Switching out toxic celebrations with positive ones simply means choosing to honour yourself. I am learning to treat myself a little better. From friendships to food, if we don’t put ourselves first and show others how we deserve to be treated then no one will.
Having a glass of wine from time to time they say is fine. But have you ever pushed it past the limits and felt regret the next morning?
It really wasn’t that much fun. I would be told that I had a good time the night before but there were gaps in my memory. I couldn’t even remember. How much fun is that??
These days with everyone being able to capture those moments and to have them live on forever on social media. I knew I had to change and this is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
Here are 4 ways that I traded toxic celebrations for positive ones.
- I stopped drinking alcohol and replaced it with a soda drink I fancied. Dress it up!! Add fruit, and fizz, all in a gorgeous glass. My favourite was a ginger ale with cranberry. Now I order water with lemon and no straw. If I really want to be fancy then I will order a virgin caesar.
- I stopped going to the bars. As I got older I realized that I preferred an intimate dinner at home where I could invite ‘real’ friends and have real conversations.
- I replaced some unhealthy food with better options. For example, when baking I replace sugar with maple syrup or honey or even use applesauce. If I see potato chips on the table, I try to go for the vegetable tray instead and use hummus as opposed to the chip dip. This is something I still struggle with. I am not perfect lol
- I replaced some curse words with some cute things. Like “son of a soda cracker” or “holy sheep manure” “fire truck” is another one. This doesn’t necessarily stop me from being upset with whatever is going on, but I am more aware now of what comes out of my mouth. I also stopped using the word “quit’ because I am no quitter.
Words have power.
You choose your friends. The circle you hang around with the most is the direct proportion of how people see you. Those friends are who you are. Do you have to change your circle? Look around – are your friends positive? Kind? Fun? Generous? Do they listen, support and encourage you? If that is how you want to be thought of, then look for those types of friends.
Send out positive energy to the Universe and watch it come back!
AND, don’t forget to practice gratitude daily!!
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“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder