HAPPY LIFE

Stop making excuses – live!

As humans, we often find excuses to postpone our true happiness.  We tell ourselves that our happiness is dependent on a certain set of circumstances, and once those circumstances are realized, then we can live the lives that we want to live.

When I was in college, I was an ambitious dreamer – I believed that anything was possible and that I could do anything that I set my mind to.  Once I graduated and started working full-time, I allowed myself to become so consumed with my career and finishing graduate school, that I pushed my true passions aside.

“You’ll never be as young as you are right now.”

It wasn’t until two years ago, that I woke up and realized that I missed doing the things that I loved.  I missed traveling, I missed volunteering, I missed exploring.  So, when I turned 29, I made a promise to myself to spend my last year in my 20’s being the inquisitive wanderluster and culture seeker that I was before the day-to-day responsibilities of being an independent adult took hold of my life.  I vowed to travel a lot more, to learn to cook different recipes, to learn a third language, to give back more to my community, and to start a blog.  I was determined to stop making excuses for why I couldn’t do what I wanted, and I started making plans to fill my life with exciting experiences.  It’s been an amazing ride ever since.

We weren’t put on this earth to wait until we’ve reached retirement age or saved enough money or until we’ve met the right person to pursue our passions.  There’s an entire world out there that’s waiting to be explored, and lots of open doors waiting to be walked through.  It’s up to us to be brave enough to take the leap and make our happiness a priority.  It’s up to us to stop making excuses and live!  Are you ready to take the leap?

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – The Shawshank Redemption

 

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26 Comments

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    Melanie
    February 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Well said… Thanks!!!!

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      Karensa
      March 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Awesome sauce! Lol if time would only slow down. This is very encouraging, now to just make time!

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        Adrienne
        March 19, 2015 at 9:16 am

        I know, right – time is just flying by. I suppose it’s never too late to live your dreams! Have a great week!

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    Elizabeth
    March 25, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Beautifully said and incredibly inspiring. It is so easy to get so caught up in life that we forget to live.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      March 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth! (o: I agree – life can just completely takeover and make us forget about all of our aspirations.

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    Tanya
    April 2, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I love this post. Though I am 35, I can completely relate to your experience–I got an MBA and worked in corporate America for a few years only to get burnet-out. Now I’m home with my toddler for the time-being and I’ve never been happier. Sometimes, we get lost in the desire to keep up with our friends/colleagues and lose sight of what’s really important–to enjoy life!

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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Wow, I got my MBA and am currently working in corporate America as well. I would love to be able to stay at home with my kiddos when I eventually have a family of my own. My mom was home with me as a child and it was amazing an amazing experience.

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    christina
    April 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

    It is crazy how often we get caught up in life and lose track of time. It seems like years fly by in a blink of an eye. It is a very hard balance to master, but it seems like you have the right perspective and approach!

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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I agree – it flies by sooooo fast! Thank you for visiting my blog, Christina!

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    Amanda
    April 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    You are just too cute! Love that you are setting a goal for yourself to do more of what you enjoy the last year of your 20s, but let me tell you a secret. Your 30s are going to be insanely awesome. There is something about the ease and confidence that comes with your 30s…you’re going to love it!

    Oh, and I will be sending you my Chicago suggestions asap…just waiting to hear from some of my super fun and stylish friends if there is anything extra special going on when you visit. 🙂

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Aw, thanks, Amanda! Oh, I just turned 30 and it is wonderful! I feel so grown up and so comfortable in my own skin.

      Thank you, girl!! I really appreciate your help. I’m excited to see your suggestions! (o:

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    Sharon - Her Organized Chaos
    April 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This is a great reminder! I am a couple years from 30 and before I always dreaded it, but I feel like it’s going to be the best time of my life. Thanks for sharing this!>

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! Yes, this is going to be the best time of your life, but guess what? It gets even better when you turn 30. I just reached this milestone and I am loving it!

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    Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
    April 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is a great reminder for something that almost everybody faces each day. We dream big then we make excuses why it can’t happen. The excuses are so silly, we just need to live and go for it! Thanks for the great reminder!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:24 am

      My pleasure, Cindy. You’re right, excuses are so silly!

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    Yolanda Williams
    April 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    You are so right. It’s seems like the older we get the further away we get from dreaming and being optimistic. It’s never to late to dream and to explore those adventures we always wanted to do.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yes, Yolanda – it’s never too late. I guess it’s all about timing, and when it’s the right timing, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for reading!

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    Nancy
    April 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    The time to do it, is right now. Isn’t that so true? Every time I hear people say “Oh, I’d love to go there….. eventually.” I think you really need to take the time and if you REALLY want to go/do something. Do it now. Before it’s too late. You never know what tomorrow will bring!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Amen, sister! Life is too short to make excuses! (o:

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    Crystal | The Poor Explorer
    April 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    This really hit a chord with me, because that’s exactly how I felt right after University and I haven’t looked back (I’m now 28). I’ve been travelling the world for the last couple of years with no plans to stop. I’ve never really had any commitments, and I like it that way. Though I do wish I could have some of the luxuries of settling down, like a dog, a relationship and being able to cook (never take this for granted!). Thanks for posting X

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    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thank you, Crystal. I am so jealous that you get to travel all of the time. Traveling is one of my biggest passions and although I travel a lot, I wish I could go even more. Eventually you’ll settle down with a relationship and dog, but until then, keep exploring! An experience like the one you’re having now is priceless and life changing! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Tammilee Tips
    April 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I love this post!! It is so true our lives have been so much richer since we decided to start living in the present. I hope you rock your year before you turn the big 3-0!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Thank you, Tammilee! I’m actually already 30 and it is awesome! I’m so glad that I stopped and woke up 2 years ago. (o:

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    Myrabev
    April 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

    So true, I wish someone can explain this to someone I know because I feel like I flogging a dead horse. Anyway as for me I am doing more traveling more exploring and more living my life as I do not know when it will be my last.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      April 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Good for you, Myrabev! Living each day to the fullest is such an amazing thing!

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    Mrs. Pancakes
    June 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I love the concept of your blog and couldn’t agree more about living your dreams and so true that when we are younger we have so much dream and we definitely lose it. Thanks for reminding all of us about not forgetting to dream!

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