Happiness Is a Choice

Never authorize someone the power to determine what makes YOU happy
Never authorize someone the power to determine what makes YOU happy

Self-love and self-acceptance are vital necessities that you must possess as a prerequisite for happiness. You must truly be grateful and embrace everything—the good, bad and ugly—about yourself in an effort to “love the skin that you are in.” When you reject the notion of obtaining perfection and accept your beautiful flaws, you grant yourself the permission to be authentic. You will not evoke unrealistic expectations and succumb to unnecessary self-induced pressures. You are free to acknowledge that you are more than enough just as you are.

Typically, by nature, women are nurturers. They have the tendency to want to “fix” everything—whether it’s situations or people. Being helpful is a wonderful characteristic to embody, but being a shero can be physically, mentally, emotionally and even financially depleting. This is especially true if you neglect your own needs. You must ensure that you still make yourself a priority in your life when you’re constantly making so much time for others. There has to be a balance. You must not forget to include yourself on your daily “To-do” list. When you take the appropriate time to rejuvenate, nurture and invest in yourself, you are more apt to be a blessing to others.

When you recognize that you own the power of making yourself happy, it can be very liberating. You should be one of the best people that you know. If something or someone is a hindrance to your joy, you can choose to disassociate from the circumstances. You have the right to take care of you. Nothing or no one should be permitted to make you feel less than the beautiful woman you were created to be.

It takes courage to create plans and follow your dreams. At times, your decisions may not garner any applause, but you must remain true to yourself. Discover what you are passionate about, and go for it. Gain a fresh way of thinking, and you will acquire a renewed outlook on life. Changing your perspective may lead to finding your purpose. Happiness is a choice—and when you choose to be happy, ultimately, you chose you!