Life renewal and refreshers!

So a new year is rolling around and you’re thinking of a million and one reasons why this won’t be a positive year for you aren’t you? We all have a tendency to dwell on what we didn’t do, what needs to be done, or what we believe we can’t do. I am going to share what the past couple of days for me have been like and what I’ve chosen to do or what I’ve accepted in my life that has had me feeling renewed and refreshed…

For quite some time I have been working on my very first book. Most recently I’ve had these thoughts that if I don’t get it done now than I will never get it done. I have been driving myself crazy and making myself believe that I was failing. I’ve been giving myself crazy deadlines and ultimately that resulted in me causing my own headaches, and stress. Everyone has been asking me about the book, when it’ll be done, why is it taking so long? Etc. I started to feel as if I wasn’t doing enough. I slowly made myself believe that I was slacking and if I didn’t move swiftly enough that I’d be stuck in the same spot for the rest of my life. I work a fulltime job; I write and manage my own blog, I have someone very special in my life that requires my time, along with my family and very needy friends. 🙂 I have so much going on and I am truly ahead of schedule but I forced myself to believe I wasn’t. In a matter of days I was walking around depressed, sleeping for hours, not writing, not smiling, and being mean to everyone around me, all because I tainted my own thoughts. I was damaging myself and hadn’t realized it. So the other night I sat on my bed Indian style in a crop top and shorts. I had my hair in a bun and I was listening to Pandora. I listen to all kinds of music but when I am in certain moods I choose to listen to gospel to lift my spirits a little. I am listening and texting my Honey when Kirk Franklin “The Storm is Over Now” comes on. One of my favorite gospel songs and it really truly moved me. As I am texting my honey I am explaining to him what I’ve been feeling for the past week and how I can’t shake it. He told me “Stop over thinking!!! You act as if you’re 40 and your days are numbered. You’re winning right now. You have a great job, and you still have the room to do what you love on the side. You have so much of an advantage over most people your age and you still force yourself to believe you aren’t doing anything. Just be happy to be alive and stop trying you tell God YOUR plans.”

After I absorbed everything he had just said to me I realized he was right. I had created a depression for myself unnecessarily. I think we all could learn to be happy with what we have. Never stop striving and praying for more but NEVER make yourself believe you aren’t enough or you aren’t doing enough. What really had me disconnected was I was so depressed I hadn’t prayed in days. I hadn’t talked to God nor was I doing any of the things I normally do to stay connected with him. I was absent from his presence and because of that he was absent from mine. I was so consumed with my temporary state of depression that I had totally lost sight of all of the things that were important. God sometimes has a way of getting through to you through the people around you. He basically used my honey to tell me to stop being so hard on myself and stop telling me what you’re going to do and let me do my job. I encourage you all to let God do his job. Walk in faith and not by sight. Believing that you are in control and can do it all on your own is a sure way to fail. I love when the seasons change because it gives me a chance to reflect on what I can do better. The summer is my favorite because the sunny, warm weather makes it a lot easier to be happy and follow through with my plans. I am all about reinventing myself, renewing, and being refreshed. With the season changing and summer vastly approaching I know we all needed to be renewed and feel fresher. Here are my five keys to success of my inner renewal and life refreshers.

5. Do NOT Bring The Baggage From A Previous Season Into A New One!
I had to learn to let go of anything harmful and contagious and leave it behind. I taught myself to pray and release. Once I pray about something it’s released from my hands and into the hands of God.

4. Do NOT Dwell or OVERTHINK!
One of my biggest issues is I allow myself to over think and that results in me creating scenarios that don’t exist. I force myself to believe in something that I created in my mind and in turn I attack or destroy everything related to my thoughts. Your thoughts can turn your blessings into nightmares if you allow them to. Make sure that all of your thoughts are positive and you aren’t tainting your very own mind.

3. BE ACTIVE and Broaden Your Horizons!
Enjoy life!!! Everyone who knows me knows that I love to travel. My friends and I are always travel and seeing new places and new things. Get out and be active. Exercise, eat healthy, stay fit, and be courageous. Know that not being active and going out and living can cause you to sit inside and dwell on what you are NOT doing. It forces you into a state of depression. You aren’t living your life but yet everyone around you is? I plan a vacation every chance I get. My girls and I are always out doing random things like chilling by the pool, going to basketball games, laser tag, you name it we do it. You have to incorporate excitement into your life that way you’re laughing and having fun. Laughter and fun always brings a feeling of content me and refreshment for me.

2. Surround Yourself with Positivity and LOVE!
I have a small group of friends but I have a great group of friends. They are always encouraging me and keeping me sane. They tell me every day that I am an inspiration for them and they’ve learned to apply the things that I tell them into their everyday lives. I encourage them and they inspire me to be better. My honey is another great example of positivity. Through him I’ve learned to work out a little more because he constantly encourages it. He encourages me to eat healthy, stay fit, and further educate myself. You always want to surround yourself with people who inspire you to be different and live life differently. You always want to go for the greater never the lesser. Don’t settle for the bare minimum when you know in your heart there is so much more that you can be doing.

1. Love Yourself and Keep God First!
I can promise you that there is no peace in life without a solid love for your own self. When you lack self-love you go throughout life comparing yourself and your situations to other people because you lack that self-confidence. Be aware of who you are and learn to fully love everything about yourself. Self-love and contentment can only truly be obtained through God. The day I chose to walk with God and love him before I love myself or anyone else was the day that life did a 360 for me. I am no longer on a path of self-destruction and that is all because of my love for me and God.

Life renewal and feeling refreshed is not only a state of mind but it is a way of life. I am incorporating these things into my life and altering and changing every couple months to secure my happiness. I am not harboring baggage or dwelling on the past. I am not overthinking or over analyzing anything life throws at me, I am taking it all in, praying about it, and leaving it in God’s hands. I am keeping myself healthy and active and being involved in things that keep me feeling good, and keeping my smiling. I am projecting love and in return I am receiving it in abundance from those around me. I am surrounding myself with amazing people who keep me feeling good about life and me. Lastly and most importantly, I am loving God and I am loving myself. I have adapted a new routine that keeps me in good spirits and keeps me feeling renewed and refreshed. A new season is approaching and I’ll step out of this current season into a new one feeling as if I can take over the world. I am still learning not to put restraints on myself but to just live in the moment. Right now I am living in the moment, happier than I have ever been and it’s all because a new state of mind and way of life has totally changed my outlook. I encourage you all to work on the same things. Be great, be inspired, be encouraged, and be blessed!

Xoxoxo
AmberJanae

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