I’ll admit I did have a hard time with this one, it felt like it took me three days just to think of mantra that was worthy of sharing and not be laughed at. So my first lesson was that I should only focus on what I think of my mantra not what others will think of it!
Happiness is free and I deserve to be happy – without feeling guilty
Waking up happy every day of the week is a challenge in and of itself and then trying to maintain happy throughout the day as life throws unhappy curve balls at 90 mph is even harder and almost impossible! Over this past week I realized that I am the only one that decides if I remain happy throughout the day or not. I have complete control over how I feel and how I let situations effect my mood. I discovered that staying happy depends a lot on whether or not I’m upset at myself for something I should or shouldn’t have said or done. The harder I was on myself the harder it was to stay happy.
This waking up happy is a new habit I’m trying to develop and hope that it will help guide me for years to come, so I thought back to remember when this self love and having control over my own happiness occurred.
Being shy lowers ones confidence and low self-esteem equals low self-love
As cliche as it sounds, winning a beauty pageant really did give me the self confidence I struggled so long to grasp and I was finally able to be happy to be me. As each year passes since the pageant took place I gain even more self-esteem and self love which in turn increases my happiness.
This weeks challenge gave me the opportunity to acknowledge and reflect back on the moment I planted my first seed of happiness for myself. ♥