Tea Talks: Embrace Your Challenges

Last weekend, I decided that I needed to get out of my apartment and see more of the Upper East Side. I’ve been around the area where I live – the stretch between 86th and 96th Streets from Lexington to First Avenues – but I wanted to see more than just my neighborhood. I went down to 68th Street near Hunter College and checked out some of the shops there, and I, of course, had to check out the Upper East Side branch location of one of my favorite NYC bookshops – Shakespeare and Co. While I was there, I found a book written by Miranda Kerr (which I mentioned in this month’s [currently]). You know her, right? Super-gorgeous Victoria’s Secret model with a super cute baby and an equally gorgeous (soon-to-be-ex) husband.

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Anyways, I picked up this book of hers titled Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation. I’ve always appreciated her positive outlook on Twitter and Instagram (she often posts about how grateful she is for everything in her life, etc), and I thought that her book probably carries the same attitude.

While I’m still in the early stages of reading her book, I can already say that I’m very pleased with my purchase. One of the recurring ideas throughout the book seems to be “embrace your challenges.” Her affirmations are not only delightful, but seem to be realistic when she places them in the context of her own life. And if that’s not encouraging enough, she contextualizes the ideas even further so you can apply each to your own life.

She starts the book off with an introduction of sorts titled “You.” Here are a few excerpts that I found to be particularly powerful:

“What if we nurtured ourselves to the point where
we discovered and experienced our own greatness?”

“It is our thoughts that determine our experiences,
not only of ourselves, but of our world and of others…

Too often we fail to see that at any given moment we have a
choice to alter our lives, our existence.”

“Look forward and dream of what’s possible for your life…
and remember that the only thing limiting
you is your thoughts.

Only you have the power to change your thoughts.
Alter your thoughts and you alter your world.”

Over the past several months, I faced several personal challenges that have made me step aside and decide what I really want to make out of my life. Not necessarily what I want to do with my life, but what kind of person I want to be. I realized how unhappy I was as just another cynical, bitter New Yorker (even though this extends to before I moved to NYC). I was losing control of my emotions and the feeling of anxiety was beating down on me more than I had ever felt before. I don’t know that I’m in a place where I feel ready to go into more detail, but I wasn’t happy with who I was becoming. I knew that I had to change myself if I wanted to change how I was feeling. To change my outlook. To change who I am.

I’m not a saint, and I’m definitely not perfect at practicing exactly what I preach. I still struggle with keeping my thoughts clean and uplifting. I still have days where all I want to do is not talk to anyone and definitely not put a smile on my face. I think everyone has those days. But the more and more that I change my inner dialogue, I’m finding that it’s changing my outward actions.

It’s been great to hear from you, my readers, about how you’re making positive changes to your own lives. It’s so great to feel this support system and know that the challenges I’m facing are not unique to me. Knowing that others are making the effort to change their lives for the better inspires me even more to create positivity in mine.

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I hope these Tea Talks are helping you discover more about yourself or leading you on the track to positivity. I think inner reflection is really important when taking the next step to living a positive life. Whether you take up journaling, meditation, or exercise, make sure that you make time for yourself to think about where you are in your life, what you’re feeling, where you’d like to be, and how you’re going to get there. And lastly, find a support system that works for you. Whether it’s connecting with people on the Internet (like me!), talking with your friends and family, or simply telling those closest to you about your new goals in life, it’s important to have the support you need to achieve the happiness you deserve.

Do you have any books, quotes, or affirmations that have been particularly meaningful in your journey? Feel free to share with me and other readers in the comment section below, or send me a private message and I’ll repost them anonymously.

Embrace your challenges, and be well for the rest of your week!