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Mantra Monday XXX: Good Vibes Only — Except Not

Author: Joe Lizz What is life when it’s all sunshine and unicorns farting rainbows? After a while, it’s boring and unproductive to our overall well-being and personal development.   The idea that good vibes are the only vibes could actually be promoting poor mental wellness, superficiality, and struggling relationships in our own lives. Ultimately allowing bad vibes to take root without us even realizing they’re there to benefit from.   “Good vibes only” perpetuates denial and is a weak attempt to promote a candy-coated perfect life that none of us are living. Life is hard, and challenging, and it challenges us to make better versions of ourselves.  When we maintain a false sense of perfection by claiming we only allow good...

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Mantra Monday XXIX: Leave Gratitude Where You Grow

Author: Joe Lizz Gratitude is one of the greatest “feel good” exercises, yet it is so often overlooked and under-appreciated. It’s a simple expression of both self love and love for what we have in our lives. It can help us overcome hurdles that seem impossible or days that seem like they’ll never end, and remind us that we have more good than bad in our lives. It’s hard to be unhappy, to hurt, to feel sorrow, when we are focusing on gratitude. It helps us grow, open our hearts, and expand our minds on the path we are walking by awakening our inner selves and promoting personal growth. When you think of gratitude your mind may automatically jump to a grand gesture...

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Mantra Monday XXVII: Honor Your Limits

Author: Joe Lizz Set limits for yourself and honor them. Set limits for your relationships with others and honor them. Not only can you not pour from an empty glass, but you can also only pour to so many others even from a glass that is full. You know yourself: your capabilities, your desires, your “I’m over it” point, and you know if and when other people are taking advantage of you. Put your foot down and remind people of your limits. If they cannot respect those limits, they probably can’t or don’t respect you. Don’t be afraid to speak up. You have a voice — use it, and don’t be afraid to use it. Fear is a fickle, odd creature, and at times, it causes us to...

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Mantra Monday XXVII: Love Yo Self

Author: Joe Lizz 1. Love Yo Self Love yourself loudly, unapologetically, shamelessly. You deserve to hear that you are loved, you deserve to feel that you are loved, you deserve to be LOVED. Self love is the best love, the most important love, the love we draw from to spread love into the world around us. 2. Make time for yourself Putting yourself first doesn’t make you selfish. It doesn’t mean you’re unaware of the needs of others, it simply means that you recognize that in order to pour from your cup you must also spend time filling it first. Make time for the things that set your soul on fire, that make you feel cherished and unique. The things that are luxuries to you. They don’t have to be grand experiences; curl up with...

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Mantra Monday XXV: If You Need Help, Ask

Author: Joe Lizz Mantra Monday has become a way of keeping a small history of my week — my thoughts, my struggles, my successes, my growth. Each Mantra Monday blog I write is inspired by my own personal life the week before. Sometimes those moments are filled with happiness, and sometimes they’re filled with sorrow, but every one of them is powerful and worth remembering.  This week, I was reminded of the importance of not always carrying your burden(s) alone and asking for help when you need it.   My son lost his very first tooth, and while we celebrate this milestone, it brought up the pain of having lost a child a couple of years ago.  As the pain took root, I...

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