Mind Fitness: How I Find Peace and Balance Every Day

Morning Mist
Have a thankful heart.

Everyday when I wake up, I’m aware that waking up in itself is a gift. I often took this fact for granted in years past, but losing both my parents to cancer within two years rocked my world and shifted my perspective. We aren’t promised each day, so each day I’m given I now see as something valuable that can’t go to waste. Looking at life through a lens of gratitude has helped me start each day with focus and joy, which is the foundation of mind fitness.

Luna Trotting off to join the herd.

Pursue a passion.

I have a love and passion for all things nature, more recently horses. Riding wasn’t a part of my life, but I set out to make it so. What started out as a small desire quickly blossomed, and before long I was riding my own mare Luna on a daily basis. I really didn’t have a plan, but I had a passion that became the catalyst of a plan. 

Spring Flowers

Single yellow flower

Be aware of beauty and goodness right outside your door.

We often go looking elsewhere for beauty when all along it was right under our noses. We tend to think it’s out “there” somewhere — never in our own present space. If we pause and look around with an open heart, we often see the beauty that was there all along.


Take it one day at a time.

Up until the last few years, I had a bad habit of either spending too much time in the future, or too much time in the past. It was creating so much stress in my life. I always felt I was teetering between two places and missing all of what was happening in the moment.  Each day has its own successes and problems. Focusing on what’s happening right now gives me a sense of balance and gratitude.

The End (Luna's)

End the day on a good note.

I’ve heard many horse trainers mention it’s important to end your training or ride on a good note. I think that’s sound life advice too. That doesn’t mean things will be perfect — but a crappy day can often be turned around by a simple word or deed of kindness.

And on that note, that’s the end of this post!


**Disclosure:  All photos are my own and taken with my Motorola Droid Turbo provided to me by Verizon.




  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Joyce!!!! So many lessons learned here!!!

  2. I forgot to mention the amazing pics – WOW!!!!!!!!!!

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