31 Day Reset: Day 1 – Letting Go & Corinne Bailey Rae

I’m participating in the 31 Days to Reset Your Life program on Happy Black Woman. The personal development program is designed by the woman who inspired me to start this blog, and continues to inspire me with her insightful work and life tips – Rosetta Thurman. I heard about this program a few months back but kept thinking I was too busy with school (which is true). Therefore, as I finished my last session on Tuesday, the timing is perfect to do some life reflection!

The program has a daily challenge to help you explore areas of your life. We all know I’m in no rut – in fact, with work and school, I’m on the fast track. Maybe too fast. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to think about what’s important to me in the 156 things I do each day. I hope this will help me focus on those things.

I hope to blog about my experience whenever I get the chance! I hope you enjoy the journey alongside me!

Journal: Day 1 starts with getting a journal to respond to the prompts in (in addition to blogging). In my effort to become more of a minimalist, I actually sold or gave away all the blank journals I had at my garage sale back in May. So, in the 20 minute window of time I had today, I stopped at CVS and picked one up. It’s sweet, very neutral, and calming – because instead of necessarily being energized, I’m hoping to become more focused through this process.

Personal Mantra: Rosetta’s asked us to choose a personal mantra, a quote that helps frame what we’d like this experience to be for us. Of course I have a million quotes that are about conquering the world and helping others… but I wanted this one to be different. To focus on happiness in its simplest form.

“We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.” – Sharon Salzberg

Theme Song: The song should be something that is motivational during your journey. I chose the song Girl Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae. The lyrics really speak to me – themes that stood out were letting your hair down, finding yourself, it’s alright to feel afraid, and it’s OK to be wrong. It’s a great song that I know will continue to inspire me this month!

-N.C.

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