I came across this photo this weekend and smiled. It’s from Leo and I’s first trip to Greece together back in 2013 (I can’t believe that was three and a half years ago!). Here we are being goofy after finding a miner’s cart in one of the mineral mines in Milos. One of my favorite past times is too look over old photos –  they always bring back happy memories & beautiful experiences. They remind me of the people & places I love.

I know I’m not alone when I say that some of my most memorable experiences occur when I’m on vacation or out of my every day routine. This is probably because I’m disconnected from the stresses of every day life. Vacation amounts to ~10% of my overall time – and it saddens me to think that the rest of the time I’m not doing what I can to make the most of every moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anxious mess on a daily basis, but I could be doing a better job of practicing gratitude & not taking time for granted. I’ve decided I’m going to try to do a better job at this…thinking about now and not wasting all of my time worrying about the future or what I could’ve done differently in the past.

The articles below inspired me to be grateful, present and not take happiness for granted. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

  1. Mental grit is a really thing, and it can help you in infinite ways. I want to make gratitude a habit I practice daily (jamesclear.com).
  2. What do you desire? “What would you spend your life doing if money was no object?”. This message makes so much sense, yet it much easier said than done. Regardless, the video inspired me to think about what I want from life. I’m still pondering it… (vimeo.com).
  3. Being outdoors, whether it be at the beach or hiking in Peru, ALWAYS makes me happy. That said, I wasn’t surprised to learn that science also shows that nature makes us happy (news.nationalgeographic.com). Maybe we all just need to spend a little more time outside!
  4. 15 quotes from a modern day zen master that will change your perspective. My favorite, “You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad” (hackspirit.com).
  5. How you should be starting your mornings, according to the Dalai Lama (thepowerofideas.ideapod.com).