Already half way through the year and with wedding season officially in full swing, I took some time this morning to sip my Chemex coconut milk iced coffee and quietly reflect on all the loveliness that has already taken place in 2014. A trip to California, Dublin and Copenhagen, numerous trips to my beloved NY, time with family in NJ, some visits with my brother and sweet soon-to-be sister in Philly, so many rich experiences with my dear friends in Chicago, and some incredible shoots and weddings have already imprinted their mark on this year. It may sound trite, but I truly give thanks for the opportunities that have filled my life since starting my own business, particularly this year.
I’ve talked a lot in the past about dreaming out loud, pursuing my passion, and living a life I love. It’s not all been sunshine and smiles, vacations and adventures, however. Social media sure can make life look pretty perfect. So perfect, in fact, that sometimes I start feeling a tinge of envy toward others as I compare myself. The truth is there have been some immense challenges I’ve had to face that I just don’t talk about. l spent a chunk of last year going through it, and the striving towards the “ideal life” was leaving me feeling a sense of lack, rather than taking pleasure in the present- a life that very much calls for gratefulness. But I began taking note of the good things in my life and consciously being thankful for them. I also took inventory of the actions I needed to take to actually see change. And probably most importantly, I became aware of the pesky thoughts of negativity that I had allowed to become such a habit in my mind- and I worked on shifting my perspective. I believe emotional quality of life is made up of many habits that form over time- habits that are my thoughts, emotions, and daily routines that eventually affect my physical quality of life. I still daily have to choose to focus on what’s important. Some days are better than others, of course, but I feel better equipped when I come face to face with those negative thoughts now. And it really has made all the difference.
I’d be lying to say my life always looked Instagram gorgeous and Pinterest perfect. (Ha, it actually rarely does, if I’m being really honest!) But, today, I breathe deep and smile with gratitude for all the beauty that is in my life. I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on the joys in your world too.