monday mantra: just start somewhere

“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 it needs to be 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, 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 of any process: just starting. For this reason, I decided on this affirmation for this week:

monday mantra

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). 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 people 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 today (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?


  1. Kirstie April 25, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Such a great thought on the power of the present moment. I’m also on a quest to eat healthier. I actually have the goal of trying to deal with my sugar addiction by incorporating a healthier substitute – stevia – into my diet. Good luck to us both!

  2. Paula Niziolek April 25, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I love this post! Affirmations are something I’ve been working on recently – my biggest is to retrain my brain to realize that I do have valuable input to share with others that could help them along on their journey. That’s one of the big reasons why I’ve recently started a new blog to help people realize that gluten-free eating and food allergies are not a sentence to only have bland food for the rest of their lives. Best of luck on your own journey!

      April 25, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      You have so much valuable input! And gluten free is something I’ve been really trying to convert to so I’m definitely going to check out your blog. Thank you!!


  3. Aleksandra April 25, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Starting is the worst part though! If only we could be thrown into the middle of stuff 🙂

      April 26, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Agreed! It’d be so much easier if we could just fast forward past the hard parts.

  4. Rica@Yoga Mat Monkey April 25, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    This really resonated with me, as I have talked myself out of more than a few endeavors. I let the “what if’s” keep me from exploring opportunities and finding adventures my soul craved. NO MORE! Thanks for a great post!

  5. Kim Luker April 26, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I really love this idea. Starting out the week with an affirmation AND this particular one — I get caught up in everything being “just right” before I can start. But imperfect action is better than no action! 🙂

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