Changing the words

Yesterday as I was walking down the street, I saw these words in the shop window. And then, a little further, a few more words of advice from my local coffee shop.

Coincidence? Maybe but I like to things these little moments that make me smile through the day catch my attention for a reason. And so I got thinking…

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Spring really is the perfect time for change. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the flowers are blooming –if you decide to live in the present and stay aware of all the beautiful things happening around you then the results can only bring positiveness to your life.

The fact is I have changed in the last few weeks – maybe not to the naked eye but my words have changed, my inner dialogue. People say that you are the direct result of your surroundings and the people you choose to surround yourself with. While that might be true, I think more importantly you can control your perception of your surroundings and that has a big impact on your journey.

Recently, I ended a contract finding myself without a “purpose” for the first time in over 8 years. At first, I felt lost, defeated and scared. How would I find this one job that I would be so passionate about? Why don’t I know what I want? Can I do this?  Those are all pretty negative thought and, as you can imagine, did not get me anywhere. Slowly though, I decided to start enjoying this unexpected “time off” – smell the cherry blossoms, go for a bike ride and start tackling this new challenge one step at a time. Today, I still have not found my “passion” or my next job but I approach it in a very different angle. Yes – I am still scared of the unknown but I am also excited at all the opportunities and challenges awaiting me. This break got me to start my blog and meet new people that I may not have crossed path with otherwise.

And so friends… I encourage you to think about the words you use with yourself. Are you your very own cheerleader or are you stopping yourself from great new adventures? Your words have the power to change your attitude and as my friends at the coffee shop said “A great attitude becomes a great mood, which becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life.”

The season did change and so did I…

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