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good life by al carraway

Part of cultivating a good life is fully accepting who we are and love it!

I have a 10 month-old daughter and for as long as she’s been able to sit on her own, her favorite thing to do is sit in front of the mirror. It makes her so happy and she’ll just sit there and smile and laugh.

I wonder what age we stop doing that. Looking in the mirror and smiling, that is.

A statistic came out (not like we would need a statistic to know this) that said the top thing women struggle with is comparison and self worth.

Why? Why do we do that? Why do we pick ourselves apart? Why do we spend our thoughts and emotions on what we don’t like and wish we could change about ourselves or our lives? Or the things we aren’t doing as well as others or aren’t doing at all? Why do we define ourselves by what we can’t do and don’t have?

I believe that the secret to have your best life is when we can fully accept who we are and love it. Because truly, the best thing you could ever be is yourself. Comparing yourself to someone else doesn’t help you be better or happier. Your goals and efforts to being your best self should be based on doing your best, not someone else’s. The only thing we should be comparing ourselves to is our self yesterday.

No matter who you are, no matter what you or your house looks like, your wardrobe, the number of followers you have, the quality of your photos, your craftiness, your salary – you are important. You matter. You make a difference.

Next time you look in the mirror, smile! And tomorrow, smile too. Because today, tomorrow, and always you are good enough. And you are so perfectly you, created by a perfect God who makes no mistakes.

Embrace yourself. Love what you can do and embrace and accept what you can’t. Love your differences and most importantly be proud of yourself! Love who you are and love where you are. Don’t spend your time looking ahead, pleading for things to be over or things to be different. But just stop. Stop looking backwards. Stop yearning and waiting forwards. Today, where you are right now, is a joy. Because today, right now, is the best place to be. Because happiness, opportunities, and blessing do await us in this day.

Because guess what?

I need you. The world needs you. Just as you are. We need you and your uniqueness and your efforts because you make this a better place. You inspire me even with your messy house, your loud kids, and bad quality photos. You are so beautiful. You are doing an incredible job. And you are loved by so many. So thank you. Thank you for being you.

Note from Becky

It was my privilege to hear Al give a keynote address at RootsTech in February and she. is. something. else! I mean, really. She really gets this thing called life. She is perfectly imperfect like the rest of us but totally knows who she is, why we’re here, and where she’s going. She lives her life knowing that we are each full of purpose and potential — and I love the positivity and faith that she shares worldwide. We had a chance to meet and we’ve been in touch since, and I’m pretty sure she’s about to discover how Project Life® can be a huge blessing in her life as she pulls all her pictures together. We’re so grateful to Al for sharing this inspired message with us!

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8 Responses

  1. joyce says:

    Someday..someday…I AM gonna hear this amazing woman speak! I need to feel her positivity in my life. So young and yet so wise!

  2. Alayna says:

    What a great reminder to start the day with. There are so many things I am working on, tracking, juggling, PERFECTING constantly. We also need the daily reminder that while striving and planning and dreaming are all very good things, the present moment is a good one and should be enjoyed and treasured too – even if we still want to lose those last 15 pounds ;)

  3. Wendy says:

    Loved the post. Love the woman who wrote it. It’s a message we all need to hear often. I will be sharing this with my family and the amazing ones who I am blessed to have stewardship over. Thanks Al!

  4. Halee says:

    That was a much needed post. Your an amazing person, Al, thank you for being YOU!

  5. Rhonda says:

    ❤️ that was wonderful and such a good thing for me to read today!

  6. Mandi says:

    I was able to hear Al speak a few weeks before she moved away from Utah. She is truly amazing!! She is so inspiring. I hope to someday meet this incredible woman!

  7. Monica says:

    Oh My! Love this post – – Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ronda Franke says:

    Thank you Al for this post. I totally agree with you on accepting yourself – flaws and all. I think for me getting older has helped me. I no longer stress about trying to please everyone. I do the best that I can in any given situation and that is all that I can do. I have a 19 month old grand baby and I think it is so cute when she puts on a cute outfit and twirls in front of the mirror with a cute little smile on her face. I do sometimes look at myself in the mirror and think that I look pretty today but I don’t do it often enough. Still I am learning to embrace the older me. Thank you for the reminder.