Every so often I fully embrace a mantra that becomes the focus of my life.
In graduate school, I was depressed. So depressed. I worked really hard to pull myself out of that depression and one of the things that helped was the mantra “It’s all about me.” I know, it sounds self-centered, but I had spend so much time focusing on others that I didn’t focus on myself at all. So, I embraced that mantra and told myself that I deserved more. I deserved to find the joy in my life and to focus on my needs again. Hey, I was a childless, single woman back then, I could be selfish. At the end of that year, I was more self-confident and I truly believe that time of growth prepared me to meet my husband and start building a life with him.
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Since then, I’ve had a few more mantras like “Choose Happiness” and “It’s All Going To Be Alright”.
Over this past year, my mantra was “I am Not Small”. I wrote about why I that means so much to me on this post about loneliness. But, it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone with this blog and has opened so many new doors and introduced me to some wonderful people that I never would have known if I didn’t embrace those three words.
Lately, another mantra has been planted in my soul. Every once in a while it creeps up and gives me comfort right when I need it. It’s a simple word, but holds so much power.
I am enough.
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Some days I don’t feel like enough. I feel like I can’t be the Mom I want to be because I have another passion that’s calling my name. My blog. But then, I feel like I can’t be a good enough blogger because my first job is taking care of my family.
It feels like I can’t do enough for my kids. I can’t do enough for my relationship with my husband. I can’t do enough for my blog readers.
Then I have to remind myself that I am enough.
And when I embrace that enoughness, I find that really….it’s more than plenty.
My kids are thriving, my marriage is awesome, this blog is growing, and I am happy. I can do enough.
I am enough!
This video is a great reminder to me that I am enough…even on the days I don’t feel like I am.
So tell me, do you have a mantra or statement that you’ve embraced?