So the other day I was at the gym, pretending like I can run on the treadmill, but really walking at a quick pace for most of the 20 minutes I set aside for cardio, when I started thinking about my blog. I started thinking about what I really want to write about and how I want to live with intention and be a minimalist and all those other things that people everywhere are striving for in order to live a happy life.
I would like to start by saying that I will never lie about who I am… and I really don’t have my shit together. But I do know that the first step to changing your lifestyle is: Be true to who you are!
With a quick scroll through Pinterest, I quickly found a 100 different ways that I could be a better, happier, more fulfilled and more relaxed person. They talked about creating morning routines, how to use my bullet journal, how to eat better and look better, but realistically only a quarter of their suggestions really resonated with me. So here’s my suggestion to all of you who are trying to make a lifestyle change.
Look hard at the lifestyle you have
What’s working and what’s not? For me, I don’t currently have a routine. So I thought that I might like to create one…because maintaining a solid routine is supposed to be the key to achieving goals and living your life to the fullest. However, when I really started to look at my everyday I had to admit that a routine might not be for me. No two days are the same. So pull out the pen and paper and look at the life you have. What does your day-to-day actually look like? What aspects are not fitting in, and what do you want to hold on to. Be realistic about it.
What kind of lifestyle do you want?
Who do you really want to be? If you’re going to change your lifestyle, you have to decide what key points you need to change. This is going to take a bit more list making, and then honestly you’re going to change that list again 5 times over. Personally I want to be the type of person who people think actually does have her shit together. Someone who goes on wild trips every weekend, the gym everyday and maybe takes a yoga class. I would like to be seen as being super zen and relaxed. To have a house that everyone strives for and to cook food that people fight over.
Ok actually, I am a pretty good baker, and I have made some tasty treats that may or may not have ended friendships… but aside from that…
The person that I currently am does not have the time or money to do most of this. I also deal with some pretty awesome bouts of anxiety and my husband and I are still at the renting stage of life. So if you’re in the same situation what can you do about it? At the risk of sounding like a broken record… be realistic. I can probably go to the gym 3 times a week and start a yoga practice at home. I could probably start planning some random trips. Maybe even once a month to the places I really want to go. I might never be super zen and relaxed, but there are a lot of techniques out there that I can use to bring my anxiety under control (and I have been doing pretty well lately), and I can probably find some pretty fun ways to decorate our new little basement suite. \
Be ready to embrace change
This not only means to be ready to make the changes that you want in your life, but also be ready for your life to change. Unless you actually live in a world where every day is the same and it has been for years, you know that life changes come fast and hard, and you need to be ready for them so they don’t knock you on your butt. My husband and I have moved 6 times in our 7 years together. I haven’t held the same job for longer than a year, ever. 4 years ago the Mr. decided to go back to school, and 2 years ago I did the same thing. The key to change is being flexible. Be ready to take on everything that life throws at you and adopt that mentality into your new lifestyle.
Start working towards everything you want
Your whole life is not going to be fixed in a day, probably not even after a 30 day challenge. But you need to start today. Do you want to start going to the gym? Then go buy a membership. Do you want to be an artist? Then go pick up a set of pencils. Are you going to be an adventurer? Then go take that first step into the wild. Whatever your passion might be, start taking the steps towards embracing it!
Stay Happy, Healthy + Keep Adventuring