So often we worry about what everyone else is doing, we take other peoples advice to heart; we are influenced by external forces. Yet, what if we quieted ourselves enough to listen to what our gut is telling us? What if we listened to, and acted on our own advice. What if in doing so, we were able to trust ourselves more and more, and eventually see ourselves as the masterpieces of humanity that we truly are? What if we owned that light that only we can shine? What if we grew into who we were meant to be and brought that unique gift that only we can bring to this world? What if, by shining our light brightly, we were able to transform this world, just a little, to become a better place? What if?
I love this quote by Desmond Tutu, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” That is totally my vision, to do my little bit of good in my tiny corner of the world and connect with and encourage others as they do their bit to help this world become a much better place! Who’s with me? xo
So often we go through our busy days running from one thing to the next. We barely have a minute to breathe deeply, much less time to be present in the moment and experience gratitude. I am going to challenge you to stop. Breathe deeply. Look around you and be present to the moment you are in. Say these 3 affirmations. Pause. Then go about your day.
- I feel an abundance of gratitude for everything I already have and will receive each day.
- I am grateful for everything I experience in this lifetime. I overcome, I grow and I prosper all the time. My abundant blessings, as well as my difficulties, all work to make me better, stronger and more alive.
- I am so grateful for every person in my life and I am grateful for God’s endless gifts and experiences to me.
I hope these affirmations will be a blessing to you.
In the last two days, I’ve sat with girlfriends and listened to them pour their hearts out. Strong women. Women who take care of everyone else in their lives. Exceptional women who are noticing that their light is feeling a bit dimmed; that they don’t seem to have the energy to serve everyone around them the way the once used to. Women who I’ve had to remind that they need to fill their cups too.
As I listened, I realized how many women are feeling this way. Over-extended. Tired. In need of rest. So often life treats us to hard knocks, questions us about our purpose and tries to encourage us to become complacent in our comfort zones. It tells us to juggle all our balls well and it’s the first to criticize us if we don’t. We find ourselves twisting and bending to do it all; be it all. Then collapsing when we realize we can’t be every woman to every person. We can’t take care of it all. We can’t do it all.
Maybe it’s time to collect ourselves. Meditate, pray, exercise, get outside; breathe. Fill our cup so full that it overflows with gratitude and joy. Maybe we can live that way, love that way. Maybe we can make a choice to take care of ourselves. Too. It’s not selfish, it’s self-care. Maybe it’s that choice for self-care that will take us on our ultimate journey to help us live a life of light and positivity. And maybe, just maybe, it’s that light and positivity that will create a transformative difference in us, how we feel, who we are and how we experience this world and the people in it. Maybe it’s that light and positivity that will enable us to live our truly epic lives.
I absolutely love this quote by Naeem Callaway! “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take a step.” Hope this quote and video blesses you in some way. Is there a step that you need to take in your life? Leave a comment below; I’d love to reply to it with a word of encouragement.