I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through 2018. It went by way too fast! At the same time, I can look back and see how far I’ve come over the last 7 months, especially since I opened my boudoir studio this past spring. It’s been really motivating to see some of my goals come to fruition. And that has had me thinking a lot lately about personal growth. There’s still so much that I want to achieve.
How about you? What do you want to achieve?
I recently posted a motivational quote in my private Facebook group for women (don’t forget to sign up to join it, by the way)! Anyway, the quote said: “Personal growth is so important. You should never feel like the same person you were a year ago.” This is so true, ladies! It doesn’t really matter what month it is. Today, ask yourself what you dream to do – even if the dream is small. Then start taking steps to get where you want to be. If you’re determined, you will get there. Imagine how great it will feel on January 1, 2019 when you wake up and think, “Look how far I’ve come!”
Personal growth isn’t just about achieving one goal, though. It’s actually a lifelong journey. The cool part about it, though, is that you’re totally in charge. Yes, you. You get to choose the quality of your life. If you don’t like the lifestyle you’re living, simply stop and change your direction. If you don’t like how you feel mentally or spiritually, then mindfully re-evaluate your sense of purpose.
How would you define your purpose?
I know all too well that some days it’s hard to focus on the bigger picture. It’s especially hard when we can easily get lost in a maze of worries and anxieties. But that’s just life, and we all get wrapped up in distractions from time to time. The key is to not lose focus. Always keep your eyes on your most important goals, no matter what negative thoughts try to get in your way.
I find that one of the best ways to stay focused is to try to understand yourself better. Just take 5-10 minutes out of each day to meditate about who you are and where you want to be headed. Envision that you’re already there. Doing this day after day will give you a sense of fulfillment and even joy. Another thing to try is letting go of any resistance you have. Resistance to change. Resistance to trying scary new things. You’ll find that by being open-minded and facing your fears, you’ll be able to release so much anxiety. In my profession as a boudoir photographer, I see this happening firsthand every day!
How will you let go of your fears?
Today I challenge each one of you reading this to answer the questions I’ve asked. Either answer them privately to yourself, or leave me a comment below. Then take action. The first week of January 2019, I’ll revisit this topic, and I’d love to hear about the amazing things you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve grown!