Sometimes you have to take a step back from life and enjoy the little things. It’s easy to get caught up in our day to day activities… our schedules, commitments, and even the things that cause us stress. Sometimes we don’t bask in the present. My heart has been heavy lately because I have been neglecting myself-in essence my happiness. I am often hard on myself and am rarely ever satisfied. I have realized that I’m on auto pilot. But. The beauty of the fact is that the present is only a window of time. What we are experiencing in this very moment is not a reflection of what to expect in the future. As cliche as it sounds, any complication that you come across is merely a bump in the road. The first step in progress is always evaluation. Evaluating where you are, what you want, and how you will get it. Another fact that is important to keep in mind is that some things in our surroundings are in our control and some things are not. How we react to things that are out of our control not only builds character but determines the future. Things that we DO have control over are just that… In our hands… And if things aren’t going accordingly…simply change the circumstances in your favor. It is pointless to stress over things that are not in your control-for example if you had a huge BBQ planned and it starts pouring down an hour beforehand. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you react you it. Bring the party inside. Move forward. Don’t look back. All is not lost. With that being said, I challenge you to ask yourself “Are you happy?” Happiness means something different to everyone. To some it’s security, for some it’s love, for some it’s financial, or physical. Whatever it may be, find a way to find the bright side, do something you enjoy. Make time for what it is that makes you happy, because once you start feeling better… Your energy changes for the better, and once your energy changes you attract all the good things that you deserve.

“If not now…. When?”

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