The beautiful thing about setbacks is that they introduce us to our strengths.
So, the inspiration for #WakeUpWednesday is that over the past week or so, because of a tough couple days at work, I’ve managed to find the dark spot in every day. In a world that’s filled with so many beautiful people that love and support me and in a lifetime where I am on the way to actualizing amazing work- and home-lives, I managed to find the few super negative moments in every day, and I let them overwhelm me. I’ve lost sleep, told myself that I’m at my breaking point, and experienced so much anxiety that I actually started stressing out my husband and friends.
Perhaps it’s bad business to admit this, but, for the past few days, I was a full-time lawyer, mom, maternity & life coach and “Negative Nancy.” In addition to all of this, I am also a full-time human, and I experience setbacks in my life’s journey just like everyone else.
They say the first step to healing is admitting you have a problem, right? So…
Hi, my name is Lisa Marie, and I had a horrible Monday and Tuesday because of a really negative attitude. And, my focus hasn’t been on the beautiful things in my life because I let a couple tough days overwhelm me.
There, it’s out there. I feel so much better.
I am making a #WakeUpWednesday commitment to doing the following things for the rest of the week:
- Practice Self Love. I’ve been pretty hard on myself this week. I haven’t been showing myself any compassion for the many responsibilities that I have and how well I’m able to manage them all. I haven’t been thanking my mind and body for how strong it is to be able to persevere through so many of life’s obstacles and still come out on top. I’m going to stop that today. I’m going to tell myself how thankful I am for being me. I am going to really love every part of me because I deserve so much more than what I’ve been giving myself this week.
- Be More Present. I’ve sort of been “asking for my check while eating my appetizer” this week, if you catch my drift. I’ve been stressing over things that could possibly or would maybe happen based upon future actions that I may or may not take. It’s exhausting. Starting today I am going to live in the present, free of the thousand “what ifs” that I could conjure up.
- Do My Best and Know It’s Enough. Sometimes my best is sending out perfect e-mails, having perfect client interactions, and being a supermom. Sometimes my best is that I put on pants today and managed to make a cup of coffee. Whatever it is for the rest of the week, I am going to do my best at every moment and know that it’s enough. I am only one person, and I can only do my best.
There are so many wonderful people in the world doing wonderful things, and all we need to do to find them is to open our eyes and our hearts to the world around us. You are all wonderful, amazing, and accomplished people with lots and lots of responsibilities on your plate. There are going to be days where you don’t feel great about yourself. And, there are going to be days where you’re overwhelmed and questioning whether you’re at your breaking point and you’re doing the right thing.
Be kind to yourself. Open your eyes to the beauty in your life. Give yourself a moment to bask in your accomplishments. Think about how strong you are to be able to manage all of your responsibilities and still find love in your heart and time in your schedule to raise your wonderful families.
I admire all of you.
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