Joanna Gaines Says These 2 Words Help Her Stay Present

Are you feeling overwhelmed and wondering how you can get your life back on track? No one knows better than former “Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines that life can get pretty hectic. That’s why this businesswoman and mother of five likes to whisper two simple words to herself when she becomes overwhelmed. Here’s what Gaines revealed about her method for centering herself in the latest issue of “Magnolia Journal.”

Joanna Gaines resolved to make a change

Joanna Gaines | Rob Kim/Getty Images
Joanna Gaines | Rob Kim/Getty Images

In the winter issue of “Magnolia Journal,” Gaines admits that at times she lets busyness “blur” some of the small joys in her life. “I don’t believe I was made to sit still for long, but I also know that there have been many times when I’ve overcommitted my capacity—when I’ve let busyness blur who knows how many small joys that can be noticed only in quiet,” Gaines says. However, she says she decided she wasn’t going to let those small joys be blurred anymore:

Last January, I decided that enough was enough and I challenged myself to spend this year living in the present. To quiet the voice inside my head that tells me the good ol’ days have passed me by or that the best is yet to come. To choose instead only the moment that’s unfolding right in front of me. To breathe in every sight and every sound. To hold it all dearly.

The two words Joanna Gaines says to help her stay present

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Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

When things become overwhelming, Gaines takes a moment to pause and regroup. In her column, she tells her readers the two words that help her return to the present moment. Here’s what Gaines shared about these two simple words:

I came up with this mantra of sorts that I’d whisper to myself or repeat in my head whenever I felt that invariable tug to disengage from the present. Just two simple words: Look up. And because I believe there is power in asking our body to act on our heart’s behalf, no matter where I was or what task may have been in front of me, if I sensed myself drifting, I’d do my best to pause and look up.

Joanna Gaines doesn’t want to miss the “quiet miracles”

Gaines makes an effort to stop and smell the roses. She resolved not to let special moments in her life escape her. Gaines refers to these moments as “quiet miracles,” and she doesn’t want to miss out on any of them:

Here’s what I’m finding when I do choose to look up: This way of living is so sweet, so full, and so beautiful, and now that I’ve experienced it, I never want to live any other way. Of course, not every moment has been worthy of the attention—but for the most part, the ones I’ve caught I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. And it’s made me wonder how many quiet miracles are happening all around us on a daily basis, and how many of them we fail to experience when we’re busy looking down.

Read more: In ‘Magnolia Journal,’ Joanna Gaines Talks About How Tricky It Can Be to Live Simply

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