March 18': Light
It's been a minute since I posted a monthly mood board here, but I'M BACK!!! This past month or so has really been about making some conscious changes in my life and mindset about life. Upon coming back from the semester abroad of my dreams, no matter how hard I tried to be grateful and happy in the present, I just couldn't make myself happy about being back in the Midwest. I mean come on, I just spent the past four months in a new city nearly every weekend, living in the bustling Florence, Italy, and constantly having a new adventure at the tips of my fingers. Needless to say, going to the new coffee shop opening up down the street wasn't making me excited like it used to.
One of my New Years Resolutions was to get back to posting on my blog. Life had become hectic, and so my blog took the back burner for a while even though it was very much still something I loved. I came back to the states determined to make the time for the thing that I loved, and start making content that I was proud of again. This proved to be harder than I expected. After spending the past months in cities with inspiration practically around every corner, the cold and grey Midwest sucked the creativity right out of me. I spent much of February pessimistic and a bit lost until I came to a realization.
The attitude I had towards the environment and people around me were only amplifying this bleak feeling. My negativity was acting as a looming storm cloud above me blocking out any light that could have come into my life. I am a firm believer in what you put out into the world is what the world will give back to you, so what else should have I expected from being a ball of negativity and refusing to even be open to the idea that Ohio could get my creative juices flowing? March has been the month of "letting the light in" for me, and sometimes this takes being my own light. I'm learning this month that the more I persistantly push myself to be as positive and loving as I can that life gives me that same positivity and love back. This daily enthusiasm I'm working to have about even the most ordinary things is not only allowing me to be more appreciative of whatever situation I find myself in at the current time, but is also attracting more positive opportunities, people and energy into my life as well. Doing my best to be a light to those around me puts me in a position to receive the light of those around me as well, and that just seems like a pretty great thing for everyone am I right?
I hope this month or the next time you find yourself in a rut, don't let it block out the very light that will bring you out of it. Let the rut act as a way of growing in yourself and as an opportunity to put the power of positivity to use.