Mindsets around Abundance

I found it very fitting that my box from Passion and Growth this month was based on Abundance. Abundance has always been something that I feel like most people strive for. They want to make enough money to take care of themselves and their children one day. Have something to retire one and finally enjoy their life.

There is a trick to abundance though, although I could be wrong, but I believe it revolves around mindset too. For the past, 15 years or so, I have worked two jobs. There was a lapse for a couple of months here and there, but for the most part, since my adult working career, it has been two jobs. Yet, no matter how much I worked, I wasn’t getting ahead. I made bad financial decisions, spent money I didn’t have, and the whole time kept wondering when I was going to catch a break.

Here is the funny thing, when you keep talking about how “stuck” you are, that is exactly where you are going to stay. While doing some major work on myself this last year, gratitude often came into the picture. Instead of being upset with where I was in life, I needed to look back to see how far I have come. Instead of wondering, when I was going to catch my break, or get my own place, or pay off those credit cards, I switched my mindset.

I started thinking about how grateful I am to have a place to stay, how, I may not be debt free but I sure did get that card paid off. Being grateful for the 26 cents raises and the quarterly bonuses. Being extra grateful for the online boutique orders that started coming in again. It is all about switching your mindset.

Nothing is ever going to be perfect and I am sure we will always want more, most humans do. Just be sure to take a moment and realize how much you already have.

Positive thoughts around money turn into money flowing to you. I can’t wait to read this months book, and I will be sure to share all the deets.

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Knowing Your Worth and Capabilities

Have you ever had that experience where something shifted for you, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is? Where you have more pep in your step, feel more capable, have more confidence and are mentally stronger? These past few weeks, I have been in this transition and feeling all the things and it finally hit me.

I know My Worth.

For so long, I have always felt I can do better, be better, needed someone to stand with me, that I was not capable of doing it on my own. Friday, it finally hit me. After geeking out all day on some marketing analytics (I am such a nerd), I started working on my CV, a Curriculum Vitae, an extended resume where you put all your academic and professional achievements. I started listing every single thing that I have done the last few years. Every project that my hands played a part in, and before I knew it, I was up to 14 pages and I still had more to go. At that moment I realized, wow you are pretty freaking awesome. I realized that everything I had done, I figured out on my own, from videography, to podcasts, to blogs, to presentations and social media, I learned along the way. Now, this is not a blog about me tooting my own horn but about recognizing your worth and capabilities.

I challenge each and every one of you, take out a piece of paper and write down everything you have accomplished. I think this is especially important for women. We do not give ourselves the credit we deserve for the things we have done. Write it out, take a step back and truly look at what you have done. Then pat yourself on the back and realize how amazing you are. Realize the capabilities you have and the hard work it took to get where you are today.

The shift in myself has been eye opening. No longer do I feel that I “need” someone else to make my life whole. No longer am I questioning what I bring to the table. No longer does doubt fill my thoughts. Are there insecurities still about doing the next big thing? Of course, but all I have to do is look back at what I have done and know that I can accomplish the next big thing. Is it scary? Does it make me uncomfortable? Definitely. But that is what it takes to get out of the comfort zone and accomplish the next big thing.

Take a moment to stop and pat yourselves on the back for all that you have overcome and achieved. You deserve it. Take the compliments people give you and fully believe what they are saying. Words have power, make sure the words you speak to yourself are full of positivity. You got this!

As always, share some love, we could all use a little more love.

Creativity and Pursing Your Dreams

I recently got back into listening to my podcasts. I used to listen regularly, anytime I was driving, but somehow I got away from that. It is often said that everything happens for a reason. The book you pick up to read, may be the one you need to read at that point in time. The podcasts that I am listening to right now, are the ones I need to hear now.

There have been a lot of podcasts on creativity, pursing your dreams and goals, and success.

First and foremost, no one is going to understand your dreams more than you do. There is a good chance that you may not have any supporters. Or that people tell you how crazy your dream is and it will never work. Or they try to be nice and supportive, but you can tell they really don’t mean it. Guess what, it doesn’t matter. You don’t need support to chase your dreams. You especially don’t need someone else’s approval. All you need is yourself. You have your own support. You have your will and your own drive. You have that fiery spirit inside you that tells you, this is where my passion is.

Do you want to spend your days chasing something you love or staying in someone else’s box that was not meant for you?

When it comes to creativity, I believe that everything we do is an art. Whether that is the way you dress, how you style your hair or do your makeup. You are creating something unique. Heck, the other day, I saw a job advertisement for subway for a sandwich artist, everything is creative. The important thing is to focus on the creativity. Do the things you love and bring you passion, whatever happens after that is just a plus. Don’t lose yourself chasing success or lose your creativity trying to fit into a box to get successful. True creativity is where the magic happens. Even if what you create does not get seen by anyone, if you found joy and passion in that, then to me, it is worth it.

This was an important reminder for me. Sometimes we get lost in the, oh if I just make this post, or write this thing, or take this photo then I will be noticed or seen. Sometimes, it is important to go back to the drawing board and remember why you are doing things. Would I still create this if no one saw it?

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