Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Smile, it's 2019 and you made it through yet another year! I don't know how it happened, but last year went by f-a-s-t. It seems like just a minute ago, I was in Atlanta, crying my eyes out last summer at the entrance of Tyler Perry Studios. Now it's 2019 and so much has already happened so far this year.
As you continue working on your goals this year, make sure that you create the life that you want to live now. Don't wait until another January 1st, start living your best life now! In order to live your best life, you have to remove negative people and sometimes places from your life. For me, I relocated to New Orleans to give myself a fresh new outlook on life and remove myself from the negative energy that I accepted into my life. Chicago will always be home, but it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone literally, in order to live my best life.
Look at the unlined words in the last paragraph, "I accepted" negative energy. People can only do to you what you allow. Don't get so caught up on blaming others for the negativity in your life. ACCEPT that you didn't set boundaries and do something about it. You may not have to cut everyone out in your life, after all, we all need people in our lives, but you may have to set some boundaries in order to live your best now! If you need help setting boundaries, check out the book, Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend.
I already know know what you may be thinking. "But I don't know where to start? I don't have enough money to live better. I need help to do xyz. My past life experiences has just been too much to be proud of the person that I am today." If your inside voice is saying those things to you, GET RID OF THAT STINKING THINKING! If you need more information on getting rid of stinking thinking, click here to read my previous blog post: https://www.feliciatsimpson.com/blog/get-rid-of-stinking-thinking
Only you determine what living your best now, consists of. A life coach, friend, family or therapist can't decide that for you. Only you know, what deep down inside, makes you happy. Starting today, prioritize what makes you happy and start doing it. Stop making excuses and get out there and do it. Do it broke, do it if nobody shows up, do it even if you don't make money from it initially, do it afraid, do it with kids on your hip, whatever it is, just do it! Don't continue to compare your life to someone else's life, you don't know the journey that they traveled to get where they currently are or what they go through daily to appear to be living their best life.
Here's a clip from Oprah Winfrey about removing negative energy from your life:
After watching this clip, go back to that list you made or need to make, and list your negative energy triggers. You know exactly who pisses you off the most and creates chaos in your life, remove them or it! If it's your boss, have that conversation with them or remove yourself from that job/career. Why go to a job that drains the life out of you literally? That unhealthy habit you have? Yep, remove that too and see how much your energy changes for the better. Girl, now go live your best life, NOW!