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let go

on January 27, 2014

Today’s small thing: finding good advice

I have many ideas for blog posts swimming in my head, but nothing seems to be ready to be published yet. So today you get something I found while cleaning out my email inbox.

When I find a great blog post or article I email the link to myself for future reference. Most of the time I don’t get back to it because it gets lost in my hundreds of unread emails. Guilty.

But today I found a piece that was perfectly timed to find again. Bold emphasis is mine.

20 Things to Let Go of in the New Year–original piece can be found here

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!


I’ve been having a rough few weeks and this was a wonderful reminder to have more self-compassion. I struggle with almost all of these so these are wonderful reminders to be nice to myself and to not let my thoughts take things out of proportion.

I hope you can let go of these things too.


One response to “let go

  1. Lisa Osborn says:

    Number 10. That’s my number one this year. I heard a talk this month about how God planned our paths so we could become the saints we are meant to become. I always seem to look at others situations and ask why didn’t The Lord plan that for me. Why do I have to learn raising a family with no grandparents for them or aunts and uncles. I was reminded that this is the plan God has for us. And beautiful is the devotion my husband has to our kids and me. This will hopefully pave the wAy for sainthood for us. Lord help us little by little see what you are doing in our lives and help us to stop comparing our lives to others. Comparing only leads us to sin. Amen


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