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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lessons :: Let yourself be happy



It took me awhile to hone in on my true purpose for blogging. I simply called it The Loudmouth at the beginning, but I felt like something was missing. My blog has evolved, along with myself and my life, and is now representative of a specific lifestyle. What is a 'loudmouth'? She is a woman who focuses on the positive, cherishes every moment, and gives 110% in everything she does. It's about personal fulfillment, and at the root of it all is living for and loving yourself.

As we grew into adults, we were taught to be kind to others. Our parents and teachers told us to share, to be nice and polite and forgiving to those around us. This is important, yes, but did anyone ever tell you to treat yourself with the same respect?

I can be very hard on myself, especially when it comes to personal goals. When I'm not progressing at the rate I feel I should be, I get upset and frustrated with myself. I then force myself to stay that way, somehow believing that I'm not allowed to be happy and hopeful anymore, telling myself that I don't deserve it.

But who really 'deserves' anything? What does that word even mean? It doesn't matter. What matters is this: Allowing yourself to be unhappy is a waste of time. Each of us gets one life, so why waste it? Have your moment, and then move on. Don't dwell on your mistakes or shortcomings. Your feelings are contagious! Do you want to spread positive or negative energy? It's up to you. Do you want this world to be a better place? It starts here.

Treat yourself the way you'd want to be treated, then treat others that same way. It's not always easy, but it's worth it! The result is magic. If your life does not feel fuller & brighter & better after completing this process, let me know. (This means I won't be hearing from you...)

13 comments:

  1. Cha ching! Right on the money!! <3
    -Jude

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  2. Aww... that's why you're so awesome! I love this post:)
    xoxo,
    f

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  3. Lovely advise which I am going to share with a friend who is having a hard time lately, a bit tough on her self.

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  4. Such a great post - I really, really needed to read this, this morning in particular, so thanks!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  5. You couldn't have said it better. You are such an awesome, incredibly amazing person. Love you! xo

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  6. Great post, Stephanie. Your Loudmouth Lessons are without a doubt my favorite category on your blog. Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. I think it is more than just treat yourself the way you want to be treated--- it really is treat yourself the way you want to treat others. SO often we value others more than ourselves.

    Very thoughtful post, Steph!

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  8. What a lovely post! Thankyou so so much for your wisdom. And you are so right You have to value yourself. Thankyou that just what I need to hear. Have a brilliant day :D

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  9. I Love This!!- Mama Mouth

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  10. I'm a new reader and I must tell you that it's a relief to hear that someone as seemingly-put together and motivated as yourself also struggles with feeling deserving of good things. I get pretty down on myself for failing to accomplish certain things and do just what you described - continue to feel down because I "don't deserve" happiness. My biggest goal of 2012 is trying to be more positive, but it's a daily struggle and it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one working on this stuff. Thank your for your insight!

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  11. I so needed to read this (up to my weekend readings it goes). I sometimes get trapped in a spiral of bad thoughts, and I needed a reminder that it's in my power to just decide to feel happy.

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