photo via Pinterest
I found this little gem of a quote on Pinterest today. It’s fits my mood oh-so appropriately right now. I’ve been in a perpetual struggle lately when it comes to finding my “balance”. I actually go running outside every day, so I guess you could call me a runner but I’m not big when it comes to labels. I just love running and it helps me to feel balanced and internally happy. But when it comes to eating salads, that’s another story.
hand lettering by Lisa Congdon
How lovely is this Alfred Tennyson quote hand lettering by Lisa Congdon? I always find that quotes like these speak to people differently, carrying a different meaning to all of us and touching us in different ways. For me, I see it as meaning hope and promise for the future. Every challenge I face, every good day and bad day I live, and every memory I make becomes etched into me. It would be silly to pretend I don’t cry or get sad, but what really keeps me going is this hope and overwhelming sense of joy.
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I’m trying really hard to focus on the idea of not looking back. Whenever I’m feeling down, looking back at the past is what comforts me. I hold on to my happy memories that are so close to my heart. This is all well and good, but sometimes it makes me wonder if I’d be happier as my past self. I miss my home, my family, and my high school best friends. This is when I stop and remind myself to be present in the here and now. How happy I am with my boyfriend, how lucky I am to be traveling all the world, and how proud I am of my success with very own my small business. These are all things that make me, well me. And I couldn’t be happier.