Creating a Positive Environment: Positivity Challenge Week 2

Creating a Positive Environment: Positivity Challenge Week 2

"Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind."
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It’s hard to believe I’ve already finished week two of my 30-Day Positivity Challenge. Knowing I get to write about my experience at the end of the week definitely helps me analyze what I’m learning, and blogging about it each night helps me to keep track of all that I’m learning. I pray my experience can speak to you if you, too, are struggling. Know you are not alone.

How did it go?

If week one seemed easy peasy at first, week two felt foggy and groggy.

It felt incredibly hard to get up this week and even harder to get motivated. I felt stuck.

Quite honestly, I could barely get out of my head long enough to even try to re-frame anything in a positive light.

I realized, too, it has been six months since I’ve been to church, and being without a church seems to have a negative impact on me. I’m struggling to connect with God and believe what I believe.

That is something I need to work on.

At the same time, all I wanted was to be left alone.

I came across a quote on Twitter that affected me greatly: “If you want to get over a problem, stop talking about it. Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.”

It’s something that, as the week progressed and my anger and negativity continued, I tried to hold on to.

It worked (at least a little).

The hardest part is holding myself accountable to it, but I’m working on it.

What did I learn?

If week one taught me what positivity is, or can be, then week two has taught me what I need to create a positive environment for myself as I refocus.

I’ve done my fair part of trying to hold others accountable for my expectations of life. I’ve learned, over not just this week but a few months, I can’t do that.

Life isn’t perfect, and I can’t plan everything. There’s also no way to plan for everything.

Part of holding myself accountable is trusting in my faith and God. I have to hold myself accountable for my thoughts and the words I speak. They should reflect the truth and hope God has given me.

That hope and truth involves trusting in His timing. I have planned for everything for the entirety of my adult life, and it’s really only gotten me into trouble.

Sure, initially, things seem to work out, but, inevitably, something happens that I couldn’t plan for, and suddenly I become angry and scared. We can’t plan for everything in life, and that’s to be expected; God has His own timing for things in our lives.

I realized that, in all my planning, I was trying to rush whatever goodness He had in store for me. In rushing that, though, He needed me to slow down, so now He’s forcing me to.

He’s given me gifts and talents, and He is now providing me with opportunities to explore those. By slowing down and trusting everything to Him, I know mountains can move.

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24

I’m trying to slow down to hear Him. I’m writing more, spending time with Belle and meditating.

If I slow down my heart rate, my mind will eventually follow.

I encourage you, if you’re struggling with something, no matter what it is, take some time to slow down. Don’t look at your phone all the time; in fact, put it on silent (or “Do Not Disturb” if you have an iPhone), or, better yet, leave it at home.

Take in your surroundings and the fresh air.

Pray or meditate.

Acknowledge when those negative thoughts come in, but watch them float away; you don’t always have to interact with them.

Take time to get to know yourself. That will lead to a positive outlook.

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

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Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


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Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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Actor Seth Rogen started his own nonprofit, called Hilarity for Charity, that combats Alzheimer's. Rogen is large cannabis and CBD user, and he believes that CBD can help with Alzheimer's disease. He is an advocate for CBD law for medicinal purposes and believes that is can help with the symptoms. On Twitter, someone told Rogen that they had "restless leg" and he replied by saying "Try some CBD."

Another celebrity who has benefitted from CBD is none other than Morgan Freeman. After a 2008 car crash and developing intense fibromyalgia, Freeman decided to look into CBD treatment to help with his muscle pain. Now, he is an advocate for both cannabis and CBD because he has experienced the healing properties. Freeman believes in plant-based medicine because it is the more natural route.

Tom Hanks is one of the largest celebrities who has been an advocate for CBD. He developed type 2 diabetes over the years from stress and poor diet; Hank recently teamed up with a Cornell University student to study the medicinal properties of CBD for type 2 diabetes. He also enjoys it for the benefits of reducing anxiety and joint pain. Tom Hanks put it best when he said, "the benefits of CBD oil are unlike anything any pill or medication can do."

The following article has demonstrated all the different benefits that CBD oil has to offer. It is a more natural and holistic approach to traditional pharmaceutical medicine. I hope that in the next few years, cannabinoids become more popularized and the stigma behind cannabis medicine is dropped.

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