I said yesterday that I really wanted to get out and explore today, on the first day of the new year. But then woke up and realized that 8 degree weather probably isn’t the best for exploring. So instead, Amberleigh and I got out and drove around to some of our favorite spots, also scouting out potential listings for my real estate career! I snapped the picture above at Clay Lick Boat Ramp. My dad recommended this spot for kayaking over the summer and it quickly became my favorite. But my gosh, just looking at this picture makes me shiver. While I did decide it was too cold for exploring, I spent a solid 5 minutes outside the car snapping pictures and listening to the icy water roll onto the shores. It made the most eery, yet beautiful sound. My toes were froze, my nose resembled Rudolph’s, and my fingers might still be unthawing… But it was worth it!
I’ll admit, I’m the worst at New Year’s resolutions. I set them, follow them for about a week, and then fall right off the wagon. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t keep them going.
So I took a bit of a different approach this year. Rather than writing down the same old resolutions, I’ve decided to turn them into positive affirmations. I’m a meditation and yoga junkie, so I know the value of a good solid affirmation. If you change your mindset, you can change your life. So there you have it folks, I’m making a mindset change.
Now, if you decided to write a few resolutions this year, more power to you! I truly hope you have the willpower that I don’t, to keep them up throughout 2018. Different strokes for different folks, right?
So what are my affirmations? How will I use them? Will I keep them up?
Well… I’ve got the answer for the first two. And I’m hopeful about the last one.
Affirmations are simply just positive thoughts. They help to purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think that nothing is impossible. They stomp out the negativity, and flood our brains with positivity.
So how am I going to use these? Well, for starters, I’m writing them down. That’s obviously the first step. I’ve wrote them here, on my blog, I’m inputting them into my “notes” section on my phone, and I’m printing them out to review during my meditation practice. I plan to focus on one or two affirmations each session and continuing this throughout the year. I already make time for yoga and meditation, so it won’t be hard to add these positive thoughts into each session. You might even find them hanging on my fridge or mirror, who knows.
Amberleigh told me something today that I always think about, but just don’t follow through with. She said, “When you fall off the wagon, instead of getting discouraged and finding an easier wagon to jump on, suck it up and get back on that same wagon. Do it or bust.” She’s got more willpower and determination than anyone I’ve ever met, and you know what started it for her? A MINDSET CHANGE. She even said it herself. She was tired of the way she was feeling in life, so she changed her mindset. She got a gym membership two years ago, and has actually been using that membership, 5 days a week, ever since. She was tired of the same old job, so she changed her mindset, and decided to further her education. That’s all it takes, is a mindset change.
I realized while writing this, that this post isn’t really for you, the reader. It’s for me. The more I write, the more my wheels start turning, the more ideas start flowing in, and the more my mindset changes! Woah… serious realizations there.
Anyhow, here are my 2018 affirmations.
2018 will be a record year of success, accomplishments, and happiness.
I will learn to balance all aspects of my life in 2018. Real estate, my blog, my personal life, and even my life as a dog mom.
I will work to become a more timely person, and forget less things, which will make me less stressed.
I will continue growing with my yoga and meditation practices, and value the time I spend doing so.
I will listen more, while speaking less.
I will manage my money so that I can say “yes” to more opportunities and experiences.
I will take more risks and step outside of my comfort zone.
I will do what I say I will do, sometimes more, just never less. (Thank you Floyd Wickman!)
I will give more and take less.
I will live my best life in 2018, by making a mindset change.
How’s that for some mind altering and life changing positive thinking?
What are your 2018 resolutions, goals, or affirmations? I’d love to hear them!