In today’s world of everything-at-your-fingertips, it can start to feel like we are supposed to subscribe to a specific definition of beauty. We raise our personal standards to the height of others, which can result in buying things we can’t afford and aspiring to be places we are not. This is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? It’s important to always strive to be better in life, but not when it compromises our daily happiness and negates our current achievements. Can we combine these tall orders of inspiration with where we are today, to feel beauty all of the time?

The answer is yes. Here are a few tips that have helped me learn to be present and appreciate my beautiful life:

  1. Take notice of your surroundings. We tend to skate through life so fast, often staring down at our phones, that we never appreciate where we are. Make a strong commitment to put down your phone and notice the qualities of where you are that make you happy. Really happy, deep down. Consider striking up conversation or simply smiling at a stranger–it sounds cliche but these small acts can truly change the entire day.
  2. Stop saying “I need that”. This is a hard one, I know. How many times throughout the day do you see anything, from a necklace to an ice cream cone, and utter the words: OMG… I need that. Probably too many. The next time you find yourself needing something that you only really want, take a step back and think about what you have in front of you. That is enough, that will sustain you, and everything else ends up fading away.
  3. Write down things that inspire you. Do you want to run around the Maldives eating ceviche and enjoying a pinot, like your favorite insta-star? Write it down. Then write down all of the steps you need to be able to afford that trip. Think about it: if we just sit back and gaze at these tall orders from a distance without taking any action, we will never get there, and why shouldn’t we get there?

Enrich your personal standard of a beautiful life, inviting room for appreciation and healthy aspiration. I hope I’ve inspired you to continue learning how to appreciate the beauty in your life!

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