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Happiness is subjective. What makes you happy could be the most terrifying thing for someone else. It took me a long time to find MY happy. I always tried to do what I thought was expected of me, not what actually was. Turns out the only thing that was expected was for me to do what makes me happy and do it well.
Once I realized that, I did lots of soul searching, remembering times when I had been truly happy and why. Once I had that, the hard part began. Taking that knowledge and putting it toward my future and the future of my family. Self care was the first big step. Mentally and physically.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you are no good to anyone.
In the past, I would have NEVER, EVER put myself on display by writing this blog and being open to criticism.
Writing about nutrition and health. What do I know? That was the old me. Turns out I know quite a bit and it makes ME happy to share what I know with others who may be unsure of how to ask the right questions. I have the courage now to back it up by researching what I don’t know and getting certified as a holistic nutritionist.
This week, I am sharing my favourite motivational quotes that I have collected from friends and Pinterest. Each have had a powerful effect on me at different stages of my personal development.
Your thoughts turn into things. Do you constantly say “Nothing good ever happens to me”, “He\She always get ____”, “The only luck I have is bad luck”. The Universe is listening. By saying and thinking this way, you are telling the Universe this is what I deserve and this is what I want more of.
You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need. The Rolling Stones
Be genuinely thankful for what you do have. A roof over your head, food on the table, heat/AC, clothes to wear, a paycheck; these are a great place to start. Even something as simple a hot shower is enough to be thankful for. Listing them in your head as you go to sleep, journal them in a notebook. Anything to remind yourself that you have lots of reasons to be happy and grateful.
No one is ever going to have the same background or experiences as you, so there is nothing to compare. Trying to be like someone else is a recipe for despair, stress and heartache. No matter the reason you think you need to be.
Admiring others talents and accomplishments is great and can be used as a guide to finding your own path to happiness.
Trying new things can be scary, but if you don’t try you will never know. Another plus side, if you are asked again, you can confidently say something like “I have tried that before and didn’t enjoy it, but thank you for the offer”
If you keep doing the same things, you will get the same results. Period. It can be scary to make changes, but they do not need to be huge changes. In fact, huge changes tend to be too overwhelming to maintain and will usually result giving up.
Make a small doable change that can be done daily. Once that becomes part of your routine, add another small doable change, repeat. Things like reading a chapter a day, meditating for 15 minutes, walking to work, doing a puzzle instead of watching T.V.
Are you doing what you want to do, or what is expected of you? Is what you are doing keeping you in the same place long term, or helping you get to the next level? What level do you want to get to? What are you willing to do to get there? What won’t you do to get there? What about this is going to make me happy?
Go through these questions one at a time with the answer from the first inserted into the next.
*Doing what is expected of me. Is doing what is expected of me helping me get to the next level? etc
Every decision you make can change the course of your life. Left, right, go, don’t go. Trust your gut and own the outcome.
Note: Indecision is a decision
No matter what happened yesterday, last week, last year or even ten years ago does not define me. I will do what makes me happy, in turn I can be fully present for those I love and love me in return for exactly who I am.
I would love to hear what quotes have made an impact in your life and why.
Until next time.