Do you ever feel like you’re not getting the most out of your life? Like the days are just passing on by without any say from you? Even though we’re approaching the end of 2020, there is no time limit for when you can start living a fulfilling life.
I feel like after this whirlwind of a year; there are no rules! If it makes you happy and brings delight to yourself and others, do it. No one is stopping you. There are endless articles about how to do just that, but I’m here with the experience!
Take a look at these 20 ways to live life to the fullest. Like a diet, it’s all about plans that you can stick to. And this one is not only simple but rewarding.
1. Stop and smell the roses… literally.
There are so many great things out there that we often pass by. We’re always in a rush, stuck inside tied to the computer, or just completely oblivious. So please take a second, watch the birds, feel the sun, enjoy the natural beauties we often take for granted.
2. Curate your social media like your own personal art gallery.
You wouldn’t have pieces hanging in your gallery that don’t bring you joy, so why keep them on your Instagram feed? Enjoy your scrolling, fill your feed with people and content that make you feel good. Checking your social media platforms shouldn’t be a chore.
3. Start every day with gratitude.
Begin every morning with three things you are grateful for. Nothing is too big or too small. Do this right when you wake up, so it doesn’t get lost in your daily shuffle. And if there are any mishaps throughout the day, you can always remember your list from that morning.
4. Ugly cry and laugh out loud.
If you feel something and it makes you sob until snot bubbles form, do that. If you heard a hilarious joke that literally makes you want to howl, go ahead! Don’t stunt your emotions; nobody can stop you from expressing yourself.
5. Accept that you’re not a superhero, and that’s okay.
You don’t have to do EVERYTHING; no one is expected to do it all. Don’t keep piling things on and then burn yourself out. When you stretch yourself too thin, you forget that it’s a marathon and not a sprint.
6. Stop comparing!
We’re always looking at people with nicer cars or the smaller waists, but the only person you can compare yourself to is your previous self. If you take a step back and can see that you’re in a better place than you once were, that’s all that matters.
7. Make a record of it!
Even people that say they have an “amazing memory” should still be jotting stuff down. It’s impossible to remember every thought you had or cool things you did from the week before. You say you won’t forget something, but you always do. Throw that stuff into a journal, a Vlog, or even just a voice recording on your phone! It might feel unnatural at first, but after a while, you’ll see it flow right out of you. Good day or bad day, note your experience. It’s awesome to come back in a few months’ time and see what you were up to.
8. Don’t make a promise or commitment that you can’t keep.
If you say yes to something, be 100% sure that you can follow through with it. Not only would your friend be upset, but you end up feeling worse for not being able to fulfill your duty. Don’t overbook yourself; no one wins. Be honest with yourself and your time.
9. Uncover hidden skills!
There are probably so many things you forgot or didn’t even realize you were good at. You don’t have to be stuck with the same hobbies and professions that you decided on in like… high school. Try new things; you might surprise yourself.
10. Get excited about the little things.
The best way to explain this is… act like a tourist! Let seemingly normal things exhilarate you. Cheer on your dog for finishing their meal, or give a standing ovation for clean sheets! It’s fun, and it makes you appreciate the small wins.
11. Loosen Up.
Don’t take yourself so seriously! Realize that you’re not the only one on a journey; you are a small part of a much bigger picture. It’s not all on you, and you are not alone. Especially this year, everyone’s just trying to FIGURE. IT. OUT.
12. Be a cheerleader for your friends!
Seeing your friends succeed can be one of the best feelings. So help them win! Be their hype, man; push them, root for them, and be there to catch them. Being a part of their happiness can help add to yours!
13. Make a check-list.
Everyone loves a good list! And what’s even better is checking things OFF that list. When you can see all your tasks all in one place, it can be daunting at first. But then it gets you amped up to make that list shorter and shorter. Sliding that pen across something you accomplished is pure serotonin.
14. So cliché, but be present.
Don’t be thinking about what your boss said in the last meeting or what you’ll make for dinner tonight. Be in the here and now; you will never get this moment back. I find that if I don’t stay in the present, it’s easy to get lost.
15. Get uncomfortable and take some risks!
Amazing things can happen outside of your comfort zone. Everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing; there are no mistakes; what matters is you tried! It’s your one life to live, so make it a great story. You don’t want to look back on your life with a tally of things you wish you had done.
16. Get rid of mental and physical clutter.
We all have a million things to keep up with every day. But if we got rid of all our mental clutter that truly doesn’t matter, I’m sure we could free up 50% of the space in our mind. Start each day with a clean slate in your head and a clean slate on your desk. Decide what exactly needs to be tended to and thought about, what’s really important and what’s your mind playing tricks on you again.
17. Have things to look forward to!
Whether it’s your cat’s birthday tomorrow or a vacation in 6 months, have something to prep for and get excited about! Having something on your agenda to look forward to makes every day a little more compelling.
18. Know your worth, don’t give discounts.
Practice self-love, know your value, and never settle for less. Know when to leave the table if respect is no longer being served. You are the only you, and you need to be taken care of, a one-of-a-kind piece.
19. Open that mind!
The world has been turned upside down in the last year, and there is no better time to remove our blinders and open our minds. Never stop learning or growing; there is so much to be seen. “Have an open mind, have an empty cup.”
20. Slow down
Close your eyes, and take some deep breaths. Hop in the car blasting your favorite song, and take a detour. Give yourself some extra time to mosey around in the morning before work. Slow down, and enjoy your days. If you rush through life, you’ll miss the scenery and the sense of where you’re going.
These things work together to make my days feel full and wholesome. And even if you start with a few here and there, you’re bound to feel results! All in all, don’t wait to be told when to celebrate something. Treat every day as a new adventure and an epic celebration. You’re lucky to be here living this life; dance around and show it.