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It’s been a while friends!  And while there is a small amount of guilt in my heart for not writing, there is an even greater amount of joy and elatedness coursing through my veins.  You see, I’ve adopted a few new habits that have brought me to the next stage of my personal growth and evolution.  I’ve learned so many little things that it’s hard to put this entry into one distinct lesson.  But if I could sum it up it would be this:

Lady Lesson #27: Nurture Yourself!

Now I may have said this before, but it is so relevant in my life right now.  Over the past few weeks I’ve really taken the time to accept myself, learn about myself and use that knowledge to blossom into the magnificent being that I am.  The first step for me was to really step back and take some time to be by myself.  At first, that meant watching copious amounts of The Vampire Diaries and browsing my newsfeed every 10 minutes.  Those activities pulled me further away from myself, strangely enough, and by strangely enough I mean I’m not surprised at all.

When I realized how drained I felt from being by myself in that unfulfilling way, I went back to wanting to hang out with people.  That didn’t feed me either as I found myself drowning in self-generated negative energy.  I finally saw that I wasn’t ready to be out in the world around everyone, especially those closest to me, if I couldn’t be a beacon of positivity.  So I decided to spend some time with myself and really, spend some time with me.  Not the computer, not the phone.

I started making to do lists with specific, small tasks that I was happy to do.  If I didn’t get something done, I didn’t beat myself up, I just used it as motivation to do better tomorrow.  I started writing out my life vision every morning and posting it on my wall as a reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing.
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I started transforming my room into an inspiration haven by posting positive affirmations and images of people, places and things (it’s strange to just call them nouns right?) that I want in my life.  Hell, I’ve been imagining my dream house every morning, specifically the kitchen, living room and sun deck.  I found real estate listings with pictures eerily similar to my imagined home.  So those are going up on the wall, no doubt.

My affirmations:
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I wrote myself a nice big check for 100 Grand.  Just to get in the habit of the big paydays you know.Image 
I see this right when I wake up!  Monte Carlo and winning an Oscar.  How can I not be inspired for the rest of the day?Image

I have spent more time imagining the life I want than I ever have and I am so happy with myself.  Just me.  I feel that my happiness is not tied to anyone else and it’s because I’ve taken the time to be by myself and support myself and surround myself with inspiration and goodness.  I’ve been reading books like A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.  Unlike Facebook, these books feed my growth and it’s real easy to stay on track if your free time is spent watching or reading things that support you in your journey.  I watched The Secret on Netflix instead of an episode of Family Guy.  I learned about the Law of Attraction and boom!  There I was making my vision wall.  There I was watching First Position, a documentary about the largest youth ballet competition in the world, instead of browsing through another Buzzfeed list of 21 Gifs To Waste Your Life Away On.  I became so inspired I broke out my pointe shoes and started to choreograph.  *Word to the wise, a few years out of toe shoes will render your feet kind of useless.  This wasn’t my best idea.  My toes are still bruised.* Long story short, inspiration begets inspiration.

I visited places that I’d always wanted to go to like the Getty Center.  I conquered my fear of going to Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood (all the celebrities rehearse there, it’s no big deal) and realized that I was in much better dancing shape than I knew.  I auditioned for Disneyland Paris because, why not? I trusted that the choices I was making were the right ones and it outweighed any fear I had.  

I am so confident right now because I can see that I’m on the right path and it’s because I took the time to seek it and to allow it to happen.  I’m following my instincts.  I’m holding myself accountable.  I’m standing up for myself.  I’m following my inspiration.  I’m following my joy.  And it’s because I am finally, truly nurturing myself by taking in only the good.

I’ve found myself grinning wildly for no reason saying “today is amazing!  Thank you Universe!”  I’ve found myself looking in the mirror and saying “I love you!  You are beautiful!  You have so many opportunities and so much potential.  I love you!” And it’s real!  

So a bit of a long one today, but it’s been a long month with a lot of growth.  Thank you for spending a moment with me today.  Go off and find your inspiration!  Tell me about it!  I’m in a sharing mood.  

Until next time.  Love love love.

-Jadey Lady

 

First of all, if you truly want to get in the spirit of this post, let this play in the background.

Lady Lesson #8:  Be Prepared!

“Well..duh!”  I can smell your thoughts before you think them.  I know this seems like a pretty obvious lesson.  We’ve been told to be prepared all of our lives, but how many of us actually take that to heart?  I really didn’t until now.  I mean, I always carried extra pens at school, but that’s mostly because I was a pen hoarder.  But here I am, 24, fully realizing the benefits of being prepared.

On a smaller, more practical scale, it’s just less stressful to be prepared.  Live in a city like Los Angeles or New York for a while and you’ll learn this.  Sometimes you don’t have time to go home between appointments.  Sometimes you stay over at a friend’s house after a party night.  Sometimes you run into Leonardo DiCaprio and both of you have forgotten your phones.  What’s a lady to do?

Look at your day.  What do you have to do?  What do you need? How can you make everything go as smoothly as possible?  Have you figured out what to do?  Okay, then do it.  In the long run, you’ll be thankful that you keep army pants and flip flops in your car.  You know, for those mornings you don’t want to grab your Starbucks in knock off knock off Louboutins and a sequined dress.  

ImageJust FYI-wearing this before 5PM automatically brands you “Walk of Shame.”  Ladies never walk in shame.

Wanna be prepared?  Here’s how!

Keep resumes and business cards in your car or backpack so you can whip em out whenever opportunity knocks!

ImageKeep your gym bag stocked and in your car!*

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Make a “Get Yo Sh*t Togetha Kit” and keep it in your car!*

ImageBuy lots of toilet paper and keep it in your car!  (Just kidding-but seriously, always have a spare roll)

ImageLook, there are a million ways to be prepared, these are just some of my silly favorites.  The main point I’m getting at is this. Being as prepared as possible just makes life easier, on a superficial level (much like the majority of this post) but also on a higher level.  When it comes to your goals in life, be prepared.  Do your homework.  You never know when you’re going to get the opportunity that’ll change everything for you.  Wouldn’t it be a shame if that opportunity knocked and you couldn’t answer the door because you were too busy trying to get ready?  Be prepared.  If you’re not, someone else will be.  

Someone said it best (the internet has conflicting opinions on who.  Typical.)  “Success is where preparation meets opportunity.”  That success could be as small as being able to touch up your eyeliner after an unexpected rainstorm or punch in the face.  Or, it could be being the only girl at Leo’s party who opted to bring a business card.  You decide.

-Jadey Lady