I feel like my heart is in a new place lately. I like the place that I've found, a place of rest and peace. A place of true happiness.
I've discovered something during this Contentment Challenge:
Life is better lived when you actually start living.
When you start doing things.
When you take a deep breath in and live in the moment.
When you stay active.
When you replace stuff with experiences.
I think that's what we all look for when we walk into Target or a beautiful store like Anthropologie - we are looking for that experience of beauty around us. But I've realized it's so fleeting - even the things we end up purchasing because they look pretty in that moment - even their beauty is fleeting. Pretty soon it will be a retired article of clothing in your closet along with the rest of it.
Gaining this perspective has been literally life changing. We are almost halfway through, and I already feel like a new person! Yes, there have been things I've wanted, but because I realize I do not need it, I simply focus on what I do have and move on with my life.
So how have I started living, you ask?
For starters, I rode my bike 8 miles this morning, then I ran 2. I've watched movies with Will and spent more quality time with him. I've read more books than I ever thought I would be able to this year. I've eliminated online shopping from my life, thus freeing up more meaningful time for myself. I've taken more bubble baths. I've journaled more. And I'm picking strawberries this weekend!
Living life > Shopping. Period.
What are some things that you have done to make your life more meaningful? How have you replaced the time you used to spend shopping?