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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.
We spend a lot of time wondering what we need more of in order to be happier, when sometimes, I think the better question is what do we need less of to be happier?
I’ve heard that healthy jealous is good, but really, when has this ever worked out? When you’re jealous, you’re entirely too focused on someone else–what they have, what they do, who they are–and not nearly focused enough on yourself and what you have and what you do and who you are. Cutting out jealousy leads to cutting out a lot of nasty stuff in life, so it’s a great place to start.
Life is too short to be negative, plain and simple. The world is a beautiful place if you look for beauty, and it’s a terrible place if you only look for the negative. This is one of the biggest choices you have in life..you can be a positive person, or you can be a negative person. Personally, I like being around positive people more, don’t you?
Right up there with jealousy, this just never leads anywhere good. When you choose to compare yourself to others, you are cheapening who you really are. You are never going to be exactly like someone else, just like no one else is ever going to be exactly like you. It’s a waste of time and energy to spend time seeing how you compare to others, and it leads to being exhausted and bitter, two enemies of happiness.
I am a messy person. I know this about myself. No matter how much I love when things are clean and tidy, by nature, I am just a messy person. When my house is messy, it stresses me out. You know what leads to messiness? Clutter. You convince yourself you need it and then it takes over your house.
One of the easiest steps to being happy is this: If you don’t use or need or love something, say goodbye to it. It’s that simple.
The bad kind of tired.
There are two kinds of tired. There’s the kind you are when your day has been filled with fulfilling work or adventure or excitement, and you’re tired because you spent your day, and then there’s the kind of tired where you’re overwhelmed and too much happened and the day just went by you. That’s the bad kind of tired.
While it would be nice to fill every day with excitement and laughter and adventures, we do all have to work, I get it. But you can still say goodbye to the bad kind of tired by choosing to spend your day instead of letting it fly by you. If you have to work a job you don’t love, don’t let it exhaust you. Instead, choose to be the best you can be at it. There’s a difference between simply checking things off your to-do list and choosing to be productive and effective. If you pour your heart into your day-to-day, chances are, you’ll end the day feeling the good kind of tired.
What else do you recommend saying goodbye to for a happier life?
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