As I’m sure you know, the first day back to your usual routine after a holiday can be pretty brutal. OK, maybe brutal is a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not far off. After all, you just got into the groove of vacation mode and just like that, you find yourself plucked from your own personal paradise.
Hello, unfriendly and unwelcome reality — it’s not nice to see you!
But that’s not the whole story. At least for me anyway. Those little things called New Year’s Resolutions? Umm, we’ve never exactly been the best of friends. Not by a long shot. I make them and then I break them. I always have the best of intentions, mind you, but something happens in the execution phase — a design flaw or something that I haven’t quite figured out yet.
Enter the Life Mantra. I’m considering this my resolution substitution this year and hoping for better results. Instead of
getting hung up focusing on actionable goals, I’m declaring 2016 the Year of the Mindset. Think positively. Think happy thoughts. It’s amazing how the world around you can change just by changing your perspective. Here, I share my 10 Life Mantras for the coming year…
1. I will choose happiness, even if everyone around me is swimming in a sea of negativity; I will not be dragged down by other people’s bad moods.
2. I will (try!) to see change for what it can be: An opportunity for growth and new adventures.
3. I will not be afraid to speak my mind, tell my story and be fully comfortable in my own skin.
4. I will continue to fight against the tide of worry, reminding myself that worrying is like getting on the on-ramp of a one-way street. It doesn’t get you anywhere.
5. I will fully put work out of my mind for the entire weekend — and NOT feel the least bit guilty about it.
6. I will feel my feelings, smile when I’m happy and cry if I need to. #NoShame #CryingIsHealthy
7. I will let go of what I can’t control and embrace the uncertainty of that.
8. I will work on eliminating the “S” word from my vocabulary when it’s not warranted. #SorryNotSorry
9. I will love fiercely and unapologetically — myself, my family, my friends.
10. I will look for the extraordinary in the ordinary and the exciting in the mundane.
So, friends, is it possible to change your mind and change your life? I sure hope so. I’ve got the next 361 days to find out, and that, if you ask me, is a pretty exciting prospect. I’m so excited to get back to blogging this week and catch up. Here’s hoping your 2016 is off to a rousing, beautiful and positive start. All my love, friends! xoxo
P.S. My keyword of 2015.
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