Mindful Positivity

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Have you ever paid attention to the things you think? Have you noticed any patterns? I don’t know about your mind, but mine is hardwired into thinking negatively. I’m not sure when this started to happen or why, but I have recently become more mindful of this fact.

I’ve noticed that not only do I think negatively about other people, but that I am extremely negative to myself. “I’m not that smart”. “I can’t think creatively”. “I suck at math”. “I’m never going to find a job”. What is the point to that? Why put yourself down so often? The answer: excuses. We create these excuses to make us believe that we are not able to reach our goals. That way, if we don’t reach our goals, we don’t feel bad.

It’s embarrassing the amount of times that I’ve caught myself thinking things like “life is out to get me” or “of course this is happening, I can’t do anything right”. It seriously disgusts me that I’ve fallen into a habit of thinking about myself so negatively. But imagine I stopped? Imagine if I turned those thoughts into positive ones? I believe that our brains are a lot more powerful than we think. Just think of the possibilities when we convince ourselves that we can do something. “I am smart”. “I feel so happy”. “I am a successful person”. Happiness ensues.

I found a really interesting TED Talk on changing the way you think and rewiring the brain to think more positively. It’s definitely worth a watch:

Are you mindful of your thoughts? How have you started to change the neural pathways in your brain?

Just Breathe

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Have you ever felt down? Of course you have. It’s part of the human condition.

How do you get yourself out of that funk? Do you listen to music, read a book, talk to a friend? Do you handle it well? Do you drink yourself into oblivion to escape?

I get sad at around the same time each month (hint). I don’t handle it well. I don’t deal with stress, anxiety or sadness well at all. And you know what sucks? I have to go through this every month. So does my boyfriend. I really try to just get over it and see past the week or so of sadness. I know I’ll be back to my happy, bubbly self once again.

I start to dwell on the things in my life that aren’t perfect. The money I still owe, the job that I don’t love, the house that I don’t own. None of that bothers me the other 3 weeks of the month. Ahhh, good ol’ hormones.

Sometimes it makes me feel better when I write things down. I don’t have a journal per say, but I do have several word documents on my computer filled with pointless ramblings of a somewhat crazy hormonal mess. This is how I cope. It’s not a perfect method (clearly), but it does give me some release. I only write when I want to, or rather when I feel I need to. I never liked having a “journal” because of the pressure to write everyday.

One thing that writing my feelings down provides me with is the ability to breathe. After I read what I wrote, I get a feeling of lightness. I feel like my chest has loosened and that I am able to take a breath. Just breathe.

See if it works for you.

Much love to everyone. Just remember you are not alone – if I could give you a hug in real life I would, but you’ll just have to accept a virtual hug 🙂

 

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Eating Raw

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I came across the YouTube channel FullyRawKristina. She has been eating completely raw for almost 9 years! This blew my mind because you literally cook nothing, yet she makes dishes that are comparable to everything from lasagna  to shortcake. She explained all of the health benefits and her experiences. It has interested me so much. I don’t know if I’d be able to completely commit, but I could at least incorporate raw eating into 1-2 meals per day.

Go check out her channel. If anything, it’s food for thought (ha- get it?)

 

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Mission and Vision

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When a business is started, a Mission and Vision Statement are usually produced to keep the business on track. Sometimes, these statements change as the business evolves. This seems like a good idea for businesses, but what about for humans? What about personal vision & mission statements to keep us on track.

The thought came to me while I was at work examining the company’s development over its 60 years. The statements never changed. I got to thinking about the necessity of these statements. Almost every business I have worked for has had statements such as these. Then I thought, well why don’t I have these statements for my personal life?

What are Mission & Vision Statements?

Well, a Vision Statement defines the optimal desired future. It provides long term guidance and inspiration to employees & leaders of the company. Essentially it is the “big picture”, the end result. For example, Alzheimer’s Association’s Vision Statement is: “Our Vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”

A Mission Statement defines the present purpose of the organization and answers three questions: what it does, who it does it for, and how it does what it does. This is usually the statement that changes the most. As the economy changes, the company needs to evolve. For example, Target’s Mission Statement is: “Our mission is to make Target the preferred shopping destination for our guests by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and an exceptional guest experience by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less.® brand promise.”

Cool, but what does this have to do with me?

You are your own entity. You are, in other words, a business. Why shouldn’t you have mission & vision statements?  This is a good way to think about your goals in life, your passions and your purpose on this earth. Many of us don’t think about things like that. We just go on living a “normal” life.

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So, here is my challenge to you; think about what your Vision & Mission Statements would be. I don’t have either for myself… yet. It’s not something that is easy to come up with. It requires a lot of thought; that’s the whole point.

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Get thinking! See what you come up with.

 

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6 Questions That Will Change Your Life

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I came across a website. I know, big surprise right? Well, this website is awesome. It’s called Tiny Buddha.

An entry that I found to be very inspiring is called “6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever”. Of course this intrigued me.

Here are the questions and I thought I would share my answers. Go check out that post… it may just change your life forever.

What do I absolutely love in life?

  • Music
  • Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Learning
  • Documentaries
  • Being outside
  • Writing
  • Photography

What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

  • Overcoming an eating disorder
  • Overcoming depression/anxiety
  • Meeting the love of my life
  • Keeping a strong connection with my family

What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?

  •  Freedom
  • Anti-money
  • A brand new society

If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

  • Travel the world
  • Take pictures of the world
  • Constant learning
  • Be around people I love
  • Never feel pressured to go to work

What would I do if I had one billion dollars?

  • Travel the world
  • Learn
  • Help others around the world
  • Wake up when I wanted to
  • Do whatever I wanted that day
  • Create: make things with my hands: paintings, art, sculptures
  • Write a book
  • Change peoples’ lives

Who do I admire most in the world?

People who are genuinely happy with their lives – not one specific person

 

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Earth

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Earth.

Our home, our life force, the cause of evolution. This planet is pretty awesome if you think about it. It gives us everything we need. However, humans are taking it for granted and ruining it. Just look outside your window. Go ahead. See that road? We put it there. It gets in the way of our planet’s other species. See that building? It didn’t grow from the soil. We put it there.

Now, I’m not saying that buildings and roads need to be demolished and that they are the cause of everything bad. No, no, I’m not that radical. All I’m saying is that we need to be more conscious about what we’re doing to the planet. We are beginning to understand nature more. Our technological advances have enabled us to go to the bottom of the seas, the top of mountains and everywhere in between. And we’ve come to a conclusion: nature is amazing.

Since we have learned so much over the last while, movements are surfacing that fight to protect the Earth & nature. While some of these movements are to the degree of extremeness I was trying to avoid earlier, most make perfect sense. The main goal of these environmental movements is to educate society on protecting the natural world. There are such simple changes that every one of us can implement – it honestly makes a difference!

You’re in? Awesome. Try these:

  • Buy what you need – this reduces unnecessary waste.
  • Buy things second hand – this is another method of recycling (which we all know is good)
  • Use LED light bulbs
  • Take the bus, or ride a bike – the weather is getting nice, why not spend it outside!
  • Choose organic, locally grown foods
  • Hang your clothing to dry
  • Turn off taps while brushing your teeth
  • Use non-toxic cleaners in your home
  • Recycle – even things like batteries. Your city should have a battery collection location

Even if you just adopt one of the above changes, you will make a difference. I guarantee that.

Since today is Earth Day, take a moment and really think about our planet. I’m serious. Look at pictures of the wonders in nature. Sit outside for lunch. Feel the sunshine or the rain. Take a moment to deeply appreciate what we’ve got here.  Without it, there would be no us.

Simplicity

Simplicity. There are so many meanings to that word. Some people think of simplicity in a positive way; modest, natural, clean. Some think of it in a different way; stupid, naive, boring. I’ve been taking a simpler approach to life. Or at least trying to. Although, I wonder just how simple we can become.

In order to live a simple life, do we need to sell everything, move to the mountains, build a log cabin and hunt for food? I wouldn’t be opposed to that. But is that really an option? At this time, no. How can I make my life more simplistic right now? I find myself lying awake at night contemplating this very question.

My mind immediately goes to things I need to buy to make my life more simple. This thought immediately gets shut down: “that’s the opposite of what I’m trying to do!”. I do find myself being pulled back into the consumerism that is today’s society. There’s a gadget for this, a pill for that, someone who can do it for you. I don’t want that anymore! I want to be genuinely happy. I want to know my purpose. I want to feel like I’m not missing anything, that I’m not just getting lost in the hum-drum of everyday being. I want to branch out in my consciousness, my intellect and my physical being. This is starting to sound very spiritual, which is not where I want to go with this. All I’m saying is that there has to be more to life than what I’m currently experiencing. Do other people think like this? Do they just decide “oh well, life is what it is… don’t mess with what you’ve got”?

Not me. Not anymore. I’m doing a job that sort of interests me, but I still feel very unfulfilled. I’m not going to tell you that I’ll quit my job and move to Africa to take care of orphaned children. I have a life here. I have a boyfriend whom I absolutely love and can’t live without. I have a very loving & supportive family – I can’t leave these people behind. I have friends that I get excited to see. “Your life sounds amazing” some may think. It is, to a certain extent. But just because I have amazing people surrounding me doesn’t mean that I feel amazing on the inside. Something has always been missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but as the years have gone by, I have identified a part of it to be happiness. Ultimate, irrefutable happiness. Not the happiness that comes and goes with physical things. The eternal, constant happiness that you read about in books.

I used to think that if I was extremely wealthy, I would be happy.  I don’t believe this anymore. I had way more physical belongings than someone ever needs, and I still wasn’t happy. Again, this is not going to end with me moving to the mountains alone… or at least I don’t think it will end that way.

So what is it? What’s the answer? I don’t know. I’m sorry if you thought I was going to give you some magical key to happiness and eternal peace. But you can join me on my journey to achieve inner happiness. The more the merrier. I just need something to change. That change begins with my decisions and my actions. It doesn’t begin with winning the lottery or getting a raise. It’s all me. No pressure, right?