You know what I love about myself? That I am probably one of the most passionate people you’ll ever meet. I love that! I have this desire within myself to always get other people as excited about things in life as I do, and while that may sometimes come off as being a little bossy, my intention is always to get you as motivated about living life and advocating for others as I am.
I celebrated my 28th birthday in February, and for whatever reason this birthday felt different— but a good kind of different. This year I had no expectations for how my birthday should be—and it’s not like I generally expect an over abundance of birthday love, but typically I feel like my birthday is THE day. Every year, I live that day imagining that perfect strangers are smiling at me because the whole world secretly knows it’s my birthday. And it’s like everyone is super nice to me and friendly because they somehow got the memo that it’s MY day. Colors are brighter, birds are singing louder, flowers are blooming, you get the idea… But this year, it really did seem like any other day. And the days leading up to it and the days lingering after it, I had the sweetest inner peace within me. On my birthday, Eric and I were sharing some birthday beers and I asked him if he ever felt the feeling I was experiencing. He knew exactly what I was talking about and shared that for him, it feels like when you lead your life with intention you will experience a more regular feeling of peace than when you live life without it. He said it perfectly. That’s exactly what I was feeling and exactly how it felt.
So, it’s now April and I am always striving to live my life with intention in almost every decision I make. I mean, I’m even applying this to food you guys—and it’s awesome! Bare with me for a second and imagine the feeling of eating an orange. When you intentionally decide to eat an orange, you think about all the steps it takes to eat one (which may be why I’ve decided to just grab the nearest candy bar in previous snack making decisions). First, you peel away the orange peel, which typically ends with you having orange peel underneath your fingernails for the rest of the day. Then, as you peel each piece off bit by bit, you smell the clean citrusy smell of the orange. Once the orange is peeled, there are always those little stringy pieces from the peel attached to the orange that you encounter as you pull the orange pieces apart. And finally you’re ready to start eating those orange pieces. Now think for a minute about the amazingness that this fruit grew as individual orange pieces for you inside of a peel—all on its own! Amazing, right? And by intentionally choosing to eat an orange and think about that piece of fruit as you indulge in its deliciousness, you are appreciating the creation of something, which…wait for it…gives you a feeling of inner peace. You may think this is all some “hippie” bullhonkey, but I challenge you to think about your food with intention the next time you eat something. It’s a strange and great feeling all at the same time.
Leading life with intention isn’t easy, I am constantly reminding myself to reel in the passion I talked about earlier and think before I do things. But let me tell you, it has made my life feel slower and more meaningful. My relationships and love have felt so real and so good. I value my time with Eric, friends, family, my Sammy pup, my job, and those moments when it’s just me so much more that at times I feel euphoric. And in situations where things aren’t going the way I wish they were, I’m able to just roll with the punches a bit more and be present in the moment, even if I’m not wanting to be there. Being present instead of being annoyed is a much better feeling—let me tell ya!
So here are the ingredients to the Kool-Aid I’ve been drinking lately: passion, love, peace, and intention. I’ve gotta say that so far, it’s tasting pretty sweet to me.
That’s my two cents <3
All images taken with my iPhone.