Start where you are.Use what you have.Do what you can.
This little piece of wisdom came to me through Pinterest, courtesy of my sister-in-law. It seems so simple, but it has completely revolutionized my happiness. I have always struggled with perfectionism and idealism. I am easily overwhelmed by the big picture. But with this little nugget in my pocket, I can usually calm myself down and take one confident, happy step.
For example, I may not be The Pioneer Woman, but if I think she hung the moon (I think she might have... I should check into that) and if I want my life to feel a little bit more like hers looks -- namely, delicious -- then instead of gawking at her blog while my heart sinks into my boots, I can do something! I can start where I am (my mother-in-law's house), use what I have (a butt-load of coffee from Costco and a can of sweetened condensed milk) and do what I can -- make Ree Drummond's fantastic Perfect Iced Coffee. So I did. And I'm happy. And caffeinated.
That may seem like a silly little example, and it is, but if I take this little piece of common sense and apply it to my bigger problems, it transforms the way I handle life. Brian and I have the cutest little fixer-upper from
The secret to this little morsel of wisdom is that it changes my focus from what I don't have and can't control to what I do have and can control. It allows me to be thankful. It empowers me.
So, here you go! Enjoy -- Start where you are; use what you have; do what you can.