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20 Affirmations to Start Your Day

Brittany McCallum

Affirmations are gold! They are positive self-empowering statements, and when frequently repeated they can transform your life to the highest good. In order to expand beyond yourself, you must renew your thinking. Adjust your mental attitude, and after time it will manifest in your life. By reading affirmations in the morning, you take the first step to reprogramming your mind and setting yourself up for a successful day.

Your mind is the powerhouse that will allow you to reach your potential, and it's important to get in a routine of feeding it good thoughts. Below is a small list of my favorite affirmations. I suggest reciting a few aloud each morning. Also, you can write them in a journal, or on Post-it notes and stick them around your house as reminders. The more you are surrounded by positive statements, the more you will believe them. Be intentional about the person you desire to be and use this tool to ignite the change. 

Affirmations:
1. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
2. I am more than good enough and I get better every day.
3. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.
4. I fill my mind with positive and nourishing thoughts.
5. I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.
6. I press on because I believe in my path.
7. I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
8. I love and approve of myself.
9. I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
10. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
11. I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
12. Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given.
13. All that I need comes to me at the right time and place in this life.
14. Everything is going to work out for my higher good. 
15. I love change and easily adjust myself to new situations.
16. I walk into every situation expecting the best. 
17. I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.
18. I release the past and live fully in the present moment.
19. I believe in myself. 
20. All is well right now.

Who ever said they have too much self-love? Give it a try and go be great! 

Dare to live now

Brittany McCallum

 Photo by Brittany

Photo by Brittany

Dare to live now is a message that I recently received in church. Pastor Rick Godwin of Summit Christian Center in San Antonio, Texas has a way of speaking directly to my heart. I took my notes as usual and wanted to share his powerful words with you! 

According to Pastor Rick, the most dangerous word in our language is "someday". 

Someday is a day of the week that never comes and the thought of it robs you from living right now. 

Today is the only day you've got so you must take control and live it bold. In order to feel liberated, sometimes you just have to go for it!

You only have this moment and Pastor Rick suggests that all moments are key moments, but it is procrastination that holds us back.

Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. A failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." -James 4:17

So, why do we procrastinate when we know the cost is so high?

Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. The perfectionist- this person puts it off because they won't take on the task until it's perfect or until they find the perfect time. 
  2. The dreamer- someone who wants life to be easy and pleasant.
  3. The crisis maker- they don't get motivated until they are up to their neck in a crisis. They get a rush under pressure.
  4. The defier- a rebel who wants to disobey the rules. Procrastination is how they assert their independence.
  5. The overcommitted- a person who takes on too much. They are overloaded and unwilling to establish priorities.

Most of us fall under one of those categories, but as we get older we have less time to waste and we need to prioritize what's important. In order to eliminate procrastination, we must rewire ourselves. 

How can we change?

  1. Decide you want to stop. Make no excuses and have zero tolerance for procrastination. It's strictly a choice. 
  2. Commit to action. In order to break the culture of delay, you can take immediate action and start now. 
  3. Ruthlessly prioritize your life. Be aware that not everything is of equal value and make a decision from your heart. 

What are your values? Set the tone for them and make that your primary focus. 

"An unfocused life is always an unproductive life"

You must understand that no one is going to do it for you and life on earth is short and temporary. Unfortunately, we are not bulletproof so we should not waste our days, but use them wisely instead. 

I challenge you to drop the word someday and focus on what matters most which is right now. 

Here's a little tip to get you going- try waking up and knocking out the hardest task first. It will make the rest of the day feel like a breeze. And take Pastor Rick's advice- start where you are with what you have now and know God will bring you a bright future. 

 Photo by Brittany

Photo by Brittany

 Photo by Brittany

Photo by Brittany

Explore Tulum

Brittany McCallum


I live by the saying "collect moments not things" and always look for ways to open my world through new experiences. Traveling is the ultimate inspiration. I love to discover new places and it leaves me with a hunger to see even more of the world. 
 
A friend of mine suggested that Tulum would be the perfect get away for a yogi like myself so I started doing some research. I found that many people described the city using the word "magical". I was intrigued, so I booked a trip and brought my best friend, Aren, along with me.

Tulum sits on one of the nicest beaches in Mexico about and hour and a half drive from Cancun. It's a quiet city with a bohemian vibe which is a nice change from the typical tourist location. Its beauty is heavenly and truly breathtaking. 

Instead of staying in one of the boutique hotels along the beach, Aren and I rented an apartment in the jungle. I am always down for an adventure and because we scheduled a couple days at a resort in Cancun after our time in Tulum, we decided to start the vacation by doing something different. 

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"Go exploring."

The first thing we did was visit the Mayan ruins. I highly recommend paying $10 to walk the grounds with a tour guide. We learned so much about the only Mayan city built on the coast and left wanting to know more about the ancient people.

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"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

It's very important for me to constantly challenge myself and push the limit so on this trip Aren and I stepped out of our comfort zones when visiting the Sac Actun Cenote. Cenotes are natural sinkholes found all over this region of Mexico. The water was crystal clear, but the majority of the cenote was underground and in a dark cave. We were so excited see it, but as soon as we got in the water we both freaked out and couldn't believe what we were doing. After we calmed down we managed to journey through the unbelievable 45 minute tour. I'm so happy we went. It was the type of experience that makes you say, "Hey, if I can do that I can do anything." It was definitely a moment I will never forget. 

Watch a clip from our adventure here!

"Wanderlust."

The restaurants, clothing stores and boutique hotels were located on the most gorgeous street resting seamlessly in nature. 

We had a wonderful dinner at Gitano. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful and we really enjoyed listening to the live band. I recommend ordering totopos which is their version of guacamole, the roasted sweet potato or grilled cauliflower steak. 

The shopping was unlike anything I had ever seen. All of the stores were outdoor among the trees. 

"Find joy in the ordinary"

At the end of the trip, I asked Aren what her favorite part was. She enjoyed exploring the cenote, but for me, I was simply amazed by the Caribbean Sea and beauty of the surrounding. Walking down the soft white sandy beach staring out into the turquoise water filled my heart. Being completely present in an environment like Tulum brings a peace like no other.