Live Life Unapologetically

The other night someone, I love very deeply, told me that they admire me for living my life unapologetically. I’m not sure I had actually given too much thought to it prior to that moment. I just live my life in a way that feels good, right, and makes me happy. I don’t care much about what other people think of me or how I live my life. It is, after all, my life, not theirs.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“What other people think of me, is none of my business.”

The first time I’d ever heard the quote, I didn’t necessarily agree with it, but I also didn’t fully understand it at the time. Initially, I was like, why wouldn’t it be my business what other people think of me? Of course, it’s my business. Over time, however, I came to understand that their perception of me was just that, their perception. It really has nothing to do with me. I know I am a good person. I know that I am doing the best I can. I strive to live my best life. I know that this is my life and that I actually get to live it the way I want to live it. Not everyone has to agree with how I live my life. Not everyone has to like it. That’s ok, because it’s no one else’s life to live but mine. It’s my life, I get to decide how I live it. I will live it in a way that I feel happy, fulfilled, loved, supported, and appreciated for who I am. I will not live my life to please other people. I will live my life for myself, it’s my life. You can either love me, support me, accept me, and appreciate me for who I am, or you can see yourself out. I will not make myself less than for anyone. I will not give anyone the power to shame me for doing what is best for me and what makes me happy! I’ve spent far too much of my life doing that and I will do it no more.

What other people think of me is their problem, not mine.

I Got Back Up!

I Got Back Up!

My goal for this weekend was to practice Yoga, Meditate, and to get back into a walk/run routine. How did I do?

My Face

I got my walk/run in! 1.8 miles, my time wasn’t great but I wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out for a walk/run. I also had to do a lot more walking than running due to my back, but I will return to more running and less walking in time. Either way, I’m very proud of myself for getting out there; and I needed an excuse to wear my new running shoes.

Shoes (2)

For a couple of years now, I’ve admired this house along one of my paths. It’s right on Christmas Lake. Today, while I was walking by, I noticed it was for sale. Not that I am anywhere near being able to afford the house, but it provided me an opportunity to daydream about a future life in the house where the love of my life and I would live with our dog and possibly a child or two. We would tootle around the lake with our pontoon or perhaps our paddle boards! Enjoy quiet sunsets over the stillness of the lake and watch the sunrise while enjoying morning coffee.

Without Sign

It’s a beautiful house and it was easy to get lost in the daydream, but truth be told, I don’t need that grand of a house. I’m a simple girl with simple needs. I also saw a twin home for rent on my path. No lake view or anything, but it was cute (I didn’t take a picture of that one). I wouldn’t be able to afford it on my own, at least not right now. With a roommate or partner it would’ve been doable. Another time, another place. I’m content where I am for now.

Once I returned from my walk/run it was time to do some Yoga. So I did my 15 minute practice for lower back pain. It felt great and I am hoping it’ll help with the soreness tomorrow.

From my Yoga practice I went straight to my cushion for my 20 minute meditation practice. My cushion is currently located right in front of my patio door. It was such a beautiful day so I opened my patio door and sat in silence with myself, my breath, the sounds of birds chirping from the branches of the Maple outside my apartment, the sound of children laughing and playing, and the comings and goings of traffic. The breeze blew gently across my skin and through my hair. The smell of Spring flooded my surroundings. Thoughts came and went, never lingering for too long. I was in a peaceful state, I was in the moment.

I accomplished my goal for Saturday and I am very much looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow.

I got back up! I always do. You can knock me down, but you can’t keep me down.

A special thank you to a special person for inspiring and encouraging goal setting, and thank you for picking me to do this with. Today I am grateful for you!

To anyone who has ever been down or felt like they’ve been knocked down, never stop fighting to get back up. Never stay down. You are worth getting back up for!!

-Dani