Just One Trash Bag (at a time) via Daily Prompt: Filter
Recently my friend Cami shared her desire to do a Lenten purge of unnecessary things. Her goal was to filter through her life and remove one bag of unnecessary stuff a day. I thought this was an AWESOME idea, so I borrowed it for myself…
…Only I have failed.
The first day or two of Lent I did alright cleaning out a drawer and a closet, but I have come to the sound conclusion that filtering out unnecessaries takes a really, really, really long time.
How do things add up so quickly? Seriously?!? Continue reading “Just One Trash Bag (at a time)”
Burst Your Own Bubble – July Positivity Challenge
“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Intentergy’s July Positivity Challenge is to burst your own bubbles of insecurity or fear. Send those inhibitions flying. Burst the barriers that hold you back from being happy with yourself or your life.
Here are a few things to try:
Get your bubbles in a row
- Make a list of the things that hold you back from participating in social or professional functions or that leave you frustrated with yourself
- Identify what events or things cause the greatest anxiety for you
- Create a picture or chart of the stressors that rule your thoughts or constantly hang in the back of your mind
Be a Bubble Brain
- Have a willingness to change your mind. When you are ready to stop dedicating your brain power to those fears, your brain will become too slippery for those thoughts to hold on; they will wash themselves away.
- Address the things you listed or drew when you were getting your bubbles in a row. Short of death, what can you do to get past those big, bad bubbles?
- Devise a plan that will help you get past those insecurities. Start with the little worries or hang ups and work your way to dispelling the bigger hindrances harbored in your heart. For example, start with your fear of trying new foods before your fear of flying. Order something new from the menu of your favorite restaurant before you tackle your fear of air planes by sky diving.
- Ask for help. There are many resources out there. Friends, family, counselors, good books, websites (like http://www.intentergy.com), and health care professionals are ready and waiting to blow away those bubbly barriers with you.
Let the wind carry it all away
- Once you have turned away an inhibition, let it go. Forgive yourself for the fear or reservations. You are always a work in progress. You will never forget the growth you experienced getting past that problem, but you can forget to let it have power over you again.
- When those bubbly burdens pop back up, breeze right on past them. Remember you popped that bubble. It can’t trap you anymore.
Be a Bubble-Busting Bad Ass
- Keep that list of fears and inhibitions handy. After the first problem is popped, move on to the next. Only you can stop yourself. They are just bubbles after all.
- Facing your fears makes you tougher. Once you have busted that first bubble, go for the second. The sky is the limit.
- Yes, some bubbles are going to be harder to wreak havoc on than others, but you’ve got this. You are a Bubble-Busting Bad Ass.
After you have kissed any bubble of doubt good-bye, you can expect to feel or see:
A Victory Dance
- After breaking past those bad feelings, bust a move! Give yourself time and energy to feel good about what you have accomplished. My favorite victory dance takes form in the eating a Hershey’s chocolate bar. 🙂
Bubbles can come back
- The bubbles will be back. Remember, you busted past that bad boy. It isn’t your barrier anymore. You are a Bubble-Busting Bad Ass.
New bubbles may pop up
- When a new fear or insecurity flies at you, take aim at what you need to do to get past it. You have conquered other fears and doubts, the new ones are no different. Do not let them hold you back or cage you in. Forgive yourself when you feel like your fears have won. You are always a work in progress. Just keep poppin’ away.
Put your energy into blowing away the insecurities that float your direction. When it comes to shooting down those shortcomings, put positivity into your intent and your nervousness and worries can’t help but to simply dissolve away.
By: Melanie A. Peters