Whew, it has been a whirlwind around here lately. Yes, we are 18 days away from our BIG DAY and my bride mindset has me all over the place. Making sure that all the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted. I have certainly been a busy woman and have neglected by poor blog. Today though, I realized that I haven't put my normal motivation and inspiration out to all of my loyal readers. The thing is, what is the point of having a passion and a calling if you are going to let other "things" stand in the way? Right, so... back to my motivating and inspiring. Let's talk about happiness. Happiness is such a broad term and it literally can mean a million different things to a million different people. To me, happiness is defined by finding joy in the small things. Happiness is laughing so hard that you ALMOST (okay I can't lie, yes it does happen occasionally) pee your pants. Happiness is warm snuggles from my fur babies. Happiness is looking across the room and seeing the love of my life smiling back at me. What it boils down to is, you have to figure out what happiness means to you. Then, you don't let anything get in the way of your happiness.
You must make the conscious decision to BE HAPPY. All the fur baby snuggles in the world can't MAKE me happy unless I allow myself to be happy first. Do you see where I am going with this? I hear all the time from my readers that they are so stressed and unhappy and that they can't find relief until all of their bills are paid and they have money in the bank or they are finally done with their laundry (I am damn glad this is not a requirement because I would certainly be destined for misery forever, my laundry is never completely caught up) or maybe they feel like they won't be happy until they find love. PEOPLE. STOP. Listen to me, I went down that rabbit hole a time or two. You must decide that you ARE happy in order to find happiness. There is no other factor out there which dictates your peace of mind. ONLY YOU.
You say, "Sure, it's easy for you to say this because you have it all." Let me tell you, I was once NOT HAPPY. I was the queen of acting like it though. I faked it so much and could've won an OSCAR. Matter of fact, I had a lot of people fooled in my life. My mindset was all screwed up. I thought that a significant other would make me happy. WRONG. I thought that getting my dream job would make me happy. WRONG. I thought that having money in the bank would make me happy. WRONG AGAIN. Do you see the pattern here? I thought that everything out in the world was going to make me happy. It was not until I made the conscious decision to say "to hell with everything else, I am going to be happy." It was like magic because POOF I was happy. My life changed. I started getting more money in the bank and started paying off my debt. POOF. I changed jobs and started finding time freedom. POOF. I found the love of my life. It isn't magic though. It has been studied time and time again and the research shows, when we make the decision to choose that happy, feel good feeling... we attract MORE happiness.
The power of the mind is just as powerful as the power in the tongue. Everyday you wake up with the choice to either be happy or not. It truly is your decision. Do you feel like maybe by chance if you gave it 7 days of effort and chose to be happy every day, your life would change?
Because I feel like people need to understand this concept, I want to challenge every one of you to decide what is it that defines happiness to YOU. Choose to be happy and let me know if your dreams and goals become a reality. To kick off my happiness challenge. I am giving away $100 cash to a lucky reader. You must subscribe to my email list here on the site. The winner will be announced Halloween via email and we will continue this monthly giveaway every month. I have been so blessed and want to continue to share blessings with others.