Things I love…
- Quality Time (#lovelanguage)
- California sun
LUCKY me, I soaked up both this weekend.
While getting tons of QT in San Diego with my best friend and parents, I came to realize a few things about myself…
- Comfort zones are a beautiful thing
- In a world of uncertainty (we all live in it), you just need a little QT to recharge and put things into perspective
- Being open and showing up fosters acceptance for yourself and others.
We all have emotional twists and tangles that weigh on us… just as soon as the universe hands you a big break, there will undoubtedly be challenges and setbacks to follow.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it’s much more likely that I ruminate on the challenges than the big breaks. Some like to meditate on these things or go for a long run to reflect. Me? I need to unpack my thoughts and solicit advice.
(insert quality time here)
Yesterday I spent the day with Vince and my mom… we hiked, we Fro-yo’d, we cocktailed at the pool and we laughed A LOT. We had tough conversations just as often as we shared small talk and jokes. I was reminded that regardless of circumstance, being surrounded by open and lighthearted people is the best way to shift perspective and foster acceptance. Self acceptance and compassion for others is a powerful thing that I can’t even put into words. It’s the difference between enjoying the moments that make up your life and spending the same fleeting moments worrying or judging.
I’ll be the first to own up to times when I’ve had a BAD attitude and spent many a moment worrying. The good news is that self-awareness is a practice and it’s worthier to get curious and optimistic than to shift blame to anything out of my control.
Life isn’t all sunshine, beaches, Fro-yo and cocktails all the time(IMAGINE!), but I am going into this week with a fresh perspective. I’m grateful to those who are as accepting and loving of themselves as they are of others. And I’m committed to fostering the same in those around me.
Emotions manifest in both positive and negative ways. Self-awareness is a practice, and shifting perspective is a choice. It doesn’t hurt to keep people around who fill your heart with love, support and endless laughter.