affirmations are a girl’s best friend…

i am nothing if not a chronic procrastinator.

i will wait until the last possible second to accomplish anything at all, even if this tactic ends up causing me so much stress i can’t function for hours after.

this makes very little sense, no matter which way you slice it, but somehow, i just never, ever learn.

that said, i’m learning.

one thing I’ve been trying to do this year (that is constantly thwarted by health issues and mutinies of the worst kind), is get better at achieving some of the goals i have for myself.

one way i’ve been trying to motivate myself is by the use of affirmations in every day life.

an affirmation is a great way to remind yourself of what you’re trying to accomplish without it being shoved down your throat, so to speak.

the way i use mine is that i try to write five affirmations in a journal every single day (or at least once a week on a week where i’m super busy or stressed or have low spoons) and i have even written out important affirmations on my bathroom mirror, that way, even if i don’t read them every day, my brain recognizes them on some level and they still do what they’re supposed to do.

because of these affirmations, i have found that i start my day out in a better mood and with a better outlook in general, ready to tackle any of life’s challenges. on top of that, it’s fun to go back and look over the affirmations from the last month to see how things have (or haven’t) changed.

the mind is a crazy, crazy thing and it’s kind of neat how we can reprogram and change how we think about things just by the information we choose to put into it.

kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?

here’s my affirmations for the next week:

i will take time for the things i need to, 

i will remember my worth. 

i will be the best i can be at all that i do. 

i will remain assertive and forthright in the things i am concerned about. 

i will learn how to say what i need to say, when i need to say it. 

what are yours?

xx

 

on labeling oneself

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like every new practitioner, i once found myself inundated with so much information i didn’t know what to do with it all.

where do i start? what do i need to know? how will i know this is the right path?

stop. breathe.

it’s going to be okay.

i’m going to let you in on a secret:

you don’t need a label.

wild, i know, but bear with me.

i myself have gone through many different phases along many different paths and let me tell you, none of the labels i gave myself ever stuck for long.

why? because i was and still am evolving into my true self.

and maybe “witch” doesn’t even apply to you.

that’s perfectly okay. there’s no rule book when it comes to your personal journey, except the one you write for yourself.

embrace it.

embrace the uncertainty and be willing to push those boundaries. that’s where you learn the most and obtain what it is you truly, truly need.

maybe even that something that you didn’t even know you needed in the first place.

that’s all part of the fun anyway.

enjoy it and let the ebb and flow of it guide you.

by opening yourself up to the chaos of taking everything in, you open up your mind to endless possibility and achieving of things you never dreamed yourself capable of doing.

live. be free. grow.

there may be time for labels as you learn your craft, whatever that craft might be, but in my experience, limiting oneself is detrimental and damaging to the creative and discovery process.

as a young practitioner, i ran into the struggle of labeling myself a kitchen witch.

not only was this not true (i am not, nor will i ever be a “kitchen witch”), but i also found myself not studying things i was interested in because it went against what I thought my lot in life was, simply because it “wasn’t what kitchen witches did”.

sure, i could have went against the grain and did my own thing, but in my case, I had to completely do away with the labels and constraints I’d given myself and start fresh.

i could have saved myself so much stress and drama.

in the end, save the labeling for an established practice and allow yourself absolute freedom to explore and change.

you may find it’s just the sort of spontaneity you need.

xx