Gratitude Is A Magnet

Gratitude is a magnet. The more you are grateful for all that you have, the more the Universe will give you to be grateful for. Your continual gratefulness will manifest more blessings in your life.

Don’t believe in manifestation?

Hands at Heart Center, Photo by HMS Photography

Have you ever had a string of incredible “luck”… where all things just keep going right? You meet a cute guy, someone pays for your Starbucks, you win an online contest giveaway. You are so excited and happy and it just keeps coming! A random person at the gym tells you how great you look, you get a stellar deal at your favorite store. Then, an opportunity at work that you’ve been eyeing gets served to you on a silver platter. You manifested this.

And on the contrary, have you ever woken up late (bad start right off the bat) and dwelled on it? And then, in the frantic mess of trying to get ready quickly, stubbed your toe, and then your hair dryer breaks and you’re out of your favorite coffee. All of these bad things keep happening. Then you’re late to work because of traffic. You’re pissed about how the morning has gone and you just think to yourself, “Today is just going to be one of those days.” And then, it is. You manifested this. Had you woken up late and thought, well, from here on out I’ll make it a good day… things could have gone drastically different.

Thoughts become things. Say it with me. On repeat. Daily. Hourly. Whenever you need it.

Thoughts become things. 

Your thoughts shape your reality. You have the power to manifest what you want in life. The law of attraction is always working for you. Your thoughts (positive or negative) will affect your energetic frequency (what you put out into the Universe) and it will come back to you. So when you focus on what you want, you’ll get it. When you focus on what you don’t want, you’ll still get it. Because that’s where your focus is.

Gratitude is a magnet. The more you focus on gratitude for your life, the more the Universe gives you to be grateful for.

Tomorrow, this blog turns 1 year old.

I am so grateful for all of you for supporting me this past year. I promise year two will be bigger, better, and full of more beneficial information and content for you.

As an act of gratitude, I’d like to do a giveaway.

the five-minute journal

I’ll be giving away one Five-Minute Journal. This journal is a way to both start and end the day with gratitude in five short minutes. As I continually preach the benefits of the daily practice of gratitude, I’d love to pay it forward.

To enter, go to my blog Instagram account: @leta.stevens + hit that follow button. Like + comment ONE thing you are grateful for on my post, “Gratitude is a magnet.” That’s it!

Grateful for all of you.

Xo,

Leta

Treat Your Binge Like That Ex That Keeps Coming Back For More

I have already opened up about my struggles with binge eating on the blog, but I think it’s important to continue the discussion, as I know many women (and men) still fight #BED every day. As with any disorder or illness — whether it’s an ED or anxiety & depression, I believe a big part of healing is your mindset. Being kind to yourself is key.

Let’s talk kindness for a minute, okay?

When your best friend comes to you heartbroken, sad, and feeling lost after a breakup… what do you do? You comfort her! You reiterate how amazing she is, how beautiful she is, and you remind her that she deserves to feel like the QUEEN that she really is. You tell her that she is worthy of the BEST love, and she mustn’t settle on a boy who hurts her.

Wait, a breakup? I thought we were talking about binge eating?

Stay with me here — I promise I have a point!

When you’re broken, sad, and feeling lost after a binge… what do you do? You condemn yourself. You dwell in the guilt and the regret. You tell yourself how disgusting you are for binging again, and you continue to think that this is it… there is no way out of the rock bottom that you’ve reached.

Do you see a difference?

After a binge, it is so important to be kind to yourself. If you talked to your best friend the way you talk to yourself after a binge… you’d be friendless.

Now, you might be thinking… okay, Leta, but breakups and binging are two completely different situations.

And you’re right. They are. But what if we approached the situations more similarly?

We’ve all been through those really rough breakups, months have gone by, you’re still a little jaded, and right when things are starting to look up… this ex reappears out of nowhere.

You get a text: “Hey lady, long time no talk. How’ve you been?”

*Cue Lauren Conrad*

Lauren Conrad - The Hills Quote

Excuse me, bro, where did you come from? I was doing so well without you…

All of those breakup emotions come flooding back and here you are trying to figure out what to do… do you text him back? Do you give him the attention he’s looking for? Do you ignore him? Your heart begins to hurt and you don’t know what to do. While he certainly hurt you, there is still a memory of the good times you’ve had with him. Is he just back to playing the field? Trying to keep you on his “bench”? You know how the game goes and you don’t want to fall victim to it again, but… he’s dreamy and gorgeous and a perfect charmer. So you fall into his trap, text him back, have a whirlwind hookup for a few weeks before he tells you that he doesn’t want a relationship and you’re back to square one. Heartbroken, lost, sad, and mad at yourself for falling for your ex after he’s already shown you his true colors.

Now — let’s look at binging.

You probably dieted down for an extended period of time on a very restricted intake. You looked AMAZING and felt even better. You’ve been doing so well mending your relationship with food and eating to nourish your body. Then, this binge comes out of nowhere.

Excuse me, what just happened? But I was doing so well and have been binge-free for months…

All of those post-binge emotions come flooding back and here you are trying to figure out what to do… do you restrict your diet the next day to combat the crazy calories you just inhaled? Do you do an extra hour of cardio to help burn up the calories? [Side note: the answer is NO to BOTH of those questions.] Your heart begins to hurt and you don’t know what to do. You’ve been here before and you know that a binge is anything but comforting. You know how the game goes and you don’t want to fall victim to it again, but… binging is a vicious cycle of guilt and regret. So you fall back into this trap, you restrict for a week and after a week of restriction, you binge again and you’re back to square one. Heartbroken, lost, sad, and mad at yourself for falling back into this cycle of binging despite knowing that the binges never comforts and never heals.

So while breakups and binges are different, maybe the feelings and cyclical nature is not.

What can you do to combat this? If you binge again (here’s hoping you don’t, but if it does happen…) face that binge the way you would that ex that tries to creep back into your life when you’re really done with him.

What would you say to the guy that you’ve FINALLY gotten over + just need out of your life?

“Boy, bye. It took me a long time to get over you. And I am over you. I’m doing just fine without you, you can be on your way. Yes, we have a history — but things aren’t the same anymore. Stop playing with my emotions. I am a damn QUEEN and I deserve to be treated like one. I don’t have time to waste on any man that won’t ADD to my life.”

To a binge, that same message might look like this: “Oh, hello binge… I see you came back… you’re really not welcome here any more. Yes, we have a history — but I’m not the same person anymore. You cannot keep playing games with my head and my emotions. Food is meant to nourish my body, it is not a defense mechanism or a way to heal my wounds. I am a damn QUEEN and I deserve to feel like one. I don’t have time to waste on anything that does not serve me or make me better.”

Then — you talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend after a breakup: “GIRL! You are so loved. You are so worthy. You are so perfect. You are ENOUGH, right here + right now… it doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made. You are human. You are flawed. But those flaws and mistakes have helped you create the amazing woman that you are today.”

Binging is triggered by underlying issues. Try to understand what triggers are setting the ball in motion. Instead of beating yourself up over and over again for falling victim to this vicious cycle, try to be kind to yourself + talk to yourself as you would your dearest friend and see how that changes things. Food isn’t the enemy. And you aren’t either.

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Xo,

Leta

Missed my first post on my struggles with binging? Read it here.

Forget What You Thought You Knew

Forget what you thought you knew. There is no such thing as “too late.” There is no such thing as “a better time.” You will never “be ready.”

All We Have Is NowAll you have is this very moment. All you have is NOW.

But do you know what else you have? You have POWER. The power to change your life. The power to change your path.

Your heart is in a different career? But it’s a risk? Do it anyway.

You’re scared to tell the person you love that you love them? Because you could get hurt? Do it anyway.

You want to change your life, but you don’t want people to talk behind your back and say “who does she think she is trying to do that?” Do. It. Anyway.

Life is full of risks. Life is full of choices. Life is full of fear. If there is something you want to do, if there is a chance you want to take, if there is a dream you want to chase…

Do it afraid. It is okay to be scared, but it is not okay to let fear hold you back. Whether it is a fear of failure, or a fear of the unknown, or the fear of what others may think. Fear will only dissipate when you face it head on. DO IT AFRAID.

Don’t wait for the time to be just right. Don’t wait until you’re ready. You will be waiting forever.

I just finished an interview with a plus-sized model for an online publication that seeks to empower women and teach them to embrace their bodies and love themselves. This plus-sized model is in her mid-30’s. She’s been modeling for less than a year. She booked her first big gig just days after her father passed away on her birthday. She didn’t even have the chance to tell her father that she had been casted. Her own birthday is now forever intertwined with the sorrowing loss of her father and the exhilarating news of booking her first runway show. Her outlook on life after such a traumatic life experience is incredible. It hasn’t even been a full year since her father passed, but she decided to take life by the reigns and truly live for the moment.

Today, her life motto is, “Life is short. Do it afraid.” Because there isn’t time to waste waiting around for you to work up the nerve, for you to get a few more certifications, for you to lose a few more pounds, or for you to save up more money.

Whatever it is that you want, go after it.

This woman has inspired me.

I’m going to start my YouTube channel — despite having zero video editing experience, improper lighting, and no studio to record in.

I’m going to start teaching yoga — despite this everlasting fear that I will not be a soul-inspiring + motivating teacher.

I’m going to start putting real effort into building my brand and making this blog, yoga, and fitness my career.

Because, life is short. And all I have is NOW.

What are you going to do afraid?

Xo,

Leta