Every day, I am writing about a positive affirmation, and I am also going to discuss life lessons that I have learned that day, or have learned throughout my life. Even though I am in my mid-twenties, I still feel like I have a lot of wisdom to offer to others.
I was inspired by these blog posts by reading The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. In that book she has daily readings throughout that book. She got a lot of her ideas from her other books about codependency. She is a really a good author. I started reading her books because someone dear to me who was an alcoholic. I found comfort in her books.
Today’s lesson is about eliminating one less expense from your monthly expenses. Whether it is you cut back on one less coffee throughout the month, or you eliminate a night of take out. You can look at your subscriptions, and think of cancelling one of them. You can decide how big or how small you want to cut back on expenses. It can really help you with your monthly budget. Perhaps one of your goals this year is to save money, this can be a really good starting point.
Today, I will be more aware of my monthly expenses. I will focus on ways of how I can more responsible with my money, and ways where I can save up more money.
I became inspired with this idea because I bought The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie six years ago, just before I started my blog. I started rereading it again. I figured it has been a few years since I have read it. I bought when I went to this meditation workshop, and the teacher ended her class with the daily reading of this book. I loved how much this book has helped me. At the time I bought this book, my best friend was an alcoholic, so I read this book a lot.
One of my favourite new beginning quote is this;
“Day One, or one day, you get to decide.”
What I love about it is how simple and profound it is. It is reminding us that today we given a clean slate, if we want to take to. We can either let this opportunity pass us by, or we can do something about it.
Our lives will pass us by, whether or not, we have truly lived, so we may as live the best lives that we can. Let’s use these days to decide what kind of life you want to live this year. Our lives can either be filled with adventures or missed opportunities.
Know that you are capable of doing something truly amazing. Write out your goals, and begin breaking them into small and manageable goals that you can accomplish in a week, or a month. You will understand the power of turning a big goal, into five small goals. You would also be surprised of how easier things become when you work like that. Once you accomplish your small goals, remember to celebrate your victory. Reward yourself with some ice cream, your favourite show, a girls out, or a girls evening via Zoom or Skype, depending on your city’s restrictions. Every now and again, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself, so if you do it in moderation, and don’t make it a big celebration, it will be a good thing. You don’t want to spend too much money on the award.
If you spend the next couple of days deciding how you want your 2021 to be, and what you wish to change and accomplish, you are getting closer to what you want to be.
Here’s an example of how a big goal can be broken into smaller goals. Perhaps your goal is to go to school. You can start your research of which program you want to get into, then decide on the school you would want to study. You would also want to see the requirements of what you need to get into the program. Your next goal will be to look at application forms, and find out their due dates, and when to submit them by. Another thing on your check list can be buying yourself school supplies, do practice questions online, and reading books on the subjects.
Or perhaps you want to have less stuff, you can either purge your belongings in a weekend, or spend a bit of time working on it each day, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. And really spend the time going through your things.
You can use this as an opportunity to make improvements on your life. The possibilities are endless. We are capable of so much more than you think we are.
Today, I will use my time to truly decide what I would like to accomplish this year. And I now know that I am more capable than I realize, and give myself credit for.
Because many of many American followers are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving, I decided to decidate the weekly quote to remind them, and others to express our gratitude. Not just when we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, but for every day.
It is always good to have a big heart that can find gratitude every day.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The rules are simple:
Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
This week’s theme is cover freebie (choose your own topic, centred on books cover or cover art). So, with that in mind, I am going to talk about my books with blue covers. I was going to pick yellow, but I saw that in a few weeks it will be showcasing Autumn coloured covers. I decided to save those colours for that week. I then realized that I have a lot of blue book covers.
So here we go… No particular order.
10. You Can Heal Your Life
I haven’t read this book, but I love anything Louis Hay. This book is about finding and changing your life. It’s about learning to believe in yourself.
9. The Now Effect
Another book I haven’t gotten a chance to read, but this is about mindfulness, and being present.
8. You Are A Badass Every Day
This is on my To Be Read List. I have read her first two books, and they were amazing books. This book just seems to remind us that we are powerful, and unstoppable.
7. Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
These are journal entries about how reading Eat Pray Love has inspired people to make changes in their lives. I have started reading this book, but I will definitely pick it up again, because it was quite insightful.
6. Make Your Bed
I have always been one to make my bed every morning. In this book McRaven mentions how by starting your day with completing a simple task, it allows you to keep on completing the next task, followed by another task. I really enjoyed this book.
5. Everything is F*cked: A Book
This book is on my To Be Read List. And I am so excited to read it!
4. 101 Life Lessons Without the Bullsh*t
I loved reading this book. It was so simple, yet so inspiring. I highly recommend reading this book.
3. Make Miracles in Forty Days
I love reading Melody Beattie books. She is someone who has been through many struggles in her life, and was able to inspire many people, including me.
2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
I received this book as a Christmas present. I really enjoyed reading this book, because it was quite educational and gave me insight into the business world.
This is another book on my To Be Read List. I used to be a huge worrier, but now I’m slowly learning to not worry as much. So this book looks like it would be helpful to continue to worry less.
I have my Al-Anon book and my Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie beside my pillow so I read that after breakfast. I decided to keep that there. I have a lot of books on my night table so I moved them to my book shelf which resulted in me rearranging things on my book shelf.
It felt nice to rearrange and organize that. I also dusted my night table.
I was going to wash my sheets but my boss called me into work so I have to do that another day.