The Perfect Life with Rosegal & Link Up On the Edge #69

The perfect life. We want it all.

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

*Top: Plus Size Letter Print Drop Shoulder Knitwear ($16.13) c/o Rosegal.

What does that mean anyway? Can we have it all? Is the perfect life attainable? In my opinion, I think those terms, have it all and perfect life, are all relative. How does that old Proverb go…it is better to want what you have than to have what you want? Be content with your life and with yourself in the here and now, then you have everything.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And it is this journey that can be perfect even in all of its imperfections…if you choose to see it that way.

And that is exactly the way I choose to see it. My journey, with all of its missteps and mistakes, with all of the wrong turns and bad decisions, with all of the things I could have done differently, has brought me to my perfect life. Are there things I am wanting? Sure. I am human. And a greedy one at that. We all want more…more money, more time, more peace, more calm, more energy, more sleep, more shoes. We live in a world of more, more, more.

But isn’t what we have enough? I think it is and that is what makes me wake up every morning…happy. Truly and undeniably happy. But the wanting is important, too. The wanting is what is drives us forward. If we really wanted nothing, what would inspire us to keep going? Our wants can be material. But we also want things that are emotional, spiritual, and altruistic, don’t we? And when we say we want it all…doesn’t it just mean we want all the things that are important to each of us individually?  Wanting is not a bad thing.  Wanting does not equal unhappiness.

I guess the perfect life lies not in having it all, but in wanting it all. Motivation, drive, desire, love, need, passion, devotion, duty, obligation, responsibility, faith, and hope. These are the things we already have…and these are all the things we really need to get the things we really want. The perfect life is a choice. It is a perspective. It is a decision that you make. Commit to the belief and move forward on your journey in a place of joy and contentment.  That is the perfect life.

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” -Socrates

“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” -Swami Sivananda

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.”

-Bertolt Brecht

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” -Dale Carnegie

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” -Pearl S. Buck

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” -Lao Tzu

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” -Henry Fielding

And two of my favorite quotes today:

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And…

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” — Jean Houston

Are you living your perfect life filled with infinite possibilities, contentment, passion, and happiness?  I hope so.

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust shared the most adorable outfit and an interesting and important perspective in Cowl Neck Sweater & Birkenstock Ankle Boots: A Fresh Perspective.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust

Jessica of Jeans and a Teacup shared an amazing outfit in her post Retro Vibes. I am loving her skirt and white booties!

Jessica of Jeans and a Teacup


Living the perfect life on the edge,

Shelbee

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

62 Responses

  1. Cute top, looks fab with your white jeans hun. x Thanks for hosting the link-up Shelbee. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

  2. That’s a fun tee and I like your striped jacket with it! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Mica, thank you so much! The jacket has been hanging around my closet for a while now and I think this may be its first appearance on the blog! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  3. If we had it all there would be nothing to strive for! xx

    • It is so true, Laurie! And as such, not having it all is really just like having it all, right?! In my own twisted sense of things! Thanks so much for reading. Have a fabulous weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. Shelbee, You are just so cute you make me smile! Darling outfit and your personality is the ultimate accessory!😘

  5. Very nice quotes. I posted a blog about positive messaging art I saw at the Oakland Museum. I didn’t know if I wanted to post it but I decided to. Your quotes are great and make me feel better that I did post it.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  6. You look so happy in these pictures. Have a great weekend!

  7. Wow Shelbee I love this look so much. You look great!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend, XO Tina

  8. Love the shirt and the jacket Shelbee.

  9. What a great outfit Shelbee! I love that white trousers with all that grey! And what a fantastic sweater.

  10. These are such great shots of you my friend…you look radiant! I always say “It’s good to have goals”; it’s true, we always need something, even if it’s small, to be striving for. Thank you for the shout out! xo
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

  11. Cute tee!!
    Jaymie

  12. I love this look on you and your tee. It needs to say “Perfect Life we have enough!”Your perspective is spot on my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Thanks so much, Kellyann! Yeah, I wasn’t sure how to interpret the second part “we want it all”! But there you have it…my interpretation! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your perspective. I hope you have the most perfect weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  13. I agree life is a great trip

  14. You are adorable. I’m thinking of the song sung in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Veruca Salt “I want it now”, but I know it’s not what you’re getting at. I just started humming, I want the world, I want the whole world. Anyway, that’s my brain for ya. I agree and have often thought that having everything would take away the joy of dreaming and “wanting”. Contentment is a great place to be, one I have to choose on a regular basis.

    • Chrissy, this just made me giggle! Willy Wonka is full of great references about life, isn’t it? I love the end when Mr. Wonka asks Charlie, “Do you know what happened to the little boy when all of his dreams came true?” (or something like that)…”He lived happily ever after!” So good! But happily ever after is right now, isn’t it?! Thanks so much for this adorable and very wonderful comment. Have a great weekend, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  15. Your fun top is so cute and I love it with white jeans! The jacket is the perfect third piece! The older I get the happier I am with contentment! Have a great weekend!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! This was definitely a fun outfit to wear and a super fun post to write! It got me inspired with more ideas for post topics, too, so that is a total win! Have a great weekend, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  16. I love your outfit! That tee is awesome, love that hat too. You look warm and comfortable!

  17. Very cute tee. It looks great styled with the striped sleeve baseball jacket and beanie!

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! I felt super cute wearing this outfit! This jacket has been hanging around my closet for a few years and it definitely does not get enough air time. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  18. sucha great post! And I am loving the style sucha great sweater!!!!

  19. Great quotes and you can never go wrong with white jeans in my book. Have a good weekend.

    • Lorena, thank you so much! I do love my white jeans and have been wearing them quite frequently. More frequently in the cooler weather than I did when it was warm. Have a wonderful weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  20. Great outfit! Different from your usual ensembles! Thanks for hosting and for sharing with mine as well. And I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Paula, thanks so much! This really is much different from my norm, isn’t it? But I do wear jeans and tee shirts quite often! I guess I just don’t post them that often. Perhaps I need to post more! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  21. Thanks so much for sharing my look! And what a fun tee! I’m loving all the quotes you shared too!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

  22. Great slogan T-shirt! It’s so easy to get sucked into the want want want frame of mind, especially when you’re bombarded on social media with pictures of fabulous clothes/holidays/shoes etc, but the thrill of acquiring something doesn’t last long – the guilt of overspending does though! Contentment is what we should be striving for. Love these quotes Shelbee!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • Emma, this is a such a great commentary on the topic of contentment! We are totally bombarded all the time…especially in blogland, right?! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  23. Love this look Shelbee, so me 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

  24. I like the statement of your shirt, it’s a good shirt to wear. Your outfit looks warm and made from the streets. Nice quotes from very nice people.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  25. I’m so glad I took a peek to see what you had to say about this excellent headline you have here! You are so right, and in so many dimensions. Great article (as always).

    Thanks for your commentary,
    Angie
    http://www.yourtrueselfblog.com

  26. Shelbee, this post is so on point. Being grateful for all we do have is a choice. I think some of the most unhappy people I know are ones that are always wanting more of something. And…I’m loving that top!

    • Julie, thank you so much for commenting! And it is so okay to want stuff, but when we let it consume us and forget to appreciate what we do have, that’s where the unhappiness sets in. I am loving this top, too! Have a great week, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  27. You look great! I love that top, and you’re right, it’s all about loving (and living in) the now. 🙂
    #creativemondays

  28. “But isn’t what we have enough? I think it is and that is what makes me wake up every morning…happy.” This is the secret, yeah? Thank you for sharing all this wisdom, and food for reflection, xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

  29. Looking fab, all rugged up for colder weather. You look so happy, and a little cheeky with that smile 🙂

  30. I’m always a huge fan of quotes like these!! And we are each perfect in our own way, right??
    And thanks so much for joining us On Monday’s We Link Up!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • You and I have tons in common, Jodie! I am a huge quote fanatic and have journals filled with them from years ago. I should probably go back and see what gems hide inside those old books! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving!

      xoxox
      Shelbee

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