Affirmations – Courage

I think Friday’s a great day to post Affirmations. It’s a good way for me to look back on the week and look ahead to the next, set my intentions, and focus on something positive. It’s helped me sleep better and I feel like it’s helping me attract positive energy.

The last week was a busy one. We had a family celebration. My mom and sister both had birthdays. I completed a lot of work assignments. And of course, there was the usual laundry, grocery run, twice-daily dog walking, cooking duties, schoolwork supervision, errands, and everything else. But I also took some time on Valentine’s Day to give myself a special, meaningful gift: a day off from client work.

This is something I’d rarely do if it wasn’t Christmas, Thanksgiving, or my birthday. And then I’d always wonder why I can’t ever make any progress on those personal projects I want to work on someday. Why couldn’t I make my ‘happy projects,’ and in turn, my happiness, a priority?

I was washing my face and brushing my teeth at 8:45 p.m., intending to be in bed at 9, so I could read a book for a while. Previously, I’d be crawling in bed between 10 and 11, and on my phone for another hour before I finally quit long enough for an extended nap. Then I’d toss and turn most of the night to stress about things out of my control, and wake for good between 4 and 5 a.m. to start the cycle all over again. As I was getting my pajamas on the other night, I realized how much my life has changed since I moved back to the Bay Area in July.

I never thought I’d have the courage to do it, to be honest.

Courage is something I always thought other people had, not me. It’s far from the first quality that comes to mind when I think of myself.

But as I cozied into my bottle green flannel sheets, it occurred to me that, even though I’m more fortunate than many who make a big life change, what I’ve done has taken a great deal of courage. I had it in me all along, I just didn’t realize it.

So, my affirmation this week is: I have the courage to change my life for the better. I will be brave and move forward without fear.

Seems to be working so far.

Do you use affirmations?