Working on Contentment

Working on Contentment

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being content with my life. Prepare yourself for lots of rambling and thoughts being all over the place!

I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t in a very good place this time last year. I was consistently wanting things other people had. Whether it was items or experiences, I was envious of others and what they were doing.

This year, I’ve really focused on seeking out the joy in my life and truly appreciating what I have. I’m so blessed to have come from the most amazing family who loves me so much; to be married to a man who leads me, provides for me, and loves me; to have an education and degree; to wake up every day and pursue the passions I love; to be part of a church. The list goes on and on!

I have so many things in my life to be thankful for. Why should I spend time wishing I had someone else’s things or someone else’s life? Why should I be jealous of another blogger’s sponsorship opportunities? It’s so easy to look at other people’s lives, think they have it all together, and be jealous of their opportunities. It’s harder to look at your own life and find things that you’re thankful for.

For the past year, I’ve found such a difference in myself after spending time being thankful for what I have, not dwelling on what I don’t have. A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to start taking temporary breaks from social media and the result was amazing. I walked away from the constant inflow of other people’s lives and took the time to live my own life – to truly relish in what I’ve been given.

When I turned my focus onto my life and the people around me, I realized I’ve been a really crappy supporter of other people. I’ve been sitting in a corner pitying myself for not having what everyone else has or not doing what everyone else is doing. It dawned on me that instead of being jealous of others, I should be encouraging to those in my communities. When I stopped looking at what other people have or are doing in an envious way and instead looked at them in a supportive way, I began to perceive the world around me differently.

I think it’s so important to uplift others and the activities they’ve got going on. When I began building others up, I started to feel so much better about myself; therefore, I urge you to do the same. I think it’s of utmost importance to realize that we’re all in this together, especially in the blogging community! Commending one another and spurring one another to do great things is invaluable and will only make our community better.

Today, I want to inspire you to reach out to a blogger or someone you follow on social media who you may be envious of or look up to and cheer them on. Compliment them on what they’re wearing, leave them a comment about the words in the caption that you identify with, anything! If more of us spread love and encouragement, the online world will be a much better place to be a part of.