The Week With All The Affirmations

February 20, 2012 in 52 Delights Project

Illustration by Garance Doré

THE WEEK THAT WAS

I could never have imagined how much fun my week of learning would be. I loved reading, watching and listening to a whole range of information and found myself quite chuffed about all the new things I was learning. It’s easy to slow down our active hunt for knowledge once we graduate from school, university or post-graduate studies, but it is so important to continually be hunting out fresh ideas and information to keep growing intellectually and creatively.

I found that I was more inspired than usual because I was feeding off other people’s ideas (which were new to me). I’ll definitely be making more of an effort to seek out knowledge, especially in areas I might not usually be watching/reading about. The world can sometimes seem very small and limited but it just takes a decision to expand your horizons to see that there is so much to learn out there!

 

THIS WEEK

Original photo by Wild Dawn Photography

Pin It
Affirmations are one of those things I do with great gusto for about three days and then fall off the wagon, don’t give them another thought for a few months and then I feel guilty for not persevering. I think it’s because I find them quite uncomfortable and often a little confronting. It doesn’t feel natural telling yourself positive things to change your mindset and your approach to the day. Why does it feel so silly to talk to ourselves when we’re saying something nice and uplifting? We’re always perfectly okay putting ourselves down with negative self-talk.

There are a lot of people who disregard affirmations as airy-fairy bullsh*t, hell I used to be one of them, but I started thinking about the flip side. Whenever we let our internal voice get hold of our brains and it starts to natter away horrible self-loathing ideas, we listen to it. We let it bring us down, make us anxious and lose confidence in our abilities. Why can’t a positive internal voice be just as powerful? Sure it requires a little work and possibly feeling like an idiot for a while, but in my opinion it’s well worth it.

The one above was tweeted by the lovely Jess Ainscough this morning and I made a mental note that this would be a great way to start the week. I have been repeating this sentence to myself over and over today and finally gave in to my body and had a nap this afternoon. So far so good!

You can create affirmations around anything, generally what you’re wanting to bring into your life or focus on in a positive light. Others I’ve used and liked have been:

  • I am finding my heart-soaring spine-tingling life passion
  • My income is constantly increasing and my loved ones are safe and supported in everything that they do
  • I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life
  • I am getting better and shining brighter every day.

 

The girls from Sweet Lime and Spiced Tea did a 30 Day Affirmation Challenge a while back and made some gorgeous little printable cards to help with the process. Such a cute idea.

PS: As a little aside while I’m talking about Jess in this post, she has released a shiny new eBook called Make Peace With Your Plate which is a wonderful read if you’re thinking of changing your diet to better reflect how you’d like to be feeling – to up your energy, devour more nutrients and cut out processed foods. MPWYP is straight to the point and easy to follow with some great tips and ideas PLUS you can score a copy of my eBook Turning Your Dream Into Reality free if you order her book before February 22nd (her boyfriend bet she couldn’t sell 500 copies by that point and I’m all about helping people prove others wrong, haha)!

Have you used affirmations before?

What are some of your favourites?