My Rules for Living Fully

photo credit: Gabi Sakamoto (Gah'Be) via photopin cc
photo credit: Gabi Sakamoto (Gah’Be) via photopin cc

 

In The Way of the Happy Woman, which I have just started reading, Sara Avant Stover recommends writing a YES and NO list as a reminder to keep yourself on track. The YES list contains all the things you should remember to do to keep yourself happy and healthy, and the NO list contains all the things you should remember not to do. It turns out, I had written mine a couple of months ago, only I called it my “Rules to Live By.” I share mine below:

DO:

  • Celebrate every good thing
  • Stop to look at the stars
  • Keep a song in your heart
  • Speak up for yourself
  • Be in awe of life
  • Be present in your mind and body
  • Know that the answer is always simple
  • Create your own peace
  • Honor yourself
  • Take time for yourself
  • Give yourself permission to screw up
  • Freely give to others

DON’T:

  • Do something if it doesn’t feel right
  • Say “can’t”
  • Block yourself from feeling difficult feelings
  • Expose yourself to an excess of negative media

May these inspire you to write your own list!

Suggested reading: The Way of the Happy Woman, by Sara Avant Stover

Mary

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