10 Mantras That Will Change Your Summer Mindset

10 Mantras That Will Change Your Summer Mindset

The season's changed and so should your mindset.

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Season changes are one of my favorite things on this planet. They allow me to see life with a clearer head and set more expectations for myself.

As I continue to set expectations for myself, I have found it more beneficial to reflect on my mindset more than anything. Here are 10 mantras I have found most helpful as summer has basically arrived.

1. I am doing my best and that is all I can expect of myself.

This mantra is the perfect one to kick off your summer with! Winter and spring may not have been your seasons but there is something different about the warm weather and late summer nights. You did you best thus far and that's all anyone can ask of you.

2. I can not fear what I have not tried.

Wow, it's like I targeted myself on this one! I have to remind myself every day the fears I have are of something that haven't even happened yet. And even if they go bad, so what? At least you tried.

3. Everything I need is within me.

I've had to learn this one the hard way. No matter how many inspirational or self-help books there are, nothing can teach me discipline, happiness or security unless I change my mindset. Seeking out these things seem impossible because they are already within you. All the drive and motivation is in you to do bigger and better things…the question just comes down to, are you ready to see your full potential?

4. I am grateful for everything that has come to my life and look forward to what is still coming.

Remember everything that brought you into the summer, but what's the use in letting it hold you back? Where you're headed is going to be better than where you have been.

5. I am the sky, everything else is just the weather.

When I was at my lowest points, everything (and when I say everything, I mean everything) used to bother me. But then I realized there would always be things that happened and days would always change, but I have more power in these situations than I thought.

Like the sky, you may not have the power to control what comes about every second, but your reactions and presentation of self is what you have the most power over. Like the sky, you are aware of the power you have and you are conscious that 20 days of rain and thunderstorms all lead to that one day of sunshine. Enduring the weather is the hard part, but how do you show your true power in the situations?

6. I am surrounded by love.

Consciously submerging yourself in love is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give yourself. Consciously choosing to be around people who support the way you choose to love and send you well wishes during your lowest of lows - those are the ones you surround yourself in. Surround yourself in the love you want to have and in the love you want to give.

7. I owe it to myself to let go. 

The greatest gift I gave myself was letting go, whether I wrote a letter and burned it to a crisp or I apologized and didn't wait for an insincere "I forgive you" back. It is all about releasing what is not meant for you and what is not meant to be kept.

Those people that don't want to be in your life but you still fight for? Let them go - release your grip and let them go. All those tears you cry because you miss them? Let them fall, but don't pity yourself for letting them fall. Pick yourself up, you owe yourself that much.

8. I release all things that do not serve me. 

If it has no purpose in your life and doesn't bring you peace of mind, release it from your conscience and release it from your worries.

9. My happiness can not be interpreted by anyone else but me. 

"Well, you don't even look that happy" and "If you're happy, why don't you smile more?" are among the top 100 things that grind my gears. What does it really mean to "look happy?" Better yet, who is anyone to tell me I don't fit into what a happy person's profile should be?

You decide your happiness. Don't let the questions of others make you question your happiness even for a second.

10. I am enough.

If no one today or even in these moments tells you that you're enough as you are, tell yourself that you are. You are enough and despite all the shortcomings, your worth does not deteriorate. You are enough and you will be great.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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Summer Break Just Started And I Wish It Would Stop Already

Is it August yet?

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Going into my third year of college, you'd think that I'd be looking forward to my summer breaks, or any breaks that I can snag a chance at getting. But the sad reality is, summer breaks now consist of working and stressing about the next semester. I'm sure not everyone feels this way, whether you're in school or not.

But for me, summer breaks are just depressing.

Most of the time, my summers have to do with making plans with people that always fall through, or not having enough time in the week to execute such plans. Many people are busy working, at an internship, or out of the country for the summer.

If you're in your hometown (and if it's boring and dry like mine), it's not a place you look forward to coming back to every break. I also sit and worry about what internships I didn't get and how I'm not gaining any experience, so that makes for a stressful vacation.

I also find in the summer months that my skin is at its worst. She just doesn't cooperate with the treatment I'm giving her and I'm always sweating, so that doesn't help too much either. It's like no matter what I do, my skin continues to disrespect me.

It's unfortunate to find yourself in this position because I really used to enjoy my summers.

I loved being home, going on little trips, and sometimes, dare I say it, I liked working at my minimum-wage job at one point. Now, I feel like I'm in this constant drought of nothingness and staring outside my window every morning.

But I cannot blame this solely on my environment. I have to share some of the blame with myself. I could have planned my summer out, I could have found better people to hang out with, I could have applied to a thousand internships and maybe gotten at least one of them. But sometimes things don't go the way you want it to, and that is okay.

Maybe I'll do better next summer, who knows.

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