Welcome to a new week everyone. Happy Sunday! I am going to enjoy a cute Paint and Sip date in a little bit. I’m glad it’s not another roller-skating date, I’m not sure my hips or back could take another nasty spill like last time.
But I’ve been seeing this guy for a little while now and I really like him, lol. We seemed to find each other at the right time and under good circumstances. I’m really happy!
This week has been one for the record books in terms of learning, laughing, and loving myself and others. I had a few off days (because it was freaking COLD), but I managed to get back on the horse and finish strong. So let’s get through this week’s gratitude.
Gratitude for this week
This week was a lesson in managing anxiety and expectations. The best part of learning and growing is seeing the lessons and healthy coping skills actually work when I put them to use!
It’s amazing to see that I am not the woman that I was a year ago. The person in her place is pretty freaking awesome and I’m happy to be her.
One good thing that happened to me this week was… having an understanding hair stylist! We went with pink as my first choice for my new hairdo. I had it for about two days and hated it lol! She immediately made space for me and did my new ‘do right away. I told her she was a godsend and that I felt a little silly for going through two hairstyles so quickly. But she said, “At least you tried something new! You know now, rather than always wondering.”
This week was special because… I got together with my old roommate from Guam and some other friends from Guam. The amount of joy that I got to see him when I wasn’t able to say goodbye a year ago caused a few happy tears. I love reconnecting with old friends and rehashing our old jokes and all the warm hugs. It is a blessing to have him and everyone else back in my life.
Something I did well this week was… not let my nerves set the best of me. I battled some serious anxiety about my first attempt at a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. It went as well as I could have expected from a novice standpoint. I even laughed at myself when I figured out that my newsletters were not going out to all of my subscribers! It was a cute little mistake, but it was met with a giggle and compassion. I love that compassion is my go-to instead of criticism.
Let’s talk about last week’s affirmation: I am a diamond, and it’s my time to shine.
I didn’t realize how much of a transformation I had made, until I got around people that haven’t seen me in about a year. Like I knew I made progress, but seeing reactions to my new body and new mindset cemented it for me. I am a completely different person, inside and out.
I like to think that my transformation is having or going to have an effect on others. I am shining from real internal happiness, self-acceptance, and self-love. I am happy to begin to share this joy and love in the form of journals and coaching. Want to know more about my upcoming branch into coaching? See my newsletter (that everyone will be receiving now!).
30-Day Self-Love Journal (Spiral Notebook)
In this journal, you will have each prompt to work on to improve your most important relationship!
This affirmation is also a little hint as to a new product I have coming out soon. Keep your eyes open, I think that you’re really gonna love them.
This week, my affirmation is “I am grateful for my health.”
I think I have taken my health for granted this year. I’m lucky enough to have my mental, emotional, and physical health all in good places. A lot of people were not so fortunate this year. My heart is with everyone that’s lost a loved one to the virus. I hope that you are healing.
I’m very very serious about wearing my mask, washing my hands, and social distancing. My mom is a nurse and we’ve been wearing masks and quarantining as much as possible. I know that the mask is politicized and polarize, but so many people are getting sick and dying when it’s very preventable. I know that we’re all sick of the pandemic, the fear, and the uncertainty around it, but I’m advocating that you take care of yourself and others.
I am also advocating that if you’re feeling low, anxious, or depressed, check out In The Rooms or 7 Cups online if you don’t have access to a licensed therapist or counselor. There are free options to talk to counselors and other mental health focused specialists. I know that it’s difficult to open up with complete strangers about bad feelings and deep secrets, but it can be very freeing if you let it. Just getting the words out that have been swirling around in your head for days or weeks is almost like rolling the world off your shoulders.
If you’re feeling depressed to the point of suicidal ideations, please, please, please seek help. You are needed in this world. I struggled wildly with thoughts of self-harm this year but managed to find my way out through professional help, corrected medications, and time. It is okay to reach out and look for assistance during a time of mental crisis.
Here are the journal prompts for this week.
What am I taking for granted that I need to acknowledge and appreciate?
When was the last time you randomly did something kind for an important person in your life?
What is something that you secretly treasure? Why does it bring you joy?
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