I received a message from a super sweet reader the other day, and one of the things she asked me was how affirmations have helped me. Before I delve into this post, I just have to recommend Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr. I have mentioned it so many times, but it really did change my perspective and help me in ways that I cannot put into words. I remember first learning in that book affirmations that I could say to myself. Walking down my high school halls, I would think to myself, “I am a vibrant, healthy, and joyful being of light and love.” I would say that I love and accept myself, releasing negative thoughts as they came up. In all honesty, I felt a bit silly at first. It wasn’t until I began feeling lighter that I knew something within me was changing. I was a sophomore in high school at that point, and my junior and senior year were actually some of the lowest points for me. But I feel so grateful to have read Treasure Yourself and having had learned of the power of positive thinking before those times. I like to think that reading that book prepared me for the obstacles in my path, because I cannot imagine getting through that time in my life without knowing that no matter how sad or lonely the world around me felt, something special was still to come. Difficult times are inevitable in every life, but the way we choose to deal with our own struggles is what ultimately creates our future. We can choose to handle situations gracefully, with kindness and empathy. I will be the first to admit that I do not always handles things in the best possible way . . . I can be impulsive and sometimes the world feels so small. In those situations, I try to be kind to myself afterwards and move forward knowing that I learned from that experience. Everything I learn and continue to learn comes from positive thoughts, and that is where affirmations really seem to help me. I try to pick a couple to focus on each day, or if I am not sure what kind of mood I am in, I will pick them at random. I have both of the Treasure Yourself and Empower Yourself affirmation card decks by Miranda Kerr, which make frequent appearances in my Instagram photos. We can make our own affirmations as well, as long as they are always spoken from a positive perspective. I have lists of affirmations that I made in drawers and hung up around my room, but one of the most effective ways that has worked for me is writing affirmations in my journal in the morning.
If you need a few affirmations to get started, here are some of the affirmations I have written on a list in my room (all are from either Treasure Yourself or Empower Yourself):
❤ I love who I am . . . . just the way I am.
❤ I am grateful for everybody and everything in my life! I am so blessed with abundance, joy, health, and contentment.
❤ I accept my uniqueness.
❤ I love writing the script of my life.
❤ I believe that everything will work out in the way it is meant to.
❤ Everything I am searching for is within me.
❤ I am open to all possibilities and do not place limits on myself.
❤ I communicate with myself often and with kindness.
Please feel free to leave any questions for me in the comment section, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! You can also direct message me on Instagram @carlybrazeal. I would love to do more posts about affirmations in the future, and the posts in the Beautiful Words category on the banner are centered around positive thoughts, too. Thank you so much for reading,