It’s funny where we find reminders of the challenges to living a life of positivity, the importance of self care, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. I subscribe to The The Well Dressed Life, a blog and Facebook group by Megan Kristel, who.launched her personal style business, Kristel Closets, in the Philadelphia area in 2006. Now, at age 43, she provides style tips and shopping suggestion for the “every woman” over 40. Here is a link to the website. https://thewelldressedlife.com/.
Having previously been a follower of Brenda Kinsel, the author of several wonderful books, including 40 Over 40, who sadly succumbed to cancer in Autumn 2020, I’d already learned what works for me from a fashion perspective. But, who doesn’t love a blog that tells where all of the best sales can be found every Sunday?
This morning I read Megan’s post titled The Year I Burnt It To The Ground about her journey to letting go of toxic relationships, working on self care and finding a new way to live with gratitude. That resonated with me because I’d experienced a similar reset at about the same age, hitting the reboot button and recalibrating who I wanted to be, how I wanted to live, and what steps I had to take to get there.
I was fortunate to have my Al Anon family group provide support along the way and impress upon me that life is a journey that would require constant work to live a life of serenity. Reading Megan’s post reminded me that every time someone bravely shares such a journey, they give hope to others.
So, I continue to share bits of my journey and tools I use to keep on a positive path with wellness, happiness, abundance and gratitude.
* let go of resentments,..forgive yourself for being imperfect
* love your neighbor or family member, but sometimes at a distance. Detach with love
* make a gratitude list
* let go of people, places & things over which you have no control. Essentially everything but your own attitude or reaction.
* practice yoga or take a walk or meditate or run or perform community service or get a massage or take vitamins.
* tell your loved ones how much you love them, often.
* eat healthy foods, but indulge in a piece of pie/ cake/ cheesecake/ cookie/ chocolate occasionally
* turn off the TV, put down the phone or iPad, limit social media, go outside and absorb the beauty of our world
* read a book
* pick up the phone and talk to people instead of sending a text or email.
* send someone an actual card through the mail
* try something
* share your life with a dog, cat, hamster, fish, bunny or another sentient being.
* be kind, do the next right thing, avoid somebody else’s drama
Just a few things that have helped me on my journey, which continues each minute, hour, day….