5 Things I remember every day (mantras, bits of advice, and cheesy expressions)
Life can get crazy. So crazy that it becomes easy to lose our habits and the person we want to be. Each day I remind myself of these five bits of advice to keep me on track for being the person I want to be and for living the life I want to live.
My life has changed dramatically over the past two years. And it has changed for the better. I used to have this skewed perception that a good life—that a happy life—just happened to some people. I have since come to find that a happy life comes from choosing a happy life, and I've found a big chunk of the recipe for a happy life is positivity. Choosing to interpret your circumstances under a positive light, choosing to perceive people's actions in a positive way, choosing to interact with the world positively, choosing to see a positive future for yourself. Every day, in all situations, I remind myself to choose positivity.
Tough times don't last; tough people do
Okay full disclosure, I first heard this one in a country song. But, cowboy boots and cheesy lyrics aside, the idea still stands. When I find myself in a moment where it is so hard to interpret positively, I remind myself that although this time is tough, I am tougher.
The one-minute rule
Not the one about food falling on the floor, but this awesome idea I picked up from Happier with Gretchen Rubin via the Nectar Collective . How it works; basically any task that comes up that takes less than 60 seconds to complete, do it immediately. This works especially well when it comes to clutter, like hanging up your jacket and putting away shoes right after you walk in the door. Turns out, most of the mess I create was originally a 60-second action before they all piled together into big multi-minute cleanups.
You will never be as young as you are now
Well, duh. The value of this statement is (clearly) not in any sort of earth-shattering realization, but it's how you apply this knowledge and take advantage of it in the right ways. Now is the time to chase your dreams, take risks, and follow your heart. Now is the time to push yourself and your body—because as you age, and responsibilities grow, there will never be a better time than now.
Be kind. Not because they are but because you are
This is another one that has taken me up until my recent years to come to. But realizing that how I act towards others has nothing to do with the person they are and everything to do with the person I am has been life-changing. In situations when being nice feels hard, I remind myself that I deserve to be the person I want to be, and I shouldn't let what I perceive to be a negative person take away from that.
Do you have a favourite mantra? Advice you follow every day? Words you live your life by? Please share them with me.
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