These are a Few of My Favourite (non-negotiable) Things…

I woke up this morning in need of inspiration and The Louniverse provided. She said:

Being kind to myself is a non-negotiable thing.

We all need those non-negotiables about the way we live and care for ourselves. Managing our minds and bodies in our daily routines is a must, after all don’t we all want to feel good?

Everyday I ensure that I do what is right for me to feel good. When I feel good I am able to show up, serve as best I can and all my actions come from a place of love and not fear. These are my non-negotiables.

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I love sleeping. Sleep is essential for my mind and body, without it I can not function. It allows my mind to travel to far off places and experience incredible journeys. Ever since I was a child I have had adventurous dreams that inspire me and are a little piece of magic. I actually get excited about what the night will bring. It’s kinda like movie time but without the popcorn.

My busy brain craves it. Sleep enables my capacity for learning and equips me with the power to refrain from being an emotional fuckwit. It looks after my heart and keeps my hormones happy. Without it my immune system would plummet, then what use would I be?

Listen to my body and mind and to sleep when they need it.

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In this bonkers day and age we all need time out. My days fly by in a wink of an eye. I thrive on being busy and love being surrounded by people. However, I really value time by myself, even just for a minute in my hectic day. I couldn’t sustain my energy without those peaceful moments.

Take time out everyday to be by myself, to meditate, stretch and to just do nothing.

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I have worked incredibly hard to get to the point where I can say that I believe in myself wholeheartedly. Self-doubt is a monster that can be beaten. Believing in myself makes me invincible. That belief tells me when things go wrong it’s for the right reason. That belief enables me to just know that I am right where I should be.

I believe in others, even when they don’t believe in themselves. I believe that the Universe provides. I believe that is better to believe in something than nothing at all.

Tell myself everyday how awesome I am and that everything is how it should be.

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I smile to myself even when non one else is around. I recognise the little things everyday and smile in the knowing that those little things are what is truly priceless in this life. I get excited about pretty much everything. I laugh loudly. I smile from the inside out. There is always something to smile about.

Smile as much as is humanly possible.

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Being present is high on my agenda this year. Just stopping to remember that the now is the only time we need to concentrate on. The past is over and the future will come in its own time. I stop and just breath. I breathe it all in.

Make the time to concentrate on my breath and to clear my mind.

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I love a good brain buzz. Whether it is learning something new or just doing something that takes me out of my comfort zone. I crave it. It excites me and drives me.

Be brave, bold, and curious. And like a little sponge, soak it all up.

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Without integrity I can’t know inner peace. If I can’t be true to myself how could I possibly be true to anyone else. With everything I do I stay true to my values, in my work, my passions and relationships. I am not saying it is always easy but it is definitely always worth it.

Always be true to myself.

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Acts of kindness, compassion and selflessness make me whole. Imagine if we all went about our days with them as a non-negotiable? Wow. Helping someone off the train. Smiling at a stranger. Forgiving someone you could just as easily slap. Being there for those who need you. Being there for those who don’t realise they need you. We are all in this together and while some may not see that it doesn’t mean that you should let it prevent you from caring. I am fortunate to spend my days working for something I believe in, something which lights me up and makes a difference.

Give freely.

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How can any day be complete without a daily dosage of love. Friends, family, strangers and things. I love ’em all. I love you. I walk down the street singing to myself All You Need is Love. True story. Occasionally I imagine a whole orchestra by my side with a skip in my step. Yes, I know it’s a wee bit nutty but oh boy does it feel good. The more I feel it, see it and focus on it, the more it surrounds me. Pretty cool, huh. Try it.

See the beauty that is all around me and love wholeheartedly.

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To be thankful everyday makes my soul sparkle. From the food on my plate, to the bus being on time and the incredible people who rock my world. It was only when I started a gratitude journal that I realised that not a day goes by when I don’t potter down the street feeling grateful for something. There is so much to be grateful for and giving that thanks gives me tingles.

Say thank you, lots.

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Everyday I simply remember my favorite things. And then I feel soooooo good. I’m worth it. You’re worth it.

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What are your non-negotiables?