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Remember when I committed to posting 3 times a week? Yeeeaahh, about that…

I apologize for another disappearing act. As much as I’d like to say it won’t happen again, I can’t guarantee it. Work occupies 40+ hours per week and my spare time is filled with friends, family, and that boy I mentioned…he came to visit me on Friday and, rather than going out for dinner, we decided to whip up spaghetti and have a movie night at home. Way cheaper and WAY more fun.

1002258_610479748976838_508954690_nWe were both super impressed with our cooking skills. But how can you really go wrong with pasta and bread? Seriously. I mean, we all know about my love affair with carbs. Paleo Shmaleo

Anyways, onto the topic of today’s post:

Being content. 

From the day that we’re born, the concept of constantly “improving” is instilled in us. We’re praised when we grow, excel, and accomplish something new. We’re taught to never stop searching for the next best thing. We have laser vision on the possibilities of tomorrow and refuse to accept what we have today. It’s inescapable. From money to technology to careers to fashion, we’re never content.

Okay, Emily, stop rambling…where is this coming from?

Well, one day last week I decided to go on a long walk. I had just finished working both jobs, the weather was gorgeous, and I was tired of being cooped up inside. So, I walked. I didn’t listen to music, I didn’t look at my phone, I just walked. For being in the middle of a huge city, it was unbelievably peaceful. At one point I stopped, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and thought “I’m content”.

It was a foreign thought, to be honest. I’ve never allowed myself to be ‘content’ before. To me it was considered failing and I know I’m not the only one who has fallen into that trap. It’s time for change.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to stop growing and working towards your goals. Change is an important and exciting part of life and we should never be expected to settle. I’m just telling you that it’s okay to be happy right where you are. In a world that obsesses over the bad things in life, I challenge you to find and embrace the good. I challenge you to breathe, to smile, to love yourself, and to accept the people around you for exactly who they are today…tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

IMG_1684Here’s to stopping and smelling the roses…

-Emily

Humanity is so interesting, isn’t it?

Working in customer-service allows me to constantly meet and observe new people which is absolutely fascinating. Every person that I encounter has their own life, family, friends, beliefs, likes/dislikes, goals, aspirations, and routines <— which is exactly what I want to discuss today.

I think most people fall into one of two categories: those who let routine control their life and those who let life control their routine. Follow? Let me explain…

So many of us (myself included) love and rely on our specific routines. We’re creatures of habit and changing up our day-to-day life can be overwhelming. Personally, I spent years doing the same things, in the same order, every day. It was comfortable and I thought I was being “responsible” by living this way. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with schedules and routines- they’re necessary!- but we also can’t let that stand in the way of new experiences. When new opportunities present themselves, we should take advantage. When life changes, we must learn to adjust.

d0a366a5fbb00c2482f6bb80811faeb8The past week has been the perfect example of how far I’ve come in regards to my fear of change. My sister stayed with me all week and on Friday my mom, grandparents, uncle, cousin and an old high school friend came down for the weekend. I still worked quite a bit throughout the week/weekend, but other than that, my ‘routine’ was thrown out the window and I loved it. 

UniversalDay1 UniversalDay2I played, I socialized, I shopped, I ate, I only got one “formal” workout (my longest & fasted run ever!), I laughed, I smiled, I went with the flow…and you know what that all adds up to? Living.

Finding balance is crucial in every area of life, this one included. I’m beginning to discover that my personal bliss exists when I maintain a balance of freedom and structure. Thanks to my Type A personality, that’s not always easy, but the benefits are definitely worth the challenge.

So, find your own freedom and don’t live your life on repeat. I promise that you’ll find more joy within yourself and in the world around you when you constantly fill your days with something new.

Here’s to throwing our planners out the window every once in a while…

-Emily

Alright, please excuse my little disappearing act. My sister is staying with me this week so every moment that I’ve had off has been spent with her. Having her here is my favorite thing in the world.

I don’t have a post planned for today but I promise they’re coming. I’ve observed, encountered, and experienced a lot of things lately that I can’t wait to discuss. For now, here’s a whirlwind update…

Life Lately: 

Work (a lot), sleep (not enough), family, friends, sunshine, food, exercise (sometimes), a boy (maybe), caffeine, fruit (ridiculous amounts), growing up, and smiles (a million).

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securedownload-2Sometimes we have to stop thinking and just live. I’m working like a maniac right now but my spare time is filled with adventures, new experiences, and un-denyable bliss. Is life perfect? Hell no. Actually, by most people’s standards, it’s more imperfect that it has been in years. But, that’s okay. I’m staying positive, surrounding myself with amazing people, and discovering how it feels to truly be alive.

Here’s to discovering smiles amidst the madness…

-Emily

52 <— The number of hours I worked last week.

It won’t always be that way- thank goodness- we just happened to lose people at both of my jobs over the past few weeks so I covered extra shifts. But, surprisingly enough, I didn’t really mind it. I was having fun, being productive, and spent my days helping and interacting with people. I love that.

Now let’s share our thoughts over a virtual cup of coffee, shall we?

securedownload-2Anyone who works in customer-service understands how difficult people can be. There’s no getting around it. And if I had my jobs a year ago, I’m not sure I could have dealt with it. My OCD was at an all-time high and things had to be done my way, in my time. Of course, that’s not how life works and I was left bitter and constantly frustrated by the people around me. It was miserable for everyone involved.

I was convinced that this negativity was caused solely by the world around me. After all, I was doing everything “right” so it couldn’t be my fault, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. 

Over the past few months I’ve learned something that completely turned my life around…

I learned to love myself.

aabb67aee62c96f49a7a55c645b15195It became obvious that the ‘flaws’ I was constantly finding in other people were actually manifesting from things that I didn’t love or accept about myself. I was unhappy with myself and the things in my life and carried that negativity around wherever I went. Of course, it turned into judgement.

I’m still not perfect (duh) but I’m more at peace with myself than I’ve ever been. I’ve learned that things in my life don’t have to be “perfect” to be good. I aim to stay positive, no matter what the circumstances. I look at the people around me, even difficult customers, and try find something beautiful about them. I love myself and am able to love those around me. My smiles are finally real.

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How quick are you to judge the people around you? Do you constantly pick them apart to build yourself up? Unfortunately, we all do. But I encourage you to start being aware. Every time you start to judge someone, stopbreathe, and find something beautiful. You’ll be amazed by what you discover.

I know that 90% of my posts turn into life-lessons- I apologize if it’s not your jam. But, for me, this blog serves as a place to share my journey. As I change, grow, and free myself of past burdens, I want to bring you along. We all deserve to be happy and I know it’s possible. I’m here to prove it.

Here’s to loving ourselves AND others…

-Emily