In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Yet, through my own experiences, I’ve come to rely on three fundamental lessons that have profoundly shaped my perspective and daily behavior. These aren’t revolutionary ideas, but they are principles I strive to live by every day, ensuring each moment counts. I have shared some insights before on my blog and you can find those here

 1. **Find Joy Daily**

Life is fleeting, a precious string of moments, each ticking by swiftly. Recognizing this, I make it a point to do something that brings me joy every single day. Whether it’s a smooth-sailing day or one fraught with challenges, finding joy is crucial. It might be as simple as enjoying a quiet morning coffee, reading a good book, or spending time in the garden. On days when everything seems to go right, I take a moment to be grateful. This practice is particularly grounding when life gets stressful. Remembering that I and my loved ones are healthy reminds me that it truly is a good day, no matter the small stuff that might try to claim my peace. My personal joy comes from my horses (check them out here!) 

Horse and Rider together in competition

Jack and I enjoying a wonderful moment after accomplishing a big goal

2. **Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously**

Humor is a salve for the soul. In our overly serious world, it’s refreshing to step back and laugh at ourselves. The ability to embrace silliness and brush off offenses from others keeps life light and preserves our energy for what truly matters. Not every remark or disagreement deserves a reaction. More often than not, moving on with a light heart and a chuckle is far more rewarding than the alternative. After all, happy people aren’t those who can’t laugh at themselves—they’re the ones who do so regularly.

Me not taking myself too seriously!

3. **Integrity and Reliability**

Being reliable—keeping your word, being punctual, and staying true to your commitments—might seem like basic traits, but they are some of the most valued. In a world full of uncertainties and change, being someone others can count on is priceless.  It means prioritizing people over distractions, choosing integrity over convenience, and building a reputation of trustworthiness and respect.

These life lessons are interwoven into the fabric of everyday life and are as simple as they are transformative. They guide me in living intentionally and joyfully, in not sweating the small stuff, and in being a person others can rely on. As we continue on our paths, let’s try to remember these principles—not just as isolated ideas, but as a comprehensive approach to a fulfilling life.

So, take a moment today to reflect: Are you finding joy, laughing at yourself, and living true to your word? If not, it’s never too late to start!!!

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