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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Good morning friends.

Today I want to share with you about a new step I’ve taken in the life of TAOLB, and that is to become an Ambassador for the National Day Calendar. So for those of you who aren’t familiar with National Day Calendar, they are an international entity with the goal to #CelebrateEveryDay by finding joy in fun, celebratory days like National Science Fiction Day (January 2) or National Coconut Day (June 26). Although I had heard of these days before, I had never really been introduced to National Day Calendar as an entity until a sweet reader reached out (who is also an Ambassador) about National Making Life Beautiful Day which happens to be TODAY! You’ll have to go find her on Instagram.

I looked into National Day Calendar a little more and realized their mission to #CelebrateEveryDay is so in alignment with The Art of Living Beautifully and I am thrilled to get to be a part of it. Last week I was on the phone with the National Day Calendar corporate headquarters and we were talking about this very thing. Their fun, celebratory days bring such simplicity to the concept the art of living beautifully. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, and uninspired, and in no way, shape, or form in the mind set to live beautifully? Take a prompt from National Moon Day (July 20th) and enjoy a calm evening alfresco observing the moon. You don’t have to take a picture or post it or anything that involves another person. Enjoy the moon for you. Enjoying the simple is a tremendous part of living beautifully–I talk about this more in our brand video which you can watch here. Plus, simplicity is really good for the soul. FYI: National Simplicity Day is July 12th–so go ahead and mark your calendars! I hope you will use content provided by The Art of Living Beautifully and special days from National Day Calendar to prompt and remind you to live beautifully, and to #CelebrateEveryDay!

With all this being said, I would love for you to enjoy Making Life Beautiful Day with me by being mindful. Whatever makes up your day, whether unavoidable tasks or intentional rituals, try to find the beauty in each element: drinking coffee, a new pair of wedges, lunch with a friend, cooking with the kids, smiling at a neighbor, writing a hand-written note, walking around the block, petting a dog, making a pitcher of iced tea, planning a road trip, making a new friend, or doing a cannon ball into the pool.

If so inclined, head over to Instagram and follow along with me as I document what a beautiful day is for me, and I hope you’ll be inspired. Originally, I thought to try and create my most beautiful day possible, but then realized I would rather find beauty in a very normal day. So that’s what I’m doing today: finding beauty in all I do…and friends, that just might be the art of living beautifully.

Visit my Ambassador page on the National Day Calendar website!

**EDIT**Many of you asked about the kimono I was wearing on my Instagram post so I’m linking all the info below.

RipCurl Palm Kimono

AG cut-off jean shorts

Nine West Espadrille Wedges

To learn more about Lauren and The Art of Living Beautifully, please visit our ‘about’ page.

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