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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 XVIII: To Have, You Should Be

Author: Joe Lizz If you want good friends, you should be a good friend. If you want to succeed, you should be hard working. If you want to be trusted, you should be honest. The things that are worth the most in life are the things we must work for.   Sometimes that means putting in extra hours at work, sometimes that means working harder at the gym, and sometimes that means working on ourselves to be the best version of ourselves that we can for those around us. We can’t ask people to be winner friends if we aren’t also willing to be good friends ourselves. We can’t ask our significant other to compromise but always want it our way...

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Mantra Monday VXII: Let Go, Let Grow

Author: Joe Lizz When I was little, my mother used to keep a big garden out front. Every year she would grow vegetables and raspberries, and in the fall, we would have our own home-grown pumpkins and gourds for Halloween. Inside, she also kept beautiful house plants in pots in our kitchen and back porch. While I hated having to weed the outside garden every year, I loved repotting the indoor plants with her.  We would always talk about how important it is to not confirm yourself by your roots and to move on when you have outgrown where you currently are in life.   Growth means change, and sometimes change can be hard. We are, by nature, creatures of habit...

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Mantra Monday VXI: I Am Becoming

Author: Joe Lizz I am becoming.   The person I want to be. Each and every day, I take another step toward that person.    Bumps in the road are there for a reason and everything is happening according to a greater plan. While it can feel like time passes slowly when we find ourselves in those “in-between” feeling moments, such moments offer us the time we need to reflect, digest, and progress. Go easy on yourself. While you should always push forward, you don’t have to push so hard.   Be gentle with yourself; evolve and grow in a place of peace. At no day, at no specific time are you required to do more than you are capable of doing...

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