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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ―Mother Teresa

Everything in life happens for YOU, not to you. You are not a VICTIM of life. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.

TRULY pay attention to your outlook on life. Every day you can either regret or rejoice; it’s your choice. When you choose the latter, life opens doors to amazing experiences you will likely remember forever.

Take time to figure yourself out. Take time to realize what you want and need. Take time to take risks. Take time to love, laugh, cry, and learn. Life is shorter than it often seems. Do these NOW - your life will be MUCH richer for IT ( not they are all FREE!) //

Accept every unique piece of yourself. – The secret to happiness and success is the acceptance of yourself. You will never become who you want to be if you rely on everyone else to qualify you. Own yourself completely, just the way you are, flaws and all. If you CAN'T love yourself first, you will never be able to fully love someone.

Make yourself a priority. – There are only a few people in this world who will stay 100% true to you, and YOU should be one of them!

Take positive action. – Don’t sit back and let things happen to you. Go out and happen to things. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Actions will ALWAYS speak louder than words! Sometimes all you need to do, is do SOMETHING...BUT sitting around and thinking will not get you anywhere.

Do the work. – In life, you don’t get what you wish for; you get what you work for. Do what’s right, not what’s easy. Your dreams are worth it.

Focus on priorities. – Don’t be busy; be productive. The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. Truly FOCUS on what matters and let go of what does not. ..

Take calculated risks. – All growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. So take a step today...fear will cripple you. Make the choice to step anyways. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step...

Keep on stepping. – Focus on the small things you can do right now, not the big things you can’t. SMALL changes can & DO make a BIG difference in the end.

Give yourself all the approval you need. – If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for everyone’s approval. You don’t need anyone’s approval to be happy or to follow your heart. Your heart will never lie. Learn to listen to it + your intuition. It's a skill, and it's not always easy, but boy is it worth it.

Fight hard for what you believe in. – Great strength comes from overcoming what others think is impossible.

Allow life to happen like it’s supposed to. – You can’t force things to happen; you can only drive yourself crazy trying. There’s a time and place for everything. When it’s meant to be, it will be. Work hard, be patient. Patience being the key word here . . . it's HARD to practice it, but it's a daily must. Without it you WILL drive yourself crazy!

Embrace every experience for what it’s worth. – For everything you have lost, you have gained something else.

Be mindful in tough times. – Keep calm when things go wrong. You may feel weak, but your spirit is strong. It will always get you through. . . as will love, compassion + kindness. To yourself and others.

Admit your frustrations and face your fears. – Sometimes what you don’t want is exactly what you need. Easier said then done. BUT it's true, don't let your fear cripple you. It can hands down STOP you from pursuing what you're meant to do in life. Feel the fear and DO IT anyways.

Enjoy yourself. – Be positive and smile right now, not because everything is good, but because you can SEE the good side of everything and everyone. ALWAYS believe that everyone is good, no matter who they are.

Look around in appreciation of your remarkable life. – WE have SO. MUCH. TO. BE. THANKFUL. FOR. If you are reading this - have access to a computer, shelter, food, family, friends, freedom. LIFE IS GOOD. Good or bad, just smile. Don’t be negative when you have so much to be positive about. Life is “give and take.” Believe it, right now someone is praying and hoping for the things you take for granted. . .

Take guilt-free breaks. – Find your balance between activity and recovery. Learn to let go and relax when you need a break. When I write my 3 major things to get done for the day, underneath I write my reward for completing the task. You NEED this balance.

Enjoy the company of those who lift you higher. – Know that it’s less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones. Ones that would drop anything to be by your side. Be around the people who make you smile!

Listen at least as much as you talk. – The greatest gift you can give someone. In the end, there is only one rule for being a good talker and a good friend: listening.

Let love win. – Love conquers all. Share your love. Period. If you feel it express it.

Learn to forgive without resistance. – Never let an argument last, never hold a grudge; both will make your heart heavy. Forgiveness is one of the primary keys to happiness. SIMPLY let go . . . it was in the past and it won't serve you RIGHT NOW to hold on. You are only hurting yourself as you can't control how the other person handled the situation. Be you, forgive, and whole-heartedly release it into the Universe.

Act out of kindness. – Your beliefs alone don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. Learn to give without any reason. This doesn't have to be something material or it could. It could be an ear to listen, a tea date with a friend in need, buying someone something small that they need. . . whatever it is GIVE back.

Uphold your strength of character. – Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you. So today, and every day, do something nice for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Give the strangers around you a chance. – Be friendly. A simple hello could lead to a million things. There is a purpose for everyone you will ever meet - power to think about it, but so true. Everyone we might shapes us in some way. Unplug your earphones and be OPEN.

Learn from the past, but don’t live in it. – Don’t stress about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening every moment and you will see them if you keep moving forward. . . Remember one step at a time. You don't have to climb the entire staircase right now. Little by little. . .

Worry less. – BE PRESENT. Stop over thinking and worrying. Life is too short for that.

Pay attention to the present. – Right now is life – the only life you have. Don’t miss it.

DO what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile, often. LIFE is too short to just float on by, to not take risks, forgive, be present, spend time with the ones you love, give back, have an adventure, AND to follow what society tells you is right/wrong . . . go against the grain. AND LOVE deeply and passionately. Love will conquer ALL.

Happy Monday!

love & light

- xo Lisa