“When there are things to do, give it everything you’ve got. When there is nothing to do, do nothing.” – Ajahn Brahm
My anxiety can make taking a break impossible. Our family is constantly on the go and although it can be exhausting I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I go to bed at night and being distracted from my thoughts. When I stop, even if it’s for a brief a moment I can feel my anxiety overwhelm me. I start thinking of things I should be doing or I feel consumed in guilt for not being busy and then I start worrying about things I normally don’t have time to even think about. It’s a mindset that has formed unhealthy habits over the years and I have noticed that even when I do have some “relax time” I often distract myself with my phone or the TV.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
I keep seeing the below picture floating around social media and I can relate to it SO much. The only difference for me would be the ages as I would say the “early twenties” was more the “late teens” for me and the “early thirties” is more my “late twenties.” I have felt such a radical shift in my personal development over the years and I feel happier, lighter and more at peace.
“Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.”- John Assaraf
My beautiful bestie introduced me to the Law of Attraction about a year ago and I’ve been intrigued ever since. I am very conscious of what it takes for the Law of Attraction to work but I’ve been stuck in a “one day” or “next week” mind frame about when I’ll start making it work for me.
For anyone who doesn’t know what the Law of Attraction is, here is a basic description. The Law of Attraction uses the power of the mind to translate whatever is in our thoughts and materialise them into reality. Every thought has a feeling attached to it and every feeling has a frequency so just like a magnet you attract what is going on in your mind which works for both positive and negative thoughts.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.” Anonymous
I have been working hard on re-framing my thinking about how I react to the things are not in my control. After writing and sharing my tips on how to change your perspective I started to reflect on all the things I DO have control of in everyday life.
In typical “Natalie” style I started writing a list on all the things that are in my control and quickly had a list of 30 simple controllable things in daily life. I truly believe that if we put our energy into the things we CAN control and stop worrying about the unknown we can live a healthier more positive life.
So here is my list of things that the majority of us have total control of in daily life
“I believe your home tells a story about who you are and who you aspire to be. We represent ourselves through the things we own. I don’t believe in trends. I believe in collecting things that you connect with. We should surround ourselves with things we care about, that have meaning.” Nate Berkus
My house is my favourite place in the entire world. I know it may sound closed-minded or maybe a little boring but for me my house is my sanctuary and I love everything about it. Don’t get me wrong I love going on holidays and getting out and about during the weekend but nothing beats that feeling of walking into the house and being hit with the comfort and safety of being back home. If you have browsed through my Instagram page you would probably notice my slight obsession with interior design and I’m often asked why I haven’t pursued a career in it, the honest answer is that my love for interior design is totally selfish as I only like improving my own home.
I may not be able to help with the placement of furniture or what theme you should go with for your house, but I can share some tips on how to make your house feel more like a home.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”- Wayne Dyer
Something we tend to hear a lot of is people complaining that their current situation is permanent. Whether it’s in relation to their health, work, relationship or current location we often feel like “this is it.” It’s funny because we all know how quickly and unexpectedly things can change yet when we are unhappy we default to just give up and wish for something better. Seeing things in a negative mind frame is easy, it’s a habit that we generally build throughout our entire lives so to change takes persistence and practice.