Never miss an opportunity to see something beautiful.

There is a lot of magic in this glorious planet of ours. From the majesty of the coastal mountain range, to the sprawling skies of the prairies, nature has a lot to offer. But not only nature, I think it’s high time we start appreciating the beauty within the ordinary and realize that everyday is to be treasured in it’s own unique way.

So today’s post might not have a direct reflection on bucket lists, but hopefully by the end you’ll be a little more primed to take on your goals.

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How appreciating your everyday will help you achieve your goals.

1. Find gratitude in the everyday

I think that gratitude and happiness are like two side of the same coin – they go hand in hand for appreciating the magic in life. When you take the time, and make a conscious effort to recognize the positive, instead of dwelling on the negative, you’ll be surprised at how things start to get better.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. -Lao Tzu

Start small and begin by writing down two or three things that made you smile today.

2. Learn to see a more accurate portrayal of your life

Keeping an ever-growing list of things you are grateful for is a great way to reflect on your life. I am the first person to admit that sometimes when things go wrong, I will hold on to the anger/guilt/sadness and dwell on it for far too long.

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Yet every time I have a pity party, I realize just how much of a waist of time it is. I have wonderful people in my life, a job I care for, I live in a beautiful city, there’s not a lot I can complain about.

3. Deter the feeling/yearning to want things you don’t need

When you have a greater perspective on your life, the needs vs wants often become more clear. If you focus on things you really need, you can simplify your life from complications and drama. And when you focuse on things that have a positive impact on your life and the lives around you, you often free up energy to achieve the goals in your life.

So if you feel a little down, or in a rut, remember the beauty in perspective.

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Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum.

Check out Sara’s bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/

  • Tunde Meshioye

    Wonderful write up. Pls keep it up. Thanks

    • SaraRuthnum

      Thanks Tunde, means a lot to me!