Mood Monday: Best Piece of Advice I’ve Received

Feature Image of Larissa in an infinity pool looking out at the city of Singapore. The title of the blog post, Mood Monday: Best Piece of Advice, is layered over the image, contained in a translucent white box.

Happy Monday, and welcome back to another Mood Monday! Today, I’m sharing the best piece of advice I received (and relatively recent too). It’s super basic and simple advice, but for some reason, it really stuck with me and altered the way I view things now – including my blogging journey.

Over the Years:

As we navigate life, we all encounter various forms of advice. Some great, some good, and of course, some bad. We learn to filter through it all, taking pieces here and there along the way. Trial and error teaches us what works for us and what causes us to get burned in ways we’d rather not. For each person, it can be different and I think it’s important to recognize who we turn to for advice and who we accept advice from. If someone does not listen to us or any advice you supply, should we really hold them in such high esteem to take their advice? Probably not. But I’ll leave that up to you to decide!

Best Piece of Advice:

Larissa wearing jeans and a white top, looking super excited on the streets of NOLA, throwing her hands up with a huge smile on her face.
Celebrating my birthday in downtown NOLA

I was on an informational interview call, when the person I was speaking with dropped a gem. She basically said, no matter what you do – prioritize your happiness. Now this is not revolutionary advice, but in that moment, it was. We were speaking in the specific context of going back to school, but the statement made me sit back and consider the different aspects of my life. Do I truly take time to prioritize my happiness in all that do? I couldn’t confidently answer yes, and at that moment, I knew I had to make changes in my life. If I’m being honest, it’s not drastic changes taking place here, but instead focusing on the little things that bring a smile to my face.

Comparison deprived me of experiencing the joy in things I usually enjoyed. Have you ever heard the quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? A more true thing could not have been stated. I found myself comparing my life and my journey to family, friends, and even strangers. It’s exhausting because you never quite measure up. And it’s mind boggling to think that someone may be looking at me, thinking that I have things together. Haha because let me be the first to tell you I don’t. But I’m tired of comparing, so instead I’m consciously choosing to focus on prioritizing my happy! And may I suggest you do the same. This one life we have is already full of struggles and heartbreak, so let’s not add more to it ourselves.

As always, thank you for reading! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? Did this piece of advice resonate with you? I’d love for you to share in the comments!

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