Isn’t that a great mantra for life? I try to keep it in mind throughout my days. I try to bring inspiration into my life that helps fulfill that mantra. I try to surround myself in things that help me to love and live happy.
Flowers – whether in the garden or in vases around my home, they add color to any space and bring a smile to my face. Especially when picked by my kids.
Family – surrounding myself with photos and art of my family makes my home feel more welcoming, cozier and more casual so anyone can feel like they can walk in and kick their shoes off and relax. Being surrounded in personal touches like that is so important for my feeling centered and helps me remember who is important in my life.
Music – playing music keeps my spirits upbeat. Choosing the right song for the mood keeps things lively. Whether it’s dancing with my kids in the kitchen to Jimmy Buffet or singing alone at the top of my lungs to Tom Petty, something about music just helps bring emotion and happiness to the forefront of my mind.
Being Outdoors – from gardening to sitting and relaxing while the kids splash in the sprinkler, nothing brings happy to a day like being outside. I can get dirty, goof around and feel like a kid again when I let myself be carefree outdoors.
Laughter – No day is complete without a good laugh. Reading silly books, telling silly stories or making up knock-knock jokes is always good for a belly laugh and it’s something I constantly strive for to keep my life real. And of course, there is nothing better than laughing at myself.
Quiet – I don’t get a lot of it, but when I do, I try to make the most of it. Sometimes it’s not until 10 p.m. that I get some quiet but I need it before I can end my day. I love to get up before everyone else and drink my coffee quietly outside but some days I have to settle for 20 minutes in the dark at night with a cup of decaf tea to wind down my day.
Color – I love vibrancy and am not afraid of color. Red is my favorite color because it’s full of energy, evokes emotion and is bold and daring. It also goes with anything. I love a room that I walk into to be bold and pop and not just blend into look like any other room in any other house. If I can’t say I’m not afraid of color, how could I not be afraid of other things? It’s just COLOR! Nothing to be afraid of. I save that for truly scary stuff.
What’s your mantra for your life and how do you implement it in your day to day? Feel free to share in the comments or your own post!