March 9, 2017

Bettering Yourself, For Yourself: Making Your Life a Work of Art


Spring and summer are among us, and we are all too familiar with the pressure that comes with these seasons to fit a certain mold created by society. This season, for you, will be different because it is time to realize that you are society, and you possess the power to change it, beginning within your heart and mind.

I want you to think of a time when you were at your happiest. Maybe you hit a certain weight, you were with a certain person, or you found your dream job. Close your eyes and envision pure bliss and happiness; everything is okay, and you are content. Open your eyes. What is different? What is stopping you from attaining the life you could only dream of? The answer to both questions is: you.

The first step to making life what you’ve always dreamed it would be is living simply for you and no one else. Remove negative elements from your surroundings, whether it be a job, person, habit or toxic activity. This is your life; take control and make it the life you adore to live! If something brings you negative energy, vibes, or situations, cut it off and set it free. Just like that, it is no longer your burden to carry—it’s gone! Now it’s time for change within yourself.

Do more of what makes you happy, make time for yourself. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health shouldbe put first, before your job, work, or school. Put your health first by making a list of the things that bring you happiness, be it activities, objects, people or places, and participate in them. Doing things for yourself, by yourself, can help you get to know the real you; fall in love with everything you are and become comfortable with your own presence.

It is a new year, and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This spring is a time for change and passion. Smile at strangers, assume nothing, do more, expect less, meditate often (Stop, Breathe, and Think app), dream big, laugh a lot, take chances, count your blessing, be yourself, say what comes to your mind, give more, stop worrying, discriminate against no one, travel, go on walks, watch the sunset, and live freely. Keep in mind that you’re still growing and that making mistakes is human. People will leave you to follow their own path, but losing someone doesn’t have to be considered a loss.

Put your concentration on improving your inner self. Let go of your fears, destroy your insecurities, and realize that the only thing getting in the way of your success and happiness is yourself—not the opinions and expectations of others. Life is art. It is beaches, literature, poetry, intimacy, scars, laughter, tears, touch, and all of nature. Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims, and rambling conversations. Everything you do, do with passion; open your soul and let it bloom within yourself and others. Live life passionately; fall in love with the wind in your hair and the adrenaline in your body. Crave adventure, and let your positive vibrations radiate amongst all living things. You are a dreamer, a doer, a believer and a thinker—see greatness within yourself. Chase your goals, say your prayers, lather yourself in coconut oil, eat your fruit, exercise often, slay your makeup, drink lots of water, lay in the sun, get plenty of sleep, don’t be afraid to dye your hair that color, get your nails done, pamper yourself, fill every room with flowers, and be fierce! You are an amazing wonder of the world, and deserve to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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