Last year I saw a great little saying that really resonated with me. It was…

‘she believed she could, so she did’

I remember thinking at the time that it really can be that simple. If you truly believe in yourself there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do anything you want.

And so, I decided that this would be my mantra for 2017.

You see, I want to make a lot of changes in 2017. I want to make changes to Cupcakes and Cadenzas. I want to make changes to my teaching business. I’d like to do more of the things I love in life and less of the things I don’t love. I want to start living and working on my terms rather than someone else’s. I really want to be more me.

You can borrow that and tweet it out if you like.

The biggest thing I want to achieve in 2017 is to be more me.

My biggest problem with change though (like most people) is a lack of self belief. I’m great at giving other people advice but, when it comes to me, I’m never quite as brave as I like to make out. But, as I said, this little saying kept coming back to me. If I believe in myself enough I can do anything I want with my life.

Anyway, I was looking on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for something totally unrelated, when I saw a sweet little bracelet.

Guess what was stamped on the front of it. Go on. Guess!

Yes, you’re right!

‘she believed she could so she did’

Now, those of you who know me know that I see signs everywhere and the minute I saw it I took it as a sign. And, of course, I just had to have it.

believe in yourself

Isn’t it perfect? I absolutely love it and have worn it every day since I got it, as a constant reminder of my mantra for the year. And it’s working. Every time I see it I’m reminded to keep believing in myself and to keep doing the things I need to do to get to where I want to be.

However…

…last week I had a couple of bad days. Not terrible days. Just days where annoying things happened and caused my normal sunny disposition 🙄 to disappear.

First of all two fighter jets decided to have a mock ‘battle’ over the area where I live causing my older dog Storm, who hates loud noises, to become terrified. This in turn caused me to have to spend time calming her down when I should have been getting ready for a meeting. Once she was calm I was about to leave when, on checking my purse, I couldn’t find my bank card. I searched everywhere but still no luck so I then had to phone my bank to put a stop on the card which took up even more time. Finally, when I got out to the car, I started it only to find the brake fluid warning light was on and refused to go out. Because of all this, although I wasn’t late for the meeting, I wasn’t in a great mood when I got there.

The next day I took my car to the garage to have the brake fluid topped up. They insisted on checking it over and, lo and behold, I had a leaking brake pipe. They fixed it there and then (along with a few other bits and pieces) which was very good of them as they were extremely busy, but it meant I spent two and a half hours sitting in the garage when I had a million other  things to do. This didn’t help my mood from the day before one little bit.

However, later that evening, when I was sitting knitting (great for mindfulness), I suddenly realised that I actually had so much to be grateful for.

I’m grateful that…

  1. …I’m always early. I leave myself more time than I could ever need when I’m going somewhere.
  2. …there are people willing to do jobs (our armed forces and emergency services) that keep us safe in these volatile times.
  3. …I was in the house when the jets came over, and therefore able to comfort poor Storm. If I hadn’t been there anything could have happened to her (or my carpet).
  4. …I was able to phone my bank promptly to put a stop on my card. If I’d left it too long my card could have been used by someone else and it would have been even more of a hassle to get refunds etc.
  5. …my bank acted promptly and courteously and had a new card out to me within 48 hours.
  6. …the garage was so efficient and willing to drop other jobs to fix my car. My brakes could have failed completely. This could have put my life and the lives of others at risk. I actually enjoyed having some time to myself. I got to speak to new people. I enjoyed watching the world go by. And I got to look through my social media accounts in the middle of the day without feeling guilty about all the other things I had to do.

‘But what has this got to do with believing in yourself? I hear you ask.

Well, after realising how much I had to be grateful for, and feeling so much better about everything the following morning, I decided it was time to start keeping a gratitude journal.

And, despite having more beautiful, blank notebooks than anyone I know, I went online to find one.

And what was the first one that showed up in the search?

THIS!

believe in yourself

The very thing I was looking for, with my 2017 mantra printed on the front.

And if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.

So, from now on, every night, I’m going to write down the things I’m grateful for that day and why I’m grateful for them.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

And that’s about it for today.

Do you keep a gratitude journal?

Does it make a difference?

Have you kept one in the past but given up?

If so, why?

As always, let me know either in the comments below or over on the Facebook page.

Until the next time,

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