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Every morning when I wake up, I look in the mirror and say, “Today is going to be a good day.”  I really do.  And you know what, since I’ve been doing this, my days have been pretty good for the most part.  Now, I’m not one of those people who believes in the “secret” and the whole concept of saying what you want and then getting it.  I believe in knowing what you want and living with intention.

So if what I want is for my day to be good, I know that I have to base my intentions around that.  For me, a HUGE part of this is living with spirit.  In a way, we each have our own spirit that we bring to the table.  Personally, I think I show spirit in the way of my quirkiness.  Don’t laugh, but I believe that by showing people my authentic self (a very quirky one at that), I enable them to do so as well.  This in turn creates positive energy that feeds the universe.  With each passing day, I’m more and more convinced that this is 100% true.

My spirited quirky self is ever present in all facets of my life.

It showed up before my wedding with my grandmother.  She’s never in her life worn a dress.  Until I insisted…

It was present during a family reunion where I sported a high side ponytail and danced around like it was 1988…

It entertained my family as I pretended to win Miss America while holding my sister’s graduation flowers…

And it almost always comes out when I’m with my Vishnu.  In fact, I think my quirky spirit has rubbed off on him.  I have a video that serves as the perfect example of this, but I’ve been told not to post it.  “Some things are not meant for the blog.”  Boo!

Spirited “quirky” living is amazing.  It’s helping me and those around me laugh and smile more.  And that to me goes beyond having a good day, it leads to a good life.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

By Parita

13 thoughts on “Spirited Living”
  1. Quirkiness is contagious….we all have our quirks and it’s what differentiates us! Love that pic of you guys on the staircase- something about it reminds me so much of the Babysitters’ Club! Did you ever read that series when you were growing up? I was addicted..along with Sweet Valley High (wow talk about a tangent of a comment hah)!

  2. The new picture of you on the side of your blog is beautiful!!!

    I saw this quote in an Oprah magazine yesterday and wrote it down: Today is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    Very applicable to living with spirit! 🙂

  3. I love that quote from Lincoln. Well said. I love people with positive energy, I am positive, but I’m also a bit shy so it doesn’t come off like, “HEY, WHATS UP?” Love that pic of you and Vishnu. OMG, and I thought your Miss America win is so funny. That video would be amazing if you have one. 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving P!

    1. My mom made me act it out over and over again in the middle of the graduation reception. She thought it was so funny! We have like 4 pictures of me acting like a goofball. 🙂

  4. I love your quirkiness too…such cute pictures. Especially the 80’s ponytails. Love it.

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving my friend! I hope you had a good one.

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