Some of you might remember in July, I wrote a blog about enhancing my life. As promised here is part two.
In January, I was at a conference called Your Best Year Ever. It really inspired me to focus on all areas of my life and I realized how important it is to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. It was then, that I decided to have a word of the month and for that month I would focus on that aspect of my life and improve it as much as possible. Here we are, already in December and looking back, I feel completely satisfied that I lived each month, each day fully and completely. I feel like 2019 was a huge success for me.
I chose peace because I wanted to be at peace with a few things that happened to me. At first, I thought I needed to be at peace with the people who did these things. When in fact I realized I need to be at peace with myself, not them. I was blaming myself for allowing these things to happen. I had to remind myself that everything happens for a reason and you need to learn from that experience and let it go. That is when I truly felt at peace. It was a very calming feeling and it felt great! That is exactly what I was looking for.
I consider myself to be an open-minded person but there is always room for improvement and growth. I traveled to Jordan in September and what better time to learn how to be more open to new cultures, religion, customs and food than in the Middle East. I really embraced the culture and the country, more than I ever thought possible. It was a magical vacation and I will never forget my experiences and the wonderful people I met. I can’t even describe how I felt when I arrived home a few weeks later. I know it was from my extreme openness that allowed me to enjoy this life changing vacation.
This one might seem selfish but for the whole month of October I didn’t do anything that didn’t bring me joy. If someone asked me to do something or go somewhere and I knew I wouldn’t feel joy doing it, I simply said no. No excuses either, just a simple sorry I can’t. Honestly, it felt great. So great that I will continue to live this way. Life is too short. I want to have a joyous life!
This month I wanted to work on my generosity. I am usually quite generous but there are several times when I don’t have money on me to help the many people, I see on the streets every day. I live downtown so I see many people in need every day. I made sure I always had a couple of dollars on me every time I left the house. If I saw someone on the other side of the street, I would cross to give them money. I was now actually seeking them out. One day I forgot to grab some change before leaving the house, so I went to Tim Hortons and bought some gift cards to hand out. Those are always a hit. It’s a win win when you are generous because it brings me joy to help people.
I wanted to close out my fabulous year with a powerful word. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my faith in God. He has kept me safe several times and helped me through so many life situations. He continues to bless me. I know that God and religion isn’t every one’s thing but it’s my blog and my word! This month and every month moving forward I want to talk to Him more and ask for his guidance and continue to learn how to be a better person through Him. Every day when I am done work I read a page from Joyce Meyer’s daily inspirations. Several times I have thought wow, this is exactly what I needed to hear today! This is God speaking to me and guiding me through life. I love this book so much that I downloaded the app so I can continue to read it daily when I travel.
I am going to continue to have a word of the month and live my life to the fullest. I hope everyone is ready for 2020 because it’s going to be extraordinary!
Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M