Most bloggers have been posting all the New Year tried and trues: reflections, highs and lows, goals for the upcoming year etc. etc. While I do have goals for this year, and while I appreciate their candor (as I have read and enjoyed all my favorite bloggers thoughts on the matter) I think I will keep my own resolutions to myself this go around. Not that any of it is too personal, but I’d rather talk about the things I am already doing. One of these things being a reintroduction of positive affirmations.
I’m not getting too woo woo here. A positive affirmation doesn’t have to be something from a Tony Robbins audiobook, that you repeat to yourself while staring into the mirror in a pre-work pep rally of one. (Not knockin’ Tony either…I’m a self help junky myself…) No, for me, positive affirmations can be one word descriptions of who I want to be, bible verses, things I have underlined or even just a screen shot; honestly, it can be anything that keeps my mind occupied with healthy thoughts. Left to my own devices I will spiral into any past or future scenario that makes me feel shitty about myself, angry at someone else, or just plain confused.
Positive affirmations not only keep my mind occupied, but they seem to give me strength. I could not, for the life of me, get out of bed yesterday morning - but then I remembered that I had told myself to say an affirmation before I started my day. This particular affirmation was a Bible verse, and although I am not a super religious person, I will say that this verse immediately changed my attitude towards getting out of bed! We are talking immediate mind shift here.
I do think it’s important to stay open and find the affirmations and nudges that are right for you personally, at that specific time. I believe God does talk to us…and I believe it can happen in many different ways. In my own life, I have found a lot of great affirmations through Norman Vincent Peale books, Abraham Hicks writings, and mantras learned through yoga training. I have been keeping them around so when I feel myself struggling, I can shift my focus to something helpful and positive.
Just a little bit about that :)
Simple Things I liked this week:
Sleeping without my phone in the room.
Pandora while I work.
A new desk/vanity setup … all just by rearranging things I already had in the cabin.
A simple salad we whipped up last night.
Sleeping through the New Year countdown and waking up by the fire next to my little family.
Egg and sweet potato brekky; fire pit finally being utilized out back on a bluebird day; Rico in a mountain man hat.