What's your secret?
I had THE BEST watermelon I have ever tasted in my life!! This watermelon festival is one of my favorite events of the summer! Eating juicy, fresh watermelon outside fills my heart (and stomach!) with joy.
I was rockin' my head to toe sunburn prevention look so when a young man mistakenly thought I was 10 years younger than I am 😂, I figured it was probably because he couldn't really see me. I was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses after all. What happened next got me thinking though… "What's the secret?" he asked.
My mind scrolled through a bunch of things in a split second…good skincare (obviously), a healthy diet, laughter, gratitude, peace, love. I don't know, some people just have good genes? And at the same time, I'm laughing to myself. He thinks I look amazing for my age but he has no idea what's really going on with my health. I'm on a detox for mold, wondering if this protocol is working, trying to be compassionate with myself and not compare my health journey to anyone else's and he's asking me for the secret??? LOL.
I think what he saw as young was actually joy…like my outside matches my inside, you know? So on the ride home I was thinking, what would be the one thing I would tell you to help cultivate that inner joy that I have for life?
The secret is: I have a growth mindset.
No matter what has happened to me or what I've created for myself, I've approached life with curiosity, exploring what's next, resilient to setbacks, always looking to learn. Instead of judging myself or the situation, rotting away in misery, constantly complaining or worrying, I look for peace and I'm filled with a deep sense of gratitude each day. That gratitude fuels my joy and I can feel it no matter what's happening in life. While I don't have the secret to looking younger, my approach to life has saved me years of stressing out about things that don't matter and enabled me to cultivate joyful moments every day.
Oh and having fun is required for a joyful look. So a day spent at the watermelon festival soaking up the sun and getting watermelon juice all over my face is necessary to maintain my youthful glow. 😉
What's your secret to creating joy in life?