If you'd like the tightened and condenced version of this post feel free to click on the video! If you want more, scroll down and I hope this blog post inspires you and encourages you to have the best week ever!
So, let's talk about the elephant that is always in the room ~ our imperfections. They do not have to be our mortal enemy! In fact, they are the perfect part about us, that separates us from everyone else. Our imperfections are indeed what make us perfect.
I mean let's be real. We all have imperfections. Now, that is not a disclaimer to say you being an asshole is an imperfection ~ that's a character flaw. HAHA.
In the later part of Winter I watched the movie "I feel pretty" by Amy Schumer and let me tell you, it changed my perspective and opened my eyes! Without giving too much of the movie away, Amy's character desperately wanted to "feel pretty" and she was convinced that if she was just pretty, her whole life would be perfect. I think we have all been there at one point, I know I have so I could indeed relate to her character. Replace the whole "feel pretty" with feeling thin and yes girl! But see, I have been thin before, but I was miserable! I was in a misses size 4 ~ pushing a 2, and I could still list a ton of flaws. Sadly now, six years later I am far away from that size 4, but I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. Anyway, in the movie Amy gets her wish to see herself pretty ~ only thing is everyone else see's her as she is. BUT her confidence is through the roof and she owns her truth ~ even if it is hidden. At the end she see's pictures of herself comparing herself from her original version, and ... her new "pretty" version ..... and then realizes that nothing on the outside changed, it was the inside that did.
I am at that confident place now, and I am loving it! I seriously told someone yesterday that if I could be my own best friend, I would. :) Never in my life have I felt so good about who I am, how I represent myself, and who I have become. I know, sounds like I am full of myself but confidence is an amazing quality to have. I have learned to embrace my imperfections perfectly because we all have them. Not one of us is perfect, and I am so tired of people trying to present themselves as such. The whole YouTube community is inundated with channels who choose to only show the good things in life. While I understand NOT showing the negative because what you focus on is what you attract in your life. However, being fake and/or limiting a perspective to avoid judgement and criticism is just terrible. I mean, it's not like we are all fooled. Again, no one is perfect. No life is perfect. HOWEVER, when we embrace our imperfections, they do become perfectly ours. They are already a part of our truth ~ but it is up to us to accept them. That is the phase of life I am in at this time ~ embracing the imperfections and allowing them to simply just be perfectly me.
Do you know that by accepting my flaws, every single one of them, I have opened this whole new perspective of who I am and by golly it has opened up how I share my personality both online and in person. It's like ... "Hey world! Here I am! Let's Play!".
So, I encourage you to go embrace those flaws. Love them. Embrace them. And never ever feel bad about them.
Other Mindset Monday Topics from March 2019:
Monday, March 25, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Mindset Monday Volume 2: Value
Welcome to Mindset Monday where I give you a word to inspire, encourage and help prepare you to live that up level life now, with one word to focus on as you go about your life for the next seven days. I like to share motivational quotes and thoughts along the way so let’s hop to it!
If you would like shortened and condensed version you can always go watch the video that is posted on my YouTube channel that coordinates with this blog post.
Let’s defined Value first shall we? For the purpose of today’s topic and having/finding/adding value to our lives, we are going to go with this:
a) A fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanges
b) relative worth, utility, or importance.
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The value in your life. The value in your day. The value in your week. The value in the moment of now because in reality it is the most expensive and the best investment you can make.
The most expensive?
Yes. Because in some cases it will be mean sacrifice. Letting go of things that you wasting time on in your life and perhaps even learning a new skill, trade, or habit. Letting go of late-night parties with friends for early morning grinding sessions creating a business of your own from the ground up. Letting go of coffee dates with friends, to clean ceiling fans and scrub baseboards that haven’t been touched in months, years even. Turning off the TV during your favorite show to read a book to your child, or even for yourself.
The Best Investment?
Yes, because when you have your own business that you created from the ground up, you have created a legacy that could continue for generations to come, let alone get out from under working for someone else on their terms, their time schedules. Yes, because your home is now cleaner than it has ever been and not only do you feel like entertaining guests, you can do so without feeling like you have a huge undertaking. The embarrassment is gone and you are proud of the investment of your home. Yes, because not only are you teaching your child about a love for reading, you are creating a bond between the two of you that will never be replaced. Memories that last a lifetime, not just for a sheer moment of pleasure.
I am placing value in my YouTube channel and this blog more so than ever before. Finding what works, takes time, experiments, trails and errors. I have spent some time going through my analytics and discovering what seems to be working (and not working) for both you and I. I am discovering that later upload times for videos is what seems to be working the best for everyone. When I decide to do a coordinating, blog post it will then go live when the video does. Not every blog post will have a video to go along with it and vice versa.
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If it doesn’t add value, it’s a waste! It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the things that are not currently bringing you value ~ but it may mean you need to shift your focus. There are plenty of times that I spend too much time in waste and not in value especially when it comes to social media. Distractions. Splinters. A waste of time. A waste of energy. A waste of acknowledgement. There are many people in your life who will not even know how to understand the value of what is most important. Until it matters, you may even struggle with it.
Living a life, you love right now in this moment will start at the building block of finding value in how you spend your time, your energy and your resources. Where is that you can invest to find the most value in those areas?