People's energy is like a domino effect. A person's positive energy will transfer to others, just as a person's negative energy will. The past few weeks I have been surrounded by a lot of negativity. I've always tried to surround myself with a positive environment, and lately that just hasn't been as much of an option. It's crazy how really can feel the type of mood you are surrounded by, and how much it can affect you.
Negativity can be a really nasty thing. When you're surrounded by so much of it, you can feel a pit in your stomach draining all of the life out of you.
One of the first things I noticed when it was happening to me, was that I victimized myself to everything that was happening to me. There was no hope for me, because in my mind I couldn't do anything about it. Luckily, I immediately recognized how I was thinking, and picked myself up from the ground. You can become a victim or a victor to the things that happen to you. Take control of the way you feel by owning your own life. This can be a hard thing for those who love to blame the world for their problems, and those people may never change. Unfortunately surrounding yourselves with that kind of energy will probably make you mirror that behavior. It's best to keep your distance from those people.
As long as you keep your mind open to positive possibilities, more opportunities will come. Having a closed mind won't get you very far. Be the person that radiates positive energy instead of dragging everyone down. Have a great week everyone!
Days like today make me want to crawl up in a ball, and give up. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong did. It seems so much easier to run away from your problems and pretend they aren't happening than to face them. Life can be scary sometimes and you never know what direction it's going to turn next. Most of the time it's not in the direction you planned on, but in the end it turns out alright.
All I have to say to life right now is to bring it on!
I am going to give today a middle finger, and take these obstacles as a challenge. A challenge that I will be taking HEAD ON, at that.
I am strong.
I can do hard things.
Nothing can bring me down but my own mind.
I am going to put today behind me and start fresh tomorrow.
Never forget that tomorrow is always a new day. :)
Since 2015 started, I've been trying to take a more minimalistic approach to my life. We live in such an instant gratification society, it's easy to mix up our WANTS and NEEDS. Lately I've been struggling to remember this, and have felt like something is always missing. The temptation to make unnecessary purchases has been really strong! At the end of the day, it just takes a few gentle reminders to put everything into perspective when you're feeling the urge to splurge. Here are a few of my reminders:
Quality over Quantity:
This can apply to several aspects of your life. Quality friends, clothes, furniture, food or whatever else it may be, always choose quality. In the long run it will always cost you less financially, emotionally, and physically.
Never Prioritize Wants Over Needs:
This one is really hard for me. When I see something I love, I feel like I can't live without it. It clouds my judgement. I think we all can agree that having fewer wants will make us more happy with what we already have. Always ask yourself, "Do I really need this, or do I just want it?"
Not More Space, Just Less Stuff:
If you find yourself saying "I need more space," you probably need less stuff. Everyone has something they can donate, sell, or just get rid of. If you have a bunch of things in your garage/storage for months or years, you probably aren't missing it too much. It can be hard to let go of some of those things, but it always feels SO good to unload. It makes us see clearly how much we really need to survive. How fascinating!
Only Own Your Favorite Things:
The best way to enjoy your things is to only own your favorites! Don't buy something just to buy it. That is a #1 red flag to emotional spending! Only buy something if you absolutely love it. Wait to buy it for a few weeks. If you still want it, save up for it!
Own Less. Live more.
What if you took that money you were spending on that Starbucks drink every day, and put it towards a vacation fund? Having a vacation to look forward to really makes you think twice about unnecessary purchases. You won't remember all of the things you had, but the memories you made during your experiences!
Be Happy With What You Already Have:
This one is pretty self explanatory, but a very easy one to forget.
There you have it! Let me know if there's any tips you have for living with less, I'd love to hear them!