Hi everyone! ☺️
I mentioned in last week's blogpost that I was undertaking a challenge and was pretty excited to see how it would turn out - well, here is Part 1 of the Results!!!
But firstly, if you haven't read about it before, what's the challenge?
Each day for seven days, one of my besties (thanks Ace! ❤️) will be sending me a motivational life mantra/life inspiration/quote photo - whatever you wanna call it - that I haven't seen before.
Each day, I will have to incorporate it into my life (to the best extent I can!) after figuring out what the mantra means to me.
So, here goes! :)
DAY 1: "I DO ENOUGH. I HAVE ENOUGH. I AM ENOUGH."
Ace - her name is Anna-Christina, we all call her A-C, but she's my Ace!☺️ - sent me my first mantra in the morning, and it wasn't too bad! I felt like I knew exactly what this one meant straight away, but I did want other people's opinions just because it's interesting!
One of my best friends, Fiona, thought it meant "I do enough to be happy/satisfied/content etc…it's like enough with trying to meet all your expectations, try to just get the basic fundamentals you need to be content, like just be present".
Ace felt like "it means you don't need to do more or change yourself or do anything, you are enough as a person."
And me? I think it means being ok if you're not getting everything you think you need to get done, done. You're enough just the way you are. Essentially, I thought it meant taking a step back and not being so hard on yourself - and appreciating what there is in your life! I started loving this mantra already - we all need a whole lot more of this in our lives!
How on earth am I going to incorporate this into my day though? This week I was on my mid-semester break from uni and the only thing on my agenda for today was cleaning my room (long overdue…sorry mum! :P). Throughout the day I was SO hyper aware of if I was giving myself any negative self-talk and immediately squashed it with 'I am enough', it's crazy how helpful a simple sentence like that actually is!
The cleaning day went on, I had cleared out my entire wardrobe and started sorting everything - but it became late night and I was tired. Had I accomplished my goal of cleaning my entire room? No. But, you know what? I did enough for today :)
I decided sorting out all the clothes to be hung was enough ^, dumped the rest of my clothes in two drawers to sort tomorrow (reference far right photo) and called it a night!
I definitely have enough clothes ;)
Usually I'm pretty hard on myself if I don't get things done, it was refreshing to ease up and say you know what? It's ok. It's enough!
DAY 2: "Why walk when you can dance?"
Oh Ace, you know me so well. I LOVED THIS ONE.
How was I going to take on this one? LITERALLY - for sure! :P
Figuratively though, I thought it meant find fun in everything, why do something a more plain way when you can do something in a more exciting way? I was discussing it with Ace and she added on another cool point: "Enjoying every moment and living life to the full for sure, and like work to our maximum not minimum, in a strange way. Like if walking is the minimum, then dancing is giving your full potential, giving everything you have." I love all these points so much.
I definitely apply this mantra a whole lot already when I'm around the house :P I don't know about you guys, but sometimes when I can take my time and cook some dinner I put on music and dance around the kitchen cooking :) Don't judge, join me! Hehe. But that day I took it to the next level - it was 8.45 am and I was jamming to Beyoncé - not mad about it. ;)
Besides the day being a constant work out, it was definitely a whole lot of fun!
DAY 3: "Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the **** you were gonna do anyway."
Ahhh, this will be interesting. I immediately sent Ace a message saying:
But also - this was so against what I'm usually like haha.
A while back I had mentioned to mum I was really wanting to buy some charms for my Pandora bracelet, but she suggested just waiting for a bit which normally I agree with, especially when it comes to shopping and the potential of sales.
Thing is, Pandora stores don't really tend to have sales… :)
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen...I decided I was just going to buy some charms anyway *insert covering eyes monkey emoji*. It definitely made me happy haha.
I did struggle with this mantra a little bit just because it's not quite like me. But, after getting each mantra in the morning I would make a conscious effort to keep them on my mind all day: One thing I did notice about this day was JUST. HOW. LIBERATING. it was to put your feelings, thoughts, needs and wants as the first priority (even if in reality it can't and shouldn't always be the case).
It was a bit insane to see how focusing on one phrase a day could have such a big impact on your mindset and feelings!
The rest of the week?
Days 4-7 coming your way next week!
See whether following all these mantras took me down the path of enlightenment! :P
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Have a great rest of the week!