5 Tips to Add Affirmations to Your Life

Hello. My name is Cathy and I am a quote addict.

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One of my Hoop Art with one of my fave mantras. Available in my shop.

I collect quotes and mantras and affirmations. My heart skips a beat when I read a passage in a book that truly speaks to me. My eyes widen with awe when I see an inspiring meme as I scroll past photos on my Instagram feed. My soul vibrates in recognition when a powerful truth is uttered on a podcast or video or lecture.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer

I am a firm believer in the power of words. I am a firm believer that what you tell yourself every day becomes your reality.

 

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One of my favorite tanks  by fellow yoga lover and maker, NeenaCreates has my favorite Rumi quotes on it!

Words can break you out of a funky mood or guide you to happier place. (They can also bring you down, if you let them.) As Mike Dooley, best-selling author of Leveraging the Universe says:

Thoughts become things….so choose the good ones!

In a world where we are assailed with messages coming from almost every angle – from media and culture to our circle of friends and family to the voices of doubt and criticism in our own heads, it can be hard to stay focused on the feel-good messages.  Something said only once may have touched you so deeply that you now carry it around with you every day of your life. You can choose to let go of the thoughts that don’t hold true anymore. Or the thoughts that deflate you. You can replace them with positive mantras that eventually become your own truth.

Say nice things to yourself – you’re the only one listening. Tell yourself, I am doing the best I can. – Gabrielle Bernstein

Here are my 5 tips for staying grounded in the words that inspire you:

  1. Write yourself a love note. Take those post-its out of the office and jot down a favorite phrase or quotation that you know for sure will lighten your mood when you see it again. Then stick them to your bathroom mirror or your laptop or your fridge.
  2. Keep a journal that is filled only with quotes and inspiring words. Then when you are in need of a pick-me-up you can thumb through your journal. Be on the look out from books to Instagram to ads.
  3. Download a digital wallpaper for your computer or smartphone so that whenever you log on, the words will greet you. (Keep reading to the end of this post for surprise giftie created by me!)
  4. Buy art or home accessories or fashion with inspiring quotes. From prints to pillows to t-shirts to wall art, it won’t be hard to find something happy-making. For example, I have a number of inspiring embroidery hoop art in my shop with my own favorite mantras. Better yet, commission your favorite artist to create something just for you! I happily take custom orders.
  5. Search online sites and start collecting your own quotes you love.  My fave go-to sources  for inspiration:
    • Tiny Buddha
    • Good Reads
    • anything by Rumi, Louise Hay, Martha Beck, Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein or Eckhart Tolle. Their books are full of inspiration!

I hope these tips serve you. I know for me, words help me reach for a higher vibe, move to my happy place or just a give me a temporary respite from a bad day. With each new high-vibe thought I hold onto, I can let go of those low-vibe ones that no longer serve me.

 

GIFT FOR YOU!

To get you started on your love affair with quotes, I have created a free desktop wall paper of one of my favorite quotes. Enjoy!

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Creating Happiness: My Top 5 Resources to Spark Joy

 

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1. Dr. Christine Carter / Happiness Expert and author of Raising Happiness

Raising Happiness was one of the first happiness/self-help books that really resonated with me. Probably because when I found it, I was a new mom raising my own family and knew how important happiness is to a child and how important your parents’ outlook on life can affect their children. It’s a parenting handbook based on real science.

2. Zen Habits / Leo Babauta

If you want easily digestible nuggets of happiness tips, read Zen Habits. His blog is uncluttered – free of ads or distracting images. Just large text on a white background. This blog definitely lives up to its name. I was also fortunate to receive his book, Zen Habits (seen in photo) as part of Leo’s recent Kickstarter project.

3. Tiny Buddha

I discovered Tiny Buddha when I was searching for quotable sayings on happiness. Many of my quote graphics are culled from Tiny Buddha’s huge collection of inspiring quotes. I also just love the image of having a pocket-sized Buddha on hand to ask advice when life gets hairy.

4. Quiet Revolution / Quiet by Susan Cain

The bible for introverts, Quiet made it clear that being soft-spoken and introspective is a superpower. The world needs and should cherish introverts! I also LOVED her TED talk.

5. Life is What You Make It / Peter Buffett

A random library find, this book by the son of billionaire Warren Buffett, found me at just the right time in my life. As I contemplate re-entering the work force and deal with a divorce, this book reminds me how important it is to forge your own path by following your passions. Don’t settle for the easy path. Discover your own joys and strengths by trying new things. Failure is welcome because it whittles your choices and helps you find the right path.

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BONUS

The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up / Marie Kondo

Growing up in a cluttered home, it is no surprise that my current home is a disorganized mess most of the time. Books, clothes and yes, years of accumulated craft supplies, make my living space very un-zen and disorienting. I love this books philosophy of getting rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy in your hearts. It reminds me of my yoga class, when my teacher tells us to exhale anything that doesn’t serve us. To let go.

Disclaimer: Even though I am still reading this book and have yet to implement the “KonMari method” my 10-year-old daughter, who read the book cover to cover, is already a convert and has re-organized her younger sister’s clothing drawers!

 

Creating Happiness: A New Blog Series

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I was one of those kids who looked at happy people and scratched my head. Why were they so happy? Luck? Genes? Incredibly loving parents who did everything right? Over the years, I’ve realized that happiness is something you can learn. Something you can instill in your kids. Something you need to nurture every day. Barring clinical depression (which I absolutely recommend therapy and medication and professional help), I believe happiness is a skill that can be practiced every day. Like a flexing a muscle.

Because finding happiness is so important to me — and because it influences a lot of the art that I make, I’d love to start sharing my own happiness tips, inspiring quotes and other gems I find with you! Because I struggle with sadness at times and boosting my own happiness, I create things that are light-hearted and uplifting. Yes, it makes me happy!

Teal and Mustard Hoop Art with Felt Flowers