Wait, what? You did just finish paying for last Christmas? I feel your pain.
I'm happy September is here...it means that Fall should be on it's way. So, 100 degree weather, you've officially outstayed your welcome! You can go now! I hear Australia is waiting for you.
At the beginning of each month, I come up with a new mantra to focus on. For August, I picked Patience. Boy, did I have to use that one. Even though I was terrible at it - my trying to be patient finally paid off. I found a great job.
This month, I'm going to take it easy. Well, that's silly - I've been taking it easy for months and months now. No exercise. Eating crap food. That was all pretty easy... but that's not what I mean. I'm going to take it easy on myself.
That's why, this month I'm choosing this for my monthly mantra....
If Bob Marley has now popped in to your head, my bad... but that's kind of what I was going for. Now you're going to be singing this song all day.... you're welcome!!
Don't Worry. Be Happy.
Four powerful words. Smart words. Words that should be lived by...and that's exactly what I'm going to do - for September, anyway.
Since starting my monthly mantra - back in February - I've had such motivational words: Strength, Determination, Willpower, Just Do It, Perserverance, Balance, and Patience.
They are all motivational - when coupled with one important word: Happiness.
When I'm worrying about everything, it's so hard to have strength and determination. When I'm stressed to the max, it's hard to find willpower and perserverance. Even the balance and patience is extremely hard when the world just doesn't seem to be going right...no matter how hard you try to make it.
So, after months of being stressed and worrying - things have finally fallen in to place. I have an amazing job (what? I've said that already? My bad), I know how the bills are going to be paid and how I'm going to feed my kids, I'm getting Butter the help he's so desperately needed for a long time, and my stress has diminished to nothing. I know you have no idea what I'm talking about in regards to Butter, but just be assured that he was dealing with some issues - tough issues - and now he's finally getting help for those issues.
With all of that off my plate, there's now only room for not worrying and being happy.
I've really learned some valuable lessons with last month's mantra. I have with all my mantras, really. Some lessons have come after realizing I never made the effort I needed to in order to live up to the mantra, other lessons have been more positive. Last month, I got the gift of both. I ran out of patience, I wasn't happy....but even though I wasn't patient, I did end up getting what I wanted. Not the best of lessons to learn - but there had to be a silver lining in all that mess I was putting myself through, right?
This month, it's time to just destress.... let the good times roll. I've already noticed a huge change in myself since Monday - and it's only been 3 days. I've been making better choices with my eating. I'm speed walking all over the school....and even though I haven't actually made it out to the track - I've definitely thought about it more. I just wish that it wasn't 100 degrees when I left work, because after getting home drenched in sweat....it kind of deflates my attitude about going out for a run to get covered in sweat.
I'll get there, though. I'm not going to worry. I'm just going to be happy.
Are you thinking of a new mantra for September? I'd love to hear about it.
Till next time. ;)
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