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50 Ways To Be AWESOME

by Meg · 115 comments

Tony and I just completed our trip around the world and as we are reconnecting with friends and family from home, I keep getting asked the same question: “Did travel change you?”

Relaxing in Gili Air Indonesia

Relaxing in Gili Air Indonesia – Instagram: @LandingStanding

In short: Nope! I am still the whacky girl that left on a jet plane last January to explore the world with my equally whacky husband. But one thing did change… Traveling made me a happier person and made me appreciate life and love so much more. If there is anything I learned this year, it is that life is precious (and short)…  so don’t waste it on being anything but completely HAPPY.

But what exactly did I do that made me such a happier person? Aside from frequently embarking on exhilarating adventures all around the globe with my partner in crime, I made a conscious effort to put myself (and Tony) first in life and live each-and-every day like it was the last…. I know, it’s a cliché.  But IT WORKED.

Food Tasting in Kauai

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And it’s never too late to put yourself first and live life on your terms. Here are some incredibly simple (and random) steps you can start TODAY that will help you look, feel, and BE awesome… And enjoy life that much more.

50 Ways To Be AWESOME

      1. Make yourself a priority in lifeMake yourself a priority
      2. Set both big and small goals for yourself
      3. Actually stick to your goals!
      4. Sing in the shower
      5. Eat chocolate… daily.
      6. Surround yourself ONLY with people that make you a better person
      7. Go for a run… just exercise DAILY.
      8. Workout in the morning: It will wake you right up and there is nothing from your busy schedule holding you back
      9. Take a cold shower after you workout: You will hate it (and me) for the first 5 seconds… and then you will feel incredible!
      10. Stop complaining and take action for what’s troubling you!
        Stop complaining and take action
      11. Enjoy a good meal with great wine and conversation
      12. Listen to ridiculously awesome music while cooking!
      13. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night
      14. Eat as many fruits and veggies as humanely possible!
      15. Play with a dog whenever you get the chance
      16. Enjoy a good Charcuterie or cheese plate with friends every now and then… Nom nom!!!
      17. Keep a journal
      18. Drink LOTS of water
      19. Make S’Mores year-round (in the microwave or via stovetop)
      20. Say “YES” more than “No”… MUCH MORE.Say yes more than no
      21. Snuggle
      22. Smile
      23. Laugh often
      24. Splurge on a fancy dinner out… and do the damn tasting menu!
      25. Create daily to-do lists…. and crush them.
      26. Spend family and friend time over a game of cards or a lively board game
      27. Talk dirty
      28. Wear sexy or goofy underwear no matter what the occasion isWear underwear for any occasion
      29. Go on a romantic date with your sweetheart as often as possible
      30. Engage in PDA
      31. Have sex… Hi mom!
      32. Get outdoors and get your daily dosage of Vitamin D
      33. Wear sunscreenWear sunscreen
      34. Get addicted to TV comedies (personal faves: Arrested Development, Parks & Recreation, New Girl… The list goes on)
      35. Be content with doing absolutely NOTHING
      36. Go outside your comfort zone as often as you can
      37. Stop caring about what other people think of you
      38. Engage in potty humor
      39. Create a bucket list…. and don’t wait until you retire to check items off of it!
      40. Plan as many getaways and vacations as possible!
      41. Make eye contact with others
      42. ALWAYS follow the Golden Rule: It is amazing how elated you feel when you are nice to others… Especially complete strangers!
      43. Pig out on horrible (but delicious) junk food… Just remember everything in moderation!
      44. Become a member of a club or team (a book club, Weight Watchers, a kickball team, etc.)
      45. Learn to laugh at yourself: I am the most accident-prone person I know and probably should roam this earth wearing a helmet… But through my clumsiness, I have learned to not take life too seriously and to laugh at my ridiculousness!
      46. Get a caffeine rush from a good cup of coffee… Or just use the coffee as a hand-warmer!
      47. Strive to learn something new everyday… and read as much as possible!!!
      48. Stop making excuses
      49. Throw spontaneous dance parties no matter where you are or what you are doing
      50. TRAVELTravel

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Your turn: What awesome tips would you add to this list?

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant, I took a year off to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony!