Monday, February 19, 2018

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Life is a rollercoaster and we all know it. We have our good days and we have our not so good days. Something that I kept catching myself say was, "I'm not happy". But then I kept thinking, am I unhappy or am I just bored waiting for the next best thing to happen? I'm in a waiting season of life right now. I'm not planning a wedding, we're not moving or buying a house, no babies anytime soon, so am I unhappy, or am I just dwelling on the fact that there isn't anything exciting happening, and I'm just living everyday life? 

Have you ever felt that way? When life is filled with the "get up, go to work, come home, go to bed" routine? Yes, that can get boring, we can get sick of it, but life isn't supposed to be filled with all highs, and definitely not all lows. Sometimes life is just, well, life.

This is when a huge mindset change has to happen. Just because something exciting isn't happening, doesn't mean we can't be happy, and I mean truly happy. We can fake it on the outside (we all have) and sometimes we can even fool ourselves. What it all comes down to is how you feel in the dead of night when there's nothing besides your own thoughts.

We can all lie to ourselves, avoid the pain, and end up "happy", but wouldn't you rather be truly happy? In order to do this, we need to face the truth of our unhappiness. Sure, it might cause you more pain, stress, or unhappiness in that moment, but in the end, you can be truly happy knowing that you dealt with each problem to improve your life and strive for more positivity in your life.

Staying positive in these moments is a choice, and one we have to make daily, hourly even. My Pastor just finished a teaching series called The Happiness Challenge, and honestly, it was life changing. He taught me that we can't wait around for the next peak experience or life's dopamine hit to be happy. We can be happy no matter our situation. He said: "Happiness is always found on the other side of pain" and it's so true.

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No matter if my anxiety has been at an all-time high or depression is kicking my butt, I know in the end, I can be truly happy. It will take some work, I will have to deal with the pain and find the root of the problem, but I know I will be happier in the end. Truly happy.

Learning to be happy in the hard times will allow us to love our lives. We can find good in bad situations, because we can choose to learn from these situations so we can make a change for the better.

Often times I wonder why poor people are some of the happiest people alive. It's because they make the most of every situation, they aren't relying on those mountain top experiences, and they are some of the most joyful, giving people out there--even when they don't have much to give!

I want to challenge you to a 21-day positivity challenge that will get you on the right track to making positivity a habit and ultimately lead to true happiness. For this challenge, I've partnered with Pamprin, because together, we want to inspire self-care through the power of positive thinking and self-talk. When we feel positive and happy on the inside, we can do amazing things.

Now, let me just point out the obvious, and then I'll continue on with this life-changing challenge. For all my ladies reading, we know that Pamprin is for PMS, which is a total downer--especially when we are trying so hard to stay positive. Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever to alleviate cramps. Pamprin Multi-Symptom has the same strength as Extra Strength Tylenol, plus the added benefits of fighting bloating and irritability--leaving you feeling so much better.

You can find Pamprin at your local Walmart.

With this challenge, together with Pamprin, we want to replace the "drag" of PMS with something uplifting and inspiring. We can change the world with just one positive thought, so let's do this, ladies!

21-Day Positivity Challenge //

Day One // Start today with 3 positive self-affirmations

Attach your list to your mirror. Read them aloud every day. Add to the list ever day.

Day Two // Find positive company

Who are the stars in your social circle? Who build you up? Stick with the stars and become one.

Day Three // Make a list of things for which you're grateful

An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.

Day Four // Give yourself and others an "atta girl (boy)"

When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.

Day Five // Seek, and you will find

We are responsible for choosing our perception. Look for the good, and you're 100% guaranteed to find it.

Day Six // Find what brings you joy

Unlike fleeting pleasure, joy is consistent. We cultivate it internally. Maybe it's listening to a certain song or listening to a motivational speaker, whatever it may be, order it up every single day.

Day Seven // Stop and smell the roses & give one away

Be present minded enough to give and receive life's simple gifts.

Day Eight // Hit "replay" and make it a habit

Positive thinking begets positive action. Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so after just one week, you're already a third of the way there. Keep it going! Your mental health and happiness all depends on your positivity. It is possible to be truly happy, and when you are, you can do great things. Always remember: " So in all that you do, stay classy, stay positive, and love the life you live. The world is at your fingertips, darling." -- 💗KMJ

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