Feel Good Friday is all about living your healthiest, happiest life!
Did you see that title? We’re at 7… BAM! They say it takes 12 weeks to form a habit, so we’re over the halfway point with these Feel Good Friday posts. Are you enjoying them? Anything you want me to add, or that you’re curious about? Drop me a comment or shoot me an email. These posts are put together with the intention of helping you find a little more happiness, fulfillment, health, and success. If there’s anything else that I could cover that you think would help you, I am all ears. That being said, we are all heading into the busiest time of the year. As a blogger, it’s all about getting content out for DIY gifts, gift guides, home tours, DIY decor, etc, and to be perfectly honest, I signed up for a lot of things assuming I’d have all the time to do them, but the renovation keeps pushing back and projects are piling up. I am feeling pretty stressed and spread thin these days myself, but I know in my heart 100% that my attitude affects how my day and week will go. That being said, these are some things I am using and doing to help alleviate some of that stress, as well as some happy things that just make me feel good. I truly hope that Feel Good Friday 7 has some gems that you can apply to your life.
Write Down 3 Ways You Added Value to Someone Else’s Life: Sunday morning I took my dogs for a walk, popped in my headphones, and listened to Marie Forleo’s interview of Kate Northrup. It was an amazing interview all a round, but there was one part that really jumped out at me. Kate suggests that at the end of each day, while you’re thinking of what you’re grateful for that day, also think about how you added value to other people’s lives and write down 3 ways you did so. Wow! What a great way to realize the value that you truly bring to the world. To be honest, I often feel so stuck in motherhood and unable to move forward in business like I desire to, and this practice made me realize just how much I do for others every day, even if it’s just reading books to Wilder on repeat. I’ve been doing this each day since I heard it, and it helps me feel a lot better about myself at the end of each day. No, I didn’t start that email newsletter, but I worked towards shaping a little mind, I navigated leg-shaving for the first time with me tween, and spent time making a healthy dinner… those things are important, too. Now that I’ve heard her interview, I really want her book, “Do Less.”
Healthy Soup: I made this ginger sweet potato soup over 4 years ago, but it’s still a go to recipe in our house. The only thing that is new these days is that I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth because I no longer eat meat or meat products. Now that cold weather is here to stay for a bit, we make some version of soup in our house once a week, and this one is in the rotation.
An Inspiring Story & How to Build Confidence: I don’t always listen to Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast, but I am so grateful that I tuned into this episode. In it, Christy interviews Mignon Francois who shares how she grew her incredible business, and truly felt called to do it. While I am not super religious, I do believe that there is a universal intelligence or God out there guiding and calling us, and this story really spoke to me. Mignon, who owns the Cupcake Collection, shares her rags to riches story and how she went from poverty and being a newly single mom of 6 to a successful entrepreneur with a cupcake business, and she didn’t even know how to bake from a box! Her story is incredible, and shows what we are capable of when we believe in ourselves and trust in the universe.
A Shop that Gives Back: My very humble local friend owns the most incredible online retail storefront that is all about giving back and doing good. Society B features all sorts of amazing holiday gifts as well as gifts for yourself. There is menswear, womenswear, totes, candles, jewelry, and more! Under each item on the shop site, you will see a description as well as what a purchase of that item does to impact the world for good. My favorite item is the shirt you see above, and its purchase provides 7 meals to children in need. How amazing is that?
Murals: When I was in Austin last month, I had so much fun checking out various murals. They just make my heart sing! In cities filled with gray buildings and pavement, colorful and inspiring murals can really speak volumes. We have a few mural artists here in Greensboro as well and I have especially been admiring the work of Gina Franco and have got to check it out in person. Her work is so inspiring and uplifting, and she also creates amazing seasonal murals. One of these days I will go take photos of them all! For now, I grabbed this “self made” from her website.
That is all I have for you this week! Now tell me what made you happy, or made you think differently, approach life in a unique way? Tell me in the comments!