Acknowledging Yourself Brings Out Your Best

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The 2016 school year is almost done and it’s been an interesting experience for all of us. Everyone is ready to finish the final term and we’re counting down the days until it’s time to finally enjoy the holidays. And we’ve all done our best and showed up but all too quickly we get swept into the holiday and tend to forget about ourselves.

This is the perfect time to give yourself some acknowledgement by taking some time to reflect back on the year past and all the experiences which came and went. Then think about how much you have experienced, overcome and achieved throughout the year. From the smallest trial and tribulations to the greatest accomplishments; and write them all down.

Think back to the birthday parties where you gave your best; to the sports days where you showed up. And even if that wasn’t your thing, think about where you managed to show-up and do your best anyway.

As we take some time to focus on our accomplishments and achievements, we realize how valuable we truly are and how much we do for our children; and we gain the inspiration to keep on doing our best. As we appreciate ourselves for our invaluable contribution to life, we grow in worth and we grow in spirit. And then we find the inspiration and strength to face the school holidays with love in our hearts and to realize that we too deserve to rest over the school holidays.

As our appreciation for ourselves and our contributions to life grows, we in turn draw appreciation back to us from our families ~ Alison Livanos

The Joy of Challenges

stormsLife can sometimes seem filled with challenges; some call it struggles and others could call it problems. The truth is these challenges have been created through our own way of thinking about our circumstances. By worrying, we focus on the worst possible outcome, and we are then creating our reality with the fear of that very reality. As challenged as we may feel to accept that, it’s the truth.  

As we focus on everything that could go wrong, we miss out on the joy of the journey and what could possibly go really well. This latent fear of some sort then pushes away the very outcome of that which we actually deeply desire.   

Having grown up in a home where we were often financially challenged and living on credit, I use to worry constantly that I wouldn’t have enough to raise three children. I feared this deeply and as the challenges started mounting such as cancelled client contracts and piling up overdue bills, I realized that this worrying about not having enough was actually creating all of these financial challenges.  

As we start to focus our thoughts and emotions on a positive outcome and on the very thing that we really want, we start to recreate our lives to one that we love.  

I started focussing my thoughts on what I wanted and why. My objective was clear, to give us the life we deserve. I focussed all my thoughts on my love for my children and what I loved about myself and my life: the small free joys in life such as nature and time together as a family, my warm home, all this even though money was still a challenge.  

When we catch the thoughts created through tension, fear, anger and sadness, in their tracks and choose to rather focus on thoughts created in love, calm and joy, we can begin to create an inspired life.  

We could rather switch our problems and struggles to challenges. Focus on what we have to be grateful for in these challenges. And as this gratitude grows, we begin to see and accept the gifts in the challenges such as growing stronger, which will begin to change our lives in the most positive of ways ~ Alison Livanos.