To make a life you love

To make a life you love, do the things you love. If this sounds obvious, it is, but it’s also a profound practice. The project of building a whole life you love sounds daunting. There are so many parts. Where can you even begin? But thinking of things you love? Hopefully, that’s easy. For me, I love taking to friends, reading books, being outside, making and eating food, and watching my kids play, among other things. Those are all concrete things that I can actually dig in and make happen. The more I make those things happen, the more I love my life overall. For instance, one of the activities I love most in the whole world is a good walk-and-talk (or its quicker companion, a run-and-talk). I’d love to start every day that way if I could. Daily isn’t realistic for me right now, but I have been able to try for weekly. Last week, I got to run and talk with @livaugusta. This week, I got to walk and talk with my friend Joan. If you live in the #twincities, I’d love to walk with you, too! (I am super serious! Who is in?) I’m finding that doing more things I love like this makes me love my whole life even more. It’s pretty magical.

to make a life you love do the things you love

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at

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