in my life. I manage it by working out 5-6x a week. I love to work out. I love to sweat, I love to get my heart rate up, I love to push myself to get stronger, faster, and leaner. I love the sense of calm that envelops me afterwards. I love that I'm doing it just for me. Cardio is not for everyone. But everyone can take a walk; even if its just around the block; to buy bottled water, stationary, or drop a bag off at Goodwill. Sure, we're all works in progress who are looking for ways to lead better lives or lead our lives better, but we are also doing a lot of things right. Let's remember to celebrate them, too.