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Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
I’ve been reminding myself lately, this is life. This is it–the good and the awful and the boring and the magical–this is it.
We can talk all we want about hustling and planning and dreaming and scheming (all things I talk about and love and do very often), but none of that actually matters if we’re not living our current life.
There’s a really big difference between existing while looking towards the next thing and actually living. Yes, you have to work. You have to plan. You should dream and hustle. But if you are too busy with those things that you miss the good that is today, if you’re too busy focused on the future that you miss the magic of the present, isn’t that a waste of this part of your life?
Of course, we all hope to live nice, long and fulfilling lives. But we have no assurance of that. And I have to say, there have been phases of my life recently that if it were to all be over, it would have been a shame, because I was way more focused on the future than the present, and that’s not really living.
I want to live so vivaciously that if it all comes to a screeching halt and I’m suddenly hanging out with Jesus, that no one around me would feel sad that I didn’t get to make it to the next big thing I was always talking about. Instead, I would want people to remember that I lived my life fully alive.
The smallest shift in attitude has really been life changing for me. Do I hope to have my dream career in the future? Absolutely. And I’m still working my backside off to get there. But should that stop me from writing for fun now? No. Could I come up with drastic changes I could make over the next five years that would make my marriage better? Sure. But why not make it the best it can be today, the day I’m actually living in?
As an adult, you have to plan and save and all those other adult-ish things. But I’m learning that in no way does that mean you can’t also enjoy every single day. Because if today was your last day, it sure would be a shame spending the entire thing planning and saving for tomorrow.
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