Living My Best Life

Sitting in the cafe of the cruise ship, an older women, all smiles walked by.  When she passed I noticed the back of her shirt said, “Living my best life”.

I started to think about the phrase as I sat staring at the sign rise over the water.  Am I doing this?

At this very moment, I couldn’t think of a better place to be.  I am floating across the Caribbean sea on the way to Aruba.  Honestly, life is pretty good right this moment.  And in the spirit of living in the moment, yes I am living my best life.

I am here to celebrate 25 years married to the man I fell in love with when I was still a teenager!  Not too many people can say this.  We have four incredible children.  Two of which are currently hanging out with us.

Life is incredibly good right now.

But before I saw her shirt, I was thinking about a picture taken of my husband and I at the “fancy” dinner night on the ship.  I was shocked to see how much weight I had gained and how old I looked.  My husband looked his normal cute self.  To tell the truth, it was probably a good picture of the two of us and I should probably buy it.

But, I couldn’t get beyond seeing myself.  I didn’t look like someone living my best life.  I looked like a person who wasn’t taking care of herself.  I looked like someone who was eating through her stress.  Someone who wasn’t going to the gym in the morning, even though I know I really want to.

Was I really the person I saw in the picture?  Do I really want to the be the person in the picture? 

As I sit here this morning, I know the answer to those questions is yes, I am the person in the picture and yet I am not.  I am someone who wants to be living an authentic life of really living my best life.

Which means the trips to the vending machine at work need to end. It means I will go to the gym in the morning and get my morning runs in.  It means I will start strength training again.  It means I will pack my lunch when I go to work, so I don’t consume extra calories.  It means I will be the woman smiling when I finish Nashville half marathon in April at 2:30!  I will be the sweaty woman at yoga class.  I will be the woman taking photographs during the day.  I will be the woman running a successful business, helping others run their own successful businesses.

That will be me living my best life.  The life I was created to live.

But for today, I will be the woman who when I hit the shores of Aruba, I will have run and taken a class with my daughter.  I will have finished writing a blog post for my business.  I will have set a few things in motion.  I will live my very best life today.  And will strive to do the same thing tomorrow and tomorrows tomorrow.

Learning to live my best life, one day at a time.  So over the course of the rest of my life, I can say I did live my best life.

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