Here's one of my current ones:
I'm willing to believe that I'm strong enough to run a half-marathon in September.
I don't believe that I'm strong enough YET, but I am willing to believe that I have the ability to get there.
(Also, just for the record, I LOVE kale and eat it every day-- if you don't currently eat it, it's definitely worth a try! It's a nutritional powerhouse...)
Aaaand, here's our Intention video, too!
It's Week 2 of The Declaration of You BlogLovin' Tour!
And this week it's all about UNIQUITY. Alllllll the things that make you YOU; that make you unique!
On the surface, it might be hard to think of how you're unique, in a world so saturated with people who probably do the same kinds of things that you do and like the same kinds of things that you do, too.
Using myself as an example, I'm a painter and a pattern designer. I like to run. I like to eat healthy food. I'm pretty average height, pretty average weight, pretty average looks. I like to be outside. I like to travel.
None of these things are all that unique on the surface. There are plenty of people in the world who do those same things and like those same things that I do.
What Michelle and I are here to say is that all the things that make up who YOU are, whether you think they're very unique or not, is exactly what your uniquity is. All your qualities, all your likes/dislikes, all your talents, all your values and beliefs, all mixed up in your body, your heart, your mind, resulting in one beautifully complicated and one-of-a-kind human being.
There is no one else walking on this planet who is quite like you. No one in the world has the same combination of qualities and personality traits and talents and quirks that you do. You are one remarkable, unique person, my friend!
So, just like we did last week, I think we should make a list. List all the ways that you are unique! I'll start, of course. :)
Some of the ways I'm unique (you're about to learn a lot about me!):
Yeehaw! Today is kick-off day of our Declaration of You BlogLovin' Tour. My book, The Declaration of You, co-written with Michelle Ward is coming out THIS MONTH (!), and we've created a spectacular virtual tour to celebrate! From June 3 - August 2, 2013, over 250 blog posts, written by inspiring, amazing, and declarative bloggers, going up around the world - and every declarative link will be added to The Declaration of You website, so we can click, read, declare, converse, and enjoy!
Every Monday for the next 8 weeks I'll be writing my own Declaration post about our topic of the week. And the topic for this week, Week 1, is ENTHUSIASM.
Dozens of other posts on the same topic each week will also be written. You can start here with my declaration post each week, and then head over to the Declaration of You website for all the other links, so you can find out what other people have to declare around the topic of the week. Sounds fun, right?
Oh! And if you're inspired to join in, we would LOVE that. Just email abby[at]thedeclarationofyou[dot]com, and she'll send you all the BlogLovin' details. The more declaring, the better, we think! Your link will be live on The Declaration of You website for all the world to discover. Fun! (If you write a post and share it via social media, use the hashtag #tdoybook for easy finding.)
Let's get started!
I have some things to say about enthusiasm. Michelle and I talk in our book about how enthusiasm is rooted in your Big Likes. Big Likes are the things that you just really enjoy (maybe you'd even go so far as to say you LOVE some of them!), just because. You don't have to have a reason. Nobody can tell you you "shouldn't" like them. Your Big Likes are the things that make you YOU, and they're the things that are ultimately going to bring you the most happiness in your life.
Your Big Likes don't have to be IMPORTANT. Or SERIOUS. They can be, of course, but they don't have to be. There's no pressure here. They can be as simple as loving to go out for coffee with your boyfriend on Saturday mornings, or the feeling of sunshine on your face when you go outside for lunch. The idea is just to start making a list of the things that really make you feel GOOD and ALIVE and CONTENT. You don't need to have a reason for liking them. It doesn't matter. What does matter is pinpointing what you actually like -- not the things that you think you should like, because it's what grown-ups like, or because your parents or friends expect you to like it, or whatever other reasons you tell yourself, but things that you actually really and truly like. It makes me sad when people think they aren't supposed to like something, or they're embarrassed about liking something, because really, who the heck cares? I think we should all just OWN the weird things that we like and get on with it, as happier and more enthusiastic people. Yes? Ok, good.
I'll go first. (I've been paying particular attention this past week, getting ready to write this post!)
Here's a list of some of my Big Likes:
Also! We're having a Facebook Party each Friday at 12:30pm EST, to discuss the week's topic. We'd love it if you joined us this Friday to talk about Enthusiasm! Click on the graphic below to RSVP yourself:
Next Monday I'll be back with a new Declaration post, all about Uniquity (aka: what makes you unique!). Until then, happy declaring! Big Likes, ahoy!