KEEPINGGOODHABITS

Julie Furlong writes about positive habits in life based on her experience as a company founder, designer, marketer, entrepreneur, mother and partner. Julie’s positive, practical and realistic approach to balancing her business and personal worlds ignited a desire to create and share these habits, inspiring others to keep things simple in life. A relevant monthly topic is introduced to practice, creating space in your mind for what is truly important.


March 1, 2017

MARCH’SNOTE

This month’s ‘Note’ #11 is all about ‘Resilience’, a useful life skill to develop. We are not born resilient – you need to put the actions and thoughts into place so you are able to develop it. But once you bring this practice into your life you will find being resilient will most definitely help you adapt to manage any situation. Please remember, I run this blog part-time, so I am always open to suggestions for improvement and any feedback you may have.  If you have not already done so, hook up via your preferred social media platform to receive free reminders during your working week. On a final note, a big thank you to Amanda Foust for having me as a guest blogger on her website the Daily Positive, read it here. Have a great March and take care.

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March 1, 2017

#11BEINGRESILIENT

Problem solver

Regardless of our age, challenging experiences are ALWAYS upon us. Our ability to roll with the punches will determine how well we cope with these times in order to keep moving forward and functioning effectively. The one thing I often do when I am in this situation is to maintain a clear sense of what I am trying to achieve and remind myself that I am a fighter, not a victim! Thoughts like these are the ones that help me practice resilience… the inner mind strength within us all (Mental Strength) to help us bounce back, whilst continuing to develop along the way.

As we get older, more and more challenges come along in life. We lose a job, our relationships break down, someone close to us passes, friends move away. I have experienced all of these, and learnt that the more resilient I am, the more I grow, the stronger I become and the less overwhelmed I am about the situation. This does not mean that we experience less stress, loss or anxiety. It just means that dwelling on the problem solves nothing, and we have recognised that fact.

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February 1, 2017

#10LETGO

Learn from the past and let go

There are some things (and stages) we go through in life that we struggle to let go of… the memories left behind that we would rather forget. When we should be learning from our mistakes and moving on, there are some of those moments that we just can’t let go of. We’re brought down with regret, thinking of the things that should never have happened to us or the things we should have never had done.

The world is not perfect. We want it to be, but unfortunately there is always something that comes up. People will piss us off, we have to work or do things we don’t necessary want to do, we have to engage with people we don’t particularly like, people constantly want our attention, the bills need to be paid, there is always too much to do and mistakes and regrets are bound to happen at some point. We hold onto and attach ourselves to what we want the world and people to be like. There will never be a time when life is simple, however your willingness to LET GO will provide clear space and energy to start fresh memories. We all know anger and resentment are toxic and these feelings will keep you in the past, which does not have anything new to offer. Life is too short to dwell on it, so practice accepting that there is a chance to let go to feel peace within yourself.

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January 1, 2017

#09UNIQUENESS

This year, be you, your true, real, unique self.

I know for sure, especially when I was younger, that I was often reluctant to give myself a go and be, me, my true, real, unique self and embrace who I really am. I was often afraid to be instantly judged and fearful that people would talk behind my back and not accept me. The truth I did not know then, but most certainly know now, was that the people who make an impact on humanity are the ones who are the most different and unique and unfortunately, often do feel excluded. Your true strength and beauty is your own uniqueness. Remember there is only one YOU, and the people who stand out the most and make a true difference are the people who exercise their individuality and are themselves, rather than trying to conform and be like others. What a shame too much of our time is spent on attempting to be normal, trying to look normal and trying to fit in and be like everyone else. Being yourself enables you to pass on optimism and positive energy, which forms good life habits to the people in your circle.

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