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Do what brings you joy

Joy is the highest form of energy, the highest frequency. It is the most powerful emotion and the one emotion many people lack the most. Joy comes from within. It is not something that can happen outside of you. Which is why many of us struggle with this emotion because we spend more time looking at outwards than inwards. We seek acceptance, love, happiness and validation from others and we neglect our inner being. This post is just a quick reminder on the reasons why we should focus on what brings us joy. I will be writing my lifestyle posts like this because I feel a lot more needs to be said about topics like this.

This morning, my meditation was all about activating joy and activate I did. It was a 22 minutes guided mediation on YouTube, and it helped me connect with my inner joy. That is the great power of mediation. We all need to focus on what brings us joy and do them everyday. That way we feed ourselves emotionally and stay grounded in the midst of the chaos.

 

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Do what brings you joy

So what brings you joy? For me I have really found myself for the first time in my life, and that brings me so much joy. The joy that comes from being self aware is second to none. You don’t need acceptance or validation from anyone when you are self aware, when you know who you are. When you are sure of yourself, you know what you want and you go after it without reservations. You don’t need anyone to give you a pat on the back, you just get on with it because you are sure of yourself and that brings so much joy.

 

Self awareness helped me find my joy

Being self aware and confident has allowed me focus on my passions and future. I work from work and that allows me care for my children the way I want to and also support my family. It has also allowed me study from home. I started studying with The Open University last month; I am studying a Psychology degree and the fact that I am able to have this sort of lifestyle for now brings me so much joy. Being able to work and study from home is amazing and it feels my heart with so much joy. However, I needed to look within and stay within to find my joy. If I listened to others or compared myself with them, I won’t be where I am today. I will be busy keeping up with the Joneses and I would have been filled with regrets upon regrets. Staying grounded helped me find my joy and keep it.

 

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When you do what brings you joy, your life purpose will unfold. That is what happened to me. I now know for certain what my life purpose is and I am going to achieve all I am destined to achieve. I love this quote –

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~David Viscott.

This short quote sums it all up. To find your gift and give it away, you must be self aware. Being self aware and working on your life’s purpose will bring you more joy that you could ever imagine. Look within and find your joy.

 

 

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Why you should open the windows regularly

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If your kids are anything like mine then you will struggle to keep the windows open. I hide to open the windows in our house. The twins (especially my son) are so worried about flies and bugs getting in, they rather I leave the windows closed even when it is dead warm. So it is a struggle here. I like to open the windows for a minutes every day even when it is cold. I do this when I can for many reasons.

 

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If you work from home like myself, you spend a lot of time in your house since there is no work commute or office to go to. Since I spend many hours everyday at home, I like to bring the outdoors in as much as I can to balance it out.  Doing this helps me balance my home, mind, body and bank balance.

Here is how –

 

Opening the windows helps get rid of indoor pollutants

Opening the windows regularly helps to clear the air in the house. It also helps get rid of indoor pollutants in the home. Research has shown that the air in the house contains more toxins than the outside air. The pollutants released from things like fireplaces, water heaters, gas ovens, and space heaters all get trapped in the house.

This is bad news for those of us that work from home, which is why clearing the air in the house by opening the windows and doors regularly is a must. Tilt and Turn Windows are great for getting fresh air in, as they open vertically and horizontally thanks to the brilliant turn and tilt technology. St Helens Windows is a great company to shop for Tilt and Turn Windows, and other types of quality home improvements. So go have a look on their website for all your windows, doors, conservatories and other home improvement needs.

 

The house smells a lot better when you open the windows regularly

My house smells a lot better when I open the windows for a few minutes each day. The candles and diffusers mixed with fresh air create the most amazing home fragrance. I can’t stand that stuffy stale smell that lingers in a house sometimes. The way pollutants get trapped in the house is the same way odours linger to. Which is another reason why I like to bring the fresh air in. It does wonders for the smell of my home.

 

 

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Opening the windows helps my mental health

Do you know that opening the windows regularly can help with your mental health? Well if you didn’t know, now you do. It works like magic on mind. My mood instantly improves once I have the windows open for a bit. There is definitely something in the air that is good for our state of mind. Which is why being out and about helps our mental health as well as our physical health.

 

You can save money in the summer months when you open your windows

Instead of having your fans and air conditioners on in the summer, you can save money by opening the windows and leaving your blinds drawn, or curtains down. This will help you house stay cool, especially in the evenings. You won’t need to put on any cooling device, which will save you money in the bank.

 

 

 

 

Life Goals! 5 Cute and Creative Planner Ideas You’ll Love

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Do you depend on planners to achieve your life goals? Add a splash of colour and creativity with these five fun planner ideas for your goal-oriented life.

When you have everything planned out well, everything runs like clockwork! Things would fall apart if you try to go against the plan. If this sounds like you, you might have a type-A personality. People with a type-A personality (who benefit the most from keeping a planner) are very organized and competitive.

In a ground breaking personality study done in 1976, of the 3154 people studied, a little more than 50% qualified as type-A personalities, so there’s a ton of type-As running around!

To help you spice up your personal planner, we have hunted for the cutest planner ideas to add function and flair to your favourite book. If you are looking for some awesome planner personalization inspiration, keep reading!

 

 

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Stickers

One of the easiest things to add to a planner is a bunch of adorable little stickers. Put them on the front cover, back cover, all the pages, and anywhere else you can get them to stick!

The variety of stickers to choose from is mind-boggling. There are even stickers made for personal planners! Add little cake slice stickers to represent someone’s birthday or a stethoscope for an appointment with your doctor.

 

Customize a Bookmark

To make finding the current date a breeze, add a super cute bookmark that fits the exact size of your planner. You can use anything flat to make a bookmark too!

For instance, if you have a washi tape design that calls to you, stick a piece of the tape to a piece of white paper or cardstock then cut it out. Then stick it in your planner pages and trim to fit!

 

Custom Planner Pages

It’s hard to find a pre-printed planner that has all the elements you want in one book. A way to thwart this is to find a planner that needs a couple of tweaks. Add a page for notes if you need to or repurpose a superfluous section into something you will use more.

You can even start from scratch for custom planners that are everything you want and need in a planner without any of the extra stuff you don’t need!

 

Planner Ideas for Water Intake Tracking

Many of us have a hard time remembering to drink enough water. With a schedule that is hectic from sun up to sundown, who could blame you?

Try tracking your water intake in your planner (since you always have that in your bag). Add little water cups to each day and cross them out as you finish the cup of water. Now a quick glance can tell you how much water you have had and remind you to stay hydrated!

 

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Get the girls together and share some of these killer planner ideas so you can all have fun and functional planners! Bonus tip: If you work on your planners together, you can work in more time to spend with the besties!

 

We hope this article helped inspire you. If it did, share the inspiration on your favourite social media sites! If you have more ideas of things to add to your personal planner, please leave a comment below!

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