I love this book. It's been an eye opener. Here are a few of the jewels that Chrystal explains.
“Do what you can with what you have. Your job is to live well, embracing what you do know, what you can do, and who you can be—today. If you wait until you have enough information or ability, the perfect opportunity or circumstances, or exactly the right mood, mindset, or physical makeup, you’re pushing pause on your life. Even if you choose to stop living, the clock does not stop ticking.”
“Discipline isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. It takes reprogramming your habits and your thoughts, as well as mastering your emotions. Yet it’s essential. The discipline with which you live your life will be the foundation on which you live a life you love. Discipline isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later.”
“I want to challenge you to embrace the process of your progress and to focus on pouring yourself fully into making the decisions you need to make, and then doing whatever it takes to stick with your chosen direction. I hope you’ll use discernment in the people, places, and things that are in your life, and that you’ll exercise the discipline necessary to dig deep and get to the girl you were always meant to be.”
"Beautiful girl, every struggle you have will help you develop the strength you need to fly. You are capable of doing the work.”
“I’ve learned how important it is for me to rule my emotions instead of letting my emotions rule me. While I don’t always do it perfectly, I understand the importance of not wearing every emotion on my sleeve and talking to my heart based on what my head knows to be true. I’ve also learned the art of showing up. As a person who struggles with insecurity, I sometimes find myself feeling unworthy, ill-equipped, or undeserving. But I know that the way I feel isn’t always the barometer of what is true.”
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I watched this video about 3 years ago and found myself searching for it on youtube. I felt this video spoke directly to me, realizing that its ok to #LetGo of the perfection many of us are striving for. So, I hope this video gives you the insight that it has given me, and that we all spend 5 more minutes on the dance floor.
Earlier this year, we asked women about their lifestyle- nearly half said they were feeling moderately or extremely stressed & shockingly 40% feel like they're about to burn out. We weren’t surprised, we feel it too. From our everyday never-ending 'to do' lists to the pressure the media puts on us to be the 'perfect woman'. We rush around trying to do more, be more, give more. But we don’t need to be like this 24/7, it’s not healthy. We need to of all this pressure every now & again. Sanctuary are on a mission to get women to Relax, Breathe and let go. So we’ve created a film with advice from women who truly know the importance of stepping back every now and then and appreciating life’s precious moments.
Okay, here it goes. I struggle with comparison. It is not something that I am proud of, but I know that I can work on this area of my life. Recently it’s been very apparent when I look at images of “perfect young 20-somethings” plastered all over social media and they all seem to have it all together. The perfect hair, nails, meals, birthday parties, and weddings- it can be overwhelming. Is anyone with me? It’s all so easy to compare ourselves to these people who seem to have these so-called "perfect lives".
So, how have I tried to overcome this? I practice gratitude. I take time to look at what I do have. I begin listing things that I am grateful and thankful for. Before I know it, I realize I have more than I imagined. Practicing gratitude is a quality that anyone can achieve. So, be still, pay attention to the sensations of this moment and notice your bounty of blessings.
Being excited about the benefits of gratitude can be a great thing because it gives us the kick we need to start making changes. Look at these aspects of your life, and start practicing today.
Have you felt that comparison is something you struggle with? I know I cannot be alone. Let's put this to rest right now and honor ourselves with true comfort in who we are and tag #AnnaTeemComparisonChallenge on social media.