Wednesday, August 26, 2015

B Happy: 7 Steps to a Happier You

I like to laugh. A LOT!
I like to smile. BIG!
I like to have a good time. OFTEN!
I feel life should be a beautiful story, so every single day I make it my mission to add another page of positivity. Sure, sometimes there are upsets, and sometimes there are tragic scenes-- that's life. However, in the grand scheme of things, it's an endearing story of a girl who just hopes to be a light.

Seven (7) is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things (biblestudy.com, 2015). Just so happens seven is my favorite number too! So here are 7 ways to help you create your own version of perfect happiness in your own life. 

1. Wake up with an attitude of GRATITUDE.
When I wake up, I thank God for blessing me to see another day, to enjoy more time with my loved ones, to work on bettering myself, then I meditate (or read my Bible) and pray. Starting your day with this mindset makes it hard to be grumpy. I started keeping a gratitude journal after a crushing break up and it changed my whole perspective. I was so busy counting my blessings, I had no time (nor the desire) to wallow in heartache.

2. Do something SELFLESS.
I'm talking about an act of service for someone who may never repay you. Helping someone in need is one of the easiest and most humane things we can do for one another. Volunteer, assist someone taking their groceries to their car, pay for the order for the car behind you at the drive-thru. You never know how much your kind gesture impacted that other person, but it surely adds to the good in the world.

3. Feed your PASSION.
Blogging and fashion are not only my hobbies; they are my passion projects, creative outlets. I developed a love for writing (which may explain why I am currently working on my 3rd degree) at a very early age. My eye for style manifested some time during high school. Whenever I find myself bored or in a rut, I turn to writing (poems, skits, journal entries) and fashion (shopping and styling). Tapping into your creative side helps develop confidence and expresses who you are. Honor yourself by utilizing your creative gift.

4. Get up, and WORKOUT.
Whenever I feel low, I go for a run. After a break up, I intensify my workout routine. Working out is when I have time to breathe, de-clutter my brain, and release some aggression. Also, exercise releases endorphins (the happy chemical) in the brain. And a body you can admire is self-gratifying. Do I really need to expound?

5. Get more SLEEP.
Research suggests adults that get less than seven (there goes my number again) hours of sleep have more difficulty concentrating and more mood issues. When you wake up refreshed, you feel a difference. Maybe you'll find that you actually ARE a morning person!

6. Learn to FORGIVE yourself and others.
We all make mistakes. Whether it was a friend who took advantage of that friendship, a significant other who cheated, or you failed to do something that caused so many other things to fall into shambles... You have to give people grace. Holding on to grudges, feeling guilty, waiting for a do-over that will never come just keep you from living in the now. Use setbacks as lessons. Forgive, and grow from the experience. You owe it to yourself.

7. INDULGE from time to time.
Often times we don't think of ourselves as deserving. We may go all out for our friends and family, while neglecting to make time for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with splurging on a spa day after you've saved for it; taking a day to sit around and do absolutely nothing; hire a maid for a day so you don't have to clean up for once; take a Friday off work just to sleep till noon. Every once in a while you have to treat yourself. Set a realistic goal, grind it out, then reward yourself once you accomplish it. Accomplishing the goal and getting a treat makes it a win-win!

I once read that "happiness" is a journey; not a destination. You have to constantly work on being happy. You won't necessarily be happy every day (unless you're a robot, and you're not... right?), but you'll see that over time, you become an overall happy person. When you're secure with yourself, can live freely, and make the choice to maintain your peace and joy, you've tapped into the sweetest life!




Thank you for stopping by and reading. 
Be good to yourself,
B.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Vested Interest

Although I am not a "summertime girl," I love the ease of the season. When else can you throw on a tank, some DIY cut-offs, a sleeveless blazer and call it a complete going-out look because you threw some heels on with it?
I'll wait for a response....
You really can't! And that's become my formula for easy summer chicness! 1. A flowy tank 2. a pair of shorts and 3. some sort of statement piece (in this instance, I chose two: the sleeveless blazer and the fringe sandals). And my rule of thumb is to keep it neutral! You can't go wrong! 


And can we talk about these heels? I love them! So comfy, so easy to wear, and they easily add a statement to an otherwise safe outfit. I'm into it!



 
 
Photo credit: Kaye McCoy
 
THE DETAILS:
Sleeveless blazer: Style Moi // Chiffon tank: Nordstrom Rack (old) // Cut-off shorts: Goodwill x DIY // Fringe sandals: Go Jane // "Charlie" name necklace: Onecklace