Take time to do what makes your soul happy
Today I took some time to reflect on what brings me joy in life. Prior to this I cleaned my entire room. I believe that having an organised external environment allows us to reflect better and sort our inner feelings and tackle our minds pressing issues more clearly.
With so much external noise influencing our minds in our everyday lives the lines between our own internal desires and those created by external influences can get blurred. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that every experience you encounter and every new and different world view is wrong and have a negative impact. Moreover, it is important to question and filter in the midst all of the noise which dreams, hopes and desires are really our own. How do they serve us? Do they bring us closer to what makes us happy? Will it still matter to us down the road? And, why exactly to we ‘want’ xyz?
I put a list together to be able to come back to it and remind myself what brings me most joy in life and also with the intention to extend and edit it when given. I also hope to encourage you to try making a list like this yourself for harder times or just for the purpose of refocusing and recenter.
After all, and I read this quote today, you are what you love and not what loves you.
The list of things that make me happy - Marie’s list
my friends, family and boyfriend
writing, reading, poetry
styling, interior decorating, a cozy home
outdoors, nature, sunshine on my skin, warm breezes, architecture, travelling, photos, tropical places, exploring cultures
workouts, especially abs, yoga, balancing mind … and body
eating healthy, eating unhealthy, cooking, asian cuisine
working with people, kind people, being compassionate, animals, the ability to show and feel empathy
water, the ocean, the beach, cliffs, waves, sand in your toes, sunshine, waterfalls
long mornings in bed, coffee and tea
the movies, dinners, eating out, street food, street art, music, dancing
boho vibes, vintage finds, summer dresses, unique finds such as jewellery boxes, sustainable fabrics, cozy sweaters, boutiques, my boho bags, gold jewellery
flowers, trees, plants
holistic and spiritual beauty, buddhism, self care
massages, spa days
motorboats, motorbikes, sailing, biking
painting, art galleries, musicals, theatre plays
dress up parties, bonfires and fireworks
early nights and early mornings
documentaries, soap operas, reality TV, Stranger Things
christmas and halloween
hiking, walks around town, independent cafes and restaurants
a warm shower, my hair (even if its tends to drive me mad)
the moon and universe
road trips, fruit trees, farms
horseback riding and skiing
notebooks, tea, warm blankets
lemons, avocado, sushi (its hard to give this up for my right now trying to go vegan)