In the midst of change and growth, sometimes the hardest part is not letting go of what you have always known. But to begin new chapters in life, I'm learning that we must be okay to let go of the past, in order to make room for what's to come next.
Lately, I've been inconsistent with my creative projects, including my blog, because upcoming changes in my professional career are on the horizon, and I'm watching how this next chapter will take form. My heart is ready for new experiences, challenges and opportunities that will allow me to use all that I have in a new way.
Change is inevitable; in our careers, in our families, in our passions and in ourselves. And if you are like me, it can be just as scary as it is exciting. What do you do when you're in the midst of growth? For me, every day, once a day, I repeat a few positive affirmations to assure I'm aligned in the right direction of life. On weekends, this ritual is even more special because I can be more intentional with how I incorporate this into my day. Here's how my ideal reflection routine goes:
PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE OUTFIT
Pick something that makes you feel good inside and out. It sounds strange to start with the exterior, but when you dress up to celebrate life, you'll notice it will uplift you too. For me, my uniform is selecting a variation of a black top, paired with denim pants and ankle boots. A few key accessories you'll never find me without are my Quay Australia sunnies, my ThirdEye Pinecone necklace and my newest uniform addition, my JORD Frankie series zebrawood watch. Something about incorporating natural elements into my favorite outfit makes me feel closely connected to nature, even in the middle of this city hustle and bustle.
SETTLE DOWN IN YOUR FAVORITE SPOT, INDOORS OR OUTDOORS
This could be a quaint cafe, or a relaxing view in your town. For me, one of my favorite spots is Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Especially when the sun rarely comes out to play, I'll wake up early and visit any calm place in Golden Gate National Recreation Area to relax and reflect.
FIND A QUIET PLACE AND STATE THESE AFFIRMATIONS
Pro-tip: If you feel uncomfortable stating these affirmations out loud in public, pre-record yourself stating these affirmations (with confidence) using the voice recorder on your phone. When you arrive to your favorite location, plug in your headphones, and listen to your recording. Even better, listen to it once a day! You will be surprised how hearing yourself speak positively about yourself will quickly change your perspective in a wonderful, optimistic way! :)
AFFIRMATIONS FOR NEW BEGINNINGS
I am grateful for the good in my life.
Something great is happening to me. I open myself to the possibilites.
Letting things come undone returns me to powerful innocence.
When I take a pause from receiving multiple messages, I can hear my true calling.
All of my treasures are buried deep inside, and I trust in the resources I already have on hand.
With this new chapter, I am grateful for a new start.
I am willing to step out of my comfort zone.
I trust myself to handle anything.
I am confident and brave. I live in the present and look forward to the future.