Working, running errands, taking care of family, trying to be the best you, exercising, being a great friend, daughter, wife, or girlfriend….. the list can go on and on. As women, we are always trying to be the best for everyone around us and most times not only do we forget about ourselves, We forget to be present, we forget to live in the moment.
Being present is all about taking the time to enjoy the space that you're in, living in the moment. You ever look back at a great time in your life and think to yourself, I would do anything to be there in that moment again.
Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them - Psychology Today
Here are a few ways that I stay present
Pray & Connect
Whenever I feel lost or completely overwhelmed praying always puts my feet back on solid ground. No matter what you believe in staying connected and having faith gives you the peace to get through anything. I love praying in the car or in the shower, having that alone time with God is the ultimate reset button.
Take a BEAT...
Whenever I'm with family or friends and I feel happy and complete. I love to consciously take a beat and take in the moment. It's like taking a mental snapshot of the moment and making sure that I'm enjoying it and not thinking about all of the things that I need to do the next day.
To be there for everyone around you, you have to make sure that you are there for yourself. It’s so important to love on yourself, go get your nails done, get a massage or if you're limited to spending find alone time in a peaceful place around you. Read a book, listen to your favorite podcast, or listen to your favorite album.
Find a Creative Outlet/ Passion Project
When work is over, the kids are asleep, and it's just you. What makes you happy, what fills your soul. Whatever it is do that! I truly believe that whenever we give up on our passions whether big or small we lose a piece of us. Never stop working on your passion no matter what it is.
♡ Shakira Shenee' & Mary Elle