As always, in the comments section, we noticed amazing reader stories and wanted to share the love. Here are 12 reader comments on how to live your best life …
About the food tradition:
“My partner and I bought a fancy new cheese once a month, and then ate it together in the bathtub. The catch is that our tub is small and tall, so it adds an apparent ridiculousness as we try origami limbs together without throwing our backs. Everything for cheese. “- Allie
“I am Eurasian, but I do not speak Cantonese, like my mother’s family. I am also white. I grew up with a lot of people who doubt my legacy: ‘Really ?! Are you Chinese? Are you sure? You don’t look really Chinese. I guess in my eyes … One of the only ways I could “prove” my Asian affiliation was the way I ate. Chicken legs? Yes. Jellyfish? Yes. Drizzle everything with red vinegar? Yes. It even became a joke with my family: ‘Maybe he doesn’t speak Chinese. She may not look Chinese. But she can certainly eat Chinese! ‘- Meghan
“To celebrate my retirement a few years ago, I invited 25 friends to a toast where we would ‘eat toast and make a toast.’ I set up three toasters, a few loaves of good bread and various toppings (sweet and salty), juice, coffee and tea. It was a great success and easy to set up. The self-service aspect meant they could socialize with their guests. “- Hattie
When embracing the body:
“I will soon escape to the” biggest “body I have ever been in. (Thanks for the “love pounds!”) The last part of my mind wants to be obsessed and exercise excessively before the big day. I have flashes of cold feet, wondering if I would put it off for a year, just to see if I’m more capable by then. But then the other half of my brain realizes how ridiculous, shallow, and self-effacing the first, self-sabotaging half of my brain sounds. As an added incentive to accept this body in love with the fiancé I’m in, I’m taking my first photo in the boudoir before the jump. “- Nicole
“I recently realized that I see my body and its functions as a small child – innocent and right there. If I eat too much and exercise too little, it becomes a bit smoother and my hip collapses. It’s not my body’s fault! I eat shit and get wires – it’s not my skin’s fault! Well, when I hear people say they hate their bodies, I feel so sad, like they say they hate an innocent child. I mean, PLEASE, don’t hate your body! It’s just there; you have to love and watch over it because it loves YOU. “- Agnes
About dog rituals:
“I’m in Oregon and I walk our golden retriever at least a few times a day. I don’t wear earrings – I like to hear his dog’s tags rattle; clicking his paws on the sidewalk; the quick way his nose sniffs when he catches a scent; a look at his fluttering butt and a feathery tail swaying back and forth. “- Jennifer
“My dog Loretta is 15 years old and I walked her every day. It changed my relationship with everyday nature. We put ‘72 and sunny ’on the pedestal, but the liveliness below zero, the softness of the deep snow and the feeling of rain are greatly underestimated. ”- Jules
In different chapters:
“The most amazing woman I have ever met retired from her journalistic career at the age of 62 and immediately enrolled in law school. She practiced law until she was 94 and died a year later. Its never to late. “- Libbynanhttps: //cupofjo.com/2021/04/weekend-links-spring-2021/
“At the age of 43, I decided to learn to ride a bike. I had a difficult childhood, during which I just put it off. But on my 43rd birthday, I figured I avoided it and got a bike. I fell, I was scared and ashamed, but I succeeded. Now I can ride a bike and that means a lot more to me than I learned as a child. “- J.
“I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I let the fear of vulnerability, failure or an uncertain career path take me away from it. But this year I’m writing all the time! I told myself that I am a writer if I write – who cares about all other things like reading, publishing, even a career change. With all that pressure, it’s most fun for me as I find my voice, thinking about the wild, stupid things I can write about. “
About love for yourself and others:
“Some of my most valued practices are:
– I put my hand on my partner’s back right after I turn off the lights at night and think about the ways I am grateful to him.
– When I am with my little one, sometimes I am reminded to just be fully present in his tiny beauty. I will run my finger over his ear, hand, chubby fingers, perfect toes (etc., etc., etc.) and think to myself ‘I did this’.
Both of these things help me ground myself, which has been a big help to me over the past year when I find myself thinking about the past / future. “- C.
“I discovered the‘ trick ’a few years ago to give myself value. It involves visualizing my future self by holding on tightly to my present self. We often talk about caring for our inner child and that helps, right? Well, if I can make my former self feel understood and loved, then I can imagine my future caring taking care of me right now. Giving and receiving love from these past and future selves makes me really feel less insecure. Growth never stops. “- Stacy
What would you add to the list?
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