monday mantra: expectations

“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.


Yesterday was my birthday (wooo 27!). I had planned an important post talking about growth that I wanted to set the tone for the year (rather than week) in relation to starting a “fresh” and “new” me, but for some reason I just couldn’t find the proper words; every quote just seemed wrong, and nothing responded with me emotionally. I wanted to talk about how some people don’t grow, only age, and how I felt like I was at a good place with myself, but there was just nothing there when I put fingers to keyboard. I even tried my usual go-to: pen to paper! Nada.

I got myself so stressed out that I actually had a full on meltdown. Not even a whole day into being 27 years old and I was ready to lay down on the floor, write the year off, and skip ahead to 28. I don’t like missing posts, but after staying up late (like, late late) and still not finding the words, I decided to sleep on it. I figured the right mantra to set the tone for my next year would come to me, I just had to chill out and take a step back. Then this morning, it did.

Here’s what I chose for 27:

monday mantra

I realized I needed to just let go of this stress I put on myself, because I was the only one who could do that. I actually sent myself spiraling into a panic, over what, a BLOG post?! It’s okay to just take a step back sometimes and say to yourself, “maybe this isn’t what I expected, but it is what it is,” and then release yourself from the tension. Like I talk about here, holding onto that stress and upset will only affect you negatively, and if you can’t change the situation, why worry?

I’m at that age where a lot of my peers are finding their footing with adulthood, and it’s just so easy to compare notes, so I find this mantra particularly relative to that aspect as well. There should be no expectation to where you are in life, as everyone’s path takes different twists. What good does it do you to peek over at your neighbor except to congratulate them?? None!

I definitely hope to carry this throughout this week, and on through 27. Life is easier when you let go and don’t set crazy expectations for yourself, instead going with the flow!


What about you?
What affirmations are you going to focus on this week?


  1. Shannon Paige May 17, 2016 / 10:28 am

    We are all a little too hard on ourselves, aren’t we?!! Happy birthday by the way!! I am hard on myself too when I have a post planned and when I go to write- it just does not come naturally. My mom always say write from the heart, or not at all. [She blogs, too] I hope this year you can follow your mantra and be easy on yourself and accept all of your success! 🙂 *

    • Kate • The Gold Sister
      May 19, 2016 / 4:48 am

      Thank you!!

      and I usually pre-write my posts in a blog notebook, but for some reason this past week nothing has been coming to me naturally! It’s been a big toss up of pulling myself up and forcing myself to accomplish things, and just letting things fall wayside.

  2. Brittany May 18, 2016 / 1:26 am

    This is a GREAT mantra! 27 was a hard year for me. I think it would have been a lot easier if I’d had a mantra like this.

    Happy birthday!!

    • Kate • The Gold Sister
      May 19, 2016 / 4:46 am

      I hope it’s not a rough one for me!! Gonna try to hold onto this mantra through the year.

      And thank you! :))

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