How I Found My Bliss: Kels from A Lovely Life

Kels is so fantastic! Here's her guest post about her personal journey of bliss. 

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I feel like I should be showcasing some delicious chocolates, with an opening like that. :) I wish that I could share some trick or ancient ritual that would guarantee a blissful life for each and every one of you, but sadly that just doesn't exist.

For as long as I can remember, my mom would always tell me to "choose to be happy." Of course as a child and young teenager, it was usually falling on deaf ears... especially in those moments when I wasn't getting something I wanted, so being happy just seemed impossible to me. How can I be happy when Samantha has that virtual pet and I do not??! {Remember those? Oh man, those virtual pets were just great.} Nevertheless, after years and years of hearing {or choosing not to hear} that phrase over and over again, it's finally starting to mean something to me.

One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Swindoll:
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."

As human beings, we have a choice. Every day. A choice on how we will live our day. Understandably, some circumstances are totally and completely out of our control, but how we react to them is not. And really let's be honest, life in general is hard. Day-to-day monotony is hard. But when you think about it, what kind of life would it be to sulk and be sad about everything that is out of our control? Not a good one, in my opinion.

So how do we overcome this?

For me, I have to take it one day at a time. I'm very much the kind of person that my morning defines the rest of my day. So how do I have a good morning? Well, getting enough sleep each night is key. But for me, my faith is my foundation. I've found that if I don't spend time reading God's Word in the mornings, it just throws my whole day off. So that's what I do... wake up, do some stretches, make breakfast, spend time with Jesus, listen to music, and head off to work! Now I understand not everyone is or can be a morning person... that's why you need to sit down and figure out what is bliss to you. And then do that. Every day.

I believe that's the key to a happy, blissful life... the every day. I know I got stuck in the trap of "dreaming big", which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But if you're constantly dreaming about what will make your future happy, you will neglect your present. Focus on making today your bliss and then you can deal with tomorrow, tomorrow. :)

-kels

[just a glance at Kels and her blog over at a lovely life will have you captivated. trust me. i know from experience]

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