Overwhelmed and Discouraged


Some days are better than others, and it can be helpful to take notes in a journal on the good days. Journals can be great for creating positive affirmations, writing down quotes or scriptures you love, and recording happy times. Then on the not so good days, you can read your journal to receive encouragement and motivation.

This post was taken from journal notes I made when I was feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. Whenever I feel this way, I can read this over and be encouraged. I hope it can help you too.

Journal Notes:

I can’t change what I did or didn’t get done yesterday. I can’t change yesterday, but I can start today fresh and new.

  • Get up.
  • Start fresh.
  • Leave the past in the past.
  • Move on better than before.

I can start fresh today.

I can begin to live the life I desire to live today.

I am free to love life today, to do my best, and to have fun.

I am free to be grateful and joyful.

I am free to leave the worry, the overwhelm, and the frustration behind.

I choose to start fresh and move forward now.

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Keep Calm and Enjoy Christmas

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Christmas can be a very stressful time. Rushing around, trying to get too much done, and dealing with difficult situations can be overwhelming. So how can you get through it all and have a great Christmas?

You can reduce your stress and enjoy life more by being mindful.

There is a reason that people who practice mindfulness are some of the happiest, most joyful people; they live in the present moment knowing that it is up to them to make the most of it, to enjoy the simple things, appreciate the moment and feel good now.

By making a few small changes you can let go of stress, worry less, and deal with life’s challenges calmly. Use mindfulness to keep calm and enjoy Christmas.

When things get stressful or overwhelming, focus on your breath. Take a deep breath in and allow your belly to rise as your abdomen expands fully. Breathe out and feel your belly fall as you exhale. Pay attention to your breath and allow your muscles to relax. Feel and observe the moment as it is without judging it or trying to change it. Just breathe.

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Enjoy the feeling of calm within and stay calm by taking things one moment at a time.

Stop expecting things to be a certain way and accept them as they are. Let go a little and enjoy the moment as it is. So what if things aren’t going exactly as planned, does it really matter?

Instead of worrying about how things ‘should’ be or what you ‘should’ be doing, stop judging and enjoy what you choose to do.

Be grateful for the moment that you have and never miss an opportunity to be kind and to share love with others.

Give your full attention to whoever you’re with and to whatever you’re doing. Wherever you are, be there.

There is no greater gift you can give than your presence. Giving someone your undivided attention will enhance your relationship and will make them feel valued and worthy. Making a difference in someone else’s life can bring great joy.

Enjoy the people you’re with instead of trying to impress them. Throw out perfection. Don’t worry about every detail; your house doesn’t need to be perfect, neither do you. Be real. Be yourself.

Stay calm and just breathe. Stop rushing to get to the next moment—enjoy this moment and experience life fully now.

I pray that your Christmas is filled with special moments and that you are present to enjoy them.

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Book CoverBecome mindful and be calm. Reduce the chaos in your life.

Mindfulness: From Chaos to Calm
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Random Acts of Kindness Change the World

You can create wonderful change in the world. You are more powerful than you know.

You’ve probably heard about ‘paying it forward’, where the receiver of an act of kindness pays the kindness forward to someone else and the chain of kindness spreads, but have you ever considered how far reaching the effects of kindness can be?

When you perform a random act of kindness, it is not only the receiver who benefits but also anyone who observes the act of kindness. You may never know how many lives you change with your act of kindness, but do it anyway and be the example you want to see in the world.

You can make a difference. Help change the world one kind act at a time.


Book Idea List

I’ve created a book idea list on Amazon that I’d like to share with you. It is a list of books that I’ve found to be very helpful in my life.

This list will help you, whether you are looking to reduce the stress and anxiety in your life, be calmer, discover new ways to be creative, have better relationships, stop seeking approval and worrying what others think, or embrace yourself for who you are and live a life you love.

You can view the book list here: Be Calm & Love Life!

(Tip: You could check your local library for these books and if they don’t have the one you want to read, ask the library if it is available for them to order. Most libraries will order a few copies of a book if it is requested, especially digital copies because they are easy to receive and less expensive.)


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Be Happy Now

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“Happiness comes in the space between yesterday and tomorrow.”

Quoted from:
Mindfulness: From Chaos to Calm
(The Simple Success System – Book 1)

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Mindfulness: From Chaos to Calm

My mom got this bag for Christmas:

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Keep calm and go for a walk.

Do you ever feel like being calm is a challenge? We can all use a little more calm, right?

This is the perfect bag for the new book I’m writing, Mindfulness: From Chaos to Calm.

Mindfulness is the simple common sense that we have lost in this fast paced world; it is living in the moment—the only time that truly exists.

Practicing mindfulness can help you to feel calmer and experience happiness more often.

Mindfulness Exercise: Simple Steps

Walking is great physical exercise and it can also be a wonderful mindfulness practice.

While you are walking, become completely present and aware. Take a few deep breaths and feel yourself becoming calm and relaxed.

As you walk, become aware of your body moving. Notice any tension you are holding on to. Let go of the tension by relaxing your muscles. Unclench your fists, relax your stomach, and allow your shoulders to comfortably drop down and relax.

Take a deep breathe in and allow your mind to relax. Notice any thoughts you are having but do not judge them as good or bad, right or wrong. Simply become aware that you are having these thoughts.

Take a few more deep calming breaths.

Begin to observe your surroundings. Allow yourself to experience the moment with all of your senses:

  • Notice the sounds you hear. Are birds chirping? Do your shoes make a sound when you walk?
  • Smell the air. Is it fresh? Is it cool and crisp? Is there pollution, smoke, or exhaust from vehicles? Don’t judge, just notice.
  • Notice the weather and how it feels. Does the sun warm your face? Is your skin caressed by a beautiful breeze?
  • Touch your clothing or your skin. Does it feel soft? Silky? Rough?
  • What do you see? Observe every detail.
  • How does your body feel as you walk?
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Continue to enjoy your walk; experience each step you take and feel the calm within.

This is a mindfulness exercise from the book: Mindfulness: From Chaos to Calm (The Simple Success System, Book 1)

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Pathway to Freedom

“Freedom is found when you can release past troubles and let them go.”

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Quoted From: Love Yourself Being You: A Way to Live Your Best Life (Quiet Your Mind, Eliminate Stress, Find Inner Peace)
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Is Loving Yourself Selfish?

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14 NIV

We are all born beautiful little babies who naturally love themselves and others. Somewhere along the way we lose this self-love and become critical of ourselves and others. We learn to deny our true passions and feelings in order to fit in, to be like everyone else. We become self-conscious and try to hide who we truly are.

Watch how one teacher helps his students to love themselves and what happens when they do. A Radical New Teaching Method – Compliments and high fives go a long way in the classroom.

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Compliments and high fives go a long way in classrooms.

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By starting the day with just ten minutes of complimenting his students and giving them high fives, he got amazing results: “After a few weeks of this practice, my students started complimenting one another consistently. They praise each other for accomplishments as if it was their own. They never insult one another and actively work towards helping each other.”

“Praising each other for accomplishments as if it was their own.” Learning to value themselves taught them to also value others; instead of being jealous of someone else having success, they felt good about it.

Why don’t all children get raised this way, at home and in school? Why not teach all children to love themselves, to value their uniqueness and value the uniqueness of others? Imagine how much better your life would be if you and the other people you grew up with had learned to love themselves and others.

It is insecurity and fear that drive people to put others down in order to build themselves up. When you value yourself for the beautiful unique person that you are, you do not need to put someone else down to make yourself feel good.

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
― Parker J. Palmer

What is self-care?

“Self-care is about seeking and nurturing internal validation. It is finding the sweet child within and giving him or her soothing comfort, reassurance, and warm, loving thoughts and wishes. It is about taking care of the internal emotional side of our being and learning self-compassion.”
Karyl McBride Ph.D. Psychology Today, Is Self-Care Selfish?

Loving yourself is not selfish, it is a true expression of who you are, who you were born to be. It is you being authentic and real, recognizing how special you are and not trying to be like someone else. It also means that you see others for the wonderful unique person that they are.

Look for the good in yourself and others. Compliment often. Nurture the beautiful child within. Let’s be the example that we want our children to follow. Love yourself. Love others.

If you have self-esteem issues and fears that are keeping you from fully embracing and accepting who you are, know that it is never too late to make the changes you want in your life. You can love yourself no matter what other people say, no matter what you’ve been through, no matter your past, or your circumstances. You can take control of your life.

In my book, Love Yourself Being You: A Way to Live Your Best Life (Quiet Your Mind, Eliminate Stress, Find Inner Peace) I share ideas, tools and techniques to help you connect with the beautiful creation that you are; the wonderful, capable person that exists within you and always has. Learn to love yourself, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to overcome your daily struggles. Conquer your fears and escape the downward spiral of negative thinking and emotions.

You have the power to love yourself exactly as you are. You have the ability to have unshakable confidence. You are powerful. You are amazing!

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Good Friday – Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

You are loved. You are blessed.

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