Jenise Michele

writer * performer * awesome individual

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2016

THE “KEEP IT LIGHT, LOVE” NEWSLETTER

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2, DECEMBER 2016


LET'S TALK ABOUT: ACCEPTANCE AND REFLECTION

 

“New Year, New You!” Really?

As the new year approaches, we are confronted with a barrage of voices telling us we have to change. NOW!

Why is “the new year” the time to start anew? Is it simply because someone told us it's the right time? What about what we feel? What if NOW isn’t the right time to join a gym? Or start practicing yoga? Or start writing that novel? What if now is the time to rest our weary bones and think about what we really want as opposed to what this mixed up world is telling us we want?

NOW is what you make it. Don’t feel pressured into making life changes that you are not comfortable making. When the time is right, you will feel so much more motivated and determined to see it through.

And when the time is right, go for it with everything you’ve got!!

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LYRICALLY SPEAKING: "WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE?"

In “Reflection”, a beautiful tune from “Mulan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack”, we find the title character feeling extremely down and using some serious negative self-talk:

“I will never pass for a perfect bride or a perfect daughter.”

“If I were truly to be myself, I would break my family’s heart.”

How often do we use similar negative self-talk? When it comes to our loved ones, we would never dream of speaking to them the way we speak to ourselves. So, why is being mean to ourselves okay?

What if we were as kind to ourselves as we are to others? What if, instead of lamenting all the ways we are “not meant to play this part”, we accepted ourselves and lived each day with genuine appreciation for everything that makes us unique beings.

What if we decided to always reflect who we are inside?


MONTHLY TOOLBOX

HEALTH: ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMINS AND MINERALS?

Have you considered adding a multivitamin to your diet? Even if you feel you maintain a healthy diet, it couldn't hurt to add a daily supplement. There are many different brands and types to choose from, including plant-based options. Do some research and see if there is a good multivitamin out there for you!

SPIRITUALITY: SAYINGS BECOME SONGS.

Earlier this year, I read the Navajo mantra “All things around me are restored in beauty.” I liked it so much that I adapted it into a song of gratitude:

“Everything around me is restored in beauty / My god(dess), I thank you / You are the one for my protection / The one for my healing / The one for my peace of mind / The one for my strength…”

“My protection/healing/peace of mind” changes based on what I'm feeling grateful for at the moment, but “strength” is always mentioned. Sometimes, I sing several round of this, thinking of more and more things to express gratitude for.

Is there a special saying or quote that speaks to you? Try singing it! Play around with the melody until something feels right.

INSPIRATION: WRITE YOUR OWN SONG.

It doesn’t have to be long. It can be a little ditty that makes you laugh or inspires you. Here's a part of the last little tune I came up with after I found myself ruminating on worse-case scenarios before a doctor’s visit:

“Everything’s gonna be fine / Everything’s gonna be fine / Nobody’s gonna be rude today / Everything’s gonna be fine/ Everything’s gonna be fine / Everything’s gonna be fine / Everyone’s gonna be kind today / Everything’s gonna be fine.”

EMPOWERMENT: LET THE MUSIC MOVE YOU!

Are there songs that fill you with joy and get you moving? (I’m sure there are!) Write a list and post it up somewhere--such as your bathroom mirror or bedroom wall--and look at it when you need motivation. Create a playlist on your iPod or on YouTube. (Two of my favorite playlists on my iPod are “Let’s Get Amped” and “[...] I’m Awesome!”)

RELATIONSHIPS: REMOVE EXPECTATIONS.

People are who they are. Waiting for people to change is wasted energy. Accept people for who they are and act accordingly. If someone has shown that they aren’t capable of supporting you, don’t reach out to them in your time of need. Instead, reach out to someone who has always been there for you. Instead of driving yourself mad when you don’t get the results you want from people, meet them where there are. Sometimes, that means spending less time and energy on people. And that’s okay. That’s self-care.

DEVELOPMENT: LET'S GET PLANNING!

2017 is around the corner, so it’s time to get organized! Go online or stop by your favorite local store and pick up a 2017 planner. There are so many different types to choose from, so take your time and select one that feels right to you!

This year, I used the "InnerGuide 2016 Goal & Success Planner". I loved it so much that I plan to order the 2017 edition soon!