Today marks the 6 year anniversary of my dad’s last page in his story. I am of course talking about his death. Now don’t worry, this is not a poor me post, I am just simply sharing my life with you all. My dad was seriously the best dad that there was. He never missed a soccer game/golf tournament/(sister’s) drill team or (sister’s) cheerleading event even though he lived an hour away. Every weekend he had us, he made it count…always doing something special. He bribed me on how to cook…”you can either do the dishes after dinner or you can help me cook and your sisters can do the dishes”…umm duh, I always chose to cook! My father was an awesome cook too!! He taught me how to golf & even though I didn’t want him coming to my first tournament because I was so nervous…he came anyways & was hiding behind trees and such….I remember seeing him about halfway through the tournament behind a big bush…”dad…is…is that you??”, he poked his head out and smiled, “I could never miss this”….that was him. I learned so many things through his teachings and even just watching him I learned how to be kind to others for no reason but to put a smile on their face. I learned that family is truly more important than middle school & high school friends. We went on numerous trips throughout our lives, my dad LOVED traveling & said that you never know when you’re going to die so don’t wait to live your life after retirement.

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During a summer cruise (hence why my dad looks like a lobster).

After my dad passed, the rest of my senior year was just….weird. But as time flew by, it slowly started becoming normal. Sure he will never get to walk me down the aisle, or come over to visit & he will never see Ava. That hurts sometimes to think about it, but there is nothing I can do…so I can either choose to be sad and think of all the negatives, leading me into depression and depleting my health…or I can just believe that the woman I turned out to be has made him extremely proud. Focusing on the positives will not only clear my mind but keep me healthy.

Here are some benefits of staying positive, even when times get rough:

  • Self-confidence: no negative thoughts towards your self obviously leads to a better self-assurance in not only yourself but your actions & words towards others are more kind. (Leading them to want to follow in your footsteps)
  • Optimism: keeping positive all the time, helps you stay positive….even during failures and deaths
  • Health: by lowering your levels of stress and depression you are increasing your chances to fight off diseases and common cold, better mental health & increases longevity.

There are many more benefits to living a positive lifestyle, but I will let you figure those out! Buddha was asked what he had gained through meditation & his answer was…

“Nothing! However, let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”

There you have it! A way to help keep you positive. Just even for a minute a day, meditate on positive thoughts and releasing the negative ones. Remember, one small positive thought in the morning can change the way you think the rest of your day.

 

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Question of the Day!

Do you have trouble staying positive in stressful situations?

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Thank you all for reading my post! I hope it sounded as good to you as it did in my head. Ava has not wanted to sleep all day and so we’ve been playing on & off since this morning! Love you all & may you have a wonderful weekend!

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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