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A Note About Our Perfect Days

02.12.16

Lifestyle

On Tuesday, I asked you all to share your own definition of your perfect day with me. I shared mine — and I didn’t even realize how simple, ordinary and peaceful my visualization was until I started to read your responses about what your perfect day would look like.

I don’t know what I expected to see… Perfect days that included jet-setting to Europe or frolicking around a beach in the tropics. Meeting the love of your life or attending a blowout red carpet event. Suddenly waking up with the vocal talent of Adele or with the rock hard abs of a fitness model. I didn’t expect any of that, but somehow it also took reading the unity in your responses in order for me to see how much power there is in the simplicity.

One of my lovely readers, Trista, wrote this poignant response in the comments section of the post:

“As I read through many of the responses to your question: What is your perfect day? I realized that so many of us have many of the same desires. Several readers wrote that their perfect day includes sunny weather, feeling well rested, enjoying delicious meals, soaking in quality time with loved ones, and getting to be active. It is pretty incredible to think that no one envisions lavish escapes via private jets to an exquisite island when they describe their perfect day. Clearly we all have little perfect pieces in all of our days that, when strung together, create the absolute perfect day. Simple, but powerful.”

How freaking awesome is that? We are envisioning our perfect day, and it seems like to the vast majority of us that day simply includes waking up well rested, sipping our morning coffee, spending time with loved ones, engaging in things that inspire us (reading good books and blogs, journaling, meditating, yoga, stretching in the morning), hitting up our favorite restaurants, cooking heathy food in the comfort of our own home, breaking a sweat and having nowhere pressing to be. I thought I was an old-soul weirdo for ending my perfect day with an early night in reading a good book or cuddling on the couch with someone I love. But it seems like we all love and crave that type of simplicity, and that makes me extremely happy to hear.

It mainly makes me happy because if our perfect days are so attainable, that means that a lot of us are already leading lives that we love — or at least that ultimate contentment is within VERY close reach. Sure, it can be hard to block out a full day to have no external responsibilities… But having days like those are so necessary to our health, happiness and wellbeing. If you’re like me and have the tendency to overcommit, start thinking about what you say “yes” and “no” to, especially when it comes to your free time.

What if you could block off a day or two every single week that would be your exact perfect day? A beautiful balance of getting rest, being active, spending time with loved ones, doing things that feed your passions, eating well and doing what you need to do to feel inspired?

And the cool thing is — the contents of that perfect day are allowed to change. Sometimes you might need more you time, more rest, and more reflection. Other days, you might be in the mood to be surrounded by people who lift you up and to be super active. I have “perfect days” that consist of doing absolutely NOTHING other than reading books on my couch, watching Netflix and cuddling with Hudson. I have other perfect days that are more outwardly productive, active and social as can be.

It’s a balance.

Surprised to hear me say that? 😉

Honestly, thank you so much for sharing your perfect days with me. It is not only inspiring to read what makes you guys happy, but it’s also incredibly fulfilling for me to hear that many of the things I cherish most in life are also cherished by you guys. In the fast-paced world we live in, I think it can be easy to undervalue the art of simplicity sometimes. Just because our perfect days include it, doesn’t always mean that it sounds most exciting or glamorous in the moment.

But it is glamorous. It is glamorous to be in love with your life, whatever that looks like for you. And if nothing else, that’s what I want for myself, for you and for all of us. Creating space to be happy means that we unlock our full potential for creativity, loving those around us and being our best selves.

Thanks so much for sharing with me, and if you haven’t shared yet — feel free to share YOUR perfect day below! I will never get tired of reading what you have to say.

And as for the winner of the MZ Wallace giveaway, even though ALL of your perfect days are so incredibly awesome, I am choosing miss Trista Johnson as the winner. Her perfect day included an amazing mix of inspiration and taking action in her own life — and her observation about all of our perfect days being rooted in simplicity inspired this entire post. If you want to read her response, head to the comments section of Tuesday’s post & search for her name!

Lots of love! I hope you all find yourselves having a perfect day this weekend. 🙂

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