Hey everyone, sorry it has been SO long. I have just about successfully battled the flu, and I am BEYOND ready to get back to life. I definitely do not recommend the flu to anyone and I highly recommend the flu shot. Since I am finally feeling better, I figured I would write a little something while I am stuck up in my apartment on a Saturday night, sparing the city of New York from my germs.
Weeks ago my friend Miranda tagged me in her blog post, "My 5 Words" where she chose 5 words (self-explanatory) that she wants to be inspired by and remembered every day.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the question, "what makes one happy?" I suppose this is also the timeless question of any writer, poet and human on earth. Being happy is a personal thing, it doesn't have to do with anything or anyone but yourself. It is a choice and can only come from you. But that doesn't make it easy because the hardest thing to find in this life, in my experience, is your ever-changing self.
So keeping this in mind, here are my 5 words.
I've been so stressed over the thought of finding my new groove. I find myself worrying that I won't discover where I fit in or where I belong. But I think sitting in my apartment for the past few days really taught me that nothing will change if I don't get out there and find the things that make me happy. A huge part of this is being completely fearless in trying new things. It is so easy to be shy but I know that isn't truly me. Taking the risk and trusting yourself takes a fearless attitude.
I am trying to take the step back and find happiness and satisfaction in the non-materialistic things in life. We don't need things. I downsized moving here for a reason and I am striving to live my life this way from now on. I am also starting to spend more and more time without makeup on. If you know me, you know I love makeup. I love putting it on, trying different products and watching beauty YouTubers. But I am saving the makeup for work and nights out. I am so surprised with how comfortable I am becoming in my own natural skin. The more I see myself with a bare face, the more beautiful I start to feel with it.
I am embracing the simple state of mind, environment and body.
I am applying the word "nourish" into two aspects of my life.
The first is working towards a diet that consists of no processed foods, dairy or anything that does not make my body feel its best. I'm starting to discover a new level of a well-nourished body and how it positively affects one's life. I am learning more each day about the "right" times to eat, the best snacks for the metabolism, exercise strategies and just the overall best well-rounded way to a healthy life.
The second way I think about the word nourish is the nourishment of the mind. I want to focus more on finding "extracurriculars" like writing groups, poetry clubs or maybe a volunteer group that can really help me hone in on mental nourishment. If any New Yorkers out there have suggestions, let me know!
On a semi-related note, does anyone have any meditation tips?
It is very easy to get too wrapped up in wanting a specific way of life that we are too controlling of every move and don't leave room for the unexpected. With any journey or experience I face, I am trying to remember that things can always take a turn and present something never expected. I think a lot of the time these unexpected twists are what change your life the most.
Solitude (a lot of "S" words)
I honestly love spending time with myself. Some people always like being with other people, but I love being alone. Don't get me wrong, I also love hanging out, I have always been quite the social butterfly...I mean, that's what my teachers always told my parents at conferences! I think that it is important to spend time on your own though, really reflect on yourself and your path. Remember that it's ok to just take a walk alone or go enjoy a book or a coffee shop by yourself. When life gets crazy, taking some "me" time is never a bad thing.
Those are my 5 words to live by, for now.