Tuesday, August 3, 2010

my affirmations

"My house is great! I can do anything good!"

My mom works in escrow within a real estate office. Last night she and I were talking about how difficult it is for real estate agents to face rejection after rejection (this applies to any one working in sales, really) and how they employ affirmations to help them get through it. So much of life, especially starting a new one from scratch somewhere, is about rejection. So much of dating and friendship is putting yourself out there and facing up to the rejection you feel when things don't go the way you think they will, someone doesn't love you the way you love them, you are betrayed or hurt and experience loss and grief.

Last night I posted the video of that cute little girl doing her affirmations in front of the mirror. I think I also mentioned here before one evening I spent with a three year old little girl who had yet to be tainted by self-doubt, disappointment, reality and proudly announced to me that she is "good at everyfink" in her sweet little British accent. As a woman I know that it is often harder for us to build ourselves up. We feel the pressure to assert ourselves but also are more sensitive and emotional. We want to be successful but many of us want to be mothers and have families. We want to be well-liked, loved even, but also are told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, put on our big girl panties and deal. I'm generalizing here but there are so many outside pressures and disappointments that we all face and I personally have been facing lately.

Why not do some affirmations of our own?

So taking my cue from the cute girl with the corkscrew curls, here are mine:


I love my city and the fact that I took this giant leap of faith to "make it"
here.
I love my apartment. It is in a great location and very spacious for
Manhattan.
I am a great friend. I listen, am reliable, and am nice to be
around.
I have great friendships, many of which have lasted years.
I am a successful person and this is evidenced by the things I have acheived in my
life.
I am driven to succeed and better myself. I may go through rough times
but I Don't. Give. Up.
I am always challenging myself and taking chances.
They may be seemingly small to some but they are big to me.
I have decided to go back to school part-time in the Spring for my Master's degree and am so excited to begin a "new chapter" in my life.
I will make a good girlfriend and a good partner to someone someday.
I am a good daughter and sister and a product of
a great family. I'm so fortunate in this regard.
I expect a lot from myself and others but I give a lot in return.
I volunteer my time to others and am concerned about their well-being.
I am great with children and that is a skill that not everyone has.
I may be serious and quiet but I am a realistic person who does her best to keep her feet on the ground, one foot in front of the other.
I love my hair. Most days.
I love that I can dance and still take dance classes.
I love that I love books and read so often.

What are your affirmations?

I am thinking of making this a feature, perhaps with a McLinky. Each week you can post one affirmation (or more if you want) and link to others to share. If there is anyone out there able and willing to make me a button, please let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at my brand-spankin-new e-mail address flipflopsonlex [at] gmail [dot] com.

2 comments:

DSS said...

What a lovely idea!! Lord knows I need to come up with some affirmations ASAP.

stephaniedahle.com said...

How wonderfullly inspiring is that little girl?! I seriously hope you do them every day! :)