Tuesday, April 12, 2011

a maven revelation

do you know why we’re tired and stressed all the time?  because we’re all desperately trying to live according to externally imposed standards and ideals.  we’re instructed to work 9-5, told to eat this, not that and that we should want to make a ton of money or be super skinny (i mean really, who decided a size 2 was the perfect size for all women?).  we’re suppressed by the latest diet, the newest gadget that we need to have and the latest health study, but we rarely look inward for the answers.  (and the answers are there, believe me.  if you’re quiet enough and patient enough to listen.) 

deep down we all know there’s a better way.  a way without diets or rules or “should wants” or “should haves” or “should dos”.  we know that there’s an innate wisdom that can guide us closer to our best selves. 

evaluate your health and happiness.  are you becoming your optimal self, or just morphing into somebody else’s version of what you should be?  do you feel effortlessly fabulous and in sync with your needs?  think about it.  what do you really want for yourself?  what makes sense and feels good for you (and no one else)?  don’t worry about what other people might think or say (that’s just wasted energy).  be a little selfish (it’s ok once in a while), and think about what works best for you.

so, what can you do today to get closer to your inner maven?  the girl who doesn’t give a damn that she’s “not supposed to” eat dessert because it’s “bad” for her.  the girl who speaks her mind and follows her heart.  the girl whose vivacity and courage to be herself is completely contagious.  acknowledge her.  it’s as simple as that.

i’ll start it off to get the ball rolling : ) 

i’m a maven because i make it a priority in my life to do things i love (i.e. practicing yoga, cooking, going to happy hour : )

so, girl, what makes you a maven?


  1. Inspirational, as always ;)
    What for some people love, others dislike - which is for example de 9 to 5 schedule at work. There's something for everyone, and there's nothing worse to do than following what society seems to be dictating you to do - with so many options! I guess I'm a maven because I choose what I want, which in many occasions isn't what people in my surroundings would have chosen!

  2. Thank you for this post I needed it :)

  3. love this post! :) i make time for myself.. weekend workouts--weekend NAPS! and a few sweets here and there. i also make my relationship with the boy a big priority, when he is home i try not to spend more than an hour on the computer-- bc time is precious :) xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

  4. This post is fabulous! Just what I needed to read at the beginning of a long week.

    I'm a maven because I make my own happiness. I stopped waiting for others to make me happy and took it on myself. I exercise, eat healthy, and devote time to my hobbies. Of course I also appreciate a good cocktail :)

    California Pretty

  5. Love this post!!
    I'm a maven because I embrace the wonder of "not-knowing" - I'm at an uncertain time in life, where will I go? where will I stay? what will I do? Who will be by my side? But I'm at peace with all of these unknowns. The joy comes in watching it all unfold :)

  6. haha, love it! going for runs, long chats with friends, cuddles with my husband, sleeping in, having that second glass of wine...

  7. What an inspiring post- love it! :)

    I'm a maven because it's the little things in life that make me happy and I pass them onto others through random acts!

  8. This post was JUST what I needed! Considering I read a ton of blogs, sometimes I get caught up in what everyone else is doing and think I should be doing it, too.

    Things that truly make me happy include making others happy, organizing things, doing crafts, and dancing. That's what makes me a maven.


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