Sky’s the Limit: How to Be Who You Want to Be

Sky’s the Limit: How to Be Who You Want to Be

stronger“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” ~Mary Kay Ash

Take a moment for yourself. Sit back, relax and allow yourself to dream for a bit about whom you’d like to be and what you’d really like to do with your life.

If you could simply paint an image of who you want to be, what would that look like? Free-association like this can be incredibly helpful in realizing your goals.

Spend some highly productive time meditating on your dreams with these strategies:

Find a quiet time and place.

This will be somewhere where you can reflect without interruption. You might take a walk in the park or a bike ride for an hour. Maybe you’ll choose to lay out on a blanket under that big shade tree in your back yard.

Encourage your mind to pursue any positive thoughts.

Think about what you wanted to be when you were 10, 15, and 20. Was it the same occupation or way of life at each stage of your development? Or were you always coming up with something new you wanted to do?

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Think about your deepest desires.

Do you want to have a lot of money and travel the world? Or just settle down and have a family?  Perhaps you picture yourself surrounded by many close friends with whom you spend a lot of your spare time. Maybe your preferred way to live is an independent, quiet lifestyle alone with your books, paints, and hobbies.

Visualize your living space. Where you live largely determines the kind of life you have.

Living in a warm southern climate means you can be more physically active in warm weather year round. If you live in an apartment in the middle of the big city, you might live a life filled with wall to wall people, ethnic foods, and cultural experiences of all kinds. There’s rarely any quiet and you’re incredibly active, partaking of all that city life has to offer.

A rural setting, on the other hand, provides its own sense of stability. You enjoy nature frequently. The sights, sounds, and smells of plants, animals, and the four seasons surround you as you walk or work outdoors. Stress levels are lower.

Make a wish.

You might think that making a wish is just for kids. But for the sake of this exercise, if you could have just one wish for your life, what would it be? To be a husband someday? To be a mother? To travel to a few exotic countries you’ve wanted to see? To be an accountant or small business owner?

Your wish will reveal a lot about you and what you desire.

Dream about your career.

Continuing to paint the picture of who you would choose to be, where would you be working? What kind of job credentials would you hold? What would you be like in that situation?

Because work is almost one-third of your life, consider your career choice as profoundly integral to your happiness.

Engage in a little planning.

Now that you’ve reflected on your life and who you’d like to be, how close is your actual life to your desires? What can you do to help yourself become who and what you want to be?

You deserve to live the life you choose. Reflect on who and what you want to be. Let your mind go for a bit. Then, ask yourself what you want for yourself. Think about where you’d prefer to live. Think about the career you’d have if you could do it all over again.

Finally, ask yourself what you will need to do to get to the place of your dreams, physically, emotionally, and career-wise. You can be anything you want to be. Make some effort now to find out who that really is.

So tell me–do you know who you are? And what are you going to do about it? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below

Bliss Mission: Affirm Your Gratitude and Improve Your Life

Bliss Mission: Affirm Your Gratitude and Improve Your Life

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The following is a list of affirmations and reflection questions to help you stay focused on our 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

 

  1. I give thanks daily for my focus in life.
  2. I am confident in my ability to achieve my goals. Each day, I live with presence and conviction and, therefore, make good on my dreams. For this, I am intensely grateful.
  3. I know that I can have what I want! All I need to do is focus. I put forth my intention and my dreams and desires are made manifest.
  4. Focus is the biggest secret to my success. I pay close attention to what I want and then devote my energy to accomplishing my dreams.
  5. Sometimes, achieving my goals requires greater effort than at other times. When this is the case, I am particularly thankful for my focus. Sustained effort requires motivation and motivation requires remembering why I am willing to put in some hard work. But when I focus on my goals, motivation comes easily.
  6. If I feel distracted or scattered, I take a few moments to close my eyes and just breathe. I notice the sensations of my feet on the floor and my hands resting on my lap.
  7. This simple exercise renews my focus by bringing me into the present moment. And when I am fully present, I feel gratitude for where I am and how far I have come.
  8. Today, I make time to contemplate my many accomplishments. I am thankful for my focus in life, which enables me to have all that I want.
  9. I seek out opportunities to cultivate this gratitude by paying attention to my deepest desires and pursuing them devotedly.

 

Self-Reflection Questions:
1. What are some of the things I have accomplished in the last year?
2. To what do I attribute these successes?
3. Are there aspects of my life that could benefit from greater focus?

 

 

 

Bliss Mission: Affirm Your Gratitude and Improve Your Life

Bliss Mission: 7 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Healthy groceries don't have to break the bank!Have you noticed lately that your grocery bill is going up? While the cost of food may be rising, some of your growing grocery store costs might be increasing because you’re making impulsive purchases.

If you shop when you’re lacking energy, hungry, or in a hurry, chances are good you sometimes make hasty decisions about food.

So, how many times have you come home from the store and wondered what you were thinking when you bought this or that?

We’ve all done it, and we’ve all found ourselves throwing out food and products we never use as a result of it. That means we waste our money.

But if you think ahead and try the following ways to save money at the grocery store, you’ll never go over-budget again. Give it a shot.

7 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Write it down!

  • Keep a pad of paper and pen in the kitchen. When you notice you’re getting low on something you use regularly, write it on the list.
  • If you’re tech-oriented, enter those items into your smart phones so you’ll have them with you the next time you go to the store.
  • Think about food products you don’t use much or that your family doesn’t want to eat anymore. Consider excluding them from your store list.
  • Before you leave home to go grocery shopping, double-check for any items you may need but haven’t yet listed. Add those to your list.

Don’t rush it!

  • Allow a reasonable amount of time to grocery-shop. Having ample time to shop means you’re more likely to cut down on hurrying through the store and grabbing whatever food product strikes your fancy at the moment.
  • Consider shopping during off-peak hours to avoid additional stress that can cause impulse buys.

Eat real food!

  • Make a real effort to avoid processed food. Food items in boxes, bags, or cans usually have additives and other unhealthy ingredients.
  • If you “think healthy” at the store, you’ll most likely save yourself from picking up all those processed, packaged foods.

Get what you came for, nothing more!

  • Stick to the store list. Now that you’ve made a list of everything you need, purchase only items you’ve listed.
  • If sticking 100% to the list is difficult, consider allowing yourself just one or two foods not included on your store list.
  • Think about those items carefully to ensure they’re worth the price and that you can use them in preparing healthy meals or snacks for your family.

Don’t go hungry!

  • Eat a meal before you go grocery shopping. Like your mom used to tell you, “Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.”
  • It’s no secret that people tend to spend more when they’re feeling starved while shopping. A bag of chips here, a candy bar there, and you just bumped your grocery bill a few dollars.

Spend what you intend!

  • Establish a budgeted amount of money you plan to spend at the grocery store and only spend that much, no more.
  • Some financial experts recommend that you only shop with cash. It seems that handing over your hard-earned money in cash is more difficult for most people than punching in a pin number. (It works, trust me, I’ve done this and saved a ton  of money in the process!)

Bonus tip: What to do if you go over budget

  • Dilemma: Let’s say you don’t want to exceed $75 per week on food. While you’re at the checkout counter, the store staff tells you your bill is $79. What can you do?
  • How to solve it: Quickly look over your food items. Ask yourself what you can do without. See if there are snack items you don’t really need. Make a concerted effort to reduce the total to $75.00, as you planned.
  • Follow up: Then, when you get home, consider whether you need to raise your budgeted amount to spend on your next trip to the store. You might conclude you didn’t really need the items you put back. Or you may realize that $75 just isn’t enough to meet your needs and you should raise your budget a little.

Stay the course!

Pat yourself on the back for the planning you did to avoid impulsive purchases at the grocery store. You made a real effort and it shows.

Recognize that with just a few small changes you can nearly end impulsive purchases at the grocery store, if you really want it. Cutting down on your impulsive purchases at the grocery store is entirely possible.

With some advance planning and use of these tips, you’ll reduce your overall grocery store spending and decrease your impulsive purchases. You’ll be successful in reaching your shopping goals, and have more money to show for it!

What do you think? Share your thoughts and money-saving tips in the comments section, below.

 

Bliss Mission: Affirm Your Gratitude and Improve Your Life

Bliss Mission: Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends

party_attractive_men_and_women_vector_fashion_154413If you’re like most people, at some point you’ve probably been in an uncomfortable situation where you needed some help.

You might have spent hours going over the particulars of what you were going through, desperately trying to determine how you would resolve the event.

If only you’d had enough money to get through until payday, had someone to babysit for you, or been able to borrow someone’s vehicle, the issue could have been all worked out. Your situation would most likely have been easily and quickly resolved had you reached out for assistance.

You may even have had someone in mind whom you could have asked. But you just couldn’t bring yourself to request help. What stopped you? Why didn’t you ask for help?

Maybe it was your pride. Maybe you were ashamed or embarrassed about what you were experiencing. Perhaps you convinced yourself no one else in the world has ever been in the fix you were in.

But even if this may seem contrary to what you were taught as a kid, it’s okay and even smart to ask for assistance when you need help.

Why you should ask for a little help from your friends

1. All of us are entitled to ask for help. Sometimes, each of us needs a bit of assistance to solve a challenge we’re dealing with. When you ask for help, you acknowledge your humanity. You show you belong to the worldwide community.

2. Asking is an effective method of problem-solving. Sometimes, issue resolution and relief is just a phone call or conversation away.

3. Give others a chance. You’ll provide a friend or family member with an opportunity to help you through a difficult time. After all, if one of your friends or a family member needed assistance and all it would take was a quick call to you to solve the issue, wouldn’t you want to get that call? Your friends and loved ones are most likely glad to help you.

4. Set the example. When you ask for help, you show friends that they could ask you for assistance someday if they’re in a bind. Frankly, asking for help is what friendship is all about. Friends are usually pleased to reciprocate some favor you’ve done for them in the past.

* Your relationships are also enriched when you ask for and accept help from others. You’ll feel closer to the person who helped you and they’ll feel emotionally closer to you.

5. Connect with others. The person who helps you will gain a better understanding of you and your current situation. Knowing that someone you care about truly understands you can feel incredibly reassuring.

6. Show your character. By asking for help, you’re provided with an opportunity to show your true character. If you borrow money, for example, you’ll be able to show that you repay your debts by promptly paying back the person that helped you. And that’s a good thing.

Re-frame the way you view asking for help. Asking for help demonstrates your humanness, is an effective way to solve challenges, and provides your loved ones with the chance to reach out to you.

Asking for assistance also lets friends know they can ask you for help later on and enriches your relationships. Go ahead and reach out the next time you need help!

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