You can shift life and start living now if you allow it. It has taken me years to realize that life can be totally different if your head is in the right place and that perspective is key in allowing our dreams to be a possibility and our goals our reality.

I have always been an optimist believing there is another way but deep down there were parts that struggled to fully believe it could happen and ultimately believe in myself. Part of building confidence for me has been to shift my mindset, which in turn allows me to have my voice right because I need to be able to share with you.

Seeing all that is – not was – has been a huge shift for me.

It is about the here and now and making a conscious effort to not complain about your life. It’s choosing to be grateful for what is, the lessons you’ve learned and the person you are at this moment. a

We all have days that are hard and difficult but we don’t have to create a bitter and pessimistic view about it because that will only fuel the unhappiness. Instead, take a nap or go for a walk. Do something that honors you and allows you to distract yourself.

Gratitude is one of those things that I believe are really important. When we can focus on the things we have in our lives rather than what we don’t have. Our minds are able to recognize the abundance we have. I may only have a dollar in my account but man I am grateful for that dollar. It will still provide for me and for that I am thankful.

When you are having a hard time, make a list of all the things you have in your life. This can be people, achievements, food in the pantry, your job and so on. If you do this every day for 5-10 minutes, you will have begun to love life.

I don’t believe that we need to hide or stash away our feelings for the sake of make-believe that all is well. Start living now means to embrace whatever wave of emotions you are going through!

Feel what you feel.

If you feel happy, by gosh own that in every way.

Feeling sad? Allow it because there is value in being sad when something breaks your heart. Even if you want to feel sad, you can feel sad. Each emotion has something of value – even anger, allow yourself to feel it.

The only thing I would encourage you is to not stay in the sad and angry moments. Yes feel them but then find a way to move through them.

Sidenote: I am not talking about depression. We all have sad and angry moments – we are human after all.

I think it’s also important to evaluate your limiting beliefs when it comes to receiving support. Is receiving financial support easier and emotional support harder?

Journal for a few minutes and see where you are not inviting support when you really could and maybe even should have one or three people n your corner.

The process of reaching out when we need to just distract ourselves or talk to someone can be hard when we are not open to receiving or believe that we don’t deserve it. Let’s open this door and explore what support means to you.

Allow yourself to dream and begin to explore the possibilities. Be open and vulnerable and ask yourself what is possible in the situation or what is the lesson for me right now.

Becoming self-aware in this process, really allows you to live in the now because you are allowing yourself to believe you can be happy, life can be easy.

There are moments when life feels hard as heck – I have been there. The challenge is that no matter the situation there is always something to learn from and there is always something to be grateful for.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Create the Life You Want + Make an Impact while you're at it!

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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