You Are the Main Character of Your Life: 5 Simple Ways to Create a Life You Love
In the midst of work, school, family, and relationships, it can be hard to remember exactly where we fit into our own lives. We can often become so occupied with everything and everyone else, that we sometimes forget to find joy in life’s simplest pleasures.
However, our lives are so much more than what we can do for others. It’s also about what we do for ourselves. While at times, life can be full of stress, surprises, and sometimes chaotic, it’s so important to find pockets of peace in the things we love.
So, whether it be spending time with the people you adore, or indulging yourself in the things that make you happiest, here are 5 simple ways to take control of your life, and create one you love:
Surround Yourself with Things You Love
One of the simplest ways to integrate joy into your life is to surround yourself with things that inspire you. Whether it’s your room, your place, your car, or even your laptop, it’s so important to remember your space is your sanctuary. You can make it as you as you want.
For me this has looked like all pink everything. My laptop, my room decor, and even my steering wheel and license plate are pink!
Not only is decorating your space to match who you are a form of self-expression, but it’s also a great way to incorporate a little of what you love into your everyday life.
Surround Yourself with People You Love
I am a strong believer that you are who you surround yourself with. Not just in the sense of goals and aspirations, but in a way that affects your quality of life as well.
It’s so important to surround yourself with genuine people who value you and inspire you to grow. Whether it’s colleagues, friends, or a partner, your relationships should make you feel good and you should feel safe to be who you are.
So if you find that you have to question someone’s intentions, that they drain you of your energy, or make you doubt your worth, it’s a clear sign that this person doesn’t belong in your life.
Wear Things You Love
One of my biggest life hacks lately is only buying and wearing things I love. Not for the attention of others, but for myself. I find that when I wear things I feel the most me in, I’m more confident, and can show up as my best.
So whether it’s doing your makeup in a way that makes you feel prettiest, or wearing things that make you feel the most authentically yourself, remember that you don’t have to justify what you choose to wear to anyone but you.
One of the simplest ways to invest in yourself daily, is to wear things you genuinely feel good in.
Eat Things You Love
One of the most essential ways to take care of ourselves is to nourish our bodies. Depending on whether you’re a struggling college student, or a wealthy mother of 3, this can look very different across the board.
While it’s important to try to make healthy choices, what’s also important is making choices you love. So whether it’s finding recipes with your favorite ingredients, or adding a treat to every meal, make breakfast, lunch and dinner an event.
Eating healthy shouldn’t have to feel like a task, and eating well shouldn’t be just for special occasions.
It’s more than just being excited about what we eat, but also being excited about life.
Do Things You Love
Last but not least, while for some of us, there are aspects of our lives we can’t control, part of maintaining our inner peace means focusing on what we can.
For example, for many of us, taking care of ourselves also means making responsible choices. This could be anywhere from moving our bodies, to waking up early, to working to pay the bills.
If you hate working out, taking control looks like finding a work out you genuinely enjoy. If it’s waking up early, this could look like creating a morning routine you can’t wait to wake up too. If it’s your job, work somewhere you’re passionate about, are valued, and/or can find meaning and value in.
Deciding to romanticize the moments you dread the most not only ensures that you’re committing to the choices that help you become your best, but also turns those moments you hate, into small moments of joy.
Life doesn’t have to be daunting, and you don’t have to tailor yours to other’s ideas of what it should be. Instead, express yourself, appreciate the small things, and remember that you are the main character of your life; how you decide to live it is ultimately up to you.