Living In Gratitude: Approve of Yourself

I love and approve of myself. ~Daily affirmation

We all have that little voice in our head, the one that so often whispers in our ear things that chip away at our self esteem.

“You’re stupid.”

“You’re lazy.”

“You’re not good enough.”

“You’re not skinny or fit enough.”

“You’re not wealthy enough.”

These self-deprecating mantras erode our confidence. They batter the shores of our self-worth. They drag us down and hinder our motivation.

Rather than continuing to criticize ourselves, it’s time we change what that little voice is saying. By shifting our inner self-talk to one of approval, amazing things can happen. We believe in ourselves, like who we are, can forego approval by others because we already know we are okay. Read more

Living In Gratitude: 20 Things You Will Be Glad You Did In Life

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~Diane Ackerman

1. Traveling 

Traveling broadens our horizons. It exposes us to new cultures, food, languages and ways of thinking as well as the awe-inspiring beauty of the world.

2. Learning another language

Being able to communicate in languages other than your native tongue is a wonderful gift.

3. Being brave enough to do new things

Not letting fear hold you back enables you to experience new adventures and learn new things. After all, you had to do everything for the first time…

4. Making physical fitness a priority

Your body is amazing. Take good care of it so it will carry you through life, to new places, up hills and into valleys. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Learning From Mistakes

Each experience is a stepping-stone in life, including any so-called mistakes. Love yourself for all your mistakes, they have been very valuable to you. They have taught you many things, it is the way you learn. ~Louise L Hay

We’ve been taught to be disappointed, be ashamed or lose confidence in ourselves when we make a mistake. Because of this, many of us do everything in our power to avoid making mistake. This includes not taking risks that could lead to (perceived) failure, going against the grain, thinking outside the box and doing things outside of our comfort zones.

But throughout life, we are in a constant state of change and learning. Each mistake we make is a stepping stone along our life’s journey. Mistakes enable us to learn and grow, to master skills, to become accomplished at many things, learn become more aware about what we want and what we don’t. If we use those ‘errors’ as lessons rather than deterrents to our personal progress, we can achieve amazing things. Read more