1. Never weigh myself on a Monday
2. Stop comparing my life to my friends' Facebook pageLet's face it. The use of Facebook has added a whole other dimension to our lives. It can be a great source of information about faraway loved ones, but it can also stir up the drama. When I first started using Facebook, I thought, "Wow, everyone has there life together. What's wrong with me?" It took me awhile, but I've caught on. Most people are smart. They aren't going to air their dirt laundry on Facebook, so all I will ever see is their peaks.
3. Not buying into media expectations
There has been a lot of coverage about Photoshopped photos lately. I think it's sick! Why alter the way these women look? They are already beautiful. While I love magazines, I find it appalling that these altered images are what the publishers and editors think we want to see. When I was a teenager, I didn't have the maturity to understand what these images meant. All I knew was that I looked different. No more, though. I realize I look like me and I love that. I'll never look like those covers because the models don't even look like that.
4. Keeping up with the Joneses
Listen, I have goals and a lot of them involve acquiring and doing things, but I've come to realize that the things I want aren't intended to show someone up. When I was younger there was a part of me that wanted things just to keep up with my friends. Living that way made me unhappy and broke very fast. Keeping up with the Joneses isn't sustainable and I'm not willing to go into debt for something that I don't truly want. Perhaps the greatest lesson I've learned from this is that not everyone wants the same thing. While someone I know may want a BMW, I'm sorry, I don't and I'm not going to beat myself up for not having one.
5. Allowing someone's negative attitude to affect me
This can be tough at times. When someone is negative, their energy is draining to everyone around them. It takes effort to ward it off and not become part of it. I use to take negative attitudes personally, but I've learned that I can't allow that. People act on their own accord and are solely responsible for their attitude and actions. It's unfortunate but most of the time they don't even realize how they sound and are perceived. I've also learned that it isn't my responsibility to change their mode. While I love making an attempt, I no longer take it personal if they don't cir cum to my charming ways and bodacious jokes.