Loving Life

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How is everyones 2014 so far? I started off the New Year living in a tree house in the rainforest in Costa Rica..

Yes it was crazy. I have so many pictures I can not wait to share. It truly was a life-changing experience. I came back with complete positivity and a sense of peace. And that has been my resolution for 2014- to find a sense of peace within myself. 

Every year its the same resolutions…

  • work out everyday 
  • no soda
  • no cursing
  • read books etc…

I find that these resolutions honestly just stress me out. There is always this lingering pressure starting out the New Year. To the point where I am just like ugh I don’t even want to try anymore.

And yes they are important to incorporate into life.. but I find that the pressure is not beneficial to my life.

My important words for 2014 are

  • Gratitude
  • Peace
  • Love

Because without these three things how is a happy life achieved? 

For gratitude I decided to keep a gratitude journal. Every night, or the nights I can, I write down everything I am grateful for that happened that day. It has been going very well!

For peace I decided to turn off the news. No more CNN, USA Today, etc. Although current events can be important, I was constantly checking the news all day everyday purely out of boredom. And I just kept getting hit with more and more bad news. It really started to drag me down in 2013, and give me a pessimistic outlook. So far I have been detoxing from news I actually have a much brighter outlook on life I have to say. I plan on volunteering my time to give back to the community as well.

For love I decided to start giving more loving attention to my family and friends. I felt this past year I really just blew people off for my own personal time. Now everyday I try to talk to friends I barely contact and I have conversations with every family member. I am trying to be a lot more loving and less judgmental. 

 

Resolutions can be hard to keep so my motto is just to take it day-by-day. I know there will be plenty of times this year where I find it difficult to stick to these three words, but there is always tomorrow. Don’t let yourself get stressed because it will all work out, especially if there is gratitude involved! And most importantly treat yourself well.  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful, safe January. 

xx Olivia 

 

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7 thoughts on “Loving Life

  1. Well I can’t wait to hear about your Costa Rica treehouse experience – how amazing! I love your 3 important words. And I too, never watch the news. My husband makes fun of me that I never know what’s going on in the world, but it really drags me down. So I get all the important bits from him 😉

    • wait a minute I can’t believe you just commented on my blog! I am a HUGE fan of yours! I have been following your blog for two years! Thank you so so much 😀 My Costa Rica pics are coming up real soon!

  2. I love this! Such great resolutions (or words), much better than the normal ones. I may have to try a couple myself. Can’t wait to see pics from Costa Rica. We were there a year in a half ago and had the best time!

  3. Hey Olivia, you started following my blog…1 day and 14 hours ago. Hope its entertaining 😛
    Whilst i was studying my Japanese today i came across this:
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/02/how-seinfelds-productivity-secret-fixed-my-procrastination-problem/

    Its a little daily motivational type thing, that apparently Jerry Seinfeld used, to help you stay consistent with your goals. Ive just implemented it today for my creative writing.

    And these days I only have a single news source which is all from a guy called Phillip DeFranco on youtube. He’s been at it for almost 10 years and you wont find a more down to earth, common sense news source than him!

    Enjoy!

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