Live Colorfully. Kate Spade introduced this phrase in 2013 and it just kind of stuck. It’s something I see often and as a colorful lover myself I like to think I live a colorful life. But what does that really mean? How do you live a colorful life?
After the Las Vegas shootings I’ve found myself truly at a loss for words. I’ve had a hard time even getting on social media much less posting anything. How is a photo of me in a cute outfit even relevant? Well, it’s not. But life does go on. Every time I’ve gotten my computer out to work on a blog post I’ve felt beyond uninspired to share anything non related to the devastation that happened on Sunday night. So instead I waited for a time to feel inspired.
Over the past few days I’ve read stories of the victims and even in such scary moments, there was so much love. From the Tennessee man who died protecting his wife to the EMT who immediately jumped into action helping those with gunshot wounds, the majority of people were helping each other through such tragedy. After reading their stories and living those moments through their words I couldn’t help but feel that my daily problems were very insignificant. And that now more than ever we need to love one another, we need to encourage one another and we need to be light in this dark world. So, I’ve rounded up a few ways I strive to live colorfully, and not just for myself, but to bring a little color to others along the way. We’re not just here for ourselves, we’re all in this together.
Look For the Positive
In a world of bad news, it’s hard to see the good things sometimes. But there’s always something positive in every day. Look for the positive. Try to end every day on a positive note.
We get so wrapped up in our own lives and things we need to be working on that we often times forget that our friends need us too. Think of others, encourage others, lift them up when they’re stressed and they need it. Or when they’re rejoicing a big win, don’t skip over their post with the jealousy glasses on, like it, encourage them and love on them!
My mom has always, always, always said “smile” before I go into anything. A big day, a job interview, taking the football field at halftime, after a bad day, going into a cattle or sheep show (4-H glory days), literally before anything and everything. So I’ve learned over time a smile goes a long way. Sometimes it gets you the job, the blue ribbon and helps you catch that baton with confidence. Or it has me anyway. It definitely not only makes you a happier person, but makes others around you happier too. Your smile brings instant color to you!
Don’t Get So Caught Up in the Daily
I have a really hard time with this one. I get so caught up in the day to day things that I often times forget to see the big picture. I put little tasks over the big picture tasks and often times forget the true importance of things. Sometimes it’s necessary to just put the to-do list down and enjoy life. We don’t know how much of it we’ll get to enjoy. The little things can wait. The little memories are forever.
Photos: Lacey from The Glitter Gospel