I decided that I need a code to live by; one that I came up with myself so I know it’s something I can stick to. So this is what I came up with.
Rules To Live By
1 – Don’t piss off your neighbors. They’re the people that you have to live by, you really don’t want to start drama because that just makes for an uncomfortable living situation for everyone.
2 – Eat as clean as possible as often as possible. Yes, there will be times when you go out to eat and there aren’t any truly clean options, or you just really feel like eating a giant bacon cheeseburger with French fries. But don’t let that ruin your whole day or week. Eating clean will make you feel clean, which will make you look better, which will make you feel better emotionally. It’s a positive cause and effect waterfall.
3 – Workout in the morning. You will feel more energized (as long as you aren’t too sore!) and you’ll be more motivated to do things throughout the day because you’ve already accomplished something good (and usually hard to do) before you’ve even really started your day.
4 – Don’t miss a Monday workout! But if you do, it’s ok. There’s no reason to feel guilty or beat yourself up over it. There will be days when you’re just too tired from the weekend to get up, and that’s fine. But don’t skip because you don’t feel like it. You’ll thank yourself when you’re old and still strong.
5 – Exercise patience in everything you do. There are always underlying reasons as to why people lash out or act rude, and most of them have nothing to do with you. Despite how it makes you feel, be patient so you can positively impact someone else. Getting upset and yelling or throwing a fit will do nothing to help the situation, so why bother?
6 – Always make a conscious effort to treat the people closest to you, the best. Just because you had a rough day and got dumped on all day at work doesn’t mean that your hubby, dogs, kids, furniture, or house deserve to get dumped on or beat up when you come home. Make a special trip to the gym and go swim some hard laps. Crank the music up super loud in your car and take your time getting home. Take 5 minutes for yourself and scream into a pillow if you have to, just be nice to the people who matter to you.
7 – Take care of yourself. I know the tendency is to put your kids, or your hubby, or your job, or a million other things before yourself but you need to make time for you. If you are happy, everything around you will be better.
8 – Trust God. This is one of the hardest things to actually do, not just say you’re going to do. But it is so worth it. God has a plan and as long as you seek Him, He will see His plan to fruition. “For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord. ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11)
9 – Don’t let people walk all over you. There is a point where you are being too nice and you’re letting yourself get taken advantage of. You don’t need to say yes to everything. Being patient and being godly does not mean that you let yourself be treated like a doormat. Even Jesus put His foot down occasionally (flipping tables at the temple). Use your brain, don’t just mindlessly follow what others say.
10 – Do what makes you happy. Who cares if your mom thinks that going on Survivor is stupid? Who cares if all the women on Ross’ side of the family think that being a stay at home mom isn’t good enough? Who cares if Ross doesn’t want to go to the lake every weekend? If you want to do it, then do it! This is your life, not theirs. People who truly care for you will support you. You need to make yourself happy, that is how you have a happy life.