I Took Pictures Of Everything That Made Me Happy For 24 Hours

I Took Pictures Of Everything That Made Me Happy Today And It Was More Than I Expected

Who knew there are so many happy things to choose from!

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Lately, it seems like I have been having a hard time finding the little moments that bring joy to the everyday life we live. I've been feeling like I'm searching for big things and looking into the future to find happiness instead of just opening my eyes and living in the moment, so today I decided to take a picture of all the little things that made me smile.

1. Pretty flowers

Megan Carmen

On my way back from my first class, I saw the cutest little purple flowers! They reminded me of the ones I saw in Home Depot a few days ago, and I smiled at the thought of having a really nicely landscaped house one day.

2. A gorgeous day

Megan Carmen

It was about 50 degrees today, and that is my prime weather. So on my way to my car I was basking in the cool breeze of this beautiful day.

3. A full tank

Megan Carmen

On my way to get my allergy shots, I stopped for gas. It may be a little thing, but the smell of gas is one that I love. It's also just so nice to turn the key and see a full tank of gas in your car.

4. A good health day

Megan Carmen

I get allergy shots every week, and normally I have an issue of some kind. Be it a small bump or an itchy arm or something more serious, it always seems to be something. Today, however, there was no reaction at all! So here's a picture of all my allergy medications to celebrate because I'm too much of a wimp to take a picture in a crowded doctor's office.

5. A good boy

Megan Carmen

I always take a minute to stop by and see my dog after I get my allergy shots, but today Charlie was exceptionally cute. You're welcome for this adorable picture.

6. More pretty flowers!

Megan Carmen

On the walk back from my parked car, I saw the prettiest tree in bloom! I just really love nature, can you tell? It made me smile and think about how lucky we are to be on such a beautiful planet.

7. New music

Megan Carmen

A few weeks ago, I found out that Greyson Chance, that one kid form Disney Channel a million years ago, is still making music and it is actually good. This song came on today and I laughed at the thought of Greyson Chance just being out here making bops... who knew.

8. Carol

Megan Carmen

I may be biased, but I think I have the cutest fish in the whole wide world. Her name is Carol, and she loves to sit in her tube. It is so wholesome and every time I see her chilling I can't help but get giddy.

9. Good body day

Megan Carmen

There are some days where you look in the mirror and just really feel yourself. Today happened to be one of those days. They have been few and far between recently, and so I took this day and the pleasing image I saw in the mirror and ran with the joy it brought me.

10. Roomies!

Megan Carmen

My roommates are amazing people. Hands down some of the coolest people in my life, and I often take that for granted. They bring me a lot of happy moments and I wouldn't have gotten through this year without them by my side, so I forced them to take this picture with me.

11. More of a perfect day

Megan Carmen

I really really love nature, so here's another picture of some pretty trees that made me smile today. Joy is in the little moments, peeps.

12. Donuts

Megan Carmen

I was craving something sugary today, and these donuts really hit the spot. Normally I would go for the classic Ben and Jerry's or a chocolate chip cookie, but these cheap cake bites really did if for me today. God bless the joys of a sweet tooth.

13. Being me

Megan Carmen

Sometimes I think we all take for granted how amazing we all are, and how cool it is to just be ourselves. I know for me, it can be really hard to think that way. But I am beautiful, and so are you! Today I took this silly picture, and it made me chuckle and think of how blessed I am to just be here and to be who I am.

So now it's your turn! Go out today and take a picture of all the little things that make you happy. Take the time to reflect on how incredible it is to be here, and to be present in each moment in the fast-paced life we live. There is so much to be happy about in our world, so get out there and get smiling!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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I Went From Losing Weight To Lifting Weights, And Now I'm In The Best Shape Of My Life

How a change in my fitness goals changed my life.

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I am in the best shape of my life...or at least I think so, and that's what truly matters.

I look in the mirror and feel confident.

I finally feel comfortable wearing crop tops, and I'm even starting to show visible abs. But getting here has been such a difficult journey filled with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other physical and mental struggles that hindered my ability to achieve my goals.

I have been on this health and fitness journey for many, many years now. I've been a size 00, a size 12, and every size in between.

Through it all, I have learned so much about myself, as well as fitness and nutrition in general. My biggest takeaway that led me to overcome all these obstacles was learning to let go of my perfectionism. When I'm old, I don't want to look back on my life and realize that I spent it all trying to lose weight. So, I changed my mindset.

My new focus was to be as strong as possible—to lift the heaviest weights, rather than losing the most weight. If you too, want to be in the best shape of your life but have struggled for so long, read my tips below.

1. EAT MORE

I know, it sounds crazy. As women, we are constantly told about diets and cutting calories. If you just want to be skinny, you can do that. But if you want to be strong, you need to eat to be able to put on the muscle.

2. ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE CHEAT MEALS

If you have struggled with eating disorders like me, satisfying your cravings will prevent you from having major setbacks.

3. LIFT WEIGHTS

Get your butt off that elliptical and into the weight room.

4. DON'T WORKOUT EVERY DAY

Again, especially if you want to build muscle, you need rest days. These are the days where your muscles are "actually" growing.

5. DON'T RUSH IT

You will not see abs overnight. It takes a long time. But if you want sustainable results, you must treat your body right.

I hope these tips are helpful. With positivity and patience, you can achieve anything.

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