The Best Version of Ourselves

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Are you the best version of yourself?  What would make you so?  These are the thinking thoughts I've been brewing over.  I guess because it's Lent and soon Holy Week, I become introspective.  I find myself during seasons reviewing my personal goals and creative pursuits.

January first with new resolutions is an obvious goal setting time.  I'm motivated to stretch and grow and usually I wane in my intentions.  The best version of myself is not found during the first try.  Nothing is found during the first try (unless you are lucky!).

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Spring is here, sort of and so I'm re evaluating my goals.  The goals are the same as always and I've added a few along the way.  However, anyone can list goals!

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How do I achieve the best version of myself??

- getting a good night's sleep
-eating the right foods and exercising daily
-carving out that precious time alone in the morning
-journalling and reflecting
-being present
-listening twice as long as talking (a challenge for me)
-showing kindness to others

and most importantly being a positive life affirming voice to myself.



How do you achieve the best version of yourself?


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  1. I think it's one of the biggest challenges, trying to be your best self. I try hard to live in the moment, and to remember that everyone has something challenging going on, not just me (real or imagined).

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    1. That is so true, everyone has something challenging going on!

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  2. It is a challenge for sure. I try to find the positive in everything (which is sometimes extremely difficult). I like your statement of listening twice as long as talking - great advice. And my time in the a.m. is very important to me too.

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    1. I like to find the positive in everything too, like Pollyanna :)

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  3. I guess sometimes I am and sometimes I'm an impatient, grouchy witch. But I like to keep it real. And thank you for your recent visit. I can't wait to finish this pair and get them blocking. I want to move on. I totally get how you want to finish your current WIP's first. I feel the same way, especially with my jumper.

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    1. I cannot imagine you grouchy :) I am probably starting a new project...

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  4. "How do you achieve the best version of yourself?"
    This is such a good question, and such a thought-provoking post.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Well listening twice as much as talking is a great one for ME to start.
    I need to Keep at this maintenance thing with my weight loss. Maintaining is as difficult, almost, as losing. also As an Adult child of an alchol I need to keep chaos at a minimum SOmetimes I confuse chaos with action. I have to remember that down time is as valuable as busy time.

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    1. Maintaining your progress is such an important goal and I bet you do it!

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  6. I could definitely apply all of your goals! They are very worthy ones. This one I think spoke to me the most."and most importantly being a positive life affirming voice to myself. " I am so quick to jump into the dark deep end w/o even realizing it. I realize that kind of impulsive critique can be very difficult energy for other people to be around at times. I think that will help motivate me. Great post, good for a personal pause.

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    1. I just into the dark deep and fight it. Sometimes I win, sometimes it's a work in progress.

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  7. What a lovely and thoughtful post. I like your list make you the best version of you.

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  8. Are you reading the Resisting Happiness book? Our church passed it out and has had a weekly discussion group for Lent. The best version of yourself was one of the discussion questions, so thought you might be.

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    1. I am doing the videos on their website - I did not order the book yet, Do you like it?

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  9. I have not been the best version of myself lately but your post has me thinking that spring break is a great time to put some things back in order and Holy Week is a perfect for pondering and reflecting. Thanks so much for this.

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    1. I hope you blog about what you are doing during your spring break, I'm curious.

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  10. The most appropriate question as the Holy Week is coming and one I'm not yet clear about. I 'm the best version of myself when I put my beloved first and when I don't waste my time. Also when I make time to pray and read books that inspire. Your blog is both artistic and spiritual. A combination that speaks to the heart.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I try not to waste time, and when I accomplish a lot I feel better about myself.

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  11. Oh I like this question. I'll journal on this one. I know the best version of me definitely includes carving out some solo time. I think I'll make a list like you. Thanks for the inspiration x

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    1. solo time is so so so important!

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  12. Beautiful post Karen, inspiring. I definitely need my sleep, yoga, mediation, solo time, good food, and time to do the things that feed my soul to be the best version of myself. I feel like I am in a constant state of finding that best version these days...still so much to learn, and as I do I find I grow and change a little bit more. Such a blessing to be able to witness the growth in ourselves. Hope you are having a beautiful weekend.

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    1. You've had lots of changes in your life so I can see that you are adjusting as life changes.

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  13. I'm definitely not the best version of myself but because I love my family so much, I always want to keep trying for them (and myself). Being present, being less judgmental and more supportive, and consciously chosing peace and love are how I'm trying. Thank you for the spring renewal reminder!

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    1. you sound like me. I try to help too much too. However, I am learning!

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  14. For the first time, I have realized that Lent serves the same purpose as the High Holy Days. Neither is a one-day deal. Both provide you with time to reflect and try to be better in the future.
    My list would look exactly like yours! In fact, I'm going to copy it into my journal!

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    1. Time for reflection is good for the soul! I love that you are a sister journal writer :)

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  15. I do think for me the process of making the goals is much easier than achieving them. I am in a constant struggle to be the best person I can be so that I can be the best friend, daughter and over person to other. Your list and mine could be twins. :) Can't go wrong with wanting to be a better person.
    xo!

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    1. I bet you are the best daughter and friend ever :)

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  16. Oh I love the topic (yes, so timely) and your list. I'd need to add "not judging others" and - of course - hot coffee!

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