3 Lessons I Learned this Summer that I'm Taking Into Fall

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At the end of every season, I like to reflect on how the previous season went, and because this Summer was uneventful and somewhat of a drag, I had to take a moment to [really] reflect on what this season taught me. Nearly everything I had planned and wanted to do—didn't happen, and because of that, I felt the Summer flew by without anything happening.

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As the days went by, my plans continued to fall to the side; nearly everything in my daily circle revolved around work or getting ready for the work week. Most days I was frustrated as I saw everyone traveling, heading to events, and having Summer fun—a real case of FOMO. I tried to not play the comparison game, but I can admit, I fell down the rabbit hole a few times. But since we're heading into a new season and the final quarter of the year, I sat down to think about what I [really] learned, and how I can take those lessons into Fall.

I. "I'll do it tomorrow," are dangerous words

I say this way too often, and most of the time, I give myself a reason to believe why I can do something tomorrow or later. It's a tool of procrastination, but the truth is tomorrow never comes, and the thing I keep saying I'll do tomorrow never gets done. Yes, I am consistent with content, but there are bigger creative projects that I have on my to-do list, and I keep waiting for this-or-that to get started on them. I'm tired of wishing, dreaming, and planning; it's time to start doing everything that's on the to-do list today. So, over the next three months, I've committed to myself to [fully] complete one of the bigger projects on my list.

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II. I need to be outside

After spending time inside for an extended period of time, I noticed how my mood began to shift. Too often then I'd like to admit, I begin to feel isolated and trapped; this is when my anxiety takes over, and the circle of emotions confines me.

I like to be outside because I associate the outdoors with freedom—an unlimited amount of space and the ability to pursue anything I want, and when I'm inside, I feel the opposite. During the week, I barely get outside other than commuting to-and-from work, but I've now made it a point to go for walks at least three times a week, and on the weekends, it's a given that I will be on-the-go and outside. During the Summer this is easier to do, but I'm committed to sticking to this during the Fall and Winter.

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III. Positivity is key in my life

No matter how hard I try, there's always an ounce of negative energy around, but I'm becoming good at identifying and avoiding it. Because I have anxiety, it's important that I keep positivity in my life, so every morning during my commute I listen to a 12-minute meditation followed by Deepak Chopra's Affirmations. During the Summer, I allowed a lot of small things bother me and take away my joy, but now that I'm aware of it, I promised myself to take the steps to keep only positive energy around, and the begins with keeping a positive mindset.

If you allow yourself to be aware of what you're feeling and feel it, you will understand that we're all students to this thing called life. After a Summer that went against everything I had planned, I'm learning to let go of solid plans and enjoy life while I remain mindful of the growth that's still needed. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.

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