Move over Dr.
Take that, Dr. Oz.
And Oprah, you know I love you girl, but I think I’ve got a pretty good strategy for living a pretty darn fantabulous life.
Now I know I don’t have my own TV show–or network. Holey moley…is there anything that woman can’t do?! As a side note, my high school french teacher went to middle school with the Big O herself. So obviously I consider miss Winfrey and myself besties through association. I don’t have a fancy title in front of my name nor do I have the means to give everyone a car or send them to Australia. I can’t even afford to give myself a car and take me to Australia let alone hundreds of my biggest fans. Good golly, I don’t even have hundreds of fans.
No, I am certainly no Oprah or Dr. Oz or Dr.
Mustache Phil (ack I did it again. But seriously, have you seen that thing?! It’s like it’s got its own zipcode), but I have lived. In the 25 years of my life thus far, I have see things, done things, experienced the good and the bad. I have succeeded and I have failed. I have laughed, I have cried, I have laughed so hard, I cried. I have overcome obstacles and challenges. I have learned and I have grown. I’ve seen me at my worst, and I have seen me at my very best.
You don’t have to be the Oprah’s and Dr. Phil’s of the world to know how to live a great life. You just have to have lived.
Here are just a few things on how to make your everydays the best that you can, from Dr. Wendi to you 😉
Live Deep. Never stop learning, playing or finding wonder in this great world around you. Get lost in a great book (s). Play a wicked game of Scrabble, winner buys the pizza. Get your craziest friends together and have an epic road trip, making sure to stop at every ‘largest ball of twin, biggest ball of wax and spam museum’ you can find. Don’t take for granted all of the little things that make up the big picture. Live the length of your life, but live the depth of it as well.
Travel Light. There is no use in carrying around worry and regret. They only weigh you down. Always keep yourself open to hope and to love. To forgivenss and to faith. These are the things that give us wings and help us move forward. And sorry sis, but this also means at least trying to cut down on your luggage of shoes from 5 to 2 bags at most. I know it’ll be hard, but like Rob Schneider most famously said…”You can do it!”
Forgive Imperfections. In yourself and in others. Imperfections keep things interesting, fun. They are what makes you, you. Imperfections are those cracks where the light shines through. Are you too neat? Too dirty? Do you work too much or not enough? Are you bad with names? A terrible cook? A Cub’s fan? Hakuna matata. It is better to be perfectly imperfect that perfect. With maybe the exception of the whole Cub’s fan thing…now that’s just wrong.
Own beautiful things. And not just to keep in your back pocket or junk drawer tucked away for a perfect day. Surround yourself with things that make you happy; your crazy but amazing family and friends, your favorite four legged friend, a ratty old Brewers sweatshirt that you have worn since you were in middle school that is literally just hanging by a thread but you can’t part with because of the memories that go along with it, a tub of Chunky Monkey. These are the things that help remind you of the beauty all around us. Trust me. It is there, oh how it is there! We just have to keep our eyes open to see it.
Make mistakes. Follow detours. Turn off your GPS and get lost. Sometimes it takes an unexpected turn to help us find the life that is waiting for us around the bend. Sure it may be scary. It may be dangerous or risky. But is life without taking a chance every now and then? Trust yourself and the path that is meant for you.
Take care of yourself. And yes, sometimes that means you need a pajama-wearing, Frosted-Flakes-eating, trashy-reality-tv-watching, doing absolutely nothing kind of day. You work so hard sometimes, pushing yourself to the limits and not taking the time to breath and relax. Coming from someone who knows, giving yourself a break every once in a while is vital for not going cray-cray. Be good to your body, but also to your mind and spirit. Contrary to popular belief, you are the only one who can.
And finally, always, ALWAYS know that you are loved! You are most certainly a gift to this world. You have so many people who care about you, who are there for you, who will be that person who will get up on stage with you and sing a terrible rendition of “I Will Survive” in karaoke and will also be that person who will come to you in the middle of the night armed with tissues and brownies after you just gotten broken up with. It may be your mom. You sister. Your best friend or boyfriend/girl friend. It may be a neighbor or co-worker. It may even be your furry four legged roommate. No matter who they may be, know that you have been brough into their lives for a reason. You are not alone. And that my friends, is way better than any car or trip to Australia could be.
Although O, I’m still waiting for my car 😉
Question of the day: How are you making the most of your days?