Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection
I have been reminding myself of this a lot lately and I think we are all probably guilty of not giving ourselves enough credit. We are constantly comparing our lives to others and measuring our success by other peoples accomplishments or lack their of.

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There are many days, I will look around my house and feel like I accomplished nothing for the day. But despite the pile of laundry or dishes I didn’t get to, I know I haven’t sat down all day. I know that I successfully got two gets up and ready for school, went grocery shopping,paid bills, worked out and yes, even did something for myself like a hair cut or meeting a friend for coffee.
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It’s kinda like that when you make the decision to start a healthy lifestyle. You know you choose the salad over a burger and fries at lunch and you know you have been waking up early to get a workout in, you even feel better but your discouraged because all your hard work isn’t obvious to others. You know your sacrifices, trial and tribulations but your success isn’t exactly tattooed to your head! That can be very discouraging and  why a lot of people quit.


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I think it is helpful to remember everything takes time, especially the things that are worth it! When your making a positive change you are far ahead of the person who is still sitting on the couch feeling bad about their health while eating pizza and drinking soda! A step forward, big or small is still, a step forward, a step away from where you were.
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Making small changes and working your way up to the bigger ones will help you stay committed. When we make dramatic changes that require us to give up a lot or to incorporate so many new things into our lives, it becomes unrealistic and stressful. The key is to make changes that are sustainable for the long run and slowly add on to that.

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Often times it takes awhile to reap the benefits from the time and work we put in. It can seem like there is a quicker or better way to reach your goal, especially when the high of starting something new  settles down and the reality of the work it will take sets in. Remember your why and why you wanted to make the change in the first place. This in another time when a vision board comes in handy. (Click here to go the post on creating a vision board  https://bit.ly/2KNOO95 )

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There is nothing wrong with switching things up when you find something doesn’t work for you, just remember to give yourself some credit. Progress is better than never starting in the first place. Progress is gonna look different for everyone and it doesn’t have to look perfect to count. Just keep moving forward!

 

 

When Is The Last Time You Had Some “Me-Time”

I am not talking about going to the grocery store alone. I mean, when is the last time you did something that was good for your soul?!

Often, we deprive ourselves of social interaction away from those we see daily. Although, we may feel quilt, it is good to get out and away from your environment. Life is busy, and we get carried away with our day to day routines. We forget to take time for ourselves, we hold our feelings in and let the stresses of family life or work occupy our time. It is so vital to take a break, to get out, talk to a friend, to just let loose. It is a breath of fresh air for your soul. When you don’t allow yourself to decompress, you are holding yourself back from being the best version of you!

If your daily routine requires you to always be dressed up, it can be nice to get in comfy clothes and go do something that allows you to relax. If you can’t remember the last time you wore heels or dressed up for anything besides a family function, it may be time to get dolled up and paint the town for a night.

Even something as small as grabbing a cup of coffee and chatting with a friend can renew your spirit. Whatever it is you need to make time to do it, at least once a month. It is crazy how much better I feel after talking to another mom about the things I go through on a day to day basis. Turns out, I am not the only mom who must explain why we need to shower, wash our hands or pick up after ourselves… every. Single. Day. Or the only stay at home mom who sometimes feel frumpy.

Everyone needs an outlet, a chance to talk to others who can relate to you, an opportunity to step away from your daily routine and allow yourself to just be you and free of distractions or responsibilities. I think we get comfortable with how our lives our (the good and the bad) that we forget we have a choice. We know what our soul needs and we have the power to make it happen. Make yourself a priority and see the difference it makes!

What do you do to make sure you get some “me-time” in?

Making Changes

 

Why does making a change seem like a daunting task? We know we need a change, we know we want a change but to change…. well that’s a whole other monster to tackle. Addressing you have something to change can be a battle all in of itself. Sure, the change sounds good and it even feels good when we think about it but why then, do we talk ourselves out of it?

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We make excuses for why we haven’t started and rationalize not starting today. It’s not convenient, won’t work with our schedule or the effort it will take to get started is just more than we are currently prepared for.

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The problem with all those excuses is, they only provide temporary comfort. The feeling we had that prompted us to want to make a change in the first place, will still be there long after we convince ourselves it’s okay to put it off. We still feel bad about eating that cheeseburger, skipping that day at the gym, not starting that new routine, diet, book or job. Sound familiar?

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The realization that we are the author of our story and we get to decided how the story goes has been motivation for me, to not be the victim in my story but the hero. WE hold the power, WE can make the change, but WE have to stop being comfortable with being unhappy. If we knew the number of our days, would we would make them count more and settle less?  Sometimes there are battles we must stick out because our lives effect more than ourselves. But in every situation, you still hold the power to how your story ends. There is power in that knowledge, and it can be the driving force that helps you conquer your goals if you let it.

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While there are many habits, I am working on being consistent with, there are a couple of things that have helped me in my journey. One small thing that has made a BIG impact in my life is affirmations. We need to tell ourselves another story if want to change the one we’re living. We must stop telling ourselves we can’t change or that it is too hard and start speaking life into our goals instead.  Our thoughts and words have power. I encourage you to test this out. For one week, every day before you get out of bed, say the things you are thankful for. Even if you have not yet received them, be thankful for them as if you have. Speak affirmations about the topics you wish to improve in your life and don’t let yourself think or speak any negative thoughts about these areas you are wanting to improve. If you need help on what to say check out Pinterest. I have a board saved with my favorites, so I can read through them if I am having a bad day.

Another easy thing you can do to help motivate you to stay consistent and reach your goals is a Vision board. Write down the goals you want to achieve and pick motivating pictures or quotes to help you stay consistent and achieve those goals. There are suggestions all over the internet and on Pinterest to help you with your Vision board. Just make sure it is authentic to you and what you want to accomplish. You can use sites like Canva or Picmonkey to create your board, once your done, save it to your computer and have it printed out. I have mine taped to my computer and mirror, so I see them every day. It is both motivating and inspiring to me and helps me remember on my tough days, why I can’t give up.

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Another thing I use to help me stay motivated when it comes to making changes or chasing goals is essential oils. I like to diffuse them when getting ready in the morning, driving in the car, on my computer and pretty much anytime I can. I also enjoy wearing them on jewelry or simply applying them to my wrists.  Certain oils may help bring about feelings of strength, motivation and courage. If you are a research nerd like me here is an article on oils and emotions. It also has some oil suggestions. If you have questions about oils or where to get them at wholesale leave a comment or send me an email and I will gladly help.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/04/essential-oils-aromatherapy.aspx

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What do you do to keep you motivated and on track? Leave a comment in the comments or share your Vision board and help motivate others.