Remembering What Is Truly Important

In the midst of life’s obstacles and obligations, remember to devote a moment to do something that truly makes you happy. 

This post comes from our blog intern, Natalie!

Since publishing the How to Create Faux Calligraphy post earlier this month, I’ve made a habit of checking back every day to read through all the inspiring quotes that are being left in the comments by readers. Each profound collection of words is incredibly different from the next, yet they all have a way of making me stop and ponder how this advice or mantra can apply to my own life. Whether it’s encouragement to go out and explore the world, or a reminder to revisit something I have been neglecting, words have a wondrous way of instantly bringing me back to what’s truly important.

This daily ritual of reading what others wrote quickly got me thinking about my own favorite quote. While I have a large collection that I’ve scribbled down in various notebooks and journals over the years, I always seem to come back to one in particular:

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”

Seems simple enough, but I honestly believe that this piece of advice gets forgotten the most. Life’s obligations and expectations too often get in the way of finding an untouched moment to devote to something that truly makes you happy. Whether it’s creating art, being with your loved ones, or taking time alone to be out in the silence of nature, these moments of natural bliss are as important as the time you take to chase ambitions or take care of others.


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This quote especially applies to me in this stage of my life. I am about to head off to my first year of college, and before I know it will be amidst a busy career. With so many end goals in mind, I have a tendency to forget to give myself a break along the way and do something simply because I love it. For me that means taking a hike in the mountains with my family, or sitting down to paint and create art for no other intention except to express myself. Learning to find harmony between these joys and commitments early on will help me to lead a full yet balanced life – which is what it’s all about right?

+ What do you do purely because it brings you happiness? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I truly enjoyed this post! Your words resonated with me. I’m about to go into my senior year of college and I’m trying to find what makes me happy, the things that inspire me, and lead me to live a well balanced life. I’m scared for all the new changes coming my way but, feel as long as I have those things I’m going to be just fine.

  2. My first love is my Family. I embrace the pure joy I see in their eyes when I’m in the kitchen trying to creat a fun dish from pint rest or Flipboard or from one of my many blogs I follow.
    I feel the gratitude from them and I’m aware to always do what makes me happy , one if them cooking to make my Family teach me how to enjoy gratitude.
    So thank you.

  3. My first Love is God. He has given me the direction and peace we all desire.
    I am a caregiver to my 93 year old Mama. She is our neighbor. It gives me great joy to be there for her, applying her makeup every day, so she feels pretty. I also am blessed to make yummy meals, sometimes for just my husband of 34 years and myself. Sometimes for my family that includes our 30 year old son and fiance, our 27 year old daughter and husband, and our 23 year old son. I also take the time to do a little sewing, jewelry making, being an Avon Representative, and enjoy my amazing YL essential oils for a healthy lifestlye alternative. You girls are on the right track, always take the time to do the things you Love.

  4. Writing and taking nature walks. Also playing board games and drinking wine with my family. When i’m doing any of those three things, my world feels right, my soul sings, and I know that everything is going to be okay. This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy your voice on this blog. <3

  5. I love getting up to write in the early morning hours while everyone else is still sleeping. There’s something very magical about that enchanting hour……waking after a solid night of sleep has washed away the cares and concerns of the adult world… my inner child has time to create before the alarm clock goes off for my internal editor, waking for another weekday, work day…

    The Weaver Of Words…..give me 15 words and I’ll tell you a tale

  6. This was a stunning post. I want to find what truly makes me happy and I want to KNOW where my future is headed depending on what I do.

  7. Creating, creating, and creating. Closing my eyes, taking in the world around me, visualizing what my heart is feeling, and create an illustration, a gift, a DIY, a new living room layout, or a simplified closet. Sometimes it’s easy to fall for what others think is beautiful, and many times it is. But it’s the honesty and transparency that makes something beautiful. So, when I can take the time to listen to how my soul is effected by the going-ons around me, I am the most happy and satisfied!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Writing and taking the time to just kick back and enjoy the outdoors makes me happy. It’s so important to take time out for yourself, and it’s something I’m learning to balance every day. Best wishes to you in your first year of college!

  9. I’m also the writing in the outdoors type. Though, I carry a strong love for art. I’ve currently been in love with the ocean…so if I can find a time when the ocean, stars and moon meet, it will be one of the many things that make me happy and I crave that.

  10. What I think is difficult, is to take a break when a goal is not completely reached. I like to think, that the rewarding part comes in the end, but at the same time that end is always moving further away, once I thought to get a bit closer. But it’s important to just have some time for yourself and just do something that awakens the own spirit.

    I like to go on runs near the river and meditate afterwards. Or be crafty creative at times ;)
    Thanks for this beautiful post!

  11. I really loved this post! For so many years, I never did anything that made me happy and I allowed people to use and manipulate me. But after breaking away from that environment and having the amazing opportunity to get closer to me immediate family, I’ve been able to “discover myself.” Photography is an amazing thing that allows me to see the world from a different perspective and give special attention to detail. It makes me very happy and I find it very therapeutic.

  12. I truly love this post. This is such a simple tutorial. Makes it so easy. Thank you!

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