This morning, I read the following in my Facebook feed. It was posted by my friend Lauryn who is doing yoga teacher training in California right now. She quit her job (as an Interior Designer) to follow her passion of teaching Bikram’s Yoga. How many people would be too terrified to take a “risk” like that? When she posted this definition, it struck a chord with me.
The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life.
Since I was 19, I’ve been on a journey of self discovery and personal development work. And yet, I’ve never heard this term before. I love that it says it’s a journey. Change is always a conversation. Everything we create, we do so through words. And it usually doesn’t take one conversation to transform old ways of being or old thoughts we have about ourselves. It’s a lifetime of being conscious of what we say and the thoughts we have and the impact those have on our lives. Even the thoughts and beliefs we have about others confines what we see in them. The filters affect how we interact with them.
Every day we get to choose how we show up and what we bring to the world. We get to choose to be grateful – even for the crap life throws at us. We get to choose what we focus on. We get to choose our words. So today I’m choosing the words to set myself up for a great day.
I am so grateful to be in London and to be having this experience. I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life. I can literally feel the support through this blog. I am grateful to have an amazing husband to share this journey with and who supports me no matter what. I am grateful the sun is shining through the window right now.
The only restrictions we have in our lives are the beliefs we hold. If we believe we can’t do something, then that will be true. If we believe we can do something, that will be true. For example, I had a belief that I was not a creative person. Turns out, I was wrong. I just had decided a long time ago that being creative was a useless skill and that being a strong-willed, business oriented person was better. Like the definition above, it has been a journey of discovering my creative side. One step at a time. Even this blog, for me, is a creative process. Writing is another item I had put in the “not creative enough to do” pile.
Right now, you’re probably having thoughts, judgements and beliefs about this blog post – whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s too out there or just what you needed to hear today. Most of the time, we are not even aware we are having these thoughts and yet we treat them like they’re the truth. And guess what, we can’t all be right, so your “truth” is just your truth not the truth and could be holding you back from something amazing – a new way of looking at a problem, a new way of seeing someone close to you, a new experience.
Today, I am choosing these words to start my day. I am going to be productive and positive and playful with my job search. A job will come easily, and I will be open to it being easy. I will find the right person to work with at an agency (everything here goes through recruiters) and they will become my advocate in the job search.
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