31 December 2014

how to enjoy your life

In Honor of New Year's Eve...

How To Enjoy Your Life 
{ the Truncated Edition }

1. Decide to fall in love with your imperfections. 

2. It's better to be kooky. 

3. Eschew petty things people have said to you -- things that have hurt, offended, belittled, misunderstood you. Your life will improve drastically when you decide to ignore these bits. 

4. Give compliments constantly. (But only ones you mean.) 

5. Do everything more slowly. Convince yourself that everything you do -- every time you cross a room, button your blouse, read a book, say hello, listen to someone -- is art, and you will be more graceful for it. 

6. Worry less about having interesting answers, and more about asking interesting questions. 

7. Be kind to everyone. 

8. But also know when to walk away. And do it. 

9. Cultivate the friendships that make you a more compelling person. 

10. Read more books. 

11. Go the mirror (now) and smile. It is important to see yourself smile.

12. Decide to enjoy whatever you are doing, in the moment. 

13. Making up songs about whatever you're doing is immeasurably helpful in enacting #12.

14. Learn to entertain other people's beliefs and inclinations -- without adopting them yourself. You will be gentler and more loving for this. 

15. Stop worrying so much about what other people have/are doing. Social comparison is the heartiest killjoy, and you, my dear, are above such things. Decide, right now, to be happy about what you have. 

16. Keep a notebook with you, and write down the funny things you overhear at the post office, single lines for potential poems, words you like, things you see. 

17. Eat delicious food that is good for you.

18. Walk everywhere (as much as possible). 

19. Delight in other people's happiness. 

20. Believe that romance is everywhere (and it is). 


  1. I love this list. 19 is hard for me, or at least has been lately. Its a good reminder to take into the new year!

  2. that was a beautiful list!


  3. I love these little lists. They are great reminders to enjoy the small things in life.
    Have a great 2015!
    - F - www.elevatorbrain.blogspot.co.uk

  4. This is such a great list. Thank you for writing it!

  5. yes yes yes - wonderful post.
    xo, cheyenne

  6. thank you for this.

    xx m.see

  7. I love this so much. Especially number 12.
    Definitely a live in the moment step :)

  8. lists are most definitely my favorite.
    and you have such a lovely soul, it just shines through.

  9. A lovely list for the new loveliest year

  10. Ohh! I especially love numbers 6 and 19! On number 6, great advice for someone (me) who struggles with conversation and worrying about whether I'm interesting enough - something I'll be working on :)

  11. I love this cute little list. So many great reminders.