How I Learned to Live a More Vibrant Life

Painting classEver get that nagging feeling that you’re not living life to the fullest? I know I do from time to time – especially in the doldrums of wintertime. Here are some ideas that have helped me live life more vibrantly. I hope they inspire you to do the same!

Taste – Nothing awakens the soul more than new flavors – and the transition from winter to spring is the perfect time to revitalize your senses with fresh ingredients or a stroll through the farmer’s market! Pick a theme and organize a potluck with friends for a fun way to taste new dishes and exchange recipes, or take a cooking class to learn the savory secrets of a new cuisine.

Ask – In the age of search engines and instantaneous answers, we often rely on technology to answer our questions. I’ve recently come to realize our incessant Googling can cause us to miss out on the gratifying gifts of human connection and storytelling that naturally occur when people ask one another questions. Whether it’s chatting with your barista about your café’s new coffee blend, or having a family member tell you what it was like growing up in a different era - you’ll enjoy a much richer life experience by taking the time to ask.

Stretch – Take a class. Volunteer. Borrow a book from the library on a topic you’re curious about. Watch online tutorials to teach yourself something new, or improve on a skill you already have. By stepping outside your comfort zone you can gain curiosity, confidence and a better understanding of what makes you, well - YOU.

Remember – “Don’t dwell in the past.” We’ve all been cautioned to look forward – not back, however I’ve found some of my most fulfilling moments have been flipping through old photo albums or watching embarrassing family videos– especially in the company of loved ones. Few things compare to reminiscing over old stories, or sharing a laugh over a dog-eared snap shot – and sometimes a little trip down memory lane is all it takes to inject fresh perspective and energy into your day.

Improvise – Let’s face it – we’re not all comfortable being spontaneous (I know I’m not!) But the fact remains that diverging from your normal schedule and responsibilities can be the ticket to experiencing that heart-pumping, soul-stirring feeling of being truly alive. The best place to start is by setting aside a weekend in which you pledge not to make any plans. Wake up and see where the day takes you. Hungry for a certain food? Follow your stomach to a restaurant that serves it. Try not to look any further than an hour ahead – and practice enjoying the incredible things that are happening in the moment.

by Grace VanDeWeghe on Tue, Mar 25 2014 7:18 am
Posted by Grace VanDeWeghe on Tue, Mar 25 2014 7:18 am


Debra Hermsmeier said on Mar 25, 2014
Thanks for sharing Grace - I feel inspired to try something new and break out of the winter doldrums...
Bill Shepard said on Mar 26, 2014
Excellent words to live by. Grace, you are a positive influence on us!

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