Friday, April 28, 2017

The Power of Change

This week a powerful message I heard really stuck with me: if you don't create change, you will always stay in the same place. Like many valuable pieces of advice, it sounds so simple, but has a huge effect if you take the time to apply it to your life. Whenever we are faced with something we don't like, or a difficult situation, all we wish is that things were different. But how many of us spend as much time trying to fix these situations as we do dwelling on them? I myself am guilty of getting trapped into the latter from time to time, but I like to think that over the last few years I've gotten a lot better at letting things go, and solving my problems in a practical way.

Have you ever heard Albert Einstein's definition of insanity? He literally says "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." I fully agree with this, and I try to keep this quote in mind when I find myself in a funk. You can apply this to any aspect of your life. Think about that girl who always goes for the same type of guy, and is surprised every time he cheats on her. Think about people who always say they want to lose weight, but never actually work out or eat healthy. Think about that person you know who complain about his job, but never actually looks for anything else. I've got news for you: if you don't do things differently, nothing is going to change.

This week, I really tried to pay attention to the changes I wanted to make within my own life. We can't expect these changes to happen all at once, but if we don't take a step forward, then none of them will happen at all. Something I've really wanted to improve in my daily routine is my habit of hitting the snooze button. I'm the type of person who will set my alarm for 6:30 am, when I need to get up at 7, but will realistically end up sleeping as late as 7:30. This week, I managed to kick this habit, and I am so proud of myself for finally making this change happen. So what did I do to create this change? I didn't just promise myself I would get up as soon as my alarm went off, I came up with a strategy.

Over the week, I plugged in my phone near the foot of the bed, instead of keeping it on my bedside table like I usually do. It's actually bad for you to sleep with electronics close to your head, so not only was this effective for waking up, it was also beneficial towards my health. Forcing myself to get out of bed to turn off my alarm guaranteed that I would have to physically wake up. For me, whether I've had a good sleep or a bad sleep, it's the getting out of bed that I struggle with. Once I'm up, I actually feel refreshed and ready to start my day. On top of noticing an improvement in my sleep (I made sure to get at least 6 hours every night too), I found that my mornings more relaxing, as I had more time to get ready. I made myself a smoothie every day, and didn't feel rushed like I normally do. There is nothing more satisfying than noticing the positive effects of the changes you've put into place. Even though the week isn't over, I'm so confident that this habit will stick. And trust me - for this particular habit, if I was able to kick it, then anyone can.

On top of changing my sleep habit, I also worked out more than usual, and willingly kept a clean and balanced diet over the last week. Like I said, not everything is going to come all at once, but when you realize the positive effect that even the smallest change can make, you gain more and more motivation to keep going. Through these changes, I have felt so energized, and have been so excited to share the motivation and strength I've gained over here on the blog.

If you put your mind to it, and get up off of your butt, you can do anything you set your mind to. Do you guys agree with my theory on change? What strategies do you use to keep yourself motivated and to improve your lives? Comment below with all your answers - I would love to hear your thoughts!

All photos by my amazing boyfriend, Sean Vesely.

With love,


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