ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ ᴍᴏɴᴅᴀʏ ☀️ . . . I recently visited the capital of the US Washington DC and also Philadelphia 🇺🇸 🔔 It was a really awesome experience being able to bask in the history of this country and to be reminded of where we came from, how hard we fought for our freedoms and the oppression and strife many of our forefathers and ancestors had to go through ... . . It’s really easy to forget how lucky we are - collectively as a nation but also individually. As 2018 comes to a close, take a few moments to reflect - you may be farther along on your journey than you may think. Every day you are becoming the person you are meant to be - every struggle, worry, disagreement with others or yourself, change whether good or bad - all these micro events are leading you on the path you’re destined to be on. It’s hard to notice these things in the moment unless we take that time to realize how far we have come. Keep chugging along - make those goals for yourself and stick to them in 2019.
Forming positive habits. ✍🏻 . . Habits are those little things we do day in and day out that make us who we are. Do you wake up early everyday? Do you make your bed? Do you listen, watch, absorb content that moves you in the direction you’re trying to go? Do you make healthy food choices? Do you fit self care into your routine?How much of your day do you spend positively talking about yourself, others in your life, strangers? . . . We each have the same 24 hours in a day - the most successful people take full, positive advantage of their 24 “opportunities” to create healthy choices that gradually create the life they’ve always wanted. Your choices become your habits and your habits become your life. 🗣
Your surroundings could affect you more than you realize. If you’re feeling weighted try assessing who you interact with regularly, what activities you engage in and the words you inwardly and outwardly express. Small tweaks to what we surround ourselves with (and therefore what takes up mental space) can have a huge impact on our happiness and future. 🌻
𝐻𝑜𝓌 𝒹𝑜 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒸𝓉 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝒶𝒹𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓈𝒾𝓉𝓎 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒸𝒽𝒶𝓁𝓁𝑒𝓃𝑔𝑒? . . . Do you let the negative situation take over you or do you take over the situation? It’s definitely easier to let the feelings attack you and to not do anything about it but we would never be happy that way! We should look at each hardship as an opportunity to evolve and grow - what lessons can I learn from this? What is life trying to teach me? How can I do better next time? These are all the positive questions we should be asking ourselves in those moments versus why did this happen to me? Why does life suck? Nothing ever seems to go right, why? These types of questions, on the other hand, will keep you at the same “level” in life. Always elevate your mindset and perspective even when it seems impossible to do. . . 📸: @hardakermaker
6️⃣0️⃣ million tourists visit NYC every year 👫👭👫👭👭... . . . & its crazy that every single one of those people have a different perception of this city... some hate it, some love it. Some find it to be the coolest place they’ve ever been to while others don’t understand why it’s so special. It is pretty incredible how one place or even a situation or person can be looked at and perceived so differently depending on the viewer. Whether we consciously perceive it or not, we base our perception and/ or perspective on everything based on the experiences we have had across the span of our lifetime - what we’ve grown accustomed to believing is “beautiful”, what is in stark contrast to our “norm” and therefore either is tantalizing or repulsive, what we have idealized as kids and adults in fiction, movies, music, and what our parent/s embedded in us growing up... . . Every situation we experience in life ultimately shapes how we look at the world around us 🌎 . . Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. What do you think?🤔
Easing the need to control... 🥀 . . . There are countless things we have to and should control in life - our career, finances, what we eat, when we workout etc but there are other things that we can’t and shouldn’t try to control. We shouldn’t try to control other people for instance. Not only will it not be effective but it will make you physically and mentally exhausted! Have you ever tried to change someone, make them want to make better choices but they just simply didn’t change? It’s because people will only change when they are ready to, when they want to and it’s not because someone is telling them to. Ease your control where you can in life, it’ll save you a lot of energy 🌛🌜
When you truly want something and you go after it without limiting yourself with disbelief, the universe will make it happen. ⭐️ . . . what separates the successful from the unsuccessful? Fighting through the losses, disappointments, failures because you know your journey and legacy doesn’t end there. You rise up to the challenge and you prove everyone wrong including yourself that you in fact can do anything your heart and mind are positively committed to achieving. Nothing in this world is impossible. You just have to create it, and devote yourself to your belief, practice and project whole heartedly.
On the bucket list 🤓 🚗 ⛺️ . . . How cool would it be to pick up and travel around with just a van?! What’s on your travel bucket list? 🚗 🚘 🚙 . . . #vanlife #vanlifediaries #vanlifeeurope #vanlifeexplorers #vanlifeproject #vanlifemagazine #vanlifedistrict #vanlifestyle #vanlifedreams #vanlifedream #vanlifestyle #vanliving #vanlive #explore #explorer #exploring #adventure #travel #traveler #traveling #happiness #beach #travelguide #travelinspiration #exploretheworld #worldtraveler #worldtravel #worldtravelpics #wanderer #wanderlust Cc: @folksvanlife
Which is your favorite: flying ✈️ driving 🚘 or taking the train 🚂 ? . . . There’s something really special about train stations. Grand central, union station in DC and LA - they all have beautiful architecture, detail and charm. It’s sometimes hard to notice these things when we’re rushing to work, so focused on ourselves and the bubbles we live in. Take a second this Monday and everyday to really observe the surroundings you otherwise may ignore. You may be surprised at what you find.
“When you focus on the good, the good follows” . . . Don’t become attached to your hardships, your negative past, your fears, doubts and worries. Doing so will keep you stuck and no where closer to achieving your dream job, relationship and life. Focus on all the positives in your life and try to give situations and people the benefit of the doubt. If you do this the goodness in your life will only continue to grow and blossom. 🌸
𝒜 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝓅𝒶𝓉𝒽 🚴🏼♂️ . . . Trust your path and journey - the ups, the downs, the curveballs. Trust that things will get better - even within a few hours you could be happy again. Life can’t always be a constant high; eventually we fall to humble ourselves, learn how to come back ten times stronger and appreciate when life is actually good 🤗 . . . What do you think?
ʸᵒᵘ ⁿᵒʳ ᵃⁿʸᵇᵒᵈʸ ⁱˢ ᵖᵉʳᶠᵉᶜᵗ . . . When we commit to a person - whether as a friend, significant other or family member👫 it’s easy to immediately expect that person to behave or give you exactly the construct you’re looking for. That mindset will leave you in a state of constant disappointment because we are all unique, all react differently and all have had different experiences which have shaped who we are, what we want and how we treat others. Being patient is key and knowing you can’t change someone is critical to being content in life. Learn what you can from people and never expect anything. Nothing is promised so rely on yourself 🤗
Proud but never satisfied. 💪🏼 . . . It’s important to be proud of your accomplishments and achievements and to reflect on how far you’ve come to get you to where you are in life. However I think it’s important to never settle and to become comfortable because life is all about leveling up & challenging yourself to see what else is out there for you, what else you can accomplish and how much you can positively change yourself and the lives of those you love 🤗❤️ . . . #havana #cuba #cuban #colorful #door #selfimprovement #lifelessons #travelblog #travelblogger #traveler #wanderer #wander #wanderlust #traveling #happiness #joy #achievement #selfgrowth #reflection #wanderxwonder #wandering #explorer #exploring #sheisnotlost #lifeisbeautiful #travelphotography #havanacuba #travelguide
Seeing things from a new perspective 👏🏻 . . . Isn’t it weird how two people can look at the same situation and perceive the situation differently? Often times there is never just one way to observe a situation - there is so much that goes into the way we perceive things or, rather “choose” to believe based on our past experiences, traumas, visions about ourselves, others, etc that we must be sure we are not letting those things sway our perspective too much. A little caution based on what we know and have been through is good but it often times isn’t the full picture. . . . #florence #italy #duomodifirenze #firenze #italian #italianarchitecture #buildings #perspective #views #vista #travel #traveling #traveler #travelgram #wander #wanderer #wandering #wanderlust #explore #exploring #explorelife #happiness #travelguide #world #travelphotography #travelblog #travelblogger #wanderers #vita
𝕎𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕒𝕡𝕠𝕝𝕠𝕘𝕚𝕫𝕖...𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕨𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕𝕟’𝕥.🗣 . . . I think it is important to remember when and when not to apologize. Of course it’s very important to apologize when you have done something wrong. Letting go of the ego we all have when you’ve done something wrong to apologize and admit your wrongdoings is never easy but is necessary to having and maintaining fulfilling, respectful and honest relationships with other people. You’d want others to apologize if they make a mistake so you should honor that in your behavior and actions as well. . . . HOWEVER... there will be times you’d be pushed in the corner to apologize and often times it’s because the person who is actually in the “wrong” has too much of an ego to apologize; they instead want you to take the brunt, the “shame” in their eyes. Do you typically apologize anyway to have the disagreement come to an end or do you hold your ground and not apologize? . . . . Comment your thoughts! I’m interested 🧠🗣 . . . #apologize #truth #honesty #lifequotes #lifelessons #lifeisbeautiful #duomo #florence #italy #italian #lavitaebella #forgiveness #travel #duomodifirenze #traveler #traveling #wanderer #wanderlust #wandering #wanderlust #travelblogger #architecture #travelgram #travelgram #italianarchitecture #thoughts #life #vida #vita
𝓕𝓸𝓻𝓮𝓰𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼 𝓲𝓷 𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓼 🤗 . . . I think people often confuse forgiveness with having to maintain that person and that energy in your life. Forgiveness is the key to letting go of that weight on your shoulders. There will be times in our lives where we will get hurt even by those we thought would never hurt us. Continuing to harbor the guilt, the negative feelings and the grudges will only make YOU more miserable and unhappy; more so, you are giving that person that disappointed you the power over your being and there is no worse feeling. Be the bigger person in the situation and show the other what it means to be mature and self respecting. Walk away from those experiences with your head held high full of forgiveness and empathy for the person who is hurting so much they had to hurt someone else to feel better and more energized...
🌟 𝓗𝓮𝓵𝓹𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓼 🌟 . . . When is the last time you truly helped someone; When you did something for someone else to make them happier, better, calmer, excited etc? Without there being a selfish bone in your body as to why you were doing that for them? Often times we do things for other people because at the end of the day we know it will make us happier, better, calmer, excited etc. The moment you do something for someone else without knowing or even thinking that there will be a positive outcome for you is the moment you are exuding selflessness at its finest. Try it out 🤗
Outgrowing what no longer suits you 🧚🏼♀️ . . . Back in high school, I used to get so upset when I’d “lose” a friend or end a certain project, activity, sport etc that I had grown accustomed to. I was never good with change but I’ve come to learn change is essential to our continuous growth, maturity and enlightenment. Just like a snake sheds its skin or a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly, we too as humans must shed the dead weight, what no longer suits us, what brings us down. We should constantly surround ourselves with those who elevate us, believe in us and who want nothing but the best for us. Same with activities we choose to engage in - is it making you better? . . . Begin to look at losses as wins. 😘