Friday, August 28, 2020

Believe You Are Worthy - You Are!

“Those who achieve success share one key thing: the belief that they can be, do, and have whatever they set their minds to accomplishing.” ~Jen Sincero

Believe you are worthy of your desires. You are!

Believe you can make your creative desires your reality. You can!

Believe you will learn, adapt and grow. You will!

Don’t withhold your gifts from those who are meant to receive them. This includes you!

There is only one unique you in the world. Bravely be exactly who you want to be by trusting in your ability, having confidence in your choices and believing you will succeed.

Work hard. Don’t give up. Most importantly, believe in yourself.

You are awesome! You got this!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

I Am the Author of My Life


I am thankful to be the author of my own life.

I can change. I can decide. I can make my own way. I can write my own story. 

This affirmation has helped me understand that I have control over my decisions. There is no guilt in doing what I believe is best for me. I can decide what happens next. In those instances where a particular path must be walked, I can determined my attitude around it. 

Everyday is a new chance to understand, learn and grow. At any point I can change and make a new choice.

In this way I am the author of my emotions, my decisions and my life. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Believe in Yourself to Succeed

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” - Robert Collier

I’ve been a writer most of my life. I was always the kid with my nose in a book or a pen in my hand. I went on to write for a newspaper and a magazine in college. However, my dream was to write a fiction book.

I started one when my daughter was small. I got pretty far in it, but a deleted file discouraged me from the task. 

We moved to Seattle from the Carolinas a few years after that and I started a new story. Then, I started another one. 

I could never finish. 

I didn’t understand why I was so blocked. I knew how to organize, write and edit. Yet, when it came to this dream that I wanted so badly, I couldn’t quite make it happen.

Fast forward a couple years. I was working on a new project, one that really had me excited. The story came from a trip to Las Vegas with my friend. I already had three-fourths of the story written, all I needed was an ending. 

I felt the resistance. All I could think was, “no, this time will be different.” 

That meant I needed to try something different. 

I sought help through both a therapist and a writing coach. Between the two I realized something I hadn’t before. I never believed I would be able to publish my book. 

No wonder I was having so many struggles. 

I feared my story being received poorly. I feared having too many mistakes. I feared that I would be seen as a fraud. I didn’t truly believe I could write a good book.

It took about a year of practice towards a different mindset to shift my perspective. 

Affirmations were a big part of that for me. Everyday I told myself “I am strong. I am capable. I am loved. I am enough.”

I began to learn how to face my doubts and do the work anyway. 

I finally focused my way through the resistance and finished the book. I published “Leap of Faith” last December.

I accomplished my dream because I processed through my emotional resistance and finally began to believe in myself. I celebrated my victory and took the lesson to heart. 

You can only succeed when you believe you can. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Confidence and trust are two important tools to accomplish your creative desires. 

Say it - “I am confident in my ability to succeed. I trust that through hard work and persistence, I will accomplish my dream.”

Believe it. Yes you can.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Affirmations = Belief + Confidence


“It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” - Muhammad Ali

Belief means having confidence and trust. Believing in yourself means you trust that you will act in an effective way. It means that you have assured reliance in your character, strength and truth. This self-assurance makes it possible for you to do anything you set your mind to accomplishing. 

You need a strong belief and conviction in yourself to bravely be you. Affirmations are one way to get there. An affirmation is a simple, positive statement declaring a specific goal. They are basic, empowering mantras that have a profound effect on both the conscious and unconscious mind. By repeating a phrase you can reprogram your brain to think more openly and expansive.

Pick one of these affirmations that stand out to you and repeat it every morning when you wake up, before you go to bed and throughout the day.
  • I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.
  • I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
  • I have the freedom and power to create the life I desire.
  • I am full of positive energy and overflowing with joy.
  • I choose to be kind to myself and love myself unconditionally.
  • My body is healthy, my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil.
  • My possibilities are endless.
  • Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new ideas.
  • I am worthy of my dreams.
  • I am courageous.
  • I believe I can be all that I want to be.
  • I stand up for myself.
  • I am enough.
Affirming our worth through words manifests our intentions. Speaking positive phrases cultivates our belief that anything is possible. This promotes self-esteem and confidence to trust yourself and bravely be you.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Weekend Wisdom: "Enough"


"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried." ~ Stephen McCranie

When I feel like I am not enough, I don’t want to try new things. I fear I will not be able to complete a task or learn a new skill. I don’t want to fail. However, this is exactly how you get better. 

I love this quote because it reminds me that you have to fail to improve. We rarely learn from things going well, but we learn great lessons when things go poorly. The trick is to try again with more knowledge and experience. Only through repetition, failing and learning can we master skills.

You are strong.You are worthy. You are capable. You are loved. You are enough.

Friday, August 21, 2020

{Friday Findings} Enough

You are enough.

Being enough doesn’t mean you have to know or do everything. It means that you have purpose and can meet your needs. It means you learn as you go without a fear of failure.

You are enough.

If you struggle with doubting this, say it again and again. Let it be a mantra that lives with you, walks with you, breathes with you.

You are enough.

You will make mistakes, it is up to you to learn from them and grow in knowledge and experience. Allow grace to carry you through the struggle on a path of kind encouragement.

You are enough.

Believe this inner truth and you open up indefinite new possibilities for yourself. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

{Thankful Thursday} Enough

I am thankful for grace.

I am human. I make mistakes. Oftentimes, those missteps make me believe I am not enough.

Grace is a disposition of kindness and courtesy. Grace means to respect and be kind to yourself.

Failing is how we grow. We learn how to improve and can change in positive ways.

Change takes time and effort. To cover the time between mistake and lesson, we have grace.

Talk kindly to yourself, as you would a friend or child going through a hard time. Speak to yourself not with a harsh tone, but gentle encouragement.

Thanks to grace you can accept your mistakes and learn from them. You can bravely be you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

{Mindful Moment} Enough

How do you speak to yourself? Would you speak to a friend the same way you speak in your head to yourself?

Our inner dialogue plays a big part in our opinion of ourselves. When we constantly doubt our choices and question our ideas, we tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough.

A way I have flipped the script in my head is through mantras.

Mantas are definitive statements that you repeat until you believe in your own truth.

I am strong. I am worthy. I am capable. I am loved. I am enough.

Write them down where you will see them everyday. Say them in the morning. Say them before you go to bed. Say them when you have a hard moment and just want to give up.

Turn your doubt into confidence by changing the way to speak to yourself. You are worthy. Use mantras as a way to manifest belief in yourself. You are enough.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

{Nature Connection} Enough


Elk are massive, beautiful creatures. They stand in confidence and walk through the forest with grace.

An elk’s purpose is to find food, stay safe from predators and the elements, and produce more elk. In this way, elk life is simple.

Elk do not need to hoard their food, they trust they will have enough where they roam. Elk do not need to fear their surroundings, they trust they will find safe resting spots where they will be alerted to danger.

Watching elk in the wild is awe inspiring. They stand tall and proud with an envious elegance. I look at these creatures and think, “This being does not struggle with being enough. It’s alive and that means it will keep growing."

An elk has hard times when there is little food. We too have those times of struggle in our lives. This doesn’t mean we aren’t enough, it means it’s time to look a little harder and go a little further to meet our needs.

We can do that, like the elk, and not only survive, but thrive in our environment.

Monday, August 17, 2020

{Monday Musings} Enough

Enough means sufficient - adequate to accomplish a purpose or meet a need.

Enough doesn’t mean you have to do or be it all.

We live in a society where any lack is enough to spur doubt. That inner monologue begins and you think, "if I can’t do everything, then I can’t do anything." Or "if I can’t be the best, then I don’t need to do it at all."

These are lies.

The reality is, there will always be someone who can do a skill better. They will put more time and energy into it than you would consider possible. They will have made more mistakes than you have even attempted.

The point is to not give up. Keep trying and changing and learning and growing. That is how we get better, by doing and failing and doing again.

We can’t do everything. We aren't perfect. We aren’t meant to be. 

When I say “I am enough,” I mean I have purpose. I can meet my needs. I have what it takes. I am unique. I matter.

I am enough means I can bravely be me.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Make A Different Choice

Do you ever look back and wished you'd made a different choice?

I recently spent some time contemplating my journey so far and realized how many times I have let anxiety win over the years. Instead of pushing forward, I stayed in my comfort zone. 

I can't do anything about those choices, they are in the past. But I can make different choices going forward. 

Through the years I sought knowledge. I love learning about new things. However, I have always wanted to keep my distance. This way I stay safe, but I also don't change. 

I don't want to stay safe and feel stuck. I need change. I want to make a different choice and push myself forward.

To do this, I've decided to also gain experiences. 

This means stepping out of my comfort zone and trying knew things. This means being uncomfortable and learning to adapt. 

By seeking knowledge and gaining experience, you can make a different choice.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Enjoy Yourself Even As You Improve

Be in the here and now. Celebrate the beautiful, unique soul that is you.

Look in the mirror. What do you see? Be proud of who looks back at you. No matter what you are going through, you are worthy!

We do the best we can with what we have in the moment. But don't settle there. Challenge yourself.

Seek out knowledge. Do something new so you gain experience. With these, you can make different choices than you've made before. 

There will always be obstacles to overcome and new information to digest. You will always be learning and growing. 

Take some time today and enjoy that person looking back at you in the mirror. 

You are awesome!

Monday, August 10, 2020

I Am Enough

The root of my anxiety can be summed up by the phrase, “I’m not enough.”

I’m not good enough.
I’m not smart enough.
I’m not strong enough.
I’m not enough.

Time and time again, I felt proven right.

I looked to others to prove my worth and tell me I’m doing alright. Very few gave me approval, most never acknowledged I was there.

It took me a long time to realize the only one who needs to think I’m enough stares back at me from the mirror.

I am strong, smart and capable. I dare anyone to prove me wrong.

Validating myself gives me power.

I set my own standards. I live up to them the best I can everyday. When I fall short, I learn. When I exceed my own expectations, I reach out to others who need a hand.

I create my own stability. I know my worth.

I am enough. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Let Go of Excuses

Bravely being you means letting go of excuses.

We spend so much energy finding excuses to not do something. We limit what we can be, what we can do and what we can have.

Distractions are easy to find when we believe we are not worthy of our dreams and desires.

Instead of limiting our choices, let’s put that energy into finding creative solutions. Let’s expand our potential and bravely be exactly who we imagine we can be.

It’s about time we let go of excuses, get out of our own way, and go for it.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Follow Your Creative Desires

Honoring your own needs, feelings and desires makes everything you do a little more manageable.

Following your creative desires is a sign of self-respect. 

Through self respect you will…

...lose resentment and gain boundaries.

...lose guilt and gain grace.

...lose judgment and gain understanding.

Self-respect means that you fill your own needs before trying to serve others. When you believe in yourself and what you are doing, you come alive. Then you can encourage and help others freely from a place of worth.

You will hold you head high in confidence because you believe in yourself. The choices you make and your work become a stability in your life that fulfills you.

Following your creative desires means you hold yourself in high regard. Self-respect and serving from a place of surplus makes everything you do more manageable.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Acknowledge Your Creative Desires

Your creative desire is not an accident. It is not a fly bothering you at a barbecue. Your creative desires are a part of who you are. That calling is happening for a reason.

Following creative desires can feel selfish; however, it is a sign of self-respect.

When we regard ourselves highly, we fulfill our own needs so we can better serve others. Our creative desires are a way to benefit others.

Doing what you love brings you alive. Sharing that passion spreads action, power and resources. By following your creative passions, you can inspire, encourage and connect with others.

The world needs people who are alive. Bravely be you and follow your passion. Self-respect is not selfish, it is necessary.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Self-Respect is the Key to Self-Worth

Putting others needs, feelings and desires above your own sounds selfless. However, when you act from a place of depletion, you are doing them and yourself a disservice.

Respect means “to regard highly.” Self-respect means to place yourself in high regard.

This does not mean disregarding others, but ensuring that your needs, feelings and desires are accounted for first.

A high regard for yourself (self-respect) is how you acknowledge your value (self-worth).
Worthy means have worth or value. Self-worth means you value yourself. 

You warrant respect. This means you regard yourself by acknowledging your needs, feelings and desires. 

Respecting yourself and feeling worthy allows you to fulfill your own needs, feelings and desires and then serve others from a place of surplus.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Creative Confidence = Self-Worth

Cultivating confidence has been a big theme this year. When I am feeling good, confidences comes easy. However, it is fragile. Any little bump in the road cracks it. Then I have to start all over again, convincing myself I am enough.

Confidence and self-worth go hand in hand. We must feel worthy to have confidence, but we need confidence to feel worthy.

Lack of confidence and worth gets amplified when we want to make our creative projects a priority.

Let’s face it, creative projects rarely make reliable money. They tend to get pushed to the back burner until “one day” when there is time.

It is hard to take time for a creative project when other tasks feel more important. Focusing on those unaccomplished tasks or frustrated feelings stunts innovative progress.

I have difficulty letting others be frustrated without feeling like I am in the wrong. I also have a hard time delegating. Both of these deficiencies stem from low confidence and self-worth.

Do you see the cycle? It's vicious.

So what can we do? Something has to change. We are the only ones that can make it happen.

Our passion is a priority. It is a part of us that needs to be fueled.

When we take care of ourselves and feed our passions, we are better for others. We are more generous, patient and understanding. Everything else becomes a little easier because we serve from a full cup.

We can not do everything. It is okay to delegate. It is okay if something gets postponed. Let go of the guilt we pile on for taking time for ourselves.

We decide how to spend our time and energy. We are better when ourselves and our creative projects make it to the top of the list.

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