Realization

If you’re more concerned with the size of your pants, the filter on your Instagram photo, the way others perceive you than you are with your acts of kindness, your self-love practices, or your relationships with your fellow human beings then take a breath.

Close your eyes. Loosen your shoulders.

And try again.

Happiness is

Coffee with the perfect amount of milk

Sunny bike rides that relax me

Pain-free, sweaty runs

Listening to music that inspires me

Making one of my students smile

Cuddling Patrick when he’s a sleepy butt

Making and eating tasty pasta

Seeing wildflowers on the side of the road

Hugs from my students

Getting stronger at doing push-ups

My puppies’ reactions when I say “outside”

Talking to people I haven’t seen in awhile

Doing a craft and being proud of it

Hanging out with all my siblings

Making Liam and Clara laugh

Getting off an airplane

Finding that really cozy spot in bed

Putting on a sweatshirt when I’m chilly

Finding ripe avocados at HEB

Having a nice exchange with a cashier

Being content being alone

Reading books I really like

Waking up to a good hair day