La Chambre des merveilles

Little wonders, fleeting thoughts

Words to live by…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s the beginning of a new year and most people are busy keeping up with their New Year’s resolutions. Some will succeed while others have probably given up already! I recently read an article that revealed the top 5 deathbed regrets and decided to transform these five wishes into imperative sentences giving some helpful advice on how to live with no regrets. So instead of making a resolution that will last a year, why not try these lifelong commitments that will help you achieve a life full of satisfaction.

1. Live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

Family and friends wish the best for you and expect you to receive a good education and find a high paying job but money and higher learning don’t necessarily mean satisfaction in life. Each person’s path in life is different according to their skills, passions and dreams, so don’t let others persuade you otherwise. Follow what is best for you and don’t be afraid to trust your heart and your gut!

2. Don’t work so hard.

We all have bills to pay and we all enjoy spending money on goods and outings, but work should not have to consume our lives. Take time off to relax, enjoy the little pleasures in life with family and friends. Don’t be ashamed to indulge in some time for yourself doing what you enjoy the most.

3. Have the courage to express your feelings.

Don’t hold anything in or you may end up living a mediocre existence filled with bitterness and resentment. This could lead you to never realize your full potential because of all the regrets you carry along with you. Don’t be afraid to honestly express yourself to others.

4. Stay in touch with your friends.

Don’t get caught up in your own life to the point where you forget those around you. Don’t let golden friendships slip by, but instead put time and effort into them so you can make them last for years to come.

5. Let yourself be happy.

Finally, happiness is a choice we make in life, not a random state of well-being. Don’t get stuck in old patterns and habits and don’t be afraid of change. Express yourself freely and follow your passions without worrying what others might think of you.

 

Little Christmas Miracle

During the last few weeks, the weather had been unseasonably warm. On some days it would snow, but soon after, all of it would melt away. I was starting to believe we weren’t going to have a White Christmas, but the heavens had other plans in mind. It snowed a little on the 23rd, which managed to whiten the landscape. And since this morning, Christmas Day, it hasn’t stopped snowing with no end in sight. Coincidence for some, little miracles for others. Happy Holidays!