by GG of PeaceLoveandPrettyThings

If you’re reading this, you probably have a desire to maintain a
positive perspective on life.  You get up everyday with the intention of
living your life to the fullest.  You don’t want drama or chaos to
invade your mind.  But you have some regrets – and surely some bad
habits as well.   You’re constantly having to make choices and sometimes
it’s hard to keep yourself happy without disappointing others and vice

I’d like to share eight principles to help you simplify your life and
live mindfully.  The key to living without regret is being true to
yourself – plain and simple.  Everything falls into place after that. 

Save.  We all know that rainy days are sure to come
but knowing that you have a nest egg to fall back on is immensely
comforting.  A disciplined approach to saving will do wonders for your
peace of mind. Even if you can only save five dollars here and there, be
consistent about it and increase the amount when you can.

Spend.  Don’t take yourself so seriously that you save
all of your fun for some far off day in the future.   Why not appreciate
your hard work now?  Treat yourself every now and then.  Wear your sexy
panties, just because.  Save up and buy yourself a designer bag, just

Be honest.  First and foremost, know thyself.  Then,
say what you need to say.  Ask what you need to ask.  Don’t be afraid to
change your mind and speak up about it.  Wave your flag confidently, no
matter what color it is. 

Go to the doctor.  Nothing is more distracting than an
ignored health concern.  Don’t put yourself at risk because you are
afraid of what you will find out.  Stick to your periodic wellness
visits and have problems checked out promptly.   

Stay in touch.  I’m sure you’re busy.  I know that I
am.  Don’t get so busy that you forget to connect with your loved ones.
Tomorrow isn’t promised. 

Don’t procrastinate.  Unfinished tasks cause
unnecessary stress.  How many times have you waited until the last
minute to do something and realized that you need more time?  Or
that the resources you need are now gone? For me, this has been one of
the most difficult habits to break.  I struggle with this on a regular
basis.  Got any tips?

Don’t overpromise.  Be realistic about your
priorities.  You can’t put yourself at the mercy of what everyone else
needs from you.  If you don’t have boundaries and a good amount of
self-awareness, you will end up disappointing yourself and others. 

Forgive and let go.  The biggest distraction
from today’s joy is the pain of yesterday.  How much time do we waste
feeling victimized?  Plotting revenge?  When you forgive, you are
proving that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Yes, pain does
indeed change you.  It makes you more beautiful, if you let it.

What are some other ways that we can avoid living with regret?  How does it hurt you when you continue to carry it with you?

is co-authored by Kim Jackson and GG Renee with the intention of
connecting with women through messages of self-love and personal
freedom. We believe that true beauty starts on the inside and radiates
outward, so maintaining emotional health and balance should be an
essential part of every woman’s beauty regimen. We use this platform
as an opportunity to share our personal experiences, and to help other
women who are seeking guidance to find their own truths and live