Positive Living

8 Mid-Week Affirmations

I don’t know what it is about the middle of the week that seems like a mini episode of mission impossible. Added to the fact that I woke up with a headache the size of Texas this morning, I was suddenly super aware of all things I haven’t gotten done that need to happen before the weekend.

Time to step back, take a deep breath and center a bit.

The problem with being someone who’s usually pretty busy is that we find time to schedule everything except time to regroup. We do most things on the go –email from a phone, coffee in a (hopefully) spill-proof cup, blogging during a commute. So when it comes time to clear your mind and push through the last leg of the week, we typically need to do that on the go, too.

Bring on the positive affirmations. These are easy to write down, whisper to yourself between tasks and keep on rotation between songs on your playlist during the day. I’ve shared some of my favorites here and why they work for me.

Here’s to a good week, finishing strong!Continue Reading

5 Self Confidence Boosters

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had an amazing week, and have sweet weekend plans ahead! All of the sweet tweets and comments on last Friday’s post inspired me to usher in this weekend on a high note as well. So today, I want to talk about confidence.

More specifically, I want to share some self confidence boosters for the days when it just seems like everyone is doing better than you. Spoiler alert: they aren’t doing better than you are, it’s all in your head, stemming from a lack of confidence.

I want to break the myth that low or lack of self confidence is an attribute of the weak. It’s not, it’s an attribute of a human. We all have those days where we doubt ourselves, feel a little less spectacular, or feel like we’re traveling on a lonely road while everyone else zooms down the express way. It’s normal, it happens. The trick is, not to live in that space, to know that those thoughts are as temporary as your situation, and move on.

So, when those days roll around, try these self confidence boosters…

01 / Make more.

It may sound cliche, but practice really does make perfect. Whenever I’m feeling self conscious about sharing a new post idea, feature or design, I always go back and make more of the thing I want to share. Why? Because you become more comfortable with it, and you know the work that you’ve put into it is worthy of a huge (and positive) return on investment from others. The more you practice your craft, the more you trust your abilities.

02 / Think Positive Thoughts

A lot of times, I find that we plan for the worst and totally forget that the best is even an option. Stop siking yourself out and making assumptions about what others are thinking. Don’t assume they’re going to hate it, walk in believing that they will love it, and love you, too. Why? Because you are awesome, that’s why. And I promise I’m not the only one thinking that, so you should be thinking that, too! Spend a few minutes every once in a while writing down all of the things you know you can accomplish, then make a list of this you’ve already accomplished. Track your awesomeness!

03 / Believe in What You Do

I’ll admit, sometimes I get a little tinge of apprehension before hitting publish on a post. I have doubts if the content I create is really valuable and useful. The only way I get over that initial apprehension is by remembering how much I believe in the things I create in this space. If you do things that you genuinely believe are good and useful, trust that the rest will fall into place. Continue Reading

Words For Your Weekend

Hello friends, happy Friday – we’ve made it through another week.

I had another post planned, but after the week I have I thought it’d be better if we kept it light and walked into the weekend with a heart of rest and positive energy. I had a rough week, and I would not have gotten through had it not been for some awesome people sending me sweet words whenever I needed them. So today, I’m spreading the joy to all of you, please keep the love coming in the comments!

01/ Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, be fully there. Allow yourself to be fully present always, and if you can’t be fully present, allow yourself to rest.

02/ Do work because you are passionate, not as a means to an ends. When everything you produce is a labor of love, you will never find yourself overworked.

03/ Keep your heart and spirit clean and fresh. Don’t allow un-forgiveness to dwell this weekend. Let it go, move forward.

04/ Remain in a constant state of gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for. This week, I was thankful for hot coffee and kind friends.

05 / Surround yourself with people who will meet you where you are, and help you get to where you’re going.

06/ Remember that things happen in a cycle. So your bad week may be someone else’s good week, and vice versa. Show compassion, and when the cycle comes back around, someone will show that same compassion to you.

Feel free to leave more warm thoughts and positive energy boosters below in the comments. Have a great Friday!

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Hello March / Kicking Off A New Month Right

Happy third day of March everyone! I can’t believe that we’re already into the third month of the year. I feel like I just watched the ball drop yesterday.

A fresh month sets the perfect mood for goal setting and fresh starts. March is absolutely my favorite month, and I’m so excited to see what the next few weeks bring for me.

There are a few things I always try to do when I’m ushering in a new month. Starting off strong is a great indication of an even stronger ending. Take the time to prepare and get your bearings together. Leave all of the old and heavy things from weeks before behind; the goal that you haven’t met, the faux paus that happened publicly and privately.

Allow yourself to walk freely and unhindered into a new clean and fresh space. Declutter your mind, and start to progress in the new.

01/ Assess Your Progress

Look at yourself now, and note changes (or lack thereof) from the month prior. Celebrate all of the successes you had, no matter how big or how small. Everything is incredibly significant and worthy of praise.

If you did experience some failures, evaluate them as well. Did you not achieve something due to a lack of genuine intention for it, was it a matter of self discipline? Was it too much to handle on your already full plate? Instead of giving your failures so much power, use it as a jumping off point to determine your wants, needs and current outlooks.

02/ Set Realistic + Intentional Goals

Before you pull out your notebook that you track your goals and intentions in, allow me to note one thing – creating a laundry list of goals to achieve in 30 days is not always beneficial. If you have one goal for the month, that is just as productive as creating a list of 10 goals, most of which will fall by the wayside anyway. It is so important to be realistic.

Align your short and long term goals so that they do not become separate entities. Your short term goals are bricks, and lay the pathway to your long term goals (tweet that).

03/ Perform A Positive Action

Do something that will really help kick start greater action within you. Don’t wait until the time feels right, because it never will. The best time to act on something you’re really passionate and intentional about is right away.

If your goal is to start a blog, go ahead and write out your first post, and a few ideas for your next posts. If you really want to do well on an upcoming exam, start outlining a plan of attack for studying and prep work.

Don’t allow yourself to take comfort in being idle, because once you’re comfortable being still, it’s so hard to motivate yourself to take action.

How do you welcome in a new month?

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