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10 Habits to Live a Happy Life

I believe living a happy life is a choice…

There is so much going on in the world and negativity screams at us from our tvs, radios, cell phones and computers.  Social media has really changed our levels of anxiety, stress, and even happiness.  How many times have you been on social media and seen someone posting [bragging] about something? I know for women, we often fall into the comparison game.  We compare out lives to the lives of those on social media and around us.  We must realize that those “glamorous” lives we see on social media, are not all that perfect, happy or wonderful.  We all have good days and bad days.  We all deal with the same situations, disappointments, highs, lows, stresses, and etc. Some just choose to only show the good.  I guess it’s better than those who turn to social media to only complain about everything in life.

But seriously, social media can make us miserable.  It can really exaggerate life.  You have to learn to tune it all out. You have to know that being happy is a choice.  You can choose to be happy no matter what life throws at you, what you see on social media, hear on the radio, read in the newspaper or see on tv.  I think of myself as a happy person [thus the name of my blog].  I’d like to share with you a list of 10 habits I do that inspire me to live a happier life.

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  1. Pray ~ I give it all to God.  I pray about everything.  I trust in Him & I have faith in His plan.  No matter what life throws at me, I trust that it’s all a part of God’s plan.
  2. Move your Body ~ I’ve been working out regularly for about 3 months now and I feel so much better.  I like what I see in the mirror which has given me added confidence.  My body can do things I never dreamed I would be able to do. I have met knew people and created lasting friendships because of a common interest.
  3. Eat Healthy ~ I have learned that eating healthier choices makes you feel so much better.  I do have days when I might have a cheat but for the most part, I eat healthy foods.  I try to eat organic and natural. And I drink plenty of water daily [half of my body weight in ounces].
  4. Ignore Negativity ~ People who feed on negativity bring me down to a place I don’t like to be.  It’s really hard for me to not let negative energy and thoughts get to me.  So, I’ve learned that I just have to separate myself from negativity.  If someone in my life is negative and just zaps the life right out of me, I’m moving on and pushing them out.  I just can’t do it!
  5. Laugh ~ I laugh a lot! My kids make me laugh. My husband makes me laugh.  My friends make me laugh.  Heck, some days I laugh at myself.  I have a bit of a sarcastic side…
  6. Listen More ~ When you listen to what people are saying and I mean truly listen to them, you become a much better friend to them.  They will appreciate you more.  So many people want to talk, talk, talk and never listen.  Just listen to what those around you have to say.  Also, I’ve learned that in certain situations, it’s best to just not say anything.
  7. Do What You Love ~ Find what really makes you excited & happy to be alive.  Take that passion and run with it.  Because our “work” takes up most of our lives, you must love what you do and if you don’t, maybe it’s time for a change.
  8. Read ~ Reading is what keeps me going in a positive direction.  I love to read books centered around personal development.  If I find myself in a slump or in a place where I maybe don’t feel so positive about things, it’s usually because I’ve not been reading. I do enjoy reading books for fun too but personal development is what I typically read these days.
  9. Breath Fresh Air ~ Get outside and soak up the Vitamin D [but don’t forget the sunscreen]. Take a walk. Breath the fresh air. Feel the sun on your skin. It does the body and soul good!
  10. Live Fearlessly ~ Don’t let your fears hold you back in life.  No one wants to look back on life and say they wish they would have done this or tried that but didn’t because they were too afraid.  I’ve done many things in my life that scared the crap out of me but in the end those things ended up being the best thing for me. I’m not talking about skydiving or anything like that [although that is on my bucket list]. I’m talking about life decisions…switching careers, moving out of state, walking away from an unhealthy relationship, going back to school, etc.

I truly believe that being happy in life is a choice that we make.  If you’re not living your happiest life, then maybe it’s time to make some changes.  You deserve to be happy.

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Have a happy, healthy day!!

~ Michelle

Why do we fear change?

Why do we fear change? Have you ever been in a situation, relationship, career, etc. and you knew it was time for a change but you just kept doing what you’ve always done? You keep going through the motions.  You keep doing what you do but you know it’s not what your heart really desires.  Change is scary.  Change means leaving our comfort zone & trying something new.  Leaving something that is comfortable for something that is unknown and new can definitely be frightening.  But in my experience with change, it’s never easy but it’s always worth it in the end.

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I’ve had my fair share of big changes over the years…leaving a marriage, moving to a different state, starting a business & then moving on to a new business, etc.  Many times I had to reach a breaking point in order to make a move and make a change.   Something happens and I realize that this just isn’t working for me.  There has to be something better out there for me.  You get to the point that you just don’t care what waits for you but you know that it has to be better than the current situation you are.  Sometimes you just need something new to refuel your passion.  And in the end, all of the major changes I’ve had over the years have always lead me to something bigger and better.

I see so many people living unhappy, unfulfilling lives all because they are afraid to make a change.  They are afraid to upset the status quo.  But life is just too short to live a life of unhappiness or living a life that just doesn’t feed your passion.  Yes, change is hard! Yes, it’s uncomfortable! But it’s also kind of exciting! It’s a second chance at something.  Sometimes it’s a “re-do” or a fresh start.  It’s a new beginning.

If you are unhappy or unfulfilled in some area in your life, take a minute and close your eyes.  Visualize how you’d like your life to look.  What changes would you make? How would it feel if your life was the way you visualize it to be? Would you wake up every morning excited & go to bed happy? What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of? You deserve happiness, success, someone who loves you & supports you unconditionally.  You deserve everything you want.  You just have to decide that you’ve had enough & you are going to go for it.  You can do it! Sometimes you may find that those who are supposed to love and support you, won’t understand your decision to make this change, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you.  This is your life to live and you only get one life. So, do whatever it is that scares you and find happiness again.  In the end, you will look back and realize that change isn’t so scary after all & in the end, it was all worth it.

A few of my favorite things…

Hi! So I’ve not been very consistent with my posts lately I know.  I have to get better! You could say life gets in the way but it really doesn’t take long to sit down and bust out a post, so I will save you the details of my crazy life as a Mama of 4 who has taken on the task of PTO president at my 2 youngest’s elementary school.  It’s like having a part time job that I don’t get paid for.   Well I get paid in all sorts of other ways, just not in money. 🙂 Anyway, on to today’s topic…

I thought I’d share some of my favorite things with you.  These are items I’m obsessed with and use daily. I’m a huge fan of natural and organic products.  In fact, I’m going to be making my own  whipped body butter this week.  I’m super excited about this!! The ingredients will be natural and organic and SO good for my dry winter skin.  I may even end up selling these yummy body butters.  I’m starting with a white chocolate peppermint and a orange creamsicle one too.  These will be good enough to eat! Which you actually could eat but I wouldn’t advise you do so…might not be as tasty as they smell!

So, here are my favorite things:

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Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Whisper: I’ve always been obsessed with lip gloss but until I discovered this one, I didn’t know what I was missing. No more sticky lips and no more toxins either.

USA Tervis Tumbler: I love my Tervis tumblers.  I think we have at least 12 in our cabinet.  This one is my favorite though because it’s 24 ounces so I’m not refilling it as much.  I always have water with me…ALWAYS! Everywhere I go my water goes with me.  My goal is to drink half of my body weight in ounces every day.  If you aren’t drinking your water, shame on you!! Get up and fill up a cup now and start sipping!

Gud products by Burt’s Bees: I use the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.  I love the way they smell and that they are made with natural ingredients.  They work great and leave my hair feeling super soft and shiny.  The lotion is not too heavy like some lotions.  I keep this by my bed and apply it every night for super soft hands.

EOS Lip Balm: I have several of these…in my kitchen, my tote bag, my bedroom, my bathroom, etc.  These are my fave for keeping away those winter chapped lips.  They have so many fun colors and flavors.  They come out with new flavors all the time.  They also have lotion and shave cream.  I’ve tried the lotion but I had no idea about the shave cream until I went to their website.  I must try!!

Nutty Caramel Cashew IsaLean Bar by Isagenix: Ok…seriously these are the BEST bar I’ve ever had! They are delicious and so satisifying…the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  They are low glycemic, gluten free, all  natural and organic.  As if that shouldn’t be enough to convince you to try these, they also contain 18g of protein and 6 g of fiber.  Did I mention how delicious they are? 🙂 These are meal replacement bars, which means they are complete nutrition bars to have for a meal.  They are perfect when I’m on the go or out and about during lunchtime.  I like to have half for a snack when I’m having a sweet craving.  At less than $3 a bar, I buy these at 8 boxes at a time! You can order here…michellepittman4.isagenix.com

So there you have it! My list of favorites “must have” products that are always with me or close by.  Do you have a favorite product to share? I’d love to hear about it…especially if it’s something all natural and organic. 🙂

I hope your Monday was amazing!!

~ Michelle

 

10 Commandments for Busy Moms

10 Commandments for Busy Moms

I take my role as a Mom pretty seriously.  I always try to do the best for my family & make each day special.  I am big on making memories & giving my kiddos the best childhood I can.  I don’t try to be “perfect”.  I just try to be the best Mom I can be.  God gifted me with 4 amazing humans and they deserve my very best.  Now granted there have been many days that I have been stressed out and cranky but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that so many times we get upset and cranky about the stuff that just doesn’t really matter.

I keep adding more and more commitments these days.  Maybe because my kids are getting older and are more “self sufficient” I feel like I can devote more time to other things.  I don’t know what I’m thinking actually.  I’m so busy most days! I did tell my husband recently though, that I’m NOT going to complain about any of it though because I am the one who signed up for all that is going on in my life right now.  I could have said, “No”, but I chose be a part of everything that I’m involved in right now.  Sure there will be days when I’m stressed, tired, need to cry, and feeling very cranky but I will do my best to not take it out on my family…that’s what friends are for! Ha Ha 🙂

Seriously, though as Moms we tend to sometimes take on too much and we need to really take a step back and look at what’s really important and weed out the stuff that’s not.  We are all different and we all handle stress differently.  Some can handle a lot that gets thrown at them and some can’t handle very much at all.  Know your limits and learn to deal with the daily stresses of being a busy Mom.

 Here are 10 Commandments that I will be printing and putting up in my office to remind myself of.  Some of these I REALLY need to work on.

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10 Commandments for Busy Moms

I. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try to be.

Just be the best Mom you can be for your kids but that doesn’t mean you are “perfect”.  We all have our bad days.  Don’t stress about it and move on.

II. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

You can not please everyone so don’t even try.  Do your best and help people to understand that you are one person.

III. Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone.

It’s ok to leave dishes in the sink and laundry piling up in the hamper.  It’s also ok to take a nap when you need it if you can.

IV. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.

Don’t over commit yourself.  Do what you can with the time you have.

V. Thou shalt learn to say “no”.

It’s ok to say “NO”.  Really it is! You CAN NOT do it all so learn what your limits are and what you can handle without stressing out too much.  Say “yes” to what’s really important!

VI. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.

Make time for yourself.  Go get a mani or pedi.  Take time to read a book or enjoy a hobby.  Spend time with friends who lift you up.

VII. Thou shalt switch thyself off, and do nothing regularly.

Make sure you take time to do nothing.  Give yourself a break.  Your brain needs to turn off and recharge. (This one is a tough one for me!)

VIII. Thou shalt not even feel guilty for doing nothing, or saying no.

Nope! Don’t feel guilty for taking some time to do nothing or for saying no to something you really don’t want to do.  You deserve a break so enjoy it!

IX. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at times.

It’s ok to stay in your yoga pants.  It’s ok to not do your hair or makeup (although I rarely go without makeup).  It’s okay to be lazy!

X. Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but be thine own best friend.

Love yourself! Love all your faults, your wrongs, your rights, your worst days and your best days.  You are human & don’t forget that!

I’m the only one who can give my kids a healthy, happy Mom

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There are so many busy, overworked, tired and sometimes crabby Moms in the world today.  I often think about the Mom I was just 5 years ago.  I wasn’t a happy, energetic Mom. Looking back now, I feel like I was just getting by every day. I did my many duties for my family with very little time for myself. I was a stay-at-home Mom of 4 kids and we did struggle financially back then. I tried different ways to make some extra money but in the end, I just didn’t have the time or energy. I knew there was something missing in my life. I knew I wasn’t taking care of me. I wasn’t eating as healthy as I should. I wasn’t as physically active as I could have been. I had extra pounds to lose but I it wasn’t doing anything to try and change anything. I was just going through the motions every day and counting down the hours every day until my husband came home from work and the kids went to bed.

Eventually my family and I relocated out of state and that was the best thing ever for me. I had a fresh start. I had to get out and meet new people and explore my new surroundings. I got to try new things and gained my confidence back. But I still wasn’t taking care of my health. One day it just hit me that in the end, I’m the only one who can give my kids a happy healthy mom who loves life. I knew my kids deserved a happy, healthy mom and I knew I deserved it. I knew I wanted to be around for them as long as I could and the only way to ensure that was to take better care of myself. I had to eat healthier. I had to workout regularly. I had to make time for me.

It’s taken me 5 years to get where I’m at and I’m still a work in progress but I am happy and I am healthy. I take care of myself and I definitely don’t dwell on things like I used to.  I’m in charge of my own happiness. If I’m miserable, unhappy, discouraged, depressed or etc., ultimately I’m the only one who can make a change in my life to make things better. Too many people complain about things they just aren’t willing to change. So stop complaining and stop being unhappy. Your kids deserve better and so do you. If you aren’t happy with your weight, guess what? You are the only one who can change that. If you aren’t happy with your current job or lack of one, you are the one to change that too. Whatever it is that makes you unhappy can be changed. You can find happiness! I honestly believe that being truly happy with life also means you take care of your health. Being overweight, sick, tired and dealing with all sorts of health ailments can really bring someone down. I’m here to help you in anyway that I can, please reach out to me. Don’t give up! Be happy and love life!!

Are you sharing the love?

Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a situation that I never saw myself dealing with or at least always prayed would never happen.  Our house was hit by lightning which then caused a fire in our garage/attic.  It was almost dreamlike sitting in my husband’s truck in the pouring rain with our 4 kids and the dog watching the 5 fire trucks pull up and go to work to save our house.  The fire and electrical damage was minimal compared to what could have been however we were left with a destroyed garage and rooms in our home with no power.  We had to live in a hotel for 10 days and I’m so thankful we have a safe place to go and that we had a home to go home to and no one was hurt.

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I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason but I can’t quite explain why this happened to us when my kids ask.  My youngest son asked if we made God mad and I had to explain that it doesn’t quite work that way.  I think I know why it happened…and believe it or not, I think God did us a favor.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I do see the blessings.

My reasoning for sharing this story is this… Through all of this, it’s made me really stop and think about what others are going through.  Everyone we meet is dealing with stuff that we know nothing about.  When someone saw my family and I eating dinner out or having breakfast in the hotel every morning just a few weeks ago, they have no idea what our story was.  We definitely weren’t vacationing in Indy in September.

With everyone I come into contact with, I start to wonder “what their story is”.  We never know what someone is dealing with or kind of pain they may be going through.  We need  to stop and think about others more. Just a smile or a simple “Hi” or even a kind gesture can make all the difference. Be there to support those who are going through a difficult time. It’s really changed how I see others. Maybe it’s because I’m feeling blessed knowing there are countless others dealing with way worse situations than we are. Before you snap at someone for something trivial that upsets you or annoys you, remember that they might be going though something that you know nothing about. Respect each other and share the love.