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Finding Happiness

Your happiness doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. And if you’re feeling lost or can’t see your next move, I highly recommend some alone time. Making changes hurts at first, but afterwards you might not even recognize the life you live in the best way possible .

Finding happiness

I always thought that one day the perfect job, or the perfect city, or the perfect partner, or the perfect body or whatever else would come along and then I could just be happy and I wouldn’t have to try anymore. 

I spent a long time waiting to “find” happiness - or rather waiting for it to find me. As if I would wake up one morning & it would be waiting on my front porch. And maybe for some people, that’s how it works. Not me. For me, happiness takes work.

And by work I don’t mean the kind of work we’re used to - it’s not the rise & grind, hustle or die, keep yourself busy & maybe you’ll feel like you’re worth something someday -

I mean the stay in your body & sit with all of your own shit by yourself and, it’s painful AF kind of work.

I tried to skip right to the just-be-happy part. But what I didn’t realize that is that first I had to learn what made me happy - what I thought happiness was based on everyone else’s story.

Even still, when whatever my version of the “perfect” thing comes along, I have to put in work to keep it alive. Also, my perfect changes a lot - what I need today might be different than what I need tomorrow so I am constantly checking in, assessing & reassessing.

I barely even recognize myself in this picture. I have a job & business I love that requires me to work on and show up as myself every day. I have a loving partner that is empowering AF & ADDS to my fire instead of taking it away. I have a huge community of friends & family who are fun & supportive & respect my boundaries & energy. I finally feel beautiful & confident in my body on more days than I don’t. I have a deep understanding of what my body and spirit needs & a ton of other things I never thought I’d be able to say. There are a lot of things I have left to learn but, it actually feels good to have room to grow

I guess I’m just trying to say that your happiness doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. And if you’re feeling lost or can’t see your next move, I highly recommend some alone time. Making changes hurts at first, but afterward, you might not even recognize the life you live in the best way possible.

xoxo,

Alex T.

Yoga teacher, bodyworker & Founder of NAF