Yesterday, half joking... I put on twitter that I was having trouble coming up with words for this post. Sometimes it's just boring to talk about what I am wearing. Aren't that what the pictures are for? One of my lovely readers responded with this: Can you write an inspirational post? I'm needing some wise words about believing in myself.
To which I suddenly thought: um, me too. We all have weeks - good and bad. Some will say that it's all how you look at things. You know, glass half full or half empty. And I do believe in positive thinking and positive energy. I do. But sometimes if you are down in the dumpers, even that can be a challenge. Even that isn't as easy as it sounds. Believe me, I've been there. This winter was a real emotional challenge for me. So while I may not be an expert when it comes to being an inspirational speaker (or writer) - I am an expert in needing some inspiration.
Sometimes I can try a new recipe or simply paint my nails and suddenly I feel better. Sometimes a chocolate shake or a good old blast-the-music-and-forget-about-my-troubles is in order. I highly suggest any or all of these things.
But what I find most helpful - one that I have been doing myself lately - is to just get some good old perspective. Try this with a friend, a husband (my favorite) or pen and paper.
I tend to believe in general that my life is on the up and ups. It is. I know it is. But sometimes when I am in the minutiae of bills and kids and a household to run I get stuck in the negatives.
So if you are in need of inspiration... what I am saying here is be your own inspiration. List all of the achievements you have had in the past year. Think back to last summer... how has your life improved since then? Are you eating healthier? Loving stronger? Caring for yourself better? Think to 6 months ago... what were your goals for the New Year? Have you made steps toward them? Have you improved your work situation or taken on new responsibilities in your current position? Think to last month. Have you made a promise to yourself to spend money wiser? Try something new or live with a new mental attitude?
You are your own best inspiration. And when all else fails... here is what Christopher Robin told Pooh and I do believe it to be true: (I know, because I just happened to read it to my daughter at nap time today)
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Sandals, Forever 21