I'm a huge fan of self-improvement, I always love the idea that things can be better than they are right now and you have the ability to make it so. Over the years I think I've read just about every inspirational/self-help/transformational book, blog, magazine etc. Basically if you ever need a motivational pep talk, I'm your girl. ;) That said I've recently entered into a phase of my life where my mindset has shifted. I have a million goals in mind - short term, long term; career, financial, relationship, fitness.... You name it, I've got a fucking goal aligned to it. However, I'm also really happy with where I am at this snapshot in time. Can those coexist? Can you be really in love with your life while also wanting more?
I heard about the concept of "active acceptance" from a book called "Being Happy". (Told you I love self-help books, haha).
The book says that it's quite possible to acknowledge and accept the reality of where you are now, greeting your current self with kindness and understanding, while also still striving to do better.
Self-compassion in the moment doesn't negate our drive or effort. In fact, it clears mental space so we can actually *do* the things necessary to get the results we seek.
Acceptance and ambition are not mutually exclusive.
So, I've decided my current state can only be described as active acceptance. I don't feel compelled to push myself to fix something. For the first time in my life I don't feel broken. I feel at peace and excited for the future. Crazy huh?
I found this on Instagram and I absolutely adore it, especially given it's currently winter which is my least favorite season!
Winter is the perfect time to rest, rejuvenate, plan for the upcoming spring and count blessings (although you'll never hear me say #soblessed, that shit drives me nuts). I worked hard over the last few years to be at this place with myself, I can't believe I actually got here!
My winter will spent planning meals, planning fun adventures, appreciating how much stronger I am, appreciating the clothes I couldn't wear this time last year and reconnecting with friends and putting a heartfelt 'thank you' out to the universe for the amazing things coming my way in 2016. ❤