THE ITCH

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Over the last few days, well maybe weeks, I have gotten anxious. I am really happy. I like my friends. I like my job. I like my apartment. I like my city. No, I love my city. I just have this vivid memory of the director of my program in college telling me “Lizzie, if you aren’t uncomfortable you aren’t learning.” And those words really hit me in the gut. I’ve tried, for the most part, to live by those words.

I think I am comfortable right now. And I’m craving a little bit of discomfort. Strange? Probably. I just want to make sure that I am always growing and always learning.

And so over the past couple of hours I’ve been searching through my photographs and remembering how lucky I am to be where I am. I won’t be in Chicago forever.

So while I am here, I am going to enjoy it. I am still growing and learning. I am learning to slow down and appreciate the now.

Someone really wise (Lao Tzu) once said, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are a peace you are living in the moment.”

And so I’m putting this down in words as a reminder to myself to live in the moment.

if you’re lucky enough to remember to be present, you’re lucky enough

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THERE IS A POSITIVE HERE

I wanted to share a quick tip that I have recently adopted when I’m feeling frustrated / annoyed / angry / negative. It’s so cliche isn’t it to think, there’s always a silver lining right? But what I have been doing is stopping myself and saying, Lizzie I dare you to find the positive here. There’s something good about this situation. It might be really tiny and it might be trying to hide, but it’s there.

For example, I was getting very frustrated with several different people at work asking me the same question over and over. I caught myself even getting short with an employee or two. I took a second, took a step back, and said to myself: Wow, I am very grateful that these employees feel comfortable coming to me for help. It became a lot easier for me to graciously help others when I thought about it in that sense. It can sometimes take courage to admit you need help and I should celebrate the fact that people feel they can come to me whenever they need.

Another example, my friend and I wanted to see Fun. preform at the Taste of Chicago this summer. However, we stalled just a few hours too long and the tickets sold out. I was really, really sad. I even sent my friend a depressing WHY MEEEE? text message … we are talking full on pity party. But then I woke up the next morning and thought, no I’m sure there are tickets out there somewhere. And with a little research we discovered there is an area within Taste of Chicago that is for ticket holders only but, you can also watch the show on the grass. FOR FREE. The positive? We are going to save a few bucks.

Avoiding negative thinking is so important for our mental health. But I find it can be overwhelming to be told, DON’T BE NEGATIVE. So instead of not being negative, what if we worked to find a little bit of positive within the negative? What do you think? Do you have any tips for staying happy?

if you’re lucky enough to have a place to discuss ways to stay happy, you’re lucky enough

A FRIDAY THOUGHT: BE THE TYPE OF PERSON

I stumbled across this quote a few days ago and it hit me straight in the heart. Isn’t it powerful? Be the type of person you want to meet. It’s so simple.

I spent the past few days coming back to this thought and I made a mental (now written) list of qualities the person I want to meet would have:

  • an ability to see the positive in the everyday
  • passion
  • dedication
  • the integrity to follow through with promises made, no matter the size
  • a smiling face

I am making a conscience effort to be more like this, to be more like the person I would like to meet, more like the friend I would like to have. But this theory, this idea can be applied to so many different relationships in our lives too. Be the type of partner you want to have. Be the type of daughter you want to have. Be the type of employee you want to manage. It could go on and on, and the goodness could just spread like wildfire. Oh how I love the joy of feeling inspired.

Do you like this quote? Does it make you think any differently about the type of person you are?

if you’re lucky enough to be inspired to be better, you’re lucky enough

 

 

IT’S THE SIMPLE THINGS

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As soon as I was old enough to eat my breakfast at the table and skip the high chair I have heard the phrase “it’s the simple things…” And I would feel pretty confident in assuming that you too have heard this saying on many occasions. This phrase is stitched on pillows, the title of a handful of songs, and the beginning on a hundred different quotes.

So today, here are a few of my simple things…

The avocados I’ve found at the grocery store have been top notch lately. 

I booked a flight home for a week in September where I’ll be meeting one of my closest aunts and three of my favorite cousins at my parents’ house. I’m a tiny bit ecstatic about this.

I started a green committee at work and we are going to slowly work together to make our hotel more environmentally friendly. How amazing is that?

It was warm enough to walk to an adorable little ice cream shop around the block from our apartment yesterday, so Johanna and I had our first ice cream of the season.

What simple things can you think of today? Because as we all know, as we have all heard, it’s the simple things in life that matter the most.

if you’re lucky enough to remember it’s the simple things, you’re lucky enough