My mother once gave me a piece of advice: Pay attention to what you're jealous of because it will tell you what is important to you.
When I find myself feeling jealous, I try to take that jealousy and turn it into a goal.
Jealous of friends who get to travel? Save your pennies and plan a trip. Jealous of teachers when you interview them for education stories? Go back to school, girl, because you clearly can't get enough of it. Jealous of other writers? WRITE. That one got all caps.
And here's another thing: Every life has its burdens including the lives of those on the receiving end of your jealousy. Do I need to bring up Heidi and Seal? Because I will bring up Heidi and Seal. Those two crazy kids really seemed to have it all...
I guess I'm writing this post as a reminder to myself that jealousy can be positive. It can show you your priorities and therefore show you what you really need to be prioritizing. That said, I think any body-hating jealousy is just socialized in us as women from a very early age and is in no way positive. So ignore that. Breathe through it. Quote Ani to yourself. But being jealous of someone's job or travels or creative stick-to-it-ness? I think that can be clarifying. You want it? Make a plan and go out and get it.
In unrelated news, our owl now has pineapple hair. It's pretty awesome.