Ban Negativity and Embrace Silliness

Friday, April 17, 2015

I had a brief moment of negativity yesterday.  The toxic thoughts started as I was struggling with some new yoga poses. Rather than easing myself into the challenging shapes, I disconnected with my breath and grew more and more frustrated. I finally gave up. Instead of leaving my discontent on the mat, I took the icky feelings with me. They began to flow over into everything else I was doing. My evening walk was cut short because the pestering voice inside my head would not shut up! “Katie, you are such a quitter.” “You might as well go back to being negative. Its so much easier. Youre failing at this happiness thing, anyway.” Blah, blah, blah. My shoulders started to ache. My entire body felt twisted and tense. I decided to ask the noxious voice to exit, stage right. After much resistance she grumpily bowed and promptly left the building. Whew! Shoulders relaxed and a smile graced my face once again. What a wonderful moment! It can be so easy to forget that we all have the power to hush our inner bully.  That destructive voice will always try to convince you that your life is an impossible task. 
The next time you are convinced you can’t conquer negativity, try doing something silly. Sure, you might feel ridiculous, but the good feelings will soon overpower your concerns about looking like a wackadoo! My go-to happiness prescription is dancing.  I have a playlist called “Fresh2death” which features jolly toe-tapping tracks by Janelle Monae, the Beastie Boys, Kendrick Lamar, and Missy Elliott. It's my path to instant happiness!
I recently finished watching the show Garfunkel and Oates on IFC. They are a fun and adorable, musical comedy girl-group. One of my favorite songs by them is called “Loser." I highly recommend checking it out on YouTube.  Its all about why its okay to lose. Losing means youre trying. Youre putting yourself out there.  So, in a sense, you are always eventually winning! Failing shows us what we are capable of.  It prepares us for lifes next dare.  Dont stop being you. Win or lose, you are making progress!  
To help inspire me to stay hopeful and present, I made a short list of why I am AH-MAZING (see photo). Make one for yourself!  Dont be modest! Shine on, starlets!



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