mental health, wellness

Do more of what brings you joy

I might not know what the heck I’m doing or if I’m on the right path, but what I do know is that I can make a decision right now to do something toward my own happiness. The definition of happiness differs from person to person. For me it’s making time for the people I love (me included) and for the things that matter. For me it’s coming home before sunset to sit in the backyard with my dogs and observing nature. Maybe it’s craving In-n-Out’s animal-style fries and vanilla shake and following my desires, for once; it’s getting McDonald’s apple pie in between visiting patients in the home. Maybe it’s taking a leap of faith on love or it’s opening the door for someone else. It’s about enjoying my ride each day because I really don’t know what’s going to happen.

It’s about doing more of what brings me joy.

For once I will be selfish. While I’m in a helping profession, it’s all the more important to make sure I take care of myself. I feel that at times it’s a struggle and there’s no balance, but then I have a choice to change that. I am the catalyst. Through mindfulness I am able to detect my stress happens and I can choose to do something about it. Maybe it’s saying “no” or rescheduling your appointments. Maybe it’s finding a calm space to cry and journal to reflect on the days. I am the boss of my own life, and you can too.



Picture taken in June 2016 at Dieu Ngu Temple in Westminster, CA, USA during the Dalai Lama’s visit

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