Are you a passionate seeker of joyful things? One thing I’ve noticed happy people have in common is that they’re constantly seeking opportunities to experience beauty, wonder, enchantment, laughter, and pleasure. The same way you see bees buzzing around for pollen and nectar.
It takes conscious effort to drink in life – to mindfully notice all the little amazing things that are here for use to enjoy. It’s easy to get so caught up in everyday life that we forget to be actively looking for and soaking in the opportunities for joy that are all around us.
Taking inspiration from the bee and re-training ourselves to be consistently seeking and focusing our attention on the sweet things that feed our soul can raise our level of overall happiness in big ways.
This mindful way of “beeing” can turn everyday life into a magical adventure, and can also serve us during difficult times by allowing us to still notice the beauty, joy, and supportive synchronicity around us, which can be healing and even help guide us.
For example, three years ago, I was in a dark space after the end of my 10-year marriage. In the days after that split, I was actively seeking high-value nutrition, rest, and simple joys to help keep my spirits and my immune system in check. One morning, I made myself get in the car and drive to the local juice bar for some healthy green juice. Feeling sad and drained, I asked the server if they had anything with kale and lemon. She smiled and said, “We sure do! It’s called the “Learn to Let Go!”
I looked at her a little surprised and started to LOL at the irony! And, felt instantly uplifted and grateful for the timely message I’d just received. All because I was willing to put the effort into seeking and staying open to good things, even during a challenging time.
Living from this place of positive awareness can make happy times even happier, and hard times a little easier (not to mention help us to take in powerful lessons).
So, let’s drink in the summer! I invite you to join me in taking inspiration from the bee. Make deliberate effort each day to mindfully and consistently seek, discover, and create the space for all the amazing little things in life that can bring us joy, wonder, wellness, and needed guidance. Let’s take joy to another level! One of the most important habits of truly happy people.Read More
Hi Friends! I’m happy to announce that I’m now contributing articles to one of my favorite inspirational resources online, Simplereminders.com. Founded by Jenni Young and Bryant McGill, two amazing photographers and inspiring visionaries, Simple Reminders offers nearly 2.5 million people daily inspiration for empowered living. You can visit them on Facebook here, and you can see my latest articles on my contributor page here. Thanks for reading! Much love, Kristi
Hi Friends! A quick announcement to let you know that the new season of my podcast, Happy, Free, & Wild is here! Season 2, episode 1 is available now (Tips for More Happiness and Inner Peace), with new episodes on the way. And, if you haven’t checked out season 1 yet, all the replays are available for you on-demand (woot!). Episodes are available on iTunes, iHeartRadio, and Spreaker.com. Click here for all the details and to listen. Thanks so much to everyone for tuning in! Happy spring!
Much love & radical bliss,
I’m a big fan of lists. I love them. Something about writing things down helps to re-enforce things in our minds, and putting things on paper just makes them a little more…electric. Did you create a list of goals or resolutions at the beginning of this year? I did, and so far, so good! But, this year I realized there is another very important, empowering list we all need that most of us are forgetting to create. A list that can help us stay on track with happiness, stay connected to our inner-voice, and help compel us to create our dream life.
A list of the things that light up your soul.
Why is this so important? Because it’s super easy to get so focused on achieving goals and routines of everyday life that we forget to deliberately incorporate the things that really light us up, support our happiness, and drive our inspiration. And, because spending time turning inward and tapping into our hearts can lead to new discoveries about our passions, what’s really important, and how we can better invite the things that truly bring us joy into our lives more often.
Any time we’re creating a list of goals, we should also be creating a list of the things that light us up and fill our souls with bliss. You can even compare the two lists to see what connects to what, adding even more fuel and clarity to your plan.
Personally, I love lists of ten. I create them all the time. This just seems like a doable number to me. Not overdone or underdone. But, sometimes just listing for as long as the ideas flow can be awesome too.
To help you get started, I thought I’d share my current list of ten things that light me up right now. They’re big and small. Simple and complex. And, to me, they’re all a “Hell yes!”
Stand up paddleboarding
Snorkeling and free diving
Helping others to think about and approach happiness in new ways
Deep, soulful conversations with friends and family
Gardening, fresh flowers, and growing my own food
Great music (especially live)
Ready? Grab a pen, find a quiet spot, connect to your heart, and create your list of things that really, truly light up your soul. Your own bliss list. You might be surprised at what appears on it. Let your heart speak through your pen. I suggest handwriting for sure, especially if you use cursive writing, because it stimulates the brain in ways that help with comprehension and focus. Plus, it’s just a soulful break from anything electronic, and we need as many of those as we can get.
Create and re-create this list often. Keep it where you can see it every day. Think of it as a heart-centered meditation, an action plan, and a to-do list all in one. Of all of our lists, the list of what truly lights us up and fills us with awe in this life is the most powerful and significant of all.
Feel free to share some of the things you’ll be adding to your list below – I’d love to hear them!
Much love & bliss,
Hi Dear Friends! Happy, happy 2015! I’ve made a video for you where I share my #1 tip and theme for a fantastic, happy, successful 2015: Think bigger! Click on the image below to view the video and hear why I’m going to think bigger in 2015, and how you can too. Trust me, this will get you thinking:
Wishing you an amazing, sparkling holiday! Thank you so much for being a part of my 2014. I’m SO grateful for you! I can’t wait to share some awesome stuff with you in the coming year. If you don’t have my free Empower Your Day eBook & Three Keys for Incredible Lasting Happiness audio class, be sure to download them to the right of this page – they’re my gifts to you and a great way to start the year!
Much love & New Year light,
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Hi Friends! I’m sharing how I live on purpose by answering a few questions from my inspiring friend Dr. Danielle Dowling in support of her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a wee, free sample here! Here we go! …
Q: How do you let go of the chase for perfection?
KL: Long ago, I was able to let go of chasing perfection by changing my perspective on what perfection actually is. Sometimes it’s just that things worked out in spite of bumps in the road – things working out, no matter how, is always perfection. Sometimes perfection is the lessons I learn when things don’t go the way I’d hoped they would. What could be more perfect than learning and growing? Embracing imperfection and changing the way we look at perfection makes all the difference.
Q: How do you pinpoint what isn’t working?
KL: You really have to be consciously and deliberately in tune with yourself to be regularly pinpointing what isn’t working so you can create shifts, large and small, to keep you on the path to your best life. When I was much younger, I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to what I was tolerating in my life, and therefore, was living in a stressed out state of constantly having my energy drained and feeling frustrated. When I started looking carefully at what wasn’t working for me (even the small stuff), and making changes accordingly, my life opened up in amazing ways. One of my missions now is to always be mindfully “cleaning out my emotional closet” to make room for fabulous new things.
Q: How do you know when you’ve “arrived” or finally “made it happen?”
KL: I’m always celebrating. Small victories, big accomplishments, and even just the everyday. To me, waking up in the morning is “arriving.” Every morning is a chance to create fantastic things. Another big thing for me that tells me I’m on the right path is when I receive emails, comments, or posts from people who read my blog or take part in one of my courses telling me that something I shared made a difference for them. This is like rocket fuel for me! It’s why I do what I do. When I know that something I’ve said or written has helped one person, that’s the ultimate feeling of “making it happen.”
Thanks to my friend, Dr. Danielle Dowling, for these great questions! I invite you to share how you live on purpose in the comments below. And, be sure to check out Danielle’s new book, The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. You can snap up a free sample here!
If I could share just one thing with the world about happiness, this would be it. If you’ve struggled in your life with creating sustainable, lasting happiness, this is for you, and it’s very important…
Happiness is many things – a mindset, a choice, a feeling – but the MOST important thing to know about happiness – and the little known missing link – is that happiness is a SKILL.
When you embrace happiness as a skill that you can learn to do, practice, and become good at… just like learning to play a musical instrument or speaking a new language… everything changes!
Consciously practice happiness every single day by deliberately re-focusing on positive thinking, doing the things that bring you joy, creating healthy happiness habits, practicing self-love, and taking ridiculously good care of your precious mind, body, and spirit.
Research, try different things, discover what supports your happiness — and regularly invite more of THAT into your life on purpose. Make it your top priority. Work at it like you would work at learning a challenging new computer application. Do this with great effort EVERY DAY – mindfully and deliberately DO happiness – and after a while, it will become part of you. Your natural state. Suddenly, you’ll find that you’re fluent in happiness! And, your life will be forever changed.
It may take weeks for you, and it may take months or even longer. Don’t give up, everyone is different. You’ll feel the shift when it happens. If you stick to it and don’t stop – you will literally re-program your brain, your actions, and your cells to naturally live in a state of cultivating happiness and inner-peace.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t experience difficult times in life, everyone does, but it does mean that you’ll be regularly living in a natural state of happiness, and the skills you develop to live in that new happy state will also support you through the hard times too. Everything becomes easier, more light filled, and more doable.
Happiness is the required skill for living our very best life that they forgot to teach us in school.
Are you ready to learn, practice, and master the SKILL of happiness? Let’s go!
xo Love, Kristi
P.S. – Be sure to download my free happiness audio & eBook on the right side of this page – they’ll get you started! And, you’ll be the first to know about my upcoming 4-week eCourse, Happiness Bootcamp!