“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never have enough.”
- Oprah Winfrey
It’s no secret we are huge fans of The Five Minute Journal. We did a whole post on it here. If you haven’t gotten one yet do not wait! It’s a game changer. I first read this quote one morning in said journal and I’ve thought about it almost every day since.
Do you ever focus on all the things you want? New shoes, a new bag, things you want to change around your house? There’s nothing wrong with wanting new things, we all do.
owever, I started realizing I had tons of lists, some physical and some mental, of all the things I wanted that I didn’t have. I was spending A LOT of time focusing on what I didn’t have instead of what I did.
The Universe has a funny way of kicking your booty and right around the same time I first heard this quote, I of course read a similar concept in the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up which we also blogged about here. Marie Kondo talks about walking into your home and actually thanking your belongings. Yes, saying it out loud. Taking off your shoes and thank them for carrying your feet throughout the day. Take off your coat and thank it for keeping you warm. Thank your bed for a good night’s rest. You may think I’ve officially flown over the cuckoo’s nest but hear me out.
What if you were truly appreciative for all of these little things throughout the day?
What if we focused on the other ten pair of shoes we had instead of wanting a new pair? Think you could find something to match your current outfit? YES!
I’ve experienced A LOT of change in the last six months, which I won’t get into now, but it has been easy at times to keep going back to what I lack. Every single time I start to feel sad or feel like something is missing I start thinking of ALL the things I do have and everything shifts. I want to clarify that I love having new things and I definitely feel sadness or “lack” at times. However, as a general rule when I focus on what I have it is always enough. Think about getting that pair of shoes you’ve always wanted, did that cure you from ever wanting another pair? No, there’s always going to be a new style, something bigger and better and some new trend. It’s kind of crazy because when you do start focusing on what you have things just start coming to you.
Out of nowhere my grandma gave me a gift card so I could get some new workout pants, I won eyelash extensions from a salon I had done an event at, I was feeling sad and a friend brought me flowers and the sweetest card. I had even wanted to do some redecorating at my apartment and LC bought me several new house things for Christmas that totally changed my whole vibe and I’m not even redecorating. There were tons of little reminders from The Universe that I did have enough, everything was going to be ok, and that I had more than I needed. Clearly eyelash extensions are not a necessity!
Ironically, or not, In true Resource Girls fashion everything about this outfit, besides the shoes were given to me! The skirt I scooped out of my friend Harmony’s house right before it was shipped to Goodwill, my beautiful friend Tara gave me this bodysuit and even my earrings were a gift. I truly have everything I need!
This is honestly something I struggle with on a pretty regular basis as I am always looking to crush it in my business, my workouts, and just life in general. However, I’ve really been focusing on what I have, saying thank you a whole lot more, and celebrating little victories (that most definitely involve some hilarious snapchats sent to Lauren, just ask her about it). It always helps when you write things down. We’ve even done this in our mail club one month, but this week try writing down three things you’re grateful for each day of the week and pay attention to how things are different. I guarantee you’ll notice a change.
Photo credit to the ever talented Michael Gutelli.
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