3 Keys to Improving Your Life

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Welcome to my new website. Who am I? I’m a woman like you; struggling to: adapt to changes in life, persevere, take care of my family, and successfully manage day-to-day life, all the while attempting to improve myself. Over the last decade, I’ve learned from my failures and successes, from watching those close to me, and by listening to and learning from trusted mentors. I discovered that life has three essential parts.

Live Laugh Love

Live, laugh, and love is my new life philosophy. Embracing these three things has brought new joy and happiness to my life and I know it can for you too.

1. Live

Life has a way of changing when we least expect it. Four years ago I was laid off from my job along with dozens of others. That day changed everything for me.

I moved into my mom’s basement six months earlier so that I could help take care of her and the house. She’d been in two car accidents over the previous year and could no longer work or take care of things the way she had before. Her life was changing dramatically.

That first year of unemployment was the toughest I’ve endured in over a decade. Because of the economy I became stuck in a vicious circle. In my career field employers began looking for people who had a higher degree than the one I have; going back to school wasn’t an option. I tried getting work at retail stores, fast food joints—anything. They didn’t want to spend the time training me because I had a degree and assumed I would leave before they could recoup their training costs.

Life has been a roller coaster these last four years. Fortunately, I’ve finally learned that life is what you make of it. Now I don’t mean that there are never lows, there are. How we react to the low times and the high times can drastically affect the direction our life takes. Responding positively brings positive results, and a negative response virtually ensures events in your life will spiral negatively.

I’ve been inspired to look at the positive side of things by several women and one small mix-breed Chihuahua. Each of them demonstrated a characteristic that helped bring acceptance, of all the changes, into my life. I’ve come full circle and now want to help others.

2. Laugh

When was the last time you heard a toddler giggle and didn’t smile? Or laugh right along with her? There’s something magical about laughter. It makes us happy. It’s contagious. It’s impossible to stay miserable while you’re laughing.

Doctors have said for years that laughter is good for our health. We should listen to them.

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
               Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)

Need more reasons to laugh? OK, here is another secret about laughter. The moment that first made you laugh can make you laugh again when you remember it. You can take that moment with you as a memory and enjoy it forever. It’s yours to keep for free.

3. Love

When you have someone (or a pet) to love, it fills your heart with affection, joy, fulfillment and purpose. When you have someone (or a pet) who loves you, it fills your heart with warmth, kindness, fulfillment, and a sense of wonder. Love is the basis of everything good.

In addition to being my mom’s caregiver, I’m writing for a living. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. Later this year my first romance novel is going be published. In it, my characters learn to apply the philosophy of live, laugh, and love in their own lives.

Purpose

The purpose of this website is to share ideas that will inspire you, get you thinking about your own life, and entertain you. I’ll also keep you up to date on my upcoming romance novel, The Fire-Pit. The process of writing it has been an adventure that I want to share with you.

Promises

I will not inundate you with products to buy or fill my site with affiliate links (links that I make money from). If I do use an affiliate link, I will put a notice right next to the link. I’ll only use affiliate links of companies that I use, who have excellent services and products.

Who has inspired you or what philosophy that has improved your life? I can’t wait to hear from you. Please scroll down to leave a comment.

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photo credit: Closeup portrait of a group of business people laughing via photopin (license)

Author: Jillian Pearl

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As an adult, I moved to Denver, Colorado and continue to live there with my family. Over the years, I've had a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, OTR truck driver, and mechanical drafter. Currently, I am a caregiver for my mom, a blogger, and a contemporary romance author.

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