• Kelly Smith

Joyful Heart

Today I am talking about joyful hearts, dog poop, and I read a list that I wrote down on a post-it. 

Not to mention I am actually wearing a real shirt for this vlog instead of a random hoodie that was hanging on the back of my chair that I threw on to film.

I don't even know who this person is!! 

But all jokes aside, I am actually really proud of this week's vlog because it is something that I am passionate about and it is part of my life mission, and speaks really honestly about where I am in life today.

I feel like I was put on this earth to make people feel better, more joyful, and realize their own power and greatness. But that doesn't mean that everyday I wake up feeling like a unicorn riding on a rainbow over the sun singing an uplifting tune. 

Honestly... Lately I have been feeling more like a sad sloth moving at glacial pace in a thunderstorm, singing a vengeful Taylor Swift song, riding out the storm under a leaf that is too small. 

If you've been following me on social media, or know me personally, then you know that I have been struggling with some challenges in my personal and professional life that is making me feel less like a happy unicorn, and more like a sad, soggy, sloth. 

I have been dealing with a lot of change, both personally and professional that are essential to my wellbeing and growth, but also super tough and at times painful. I have been, finally, putting my wellbeing first and removing myself from situations that are unhealthy, harmful, or painful. I am proud of myself for doing this, but it also has left me a little raw.

I also recently, have been feeling the side effects of continuously moving to new areas, starting over, and saying good bye to friends and loved ones. I am also just feeling what I think is a general bummed out feeling from it still snowing in April (almost May) and desperately needing a vacation.

Ok. So why am I telling you all of this? 

Because it is real and it is authentic, and it is THE reason I keep a joyful heart practice! 

This world is filled with so much hate, and anger, and pain. I can't escape it, and honestly, I don't want to escape it because these things are just as much a part of the human life and experience as anything else. I see this pain and anger and hatred and it reminds me of how fortunate I am in my life, and it also inspires me to keep spreading joy and kindness with the world because we need it! 

But honestly, sometimes life can begin to weight my heart down. Sometimes I read the news, and I look around in surroundings, go and live in a real world and it can make my heart feel heavy, sad, and super...meh.

So when I find that these feelings are creeping in, I try to recognize them before they grow from a small sprout into a giant thorn covered bush, and be proactive and do things to bring light and joy back into my heart. 

To me, this is one of the most important things that I can do. If I allow myself to turn into that jaded, worn-down, heavy, and hateful being that I see around me, I am not living my purpose, and I am giving up on my mission to bring light and kindness to the world. I am also just adding to that cycle of hate and pain that we find ourselves in.

I believe that if I am not personally keeping my heart joyful and light then I am not being authentic in who I am and not living out my purpose. How can I share these thoughts with other and try to ignite feelings of kindness, joy, and truth into those around me? So I have specific things that I do, this is where the dog poop comes in, that helps me keep my heart light and joyful. 

In this week's vlog I share those exact practices with you. I give you a list of eight things I do to keep my heart joyful. You can check out the whole list here, and if you haven't already listened to this week's meditation you can do that here. 

What do you do to keep a joyful heart? I would love to hear your thoughts and add some more ideas to the list! 

Check out the full vlog HERE Listen to the Joyful heart meditation HERE

Deep gratitude and love, Kelly

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