Inspired by Anne Lamott’s TED Talk.
- My creator made me and put me here on earth for a reason. I’m the exact right person to be living this life, with my people. Even when I feel discouraged or overwhelmed, I am meant to be here, I am supposed to be the mom, wife, daughter, friend that I am (all of my good parts and bad parts) to the people that I am doing life with on earth. We all belong to each other and were created for each other.
- By the time we reach adulthood, we all have brokenness. We spend our lives trying to figure out how to put the pieces in the places they feel best. We hit and we miss. We are not alone in our brokenness, sadness, anxiety, or mess. Every single feeling we have someone else, somewhere else is feeling.
- Money doesn’t buy happiness and none one of our vices (shopping, drinking, binge eating, overexercising, obsessing) will ever, ever make us happy either.
- Facing our demons and working through them, developing coping mechanisms, and finding happiness in the mundane is the way to contentment. Putting pressure on every day to be great is a sure path to misery. Life is a series of ups and downs and most days will be average.
- Our culture tries to show us that we always *need* something and we always have something we should be improving: making more money, being thinner, freedom to work from home, etc. Getting those things can feel good but the constant striving and never-enough attitude is a damaging mindset to live in. Most of those things we don’t really want anyway! Money won’t make us happy, outer appearance doesn’t make our insides feel better, and working from home causes us to miss out on in-person connection with others. These things can be good, but they are glorified, and not the ultimate dream people make them out to be.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Everything we need for our souls to soar is free. Laughing, baby snuggles, love, connection with loved ones, etc.
- Absolutely everyone struggles to get their laundry done.
- Self control is hard to master but can lead to success in just about every aspect of life.
- The only person I can control is myself. I can’t force others to change, be happy, do hard internal work, grow up, etc.
- There is no “normal”- do what works for you, even if that means sleeping in a different bed than your husband at night.
- You always know the right answer in your gut, it’s the feeling of intuition deep inside. If you sit still and listen, you can hear and feel it.
- We will all die someday. I used to think I was afraid of dying, but I’m actually afraid of living. I’m scared I won’t do it right. I’m terrified that I’ll leave this planet without my kids knowing how much I loved and cherished them, without my husband realizing how much his loyalty and love have meant to me, how much I appreciate and see all the things my parents have (and haven’t) done, and how much I adore each of my friends for who they are and what they’ve brought into my life.
- Being empathetic, and being an INFJ is a special and rare gift. To be a feelings person is hard and beautiful at the same time.
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