Welcome to 2017 my loves! It is going to be an AMAZING YEAR — hopefully your best year yet ! I mean, this is YOUR YEAR ,right ?
But I guess we say that every year, and 2016’s hot mess was proof that JUST claiming it will be a good year is not enough to actually HAVE a good year. 2016 taught us we need to be prepared to deal with adversity, taught us to be humble and maybe even showed that we need to learn a little more about ourselves to actually improve who we are.
This is the time to increase our awareness of self, improve the way we see the world, and how we treat others. In an effort to expand your growth during your journey of Becoming You and self mastery.
2017 is the YEAR OF MINDFULNESS
This challenge is a 12 month journey of self discovery, growth, and development combined with actionable steps for real success. .Becoming mindful in 2017 means experiencing your most transformative year of your life thus far. Learn yourself more, Grow exponentially. The control , calm, and happiness you seek in your life is broken down into 12 personal growth ideas to help you create the life you want while appreciating and loving your life as it currently is.
This challenge is different than most. It will challenge you to examine how you think about your life and the world you live in. It will help you gain the control of the direction of your life you are seeking and improve the way you feel about yourself. The success you are chasing is wrapped in the ability to observe yourself and adjust to be better . Its time to start taking your happiness seriously.
YOU HAVE UNLIMITED POWER TO CONTROL YOUR LIFE. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE ? ARE YOU READY EXPERIENCE MINDFUL LIVING?
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January – Discipline
So you wrote down your goals, you made a plan, and you are tingling with excitement ,ready to take on the new year and dominate your plan. YAASS! You are that much closer to achieving your goals than ever before.
But do you have what it takes to actually achieve those goals? Can you stay consistent and work your plan?
We have heard it a thousand times, hard work beats out talent 9 times out of ten. But how? If you have a gift, just know it is not enough. You may have the belief in your dream,, but you lack the discipline to get it done . The truth is most of us lack DISCIPLINE. Success is more than the desire to win but the ability to follow through and execute. That is what separates those who TALK the TALK from those who DO and SUCCEED.
Spend the first chapter of the year developing this fundamental skill. Explore the principles of self- discipline, patience, and perseverance while accomplishing more. Gain the REAL confidence to know you have a purpose and YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your success. Start your year off creating structure and forming habits that will guarantee you start and finish your year strong .
+REVEAL HOW TO ACTUALLY GET MORE DONE
+IMPROVE SELF CONTROL
+UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNDISCIPLINED LIVING
+OVERCOME LAZINESS AND PROCRASTINATION
+STRENGTHEN YOUR INNER VOICE
+SIMPLE DISCIPLINE PRACTICES TO BETTER YOUR LIFE DAILY
Ah February, the season of love, hearts , and excessive amounts of chocolate . This is the time of year when relationships are on the front line and you may be looking at yours a little more closely.
The way we communicate with others is the foundation of the success or failures we experience with other people in our lives, and while love is on the brain ; relationships with friends, family, and even the people we work with have a massive effect on your personal health and happiness .
As you seek to improve yourself in 2017, remember that you are like a stone tossed into the pond of life, and no matter whether you sink or float your presence causes ripples – these ripples represent the effects we have on others lives around us.
Do you know how to effectively communicate with the people in your life ? Are you able to handle conflict and disagreements with a compassionate and thoughtful mindset? Explore the benefits better communication with the practices and tools of mindfulness .
+LEARN HOW TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OTHERS IN YOUR LIFE
+IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
+COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY + IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
+UNDERSTAND HOW TO LOVE OTHERS THEY WAY THEY NEED
+HOW TO LOVE + APPRECIATE YOURSELF
+BECOME A BETTER LISTENER
+HOW TO LOVE A LITTLE LIGHTER
+HOW TO EXPRESS YOURSELF BETTER
March – Awareness
Being self aware is one of the most powerful skills you can develop during the YEAR OF MINDFULNESS challenge and life in general. Awareness is one of the foundations of both mindful living and self mastery . You may think you KNOW yourself , but do you really ? Can you pinpoint the triggers of your insecurities and failures? Are you aware enough to shift your thoughts toward a more positive mindset ? Are you aware of your thoughts and how they may be affecting your ability to succeed ?
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO GROWTH, YOU HAVE TO FACE YOURSELF HONESTLY IN ORDER TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR PRESENT SITUATION STARTS FROM WITHIN.
This month is all about the understanding and mastery of yourself with the practices of self awareness. We are getting deep and personal so you can REALLY tap into your authentic self and be happy. Facing yourself with love and appreciation can be difficult and daunting, but you deserve to meet and love yourself . You also deserve to grow and evolve, if you don’t know the things you do well and the areas you need improvement, how can you ever actually change your life.
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to knowing yourself, it is a recipe for being STUCK.
+GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY ON YOUR PURPOSE
+INCREASE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PASSIONS AND GIFTS
+LIVE A MORE PRESENT AND MINDFUL LIFE
+OVERCOME INSECURITY, DOUBT, AND NEGATIVITY
+EXPERIENCE JOY AND GROWTH WITH SIMPLE PRACTICES + EXERCISES
+RESPOND TO ADVERSITY WITH POSITIVITY
+STOP MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES OVER + OVER AGAIN
If sometimes you feel like your life, your house, or your mind is just a cluttered mess — April is going to get you cleaned up ! With the tools of discipline and awareness at hand , it is the time to take those to the next level and add a sense of peace and order to your life. Are you one of the many that desire to be more organized in your daily life but have no idea where to begin ?
Being organized in both your thinking and actions takes more than utilizing your to- do lists and planners (although those things rock).
Creating an organized lifestyle requires an understand of WHY you need to be organized in a particular area of your life.
With the ability to recognize where and why your areas of chaos and disorganization exist, comes the ability to improve and grow in those areas .If you want to clean up your mess , get more done, accomplish more, and just be happier ;you MUST get organized. Learn how to trim the fat from your thinking, your daily routine, and your life to increase clarity and reduce stress with the tools organization and mindfulness.
+CREATE A TRANQUIL AND PEACEFUL LIVING ENVIRONMENT
+CREATE AND IMPROVE YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
+LEARN HOW TO GET MORE DONE + INCREASE EFFICIENCY
+HOW TO BE MORE PREPARED
+DECREASE STRESS + OVERWHELM
+HAVE MORE TIME TO DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE
+CREATE SYSTEMS + PROCESSES THAT ACTUALLY WORK
May – Presence
It is about time that you took a break. Yes– all your ripping running and SLAYING all year may have gotten you to forget all about yourself. And now, you are exhausted — But BURNOUT is so 2016. We are keeping it together in 2017 . Self care is an important part of personal growth and development, but most importantly it makes you FEEL good. Everyone deserves to feel good inside and out . Mindful living challenges us to step out of our thoughts and emotions from the past and future to PAUSE.
Awareness of the present moment expands our ability to appreciate the life we currently have. If you truly want to experience joy in your everyday living, the exploration of present living will be a breath of fresh air in the midst of all your to do lists, projects, and responsibilities.
The flowers of May will be blooming just in time for you to stop and take a big sniff! Together we will take a journey to increase inner peace by releasing weight of the past and the pressures of the future with mindfulness. Open your eyes to the beauty of today and live in the present.
+LOVE WHAT YOU DO MORE
+GET CLOSER TO THE ONES YOU LOVE
+RELEASE PRESSURE AND GUILT FROM OTHERS AND YOURSELF
+FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR BODY AND PLACE IN LIFE
+LEARN TO WORK FOR A BETTER FUTURE WHILE STILL LOVING TODAY
+OVERCOME PAIN FROM THE PAST
+INCREASE OPTIMISM FOR THE FUTURE
If you are feeling STUCK in your current situation, hopeless and powerless it may be time to take a lesson in optimism . Your mind is the most powerful tool you have, when you can learn to understand and control your thoughts you regain the POWER in the direction of your life.
Optimism is a muscle, it can be developed and strengthen over time. It is a myth that some people are just happier people. Everyone has the ability and deserves to experience a happy and fulfilling life!
The cycle of negative self talk, depression, and low self esteem can be broken. You have the ability to change how you feel by practicing positive thinking
Yup — that means you. But truth is , you will not be happy waiting for it to just happen to you. You have visualize happiness , you must work for it . Learned Optimism is more than just saying one affirmation in the morning with the expectation that your entire day will be great after that . Practicing optimism changes how to see the world and people around you . You can change how you see opportunities and how you treat others.
+DEVELOP A MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK
+LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY AND SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES
+BE A LIGHT IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
+PRACTICE LEARNED OPTIMISM
+LEARN TO BOUNCE BACK BETTER FROM DIFFICULT TIMES
+LEARN TO SEE THE GOOD IN FUTURE
+INCREASE SELF CONFIDENCE AND PERSONAL DRIVE
+DREAM BIGGER THAN EVER BEFORE
NEWSFLASH : Your brain MAY be ruining your life !
Every move and decision you make in your life is influenced by a core group of beliefs and ideas that you have about the world and the people are you. Your mindset and the way you think is a reflection of those ideas and beliefs. But what if some of those ideas are wrong ? What if those beliefs are the reason you are missing out on joy? You can change your mindset and the way you make decisions in order to change the course of your life.
You cannot change the trajectory of your life, thinking and doing the same old things you have always done. A change of mindset will gift you a change in your life.
If you want the life you want to be the life you have –the decisions you make will need fine tuning. We all want to be happy, in our own individual ways we desire a life that gives us a sense of purpose and pride. This is not a fairy tale type of wish, it is within your control to change how you think. Your mindset matters. The way you think matters. Your perspective of the world has a major effect on your decision making process and how you move within the space you occupy. Is your mindset one that will manifest the life you desire?
+CULTIVATE A POSITIVE MINDSET
+FEEL EMPOWERED TO MAKE NEW GOALS
+LEARN HOW TO OVERCOME AND DEAL WITH FAILURE
+IMPROVE DAILY OUTLOOK
+DO MORE OF WHAT YOU DESIRE
+FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN YOUR FUTURE
+MONITOR NEGATIVE SELF TALK
August – Productivity
You have the same 24 hours in the day as Beyonce!
That’s what they say right ? Its written on mugs and journals and t- shirts as a constant reminder that you can get as much done as you WANT to in a day . Thats SOUNDS good , but most of the time our issue is not the amount of hours in the day, but instead – what we do with those hours.
Do you want to know how some people just get more done ? How about ACTUALLY becoming one of those people? #GOALS, right!
Being a productive person does NOT have to be a contract to work tirelessly. It is impossible to live a mindful life and happy if you are working tirelessly. You must be able to be present and still, to smell to roses and just relax sometimes. Life requires balance. When you manage your time well, you gift yourself the ability to do more of what you WANT because you already accomplished what you NEED to do. Becoming productive is powerful thing – you will no longer be a slave to time.
+LEARN TO RECOGNIZE YOUR DISTRACTIONS
+ENJOY YOUR DAILY LIFE
+LEARN HOW TO UTILIZE DOWN TIME DURING THE DAY (so you can sleep at night)
+STOP FALLING BEHIND ON YOUR WORK AND PROJECTS
+HIT TARGETS AND GOALS ON TIME
+DO MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT
+PRIORITIZE WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT
+LEARN WHY YOU’RE NOT GETTING THINGS DONE
Wouldn’t it be amazing if everything always went your way? It would just be dandy if life played out the plans we put on paper perfectly. To my dismay ( and probably yours too) life just doesn’t work like that. Sometimes things in your life are on the up and up – things are progressing and you’re moving towards your goals killin’ it and slaying and then WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MAM- life is hitting you from all angles.
Yup, when adversity hits sometimes things can get a little messy . Our plans seems pointless, the feelings of being lost sweeps over and all the while you are left to sit and keep your life afloat while you handle things.
How do you deal with adversity ? What is your plan when trouble hits ? Do you have the mindset to face adversity and overcome?
Adversity has the ability to overwhelm some people and break them down completely, others are able to take their unfortunate situation and thrive. What separates the two ? An understanding of adversity and mastery of self. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control what we respond to ad how we do so. Learn the tools to handling adversity like a pro just in time for a change of season.
+PRACTICE KEEPING COOL IN HEATED SITUATIONS
+LEARN HOW TO BE PRAGMATIC WHEN MAKING DECISIONS
+RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO CHANGE OR GROW IN YOUR LIFE
+PROTECT YOUR OVERALL HAPPINESS WHEN ADVERSITY HITS
+BE EMOTIONALLY PREPARED TO RESPOND AND ACT WITH INTENTION
+STOP CREATING MORE ADVERSITY THROUGH POOR DECISION MAKING
Things are getting scary in October and hiding under the covers is NOT an option.
Fear is nothing to eliminate, but instead just another tool TO USE on our personal journeys. Do you understand your fear? Are you aware of how it affects your life ?
The most powerful and liberated people in the world live with fear, everyday – but they have learned it is not a controlling force. You fears don’t have to stop you but can instead fuel you, they don’t have to slow you down but can increase your momentum. Identifying your fears allows you to take back the control in your life most people only dream of.
+STOP FEELING TRAPPED BY YOUR PAST
+EMBRACE + ACTUALIZE GROWTH
+STOP WISHING AND START DOING
+INCREASE SELF CONFIDENCE + WILL POWER
+TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES
+FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN DAUNTING SITUATIONS
Mindfulness and gratitude are like two adorable twin babies holding hands, a perfect little duo. Living a present life is difficult without the ability to appreciate that which exists around you. This is where gratitude comes in.
Most of us have been told to be grateful for what we have , remind to recognize that we have so much more than others- and therefore shouldn’t complain about any adversities we may be facing at this time. But somehow, this doesn’t always make how we FEEL go away . Then you sit there feeling kind of guilty and still a bit crappy without a solution.
What if I told you , you have been doing gratitude wrong ? What if you could find the true joy in the current life you live while still working to become your best self?
It’s seriously possible. The month of November dives into one of the most important principles of happy living. Learn how to utilize the practices of gratitude to improve every area of your life. Manifest new opportunities, amplify the reach and strength in your talents, while actually enjoying the everyday .
+INCREASE SELF CONFIDENCE
+LEARN TO MOVE PAST DIFFICULT EXPERIENCES FROM THE PAST
+TAKE ON INSECURITY HEAD ON (and win)
+IDENTIFY AND INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS
+BECOME GENUINELY HAPPY
+IMPROVE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
+FOCUS AND IMPROVE YOUR STRONGEST TRAITS
December – Reflection
A mindful year, a more mindful you- I bet you can FEEL the difference by now. We all grow, at some points of our lives more than others; but this year was jam packed with a serious dive into what it meant to live a more present and mindful life.
You wanted more out of life, you desired a deeper understanding of self -and you did not wait for it to be handed to you. That’s what I am talking about — you know what you want , and decided to go after it. You are AMAZING! … and now here you are! What are the differences in who you were one year ago , before you took the step to practice mindfulness.
There is an opportunity in the past to learn so much, with a fresh set of eyes your year will be brought into perspective with a look at your personal goals for growth, wellness, and overall happiness. Creating an even better year than the year previous is a gift wrapped in the success and failures of the past – the lessons we have the opportunities to learn are the gems to happier living.
+PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK (it is okay to give yourself a little credit)
+EXAMINE HOW EFFECTIVE YOUR GOAL SETTING WAS LAST YEAR
+CREATE NEW GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR
+IDENTIFY VICTORY AREAS
+FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED OVER THE YEAR
+CREATE A NEW ACTION PLAN FOR THE NEW YEAR
+REFLECTION ACTIVITIES ( A look at all the areas of your life)
+LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
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