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Living your best life

March 4, 2019

There’s a lot of chatter these days about “living your best life.”

On Instagram alone there are 1,466,032 posts (and counting) with the tag #bestlife. So I decided to do a quick Google search, “what does it mean to live your best life” because when I look at all of those IG photos – few look like what my best life looks like to me.

And it got me to thinking about how when we compare our normal day to day life to the perfectly curated highlight reel of exotic travel pics and sexy selfie poses that show up on social media, it’s easy to get confused about what it actually means to live your best life.

Just like with happiness and success, each one of us has a different definition of what it means to live our best life. So the first step to living it is actually defining it.

What does living your best life mean to you?

To me, it’s a constant work in progress. It’s this tricky balance between following my passion with Balance & Thrive, with feeling good in my mind, body and spirit, and with showing up the way I want to for my family. It looks like fitting in time to work while my kiddo naps, committing to a book club so I force myself to read (something I enjoy but never do unless I “have” to), sitting in the sauna for 10 minutes after working out while my kiddo plays in childcare, and shooting hoops outside with him, taking family walks around the neighborhood, and cooking (which I don’t love to do, but I enjoy the result of).

None of it is especially fancy or exciting. It’s normal everyday stuff that kind of collides into each other. It’s messy and mundane. But it’s real, everyday life. It’s the stuff that makes me happy. It’s what feels good and gives my life meaning and purpose. So that’s what my best life looks like.

When you know what it means to live your best life, it becomes a lot easier to actually live your best life. To fill your days with the things that matter to you most and that you enjoy. And to stop doing the things that drain you and suck you dry.

It also becomes a lot easier to not get caught up in comparing your real life “best life” to the edited, perfected highlight reels that others post.

Your best life gets to be whatever you want it to be. Really think about this for a minute though – don’t just assume that you want to sit on a beach for the rest of your life sipping smoothies or fancy frozen cocktails and fitting into a size 2 bikini never to worry about another thing again. It’s not real. And just because that’s the imagery you see – doesn’t mean it’s the real life you want (and it doesn’t mean that’s what’ll make you happy). And it’s really unfair to compare your real life to someone’s thought out, posed photos because it’ll make you feel like how you’re living isn’t good enough, and you’ll miss all the goodness that already exists for you.

Your best life truly is the simple compilation of things that help you to feel good and to be (mosly) happy day in and day out. The simple moments of doing the things you enjoy with the people you love.

That’s it.

What does your version of your best life look like? Are you living it? If you’re on IG, I’d love to see some photos of you living your real life best life – be sure to tag me @balancethrive.

If you’re not quite living your best life yet, what are some shifts you can start to make today to bring it a little closer?

To help you get started, grab a piece of paper or a journal and start to free write about what a day in your best life might look like. Once you’re done writing that out, go back through and circle some things you can start with right now. Pick one or two and make them a priority for today!

Here’s to you living your best life. If you’d like some help taking this one step further, be sure to reach out. I’d love to talk with you about how I can help you start to live your best life!

Emily

P.S. And for some extra inspiration – here’s a song the instructor played during our Amp Cycle class Saturday morning as she asked us to think about living our best life. Warning – lots of explicit lyrics so if that’s not your thing, I’d go ahead and skip this song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLczB9NiDmY

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