Welcome to Part 2 for the Becoming You series! Once we have identified what we want and need from life we must choose to unapologetically pursue those things in order to have joy in life. How many times do we need to see the phrase ‘do the things that make you happy’ before we actually get it? I know it’s a super generic phrase, but it’s actually really good advice. Think about it, what things are you doing currently that are literally draining all the life out of you? Those things may in fact be withholding you from your true self: going out every weekend, spending money you should be saving, helping everyone but yourself, never missing an event… Your job… yes, I said it. Imagine how dull you feel when you work into a job you absolutely hate. You may not be able to change your job immediately but you can choose to show up every day and be fully present.
Our whole lives could change if we just made a choice. A choice to embrace the talents, gifts, skills, circumstances, jobs, body, family/friend-the life we’ve been given. Choosing joy, a lot of times is simply a mindset change. Sometimes I have to tell myself to stop viewing my life from a mean, judgmental lens. Stop looking at your job as a joke and create an opportunity for improvement and learning. Look in the mirror and see the version of yourself you are aspiring to be and quit calling out all your flaws/failures. Even as you read this post think of an area in your life you’d like to be more joyful, choose today to make an effort to not allow your thoughts, feelings, or fears get in the way of bringing that to fruition. For me, and this may not come as a surprise with all the job examples, but I want to put more of an effort in at work to stop going through the motions. Allowing fatigues and frustration to steal my joy is not an option anymore. I think that before you can obtain greater, more extravagant endeavors, you first need to appreciate and tend to where you are currently with joy.
Experience something new, ditch your current routine and incorporate spontaneity into your schedule. If you are having trouble really finding your passion, trying something new and exciting may help. For me, I started journaling a while ago and found it super liberating and thought why not create a blog? I promise you, if you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions of life and not really passionate, analyze what you do (or wish you were doing) daily/ weekly to renew yourself. Are you a writer, artist, fashionista, food enthusiast, musically savvy, fitness junkie, etc… Pursue whatever it is you enjoy, regularly to fully embrace your life!