Love My Life

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Halloween will mark the one year anniversary of me giving notice at my dayjob. A year ago, I was stressed out, a little terrified, and totally exhilarated all at the same time. I wasn’t sure if this crazy leap into self employment was going to work out.

A year later, things are….amazing! Sometimes I feel like a completely different person than I was. I’m blessed to work with smart, capable people who also love what they do. I get to work on things that matter to me, and it’s looking like I just might be able to sustain myself while doing it.

Lately, I’ve noticed a meme going around on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere that sort of bothers me. The hashtag #fml (FMy Life) seems to be gaining a lot of popularity. Whether folks are sharing bummery-type things or bigger problems, I’m not nuts about seeing such a negative meme taking off.

Times are tough for a lot of people, and I totally get that. I just think that focusing on the negative isn’t going to help. At the same time, I think it makes folks almost ashamed to be happy in a lot of ways. You almost feel guilty when things are going well.

So! I propose that we start a meme of our own, lovely people! Let’s celebrate what’s awesome! Let’s make #LML (Love My Life) into a meme.

Love My Life

Here are some of the things that make me LML:

  • Making cupcakes for board game night! #LML
  • Both cats have decided to snuggle me on the couch. #LML
  • So much fun riding bikes and eating popsicles with my pal Charlie! #LML
  • Making a fancy dinner for movie night with my hubby! #LML

OK, so most of the things I love are food-related. I mean, are you really that surprised?

I don’t think it’s about the bigness of the good things, but about recognizing them. So tell me, positive people! What makes you love your life?


I’m so glad to see this taking off today in the comments and on Twitter! If you want to snag the Love My Life graphic for a post of your own, go for it! I’d love to see folks spread the love. :)

10 comments on “Love My Life
  1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! What you said reminded me of something a friend mentioned at dinner the other night. She was talking about having a baby, but I think it applies in a much broader way: Envision it happening exactly the way you want, but be prepared for it to be different.

  2. Love this. I certainly can get sucked into the negativity and it is one of the reason I try to surround myself with positive people because it is catchy. especially this time of year. Life might not be going the way I thought it would or had planned, but I am getting to do some amazing things and meet great people, like you, and I probably wouldn’t be doing any of that if things when the way I had planned them. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary of self employment.

  3. How wonderful! I love the idea of #LML! I should definitely start using it as often as I can…
    I cannot believe you have been on your own for just one year- You are truly an inspiration. You should have no shame- you deserve happiness… and you have worked hard for it.
    I love your positivity!

  4. That’s a great point, Christine. I think staying positive is about owning our happiness. Like you say, most of the good things in my life aren’t accidents, and it sounds like the same goes for you.

  5. Awesome post! It’s true that being negative is easier and sometimes it’s hard to find the positive in your daily grind. But it’s there! It could be as simple as the shiny sun outside, or a freshly grown tomato you had for lunch. It doesn’t have to be big and deep.
    I agree with you that being happy comes with a sense of shame. I’m naturally optimistic and can count many blessings in my life and usually it’s greeted with “oh, you’re so lucky.” No, luck has very little to do with it. It has all been very deliberate moves on my part to make things happen for the good. I’m sure you hear that too when you say that you’ve quit your day job. “oh, you’re soooo lucky!” I’m sure you didn’t luck into that decision.
    Congrats on 1 year of making it work on your own. It’s not an easy road and takes a lot of courage! And thanks for spreading positivity instead of taking the easy road to negative town.

  6. Hurrah for staying positive, Jen! I totally agree – life can be hard sometimes, and putting your best foot forward makes such a difference. It’s something I’ve been working on lately.

  7. Great post Becky! I totally agree. Sometimes I wonder if people think I have such an easy fun life, because that is what I tend to post about on facebook, but that’s only because I am trying to stay positive. It’s not always perfect by any means. Thanks for your positive words!

  8. This post makes me #LML! That and the fact that your 1 year anniversary of freedom is coming up! There’s nothing better than following our dreams and passions–you’re definitely an inspiration in that regard!

    Right now, the rain we’ve been having is definitely #LML, as well as the journey I’ve been on for the last month and a half of so. It’s definitely time to reverse the negativity–thanks for such a lovely post about it!

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