Best Lifers. Definition: One who lives life better every day than the one before. A seizer of opportunity, love, happiness and adventure. In short, a Best Lifer kicks major butt and isn’t afraid to break things, get messy and live happily. Every. Darn. Day. As the Digital Engagement Coordinator here at Vega, I have the opportunity to stay on the plus of our whole online community and all the rad ways they’re living their best lives. This exposure has inspired me to run faster, eat brighter and seriously smile more! I like to move fast (and talk even faster). In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living, I can forget the importance of slowing down and grounding myself. These Best Lifers know what it means to really connect and help remind me the important balance of stillness after movement.
“I feel very connected to the ocean. It teaches me to be patient. I can find myself grumbling about size of the waves or thinking about work, and all of a sudden a family of dolphins will swim by and the sun is setting and in that moment I realize everything is just perfect.”
“Genuine connections with genuine people is what I crave and live for. Nothing gives me more joy and positive vibes than just feeling truly connected with another person, animal, or nature. What I’ve learnt from connecting with some of the most incredible beings on this planet, is that, selfless, unapologetic and unconditional love is limitless, and that magically infinite resource is what makes this ordinary life so darn extraordinary. It truly is the foundation of my happiness and health, and it’s what makes this life the best life.”
“To me, connecting with animals means acknowledging they are individuals with personalities and the desire to live. I think a lot of us forget that when we make our meal choices because we aren’t around animals like pigs, chickens, or cows which in reality are not unlike our beloved cats or dogs. I remember never making the conscious decision to eat animals but everyone around me was doing it and it seemed normal, natural, and necessary. Eventually I learned that I didn’t need to eat animals to be healthy, the environmental impact of animal agriculture, and how it affects the animals. There are a lot of things in the world we can’t change but we do have to eat three times a day and we can choose meals that are compassionate towards our bodies, the environment, and to animals.”
“There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t make connection a priority. For me, it’s through meditation. Meditation saved my life—from anxiety, depression, decisions that didn’t serve me, and hopelessness. I meditate daily, and I have to say that my life is pretty awesome now. I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, in both mind and body. I have tremendous confidence, my relationships are amazing, and I’m more excited about my future every day. Yes, meditation can do all that. Because what we learn in those quiet times with ourselves, listening to our inner wisdom, shapes our thoughts, words, and actions for the rest of our day. Meditation is a practice of being a student and a teacher all at once. It is a practice of connection, learning, questioning, and answering. Everyone should be doing it.”
“Self-care helps me reconnect with myself and my inner light, refuel and connect with my intuition. One of my favorite self-care rituals is taking a nice hot lavender epsom salt bath. I light candles, surround myself with crystals and always bring my journal for the divine inspiration that always hits me when I take this sacred time to connect with myself. This connection time allows me to live with ease, flow and abundance, it gives me access to my best life.”
Well, didn’t that just feel like one great big exhale? It’s amazing how important real connection is and how easily we can let this important act slip. Go call your ma and pa, spend some time with your four legged friends or just close your eyes for a minute and get connected with what makes this your best life! Psst.. don’t forget to share with me how you’re living your best life by tagging your photos on Instagram with #BestLifeProject. My FOMO will be unavoidable, so hit me hard with all the wonders of your amazing life!