Did you know that there is actually a color of the year??!? I had no idea that such a thing existed! Apparently the color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid! Isn’t that just a fun name! I like to just say it for fun… Radiant Orchid! So this month my blogging buds and I are showcasing our favorite ways to incorporate this awesome color into our lives! See look we’re total hipsters! We’re just too cool for school.
(Insert laughter here) So sit back and check out what the cool kids are up to this month, with the color of the year… (more laughter) 😉
Hollyhocks and Honeybees– Out of the box Easter Baskets
The Benson Street– I love reading Bookmark
She’s Crafty– Butterfly Wreath
Flats to Flip Flops– Accessorizing with Radiant Orchid
Among the Youngs-Radiant Orchid Iced cake
Free Time Frolics– Be radiant gift card holder
Crafted Sparrow– Radiant Orchid clay Earrings
I love this awesome color, but to be honest, I struggled finding away to incorporate it into my current home decor color scheme. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone and out of the box big time on this one! I am currently reading this awesome book! It is one of those books that you read and if you really let it, it can change your life! The book is “The Charge” by Brandon Burchard. It focuses on activating the 10 human drives that make you feel more alive! I have been captivated by it! This past Sunday I was feeling out of sorts, typically I am very positive person and tend to be pretty energetic and some might refer to me as being a little “Pollyanna”ish… But you know what that’s ok! I would rather spend my life seeing the good things in life and not being a realist! Life is way too short for that! Anywho back to my point! On Sunday I was feeling unfocused and felt overwhelmed with my life and I was basically having a little pity party for myself. To help get me out of my funk I picked up my book, and read. It was exactly what I needed to hear/read!
As I was reading the chapter on congruence I read this passage…
How we think of ourselves (our self image) and how we behave in accordance with that image in the real world is the stuff of congruence. It’s one of the most profoundly powerful drives we have as humans-to live in consistent alignment with who we think we are, how we want others to perceive us, and who we want to become. When we don’t behave as the person we believe ourselves to be, we feel “off” “out of sorts” and, often frustrated or angry. If we think we’re lions for example and we act as mice. we secretly loath ourselves. — exert from “The Charge”
I read this paragraph and it was an amazing “a ha” moment for me! I was feeling off because I had become misaligned from my “true” self. After reading through the rest of the chapter (I honestly feel like this chapter was written for me!) I sat down and did the following exercise! And you can do it to!!
#1 Write down descriptive words that you would use to define the way you think about yourself in your personal life… (I took out pen and paper and went to town writing words that I feel describe who I REALLY want to be and who I know I should be! )
#2 Of all the words, choose THREE that you’re going to make as your new standard and mantra
(how you think of yourself)
For me those three words were
( See how I incorporated the Radiant Orchid…. Clever eh?!?)
I chose these three words because…
KIND…above all else I want to be kind in all my deeds and actions!
Kind to myself, kind to those I work with, and kind to all!
POSITIVE… I will not let negative energy weigh me down! If I am energetic and positive in life, my happiness will be ten fold! Life is so much better, when you choose to be positive!
HEALTHY…To me this means balance and finding time to be fit and healthy and focus on eating the right foods and exercising my body so that I can feel strong!
#3 Write down WHY you chose your words!
This is important to focus on WHY you chose those words!
And lastly — DISPLAY these words on your mirror or your door, somewhere where you will see them ALL the time! You’ll need this daily reminder to refocus you on who you want to be!! The TRUE You!
I made my three word mantra on PicMonkey and then just printed it off and displayed it on my bathroom mirror and I keep a copy in my purse!
Since I love this book so much and feel it needs to get into as many hands as possible I am giving away one FREE copy! To one of you lovely readers!
This is not a sponsored post I putting the money up for the book myself! I feel that strongly about it!!!