Today seems like a great day to talk about every one of us having a happy, beautiful life.

And I want you to know, right now, that my philosophy is simple and it says I believe you are an amazing, unique, beautiful individual with the most amazing gifts and talents that you might not even be aware of yet. 

I truly believe it is your God given right to live a beautiful life every flipping, beautiful, wonderful day.  And me too.

So how to get there?

I’ll begin with yesterday, when we went for a sunset walk on the beach. 

My Darling One and I and my trusty camera. 

And yes, this has everything to do with a philosophy for a beautiful happy life because it determines how a simple photographic principle can be applied to everything, even something as large as Life with a capital L.

I’m probably one of the worst photographers in the world and as for editing…nope not great at that either. Probably even worse.

But regardless of all that, the sunset was beautiful.  And that little dot on the left hand side is a dolphin, not someone’s head.  You’ll just have to take my word for it!  

And despite my lack of photographic and editing expertise, it was an awesome sunset. And despite my limitations, I still think that the word beautiful describes it well. Don’t you?

Talking of editing expertise

I may not be the greatest at editing photos, but I’ve had loads of experience with editing life. Which when you think about it, is probably a touch more important in the larger scheme of things.

Let me explain.

If you’ve never heard of this or haven’t tried it, I’d like you to give it a whirl. It’s an easy way to begin heading towards that glorious life that you so deserve.

Here’s a simple way to begin editing your life.

Each evening, run through the day in your mind’s eye. You’ll discover you see mostly images along with the thoughts that connect to the experiences of your day.

Then every little thing you come across that you didn’t like, or didn’t feel good about, or left you feeling less than in any way, or unhappy, you ditch it. 

You switch it for something better.  For instance say you had an argument with someone and it didn’t feel good. 

See it in your mind’s eye as you bring it to mind and switch the experience to something better. Maybe you both had a laugh about something, see yourself laughing and feeling good.

Will this change the experience?  Nope.  But what it will do is change the energy that you carry forward to tomorrow. 

Because today’s energy becomes part of your future. And because you, beautiful one, are in the middle of manifesting a future that is greater than today, you want to take the highest and greatest vibration of energy into your tomorrow.

Redirecting Negativity

I read a quote by Erich Sauer, who was a German theologian. 

Not that it really matters who he is, because what he said was invaluable: ‘The direction of a man’s thought is always the decisive factor in his personality. His whole outer life will be determined by the inward inclination of his mind’. 

And this my lovelies is a great thing to know, because this is where we can make another difference. Remember when we don’t like something, we get to change it.

If negative thinking isn’t bringing you beauty and joy in life, and it’s unlikely that it will, then it needs to be handled. 

Absolute elimination of negative thinking might not be possible for any of us, and we might not be able to stop it from happening. 

But we can find techniques to redirect it.

And here’s one that I sort of picked up along the way and altered it to fit me.  And please don’t forget, you get to alter anything I write to fit you too. 

I was having a hard time.  My mind was on a negativity loop of re-runs that not only didn’t feel good, but left me feeling positively miserable.

Life doesn’t come with instructions.  Though it would be great if it did, wouldn’t it?

But sometimes we have to take the bull by the horns and remind ourselves we are here NOW and no matter the past, our future, yours and mine, is a clean slate and we don’t want to muddy it with negative thoughts when can do something about it.

What I decided to do was similar to editing my life.  I was going to redirect the energy of the negative thought and feeling and switch it around with a positive one.  

The next time my mind returned to the negative reruns, sharing unhappy images and thoughts, I pictured a new more beautiful image in the corner of the negative image, smaller, but there.  

Then I felt a happier feeling and switched the images around, making the small, feel-good image bigger and the negative, rotten-feeling one teeny tiny.

And then I switched them about again and again.

I was conditioning my mind, training it to move along the new tracks I wanted it to run along. I was taking back control of my mind.

After a few back and forwards, I sent the old negative image off into oblivion.

And should you wish, you can do this too. You have the capacity to create your happy life as you redirect those negative thoughts and feelings.

My Final Philosophical thoughts

We get caught up in life and it’s easy to forget that our thoughts are real forces, creating a vibration of energy which attracts our experiences, both the lovely and not so lovely.

To have a more beautiful life it’s necessary to remember that we live in two worlds… simultaneously.  The inner and the outer.  And the blessings and beauty we experience are a result of our inner world.

And it’s the same for the less than lovely experiences.

The key is to remember neither happiness, or confidence, or bliss exist in the outer world and that all the beauty and happiness you seek is present within, if you can only notice it..

So let’s stop being hypnotized by this outer world. Taking events, conditions and experiences and running them around and around in our inner world, creating a self-perpetuating negative cycle.

Remember to stop wasting your time being upset about something you can’t change.  Instead try a little editing and redirection and you’ll discover you were free to think whatever thoughts you wanted all along. 

And you can think independently of, and beyond what the outer world suggests.  You can think of anything you want.  The only limits are those we place upon ourselves.

This is where to start.  Choose your thoughts and make them beautiful, regardless of what you see or hear, or even believe. 

Not just in this moment, but in as many moments as you can and you’ll begin to live a happier, more beautiful life. 

Not certain about this?  That’s okay, just try it and see.  Oh…and then please share. All stories of beautiful experiences gratefully received.

As always…

Thank you so very much for reading and sharing…and for continuing to welcome me into your world.

I hope this article inspires you to believe deep your heart that you can, that you deserve to, live the most joyful, beautiful, wonderful life you can dream of.

Meanwhile encourage one another.

With so much love,




Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Hello, Elle!
    I’ve found your blog not so very long ago.
    I want to say that it is amazing!
    Yes, we can make our life more beautiful, the only thing we need is to start doing this.
    Our life is wonderful! But, when we are busy, we don’t see it. I enjoy looking at the clouds. There is a whole world of them. If the wind blows, they are changing. I can look at their changing shapes for hours and hours, and I see an amazing country here. In such moments of my life everything that was important goes away and the whole busy world stops. This feeling is amazing!
    Dear Elle, thank you for this post! I really love it!

    • Elle

      Thanks Lesya for sharing your ‘Beautiful Life’ moments. It is a wonderful feeling, you’re right. And another beautiful outcome is that we get more lovely things in our world.
      I’m honoured by the readership and comments of all and I thank you.

    • Elle

      Thanks Katrina. I think any credit goes to Father Christmas, and the camera!

  2. Good afternoon, Elle.
    I agree that it’s all an inside job.
    What I have been doing the past few weeks is going back to (and going back to and going back to . . . ) “I Love my life” .
    I don’t go back all those times because I don’t love my life BUT I go back to remember and to be mindful and to make sure that I live with gratitude and joy.
    Plus it seems that by focusing on “Loving my life” that I get all kinds of experiences and reasons showing up as proof that I do/should Love my life.
    Plus it’s really fun.

  3. Allan Schulte

    Dear Elle, this is just a beautiful blog today! I have taken the liberty of using the beautiful words you shared with us… and I have worked them into affirmations that I can live with. Here they are for anyone who might want to share in them:

    “I remember that the Universe is an echo of my thoughts.

    “My thoughts are real forces, that creates their own vibration of energy. My thoughts always attract the lovely experiences… that are always my choice.

    “And so in my life, I focus on all the lovely things I see.
    I think independently… beyond what the world suggests… and so I think of all the beautiful things that I choose.

    “I choose my thoughts and make them beautiful, regardless of what I may see or hear. Not just in this moment, but in as many moments of my life as I can … and so I have begun to live a more beautiful life!”

    Thank you Elle… for inspiring us with such beautiful thoughts! Your friend, Allan

    • Elle

      Allan, that is amazing. Thank you so very much for sharing this…it definitely sounds as though you’re living a beautiful life. What a great addition to my post.

  4. Dear Elle 🙂

    “We are free to think whatever thoughts we want”…this is such an uplifting statement…giving me freedom…I can not control what other people think, feel or say but I CAN CHOOSE what to think, how to feel and what to say, so I choose to start my morning with a powerful affirmation: “I love my life and life loves me”….this statement helps me to create a positive vibration for the day, for the week, for the month, for the year…why not??…I have the freedom to do so…Thank you so much for your beautiful words…

    • Elle

      Emilia what a wonderful affirmation, no wonder you sound so happy. How lovely of you to share it with us. It’s such a joy to hear of ‘beautiful life’ experiences…they bless my life. Thank you.

  5. Joseph Appaloosa

    Your article and the ensuing comments actually promote the beautiful world and life to which you encourage us all.
    Write on, Elle !

  6. thank you Elle for such lovely posts.

    – sweet regards 🙂

    • Elle

      And thank you Lee. It’s so lovely to hear from you.

  7. I think it’s a gorgeous photo, Elle – without editing. I can only imagine how breathtaking it was in real life – and to see a dolphin in that beautiful setting! I like how you phrase it “editing life”. That’s what we’re constantly doing aren’t we? Thanks for the wise advice on doing that.

    • Thanks Debbie. It was pretty spectacular. I need to start going back to the beach more often at sunset! 🙂

  8. So true, all the goodness is inside waiting for us to tap into it, isn’t it! Love these techniques, Elle. They are so empowering.

    • So glad you enjoyed them Sandra…and thanks for taking the time to let me know. 🙂

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