Hope is Precious

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It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.
― C.J. Redwine,

Creating Worthwhile Commitments to Yourself

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Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.”
― Paulo Coelho

Dedication is something we think little about because it comes as second nature when we choose to dedicate our time to our work, our families and our friends. We make commitments to be that listening ear to anyone who needs it, to always get the job done and to take care our family to keep safe and happy. But how committed are you to you? When any of us think of commitments it’s often towards something external, never internal. How much time is spent committing to things which makes us happy? We have become so self-absorbed in the movement of self-love, we think that’s all there is. ” I love myself and that’s enough.”  That’s it, end of story!

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4 Possibilities Of The New Year

January is the most difficult month for many people, coming down from that high of the holiday, trying to stick to those new resolutions can send the best of us into a tailspin. Life has a way of humbling us all and eleven months from now you’ll be looking back on all the foolish things you’ve wasted time on and for losing sight of the possibilities this new year brought.  Life is filled with new possibilities, don’t get caught up in little frustrations. Embrace the possibilities, whatever the new may bring, always remember the possibilities.

 1. Give up the failures that make you so self-conscious- both failure and accomplishments should be celebrated because they are learning experiences. 

2. Nothing in life is perfect, no one in life is perfect, not even you. So don’t expect others to be perfect. Love yourself and others, imperfections and all.

3. There are no quick fixes- like fad diets, quick fixes don’t work, they may give you gratification but they’re short-lived with short rewards. You have to put the work into anything if you intend to accomplish anything long-lasting. To celebrate the rewards in the long run you can’t cut corners.

4. Do something meaningful to you- dust off all those plans that have put on the back burner and focus on the most tangible ones. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long it’s been since they’ve been sitting, find the passion you once had for that thing and make it happen.

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A Christmas Story Pt 4: 6 Reminders for The Happy New Year

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We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.
― Ellen Goodman

We’ve been here before, on the eve of a new year! Whether it’s for religious, cultural or simply by choice, you did not celebrate Christmas, each new year is welcomed by people around the globe in celebration, promises to self that this year life will be appreciated more, all those things that left undone in the previous year, or years will finally be done. We all step into the new year with new hopes of making our days better than ones before.  The year is no different, on this eve of a new year my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude. I am so happy and grateful that I have made it this far with full mental faculties when many days in the past year I questioned whether or not I would. And not to put any additional pressure on me as well as to shield myself from disappointments, I have no great expectations for the incoming year because I will not live an anxious year of imagining what’s coming next.  But rather live my life in the present with the lessons of the past.

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