monday mantra

“Monday Mantra” is a weekly feature, where I share an affirmation or quote that resonates with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. Essentially, I’d like to start the week with positive intent, as an effort to keep those good vibes flowing through the week! You can look at past Monday Mantra posts here, and if you’re not sure what affirmations are, I talk about them here!

 

I talked about it last week, but I hope everyone is hanging in there through Mercury’s retrograde! This past week’s gloomy weather has really put me on a mental rollercoaster. Does anyone else find themselves super struggling with seasonal depression-type effects after a few days (or a week in my case) of complete bummers-ville weather? Sorry my post calendar was all mangled but it got to the point where I could barely get myself moving, let alone writing!

Despite all the gloom trouble, on Tuesday this past week when I went to snag the subway, I managed to find a student weekly trans pass on the ground, which meant I basically got to ride the subway for free for 5 days (until Saturday)! Not only that, when I left work last night on the one day I would’ve had to pay for my ride, a woman gave me her pass because she was done with it. A week of free rides!!

I started thinking about how lucky I’d been… which troubled me a bit, because that’s not a concept I really believe in. For that reason, I chose this as my Monday mantra:

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I don’t think luck exists, I think people create their own. If you disagree, that’s totally fine, but hear me out here. I’ve actually found a lot of working trans passes on the ground while I’ve lived in Philadelphia, and though some may think I’m lucky, I think it’s just that I’m paying attention. Much to my boyfriend’s dismay, I’m almost always stopping to check out stuff that’s on the ground, but it’s resulted in me finding a bunch of rad stuff, including money! I also think positive energy attracts positive energy, and that woman clearly was feeling generous and happy if she was willing to share! 🙂

Have you ever known anyone who felt like they were an “unlucky” person, so it seemed like they were going out of their way to put themselves into crappy, “unlucky” situations, because they already assumed the worst would happen? And then it usually did? That’s literally someone creating their luck, just the bad kind!

This coming week, I’m going to do the opposite, and just put out good energy that things are going to happen, trying to chase situations with a positive mindset. I think if I have a positive attitude, good things will come to me!!

 

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PS. For being so patient, I shared a little sneak peek over on my facebook page from Kenya because everyone has been so patient. Sorry this week’s gloom got me behind!

monday mantra

“Monday Mantra” is a weekly feature, where I share an affirmation or quote that resonates with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. Essentially, I’d like to start the week with positive intent, as an effort to keep those good vibes flowing through the week! You can look at past Monday Mantra posts here, and if you’re not sure what affirmations are, I talk about them here.

 

Okay I don’t know about you, but every one I’ve encountered recently seems to be feeling the effects of Mercury being in retrograde. What’s that mean? Well, you can read about it more in depth here, but essentially a few times a year Mercury “catches up to” Earth in its travels around the sun (Mercury’s orbit is faster than Earth’s orbit), and during those times it appears to be moving backwards. During those backward times, it seems as if all aspects of life can also end up feeling backwards and upside-down, or just downright rough.

I don’t usually believe in the mumbo-jumbo that is retrograde, but this past week I’ve definitely been feeling the struggle in more ways than one from the universe. For that reason, I chose the following affirmation for this week:

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I know, I know, it’s a cheesy quote, but seriously: keep going. I know that times can get scary or tough or just totally overwhelming, but think of it this way: if you were to catch fire, would you just stand there and let the flames engulf you? No! So why would you just stop and let the situation at hand swallow you whole? It’s okay to take a moment to regather yourself, or maybe even take a whole day off, but then hunker down and face the situation head on.

If whatever you’re facing has already gotten bad enough to scare/upset/bother you, chances are you’re already past the hardest parts! Imagine that! And even if you’re not: is stressing about whatever you’re dealing with helping to improve it? No, right?? So stop that!

When you think back, how many times have you felt like you were having “the worst day ever”, but then life went on and it got better? I bet there were a lot. Next time I’m having one of those days (probably tomorrow with how I’ve been feeling), I’m going to try to take control of the situation instead of giving up, and just remember to keep going.

 

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monday mantra

“Monday Mantra” is a weekly feature, where I share an affirmation or quote that resonates with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. Essentially, I’d like to start the week with positive intent, as an effort to keep those good vibes flowing through the week! You can look at past Monday Mantra posts here, and if you’re not sure what affirmations are, I talk about them here.

 

Anyone get themselves into the situation where they have something they want to start doing, but feel like they need to do it on a good note so they set a date or moment for it? Like, “I’ll start eating healthy on Monday“, or “I’ll start focusing on better habits once I’m done with this and that so I can better commit myself”, but then once Monday comes around or you finished with whatever, you push back starting because you just don’t feel like it?? Same.

I get myself so dang caught up in the end result and things working out in a certain way that I tend to forget about the most important step in the beginning of any process: just starting. For this reason, I decided on this affirmation for this week:

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While on my trip in Kenya I found myself deciding that once I got back I wanted to fully commit to eating gluten free and being healthier. I had all the tools to start doing it on the spot… so why didn’t I?

Starting a task can seem like the most daunting thing, especially because we’ve become accustomed to comparing our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel (hellooo social media), and anything less than the absolute best can be viewed as failure, when it’s really all just part of the process! I mean, do you know how many greats failed before they actually found success?? A LOT. When you start imagining the process as putting one foot in front of the other, and let yourself be willing to fall, it becomes so much easier.

I’m going to try to commit to healthy eating for real toay (because it’s Monday, duh), but I’m going to also try to focus on getting myself to start projects immediately when I’m inspired to, rather than putting everything off.

 

Do you have any affirmations you’re going to focus on this week?
Are you going to try starting something new?

 

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(Hey! This is a scheduled post while I’m out of the country!)
monday mantra

In case you missed it, last monday I decided to introduce a feature called “Monday Mantra”, where every Monday I’ll share an affirmation or quote that resonates with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. Essentially, I’d like to start the week with positive intent, as an effort to keep that vibe flowing through the week!

With that said, this week’s affirmation was inspired by my current travels, and is as follows:

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How could I not pick this?! I mean, right now I’m in Kenya, one of the craziest adventures I’ve ever embarked on! Still, I think it’s important to view everything you do as some form of adventure, whether as big as a 21 hour plane ride (seriously) across the world, or even just saying yes to getting out of bed when you don’t feel up to it.

When you start viewing everything as an eye-opening adventure, and when you start saying YES more, life will certainly start opening itself up to you in amazing ways. I’m definitely going to be trying to stick to this affirmation this week, as I want to really make the most of my trip!

 

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monday mantra

I’ve decided to start a new weekly blog feature: Monday Mantra. Every Monday I’ll share an affirmation or quote that resonated with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. I encourage others to join in with me weekly to follow along or to share their own affirmations for the week/month to come!

 

Well, before we start: what are affirmations?

Affirmations are you being in charge of your subconscious thoughts through short, positive, powerful statements. Essentially your thoughts become your reality; if you’re repeating something positive to yourself, that phrase will create imagery in your mind, which will affect you subconsciously, in turn influencing your behavior, then actions and overall habits.

Have you ever known someone who thinks they’re really unlucky, so they seem to go out of their way to put themselves into situations where bad things can happen, because they assume they’ll already happen?? Kind of like that! Except if negative thoughts can work that way, why not try it with positive?!

This week’s Monday Mantra was inspired by something I read in the book I’m currently working on, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The protagonist notes that certain people are existing with only a spectator attitude, so that they may not have to fully participate in a situation and can move on quickly to whatever is next. He says, “When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things.” Inspired as such, this week’s Monday Mantra is as follows:

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I want to try to really focus on living within the moment more this week. I feel like technology has conditioned us to have such short attention spans and to seek instant gratification, which can lend to people not fully immersing themselves into tasks at hand. I definitely am guilty of that, (actually just of being technologically obsessed in general) so this is a big one for me! Here’s to trying to be more focused on the task at hand and the moment I’m in, rather than the moments ahead.

Do you have any affirmations you’re going to focus on this week?
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