Coming off a tough week and looking forward to a weekend with my family in Newport Beach, I’m trying to focus my brain on the basics, and stick to positive thinking. Sometimes in the middle of hardship, it can be tough to look outside the current moment and realize everything else around you that is fantastic. So here I am, thinking about the pieces of wisdom that I’ve learned in the last 24 years, and how I can use them to my advantage.
Here’s what I know with certainty at this point in my life:
- Buying yourself something will NEVER make you feel as good as surprising someone you love and seeing their overjoyed reaction.
- PB&J makes me cry (without fail) because it reminds me of home and my mom. I eat one every time I have a bad day – mostly to remind myself that there is wholesome goodness in the world, and someone believed in me enough to parent me this far. Also, they’re genuinely delicious.
- On a similar note, Apple juice has the power to fix a lot of evils – particurly the Martinelli’s in the apple shaped bottles. Try it.
- Always apologize – value the big picture over any small gain you may have gotten from being ‘right’ or ‘winning’.
- Move mountains when you care about something: be it your relationship, your point of view, or the acceptance of your cat. Never give up, and fight for what you want.
- Find your ‘Magic Eraser’, and it use it generously – mine is a visit to the beach. Setting foot on the sand and smelling salty air has the power to ‘magically erase’ anything unpleasant that I may have going on for a few minutes.
- Choose love – over money, over pride, over convenience, over practicality. It can be hard to see it sometimes, but love is the only thing that really sticks with you over time. Value it, and make it your highest priority.