What is one thing you want to change, improve, or do more of this year?
Ever since this year started, I’ve been on a mission to prioritize what’s best for me. From the opportunities I’m accepting to what I’m eating and who I’m interacting with, I’m checking in with myself daily to make sure what I’m doing is a reflection of what I want and deserve.
In that process, I’ve thought a lot about what I need more of and what I want to improve. One major thing I know I want/need more of (because It’s almost nonexistent in my life) is having fun and defining what fun looks like for me. I want to spend more time doing things I enjoy!
What about you? Is there anything you want to change, improve, or do more of this year?
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Finish this sentence: I like to boost my self-esteem by ________.
Building my self-esteem is an ongoing journey I work on regularly. On that journey I’ve learned different ways to help myself feel better especially when my mental health isn’t great and I’m feeling depressed, sad or self-critical of what I’ve achieved so far in my life.
I particularly like to boost my self-esteem by doing a combination of these three things: 1. Repeating this affirmation, “I am doing my best and my best is enough.” 2. Going to get my eyebrows done and buying myself something nice (when it’s in my budget). 3. Writing on my blog about something I’ve overcome or accomplished that I’m most proud of.
What about you? How do you boost your self-esteem?
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What’s the first animal that catches your eye in the image above? Check the affirmation box to see what affirmation goes with that animal. That affirmation is your positive intention for the week ahead!
List of animals with their affirmations:
The Fox 🦊- I am enough just the way that I am.
The Dove 🕊️- I am allowed to take breaks and prioritize my self-care.
The Lion 🦁- I am powerful, brave and courageous.
The Eagle 🦅- It’s okay to feel my feelings. My feelings are valid.
The Bunny 🐇: I am proud of myself and my progress. I am continuously learning and growing.
Bonus: What is one goal you want to set this week?
My animal is the lion 🦁 and my affirmation is “I am powerful, brave, and courageous.” My goal for the week is to make sure that I’m getting a good amount of sleep every night 🌙.
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If you’re like me and resonate with the experiences of a cycle breaker I want to extend love and light your way. It’s definitely not easy trying to change patterns you’ve been accustomed and conditioned to accepting since a young age. It’s also not easy feeling different and out of place in spaces where you expect to feel welcomed. I see you and I understand. We got this!
Let’s practice this affirmation together:
I am continuously healing generational and historical trauma. I prioritize my health and wellness and set a new example for future generations. I stand up for myself, do what’s best for me and check-in with myself daily. I am dedicated to my growth and will change the landscape of my conditioned thoughts, habits, and behaviors. I am in charge of my future and I craft my reality. I take on each challenge with grace and self-compassion and know how to set boundaries with myself and others. I live a fulfilling life and love all parts of who I am. I am ready to take on each day and continue to learn every step of the way. I attract love and peace because love and peace is all around me.
The more I move forward this year, the more I realize the impact my experiences, reflection, and perspective continue to have on shaping my perception of what’s happening around me.
Something major I learned just 2 days ago was despite wanting something so bad in the past, at that moment in time, I would have not been ready to receive what I have right now back then. It took so much work on my part, to be able to shift into the perspespective that is ready and capable to navigate my current experiences in a way that benefits me.
Just as much as I realize how I’ve changed to attract the abundance I have now, also reflects the process of receiving what I want now. I still have more growing to do and that’s okay. I’m patient with myself as I take one step at a time toward receiving my desires.
Affirmation: I am in alignment with my highest timeline and attract the love and abundance I deserve.
I remember when I was a teenager I struggled a lot with my self-esteem and self-worth. I later realized because of this my perception of love was impacted; I struggled so much especially with self-love. I remember always wanting to be in a relationship and being in the “fairy tale” type of love story. I thought that I would only be satisfied with the idea of love if I was in a romantic relationship with my “soulmate.” Valentines day hit me hard every year because, to me, it was a reminder of my failures in love.
It took me up until now, as an adult, to slowly learn to love myself fully and unconditionally. I would tell my teenage self that love is all around me — from how I speak to myself, to the ones I surround myself with; from my creativity to my advocacy work; from how I interact with others to being in nature and expressing gratitude for what I have. Love is everywhere, I just have to open myself up to feel it.
Warm and Friendly Reminder: Love is vast and can show up in many different ways including in friendships, family (biological or otherwise), romanic relationships, in work/hobbies, in nature, and in self-love. Love is never too far away.
Affirmations you can practice for self-love:
“I am worthy of acceptance and love.”
“I love myself.”
“Love is all around me.”
What about you? What would you tell your teenage self about love?
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Sometimes we have dormant goals and desires that we put off although the thought of achieving that goal or desire resurfaces ever so often. We find ourselves procrastinating and overthinking, perhaps because of subconscious fears, doubts or other responsibilities. Know however, that’s it’s okay to take small steps to reaching where you want to go.
Here are some reflection questions when finding yourself overthinking or procrastinating on a specific goal:
How do I feel about my goal or desire? How important is it to me?
Do I have enough information or resources to reach my desired outcome?
What would be the first step in achieving my goal? Is there anything holding me back from that first step?
If I were to take the first step into achieving my goal, would I be ready to continue putting in effort?
How can I balance or change my daily schedule to incorporate time and energy into my goal or desire?
What would be possible challenges in pursuing my goal or desire?
Who can I ask for support in achieving my goal?
It’s okay to do what’s best for you when making big decisions for yourself. Take one moment at a time, one step at a time and know it’s okay to be proud of yourself every step of the way.
I overcome every challenge I’m faced with and learn the lessons necessary to help me move forward. I am proud of myself for doing my best every step of the way. Even on the toughest days, I’m stronger than I think. I am ready to continue forward doing what’s best for me.