I’m sure we’ve all seen the above quote a million and one times. It sounds inspirational and wonderful and fancy-schmancy and la-dee-da to go in the direction of our dreams, but does that really fit into our everyday reality? Can we really afford to dream when we have grocery lists and bills to pay and school projects to help our kids with?
For me, the answer is a wild and exuberant: YES!
What I mean is that dreams don’t have to be huge. They don’t have to be about flying to Bali (though that would be nice). They don’t have to be about winning the lottery or being famous. Dreams can be about the small everyday ways we can make our life… well…. a little bit more dreamy.
I’ve read a lot of books, I’ve gone to workshops and I’ve tried different methods to help better understand what makes me tick. Through that process, I feel like I’ve finally come to a place where my inner voice speaks pretty clearly to me and that has helped me become more fulfilled in my life. Along the way I’ve developed some ways to keep in touch with my dreams and to make sure I’m always moving in their general direction. I’d like to share some of those ways with you.
Always be on the lookout for beauty.
Here’s the thing that I believe with all my heart: when you are committed to beauty, you find it everywhere. You notice a butterfly fluttering by. Your heart skips a beat at the beauty of your child’s smile. You literally stop and smell roses. Taking the time to notice the beauty that surrounds you will always lift your spirit and remind you of life’s wonder. When you feel stressed or sad, stop and look around for something beautiful. It always elevates life.
Do what you love.
We all have things we love to do. Writing, reading, cooking, gardening, exercising, or spending time with friends. What is it that you love to do? Do you make time for it? It is so important to make time to do the things that make you feel good. If you need help from someone in order to have that time, then you need to ask for that help. Doing things for yourself is SO IMPORTANT. Especially if most of your life is spent doing things for everyone else. You deserve it.
Think about your perfect day.
Take out a sheet of paper and write down your perfect day. Be really specific. What does your bedroom look like when you wake up? What do you eat for breakfast? Where do you go? Who do you spend time with? Dream big on this one and really pinpoint the things that would make you happy. Try to figure out if any of those things in your perfect day are changes you could make right now. Sometimes the things we love could be right in front of us and we don’t even see them.
Surround yourself with kindred spirits.
This one is big folks. If you are not spending time with the kind of people who lift you up, then you need to find some new people. Everyone around you gives off energy. Some people give off the good kind of energy and some people suck the life right out of you. You know exactly the people I’m talking about, right? It’s not always easy to find the right kind of people to spend time with but I believe this is the single best way to change the energy of your life. Make a commitment to spending more time with the people who make you feel good and I promise that it will make all the difference.
These methods have really worked for me and I hope they make sense and inspire you to try them. Living a life that is beautiful and fulfilling is sometimes as simple as changing your perspective. The happiest people in the world are not the ones who have the best of everything, they are the ones who make the most of everything.