2017 was one heck of a year! I learned many valuable skills that I will bring with me into the new year.
The art of meditation. It’s one self-care practice I no longer skimp on. I don’t look at it as a luxury, but as a necessity in my mental health. During my meditation, my mind is calm and void of chaos. A daily practice has given me unshakable inner strength to release anger and allow for healing. It’s much easier now for me to catch myself leaning towards fear, anxiousness, or frustration, because I am consciously connected to my inner source of strength. The benefits of finding a quiet place to meditate every day have shown me that I can have peace of mind & calmness of heart, while still surrounded by my chaotic life.
Write. Things. Down. My goals, my feelings, my affirmations, my values. Everything. Getting them out of my head and on paper helps my brain dump all the baggage, giving it room to think bigger & focus on what’s most important. Like really consciously reflect on them. Writing down what’s on my mind is the way I work through conflict & process my feelings. It also helps me to clarify my goals, priorities, and intentions. Having them in front of me in writing, I’m forced to literally see and evaluate each one.
I have learned to express my appreciation for the people who have had an impact on my life. I don’t want to ever hold back the love and adoration I feel towards my family, my friends, my community, and strangers. I am “that” girl that walks up to you and says she loves your shoes! I’ve been teased for my candor. It stings. But, I don’t have control over what other people think or do. However, I do have ultimate control over myself. What people do is more often about them than me. I choose to dismiss my ego when I feel defensive and practice compassion on myself and others. I try reallllly hard to not waste time and energy on people who wouldn’t do the same for me. This doesn’t mean I am less, but that I have more to give. Express your appreciation when you feel it. Time is precious.
This year was all about getting out of my head. I stepped further outside myself than I thought I could. In the same breath, new faces stepped into my path that filled me with immeasurable joy. I feel honored to partner with other women that are on the same mission that I am. We are all being called to step up and be a force of good in this world. In order for real change to happen, it’s going to require all of us to participate. The very BEST way to serve others is to serve ourselves first. Truly. Self-care is not selfish. If everyone would take even ten-minutes to do something to serve themselves every day, imagine the possibilities!
My 2017 affirmation repeated daily.
I am here for a reason.
I am strong.
I choose to honor my desires today and always.
I am resilient & flexible.
I accept responsibility for my actions.
I freely give & receive.
I am worthy of success.
I trust my inner wisdom and intuition.
I am committed to my community.
I love and accept me as I am today.
* Cheers 🥂 to inner peace in 2018!
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