Far too often we don’t appreciate what we already have. We’re always on the go trying to get ahead in life and to obtain a better life, but rarely sit back and reflect on everything good we already have. It’s important to learn how to romanticize your life.
There’s so much to be grateful for and the key to happiness is having the mindset of less is more. It’s time to learn how to romanticize your life.
If we are happy with the small things in life, we won’t be feeling constantly down when we aren’t in the place we would like to be yet. Romanticizing your life is about taking in every simple moment and making it to be the best moment.
When I learned to love myself, I began to romanticize my life.
Every dull moment I had in my life was refreshed into true beauty. On my way to work, I saw the sky and the clouds and realized just how beautiful it is.
That alone made me so happy in the morning and going to my favorite coffee shop to have the best matcha latte.
When I started appreciating the small details in my life, what I didn’t have didn’t bother me as much anymore.
In time, I will get to where I want to be in life, but it doesn’t mean that my life currently has to be all doom and gloom. Start appreciating what you have now to prevent being miserable until you get to your destination.
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How to romanticize your life:
1. Appreciate what you already have.
Start telling yourself “I don’t need the latest iPhone. I don’t need a fancy house.” Those are wants. Your happiness should not be attached to expensive materials.
Instead, focus on the things in your life that you already appreciate.
For me, I love being able to work from home so that I can focus more on my family and decorating my home to be very cozy.
I appreciate having a warm comfortable bed, being able to have picnics at one of the many parks in my town, and having great weather for most of the year.
Instead of having the latest iMac, I am choosing to get a refurbished older generation instead. I used to look down on getting used and older items, but as I get older, I begin to realize none of this stuff actually matters.
At the end of my life, would I even care about that new iMac or would I have wished I would’ve appreciated what I had already?
2. Live a more minimalistic lifestyle, disconnect from tech and slow down.
Too often we’re trying to do too much in our lives that we get burnt out. Slow down and choose only a few things to focus on at a time.
What I’m trying to start doing is cutting more back on the hours that I put into my work on this blog and spend more time on what I’m passionate about which is creating a comfortable home and taking care of my family.
I don’t have to work overtime all the time and should start saying no so that I can create a work/life balance. This means shutting off tech and connecting with what your hobbies are.
If you use technology for too long, you start to feel drained and go into a downward spiral of unproductivity. I try to cook, bake, read, and plan fun activities for the family.
3. Live everyday like it’s your last.
You never know when it will be your last day on Earth, so live everyday like it was your last. Appreciate every day and don’t hold yourself back.
If there’s something you always wanted to do, go for it. Live life with no regrets.
When I was in Korea, I made a bucket list to do all the things I really wanted to do but was afraid of. Then I actively worked to overcome my fears and did everything I ever dreamt of. Now I feel more satisfied with my life because I live every day meaningfully.
4. Watch romantic movies, YouTube videos, and/or read classic books.
Watch classic movies that bring you nostalgia! I love to watch my favorite childhood movies or movies that remind me of my more optimistic side. Only pick movies that uplift your mood. Watch the movies with family or housemates.
- Disney movies
- Studio Ghibli movies
- 13 Going on 30
- The Princess Diaries
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5. Get outdoors and bring nature into your home.
A walk in the woods, picking flowers, gardening, hiking are all things that give those romantic vibes.
Learn how to take care of indoor house plants and it will help put you in a much better mood. Grow some fruits, vegetables, or herbs.
When you pick up leaves or flowers, keep them in your memories by placing them in journals.
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6. Decorate your home with softer colors and textures.
A lot of people decorate their homes with lighter colors like light wood, white, yellow, green, and/or some brown.
Think natural Earth colors and bring that into your home. You don’t need to have the most updated items and can swap things out with items from your local thrift store with vintage items.
Get creative and decorate your home with super affordable items. It’s possible to make your home look really nice and use older items.
7. Learn how to cook and bake well.
Every adult should know how to cook and bake. This a fun part to start romanticizing your life is with cooking and smelling all the different natural scents.
Shop at your local Farmer’s Market and use fresh ingredients. Make everything from scratch and do simple recipes before going onto the more advanced ones.
Some romantic things to make:
- Jam (Apricot, Strawberry, Etc.)
8. Try new hobbies!
Try hobbies that don’t require a lot of money:
- Knitting / Sewing
- Cooking / Baking
- Jam Making
- Making Candles or Soap
- Dying Fabrics using Natural Dyes (turmeric, spinach, red cabbage, etc.)
- Making DIY skincare products
- Going for a walk in nature and picking flowers
- Make your own blended tea
- Paint / Draw / Color
- Learn a foreign language
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9. Become Your Own Best Friend
You can’t live a happy life if you completely rely on others to make you happy. People come and go throughout our life times.
The only person that will stay your entire life everywhere you go is you. Be comfortable being your own person and setting boundaries.
Have hobbies that you can do alone and be happy doing them alone. It’s important to achieve this when romanticizing your life.
It is the foundation so that you can see just how beautiful life is when no one else is around. Breathing and taking everything in. The calmness of every day out in nature.
10. Speak life to yourself.
You are your own biggest critic. Do you often think negative thoughts when trying something new and challenging?
We judge ourselves too harshly in society and it prevents us from going after what we want in life. Now, we have to learn how to change these negative thoughts and start telling ourselves that we can do these things.
Approach everything in life with a growth mindset, that you can do these things if you just go for it and learn on the way. No successful person was a complete pro at the start.
They had to learn from failure. Don’t be afraid of failure because it helps you grow. Growth is the most beautiful part of living the life of your dreams. You cannot grow if you never fail.
How are you going to start romanticizing your life this year?