How are you holding up as we move through the last quarter of 2023? The end of the year can bring a lot of different feelings. We begin to focus on the holidays; gift giving, family dinners, or closing out our year goals and deadlines.
Not going to lie, these inflation prices and the general state of our economy is adding extra stress as having a healthy relationship with money is also part of my wellness journey.
Despite anxieties coming from different avenues of life: finances, doctor appointments, work stress, keeping up with friends and family, I have been more intentional about grounding myself and practicing mindfulness. What has that looked like? Showing grace first and foremost. Showing grace to others because we're all out here trying to make it, but also showing grace to myself. We do the best we can with what we have and I try and remind myself of that.
I've also been a little more honest with holding myself accountable. Yes, giving myself grace and meeting myself where I am, but I'm also looking in that mirror saying, "Now Ash, you knew" "Okay, Ashley. That relationship or habit is no longer serving you. You deserve to choose better." It's actually helping me show up in spaces more authentically and making it easier to receive what I need from others and the world around me.
I want to leave you with a few questions I have asked myself to help with grounding myself and staying well regardless of what's going on around me.
Is this the best choice for me right now?
What small, actionable goal can I set to help me with my big picture goal?
I hope the rest of your year flows how you need it to and you see more in the next few months than you've seen this year. There's always time for new, better, and good - because you are worth it, friend. May you go from win to win, glory to glory.
Thank you for sticking with me and embracing all that is Candle Talk. Your encouragement and support keeps me going and I appreciate us crossing paths.
Be well & stay lit!