7 Ways To Have Fun With Your Art Again And Why It’s So Important

By Nicole Tinkham

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It’s possible you got started on this art journey for one reason: To have fun (so we’re guessing anyway). That’s how many artists begin their art career. They have a passion for art and they take the leap and start creating to earn an income. Doing what you absolutely love for work is the ultimate dream. But what happens when it begins to feel more like “work” and less like fun? We all get into these ruts from time to time so don’t get down on yourself for feeling this way. Maybe you’re stuck on a particular project, can’t think of any creative ideas, or just lost your spark. Don’t give up on that dream just yet. Before doubting yourself thinking you just weren’t cut out for the art life, read on for 7 ways to have fun with your art again and why it’s so important.

1.    Try something new

When it comes down to just trying something new with your art there are endless ways to mix things up. Need ideas? We got ‘em!

Try a different medium, take an art workshop, paint a different subject, work outside, work with other artist friends, learn a new skill or technique, change up your color palette, listen to music while you work, work in silence, work on a different size canvas, create something just for yourself, watch some art YouTube videos, pick up a new book for inspiration, take on a new challenge (like a 30 day sketchbook challenge), find a new tool to try out, sit rather than stand when creating, change your environment, work from real life versus a photo, and our list goes on and on..

One of the main reasons why you could be feeling less than enthusiastic about the work that you’re doing is because you’re burned out. You’ve been doing the same things for far too long and it has simply gotten boring. Any little shift in the way you work or what you’re working on can bring new creative inspiration and joy into your artwork.

2.    Work in a creative atmosphere

As we mentioned above about doing the same things over and over again, being in the same environment day after day can also wear you down. Your environment has a huge effect on your feelings and your feelings have a huge impact on your artwork. Maybe your studio needs a makeover. Rearrange things so your space makes you feel happy. You’ll notice a huge difference not only in your attitude but also in the quality of your artwork.
Our biggest suggestions when making adjustments to your art space are to get organized (yes, you may have to get rid of things you no longer use!), have plenty of natural light, lots of colorful inspiration, and some plants. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re comfortable in your space.

3.    Take a vacation

Just because you work for yourself as an artist doesn’t mean you can’t take days off! Plan vacations, weekends, and random days off. Do something new or something that you really enjoy outside of the studio. This gives you something to look forward to so you’re not just going through the motions every day and a nice break can bring on fresh, new creative ideas.

Be sure you get away for a bit even if it’s for a day trip. This is so refreshing and you won’t have work sitting around to worry about. Shut off your mind and actually relax! Another important thing to keep in mind is your daily business hours. Remember that you need breaks throughout the day as well.

4.    Loosen up and remember your why

Just when you’re about to give up and feel totally defeated, you must remember why you started in the first place. Remember that anxious and excited feeling when you were first starting out? You had so much joy and big goals for yourself. You started out loose and creating artwork for fun which showed in your work. As you go, you may become strict with your artwork and put more pressure on yourself. This is when the mood about your artwork shifts. You may start to resent the work that you’re doing. Instead, get back to the good ole days, create for the fun of it, and loosen up.

5.    Be yourself and trust your inner voice

It’s incredibly easy to slide out of your true personality and start acting differently once you get your art business rolling. You start to conform to what you think others want and what you see other artists doing. But it’s so important that you remain true to yourself. For starters, you’ll have fun being yourself. It’s much more difficult, draining, and time consuming trying to be someone else. Also, people need what you have to offer specifically. You were born to bring something special to this world so don’t just be a copy of someone else. Be your own unique self.

We recommend sitting down and really thinking about who you are, what your values are, and what you want to give to the world. Check in with yourself frequently to make sure you’re on point with your priorities and goals.

6.    Smile while you work

You don’t have to wait for something good to happen before you can put a smile on your face. Wear a smile no matter what, even if you’re having a terrible day. It tricks your mind and actually does put you in a better mood. Don’t believe us? Go ahead and try it 🙂

A simple smile makes you happy which helps you have fun in whatever you’re doing and also puts others in a better mood as well. You can attract better, more positive clients and just be happier in your business altogether.

7.    Work with people you love

You may think this sounds totally crazy but you do not have to work with negative clients who stress you out. Choose to work with the people you get along with and who make you happy. It makes dealing with clients much easier and a happier experience for you both. You can also gain a strong lasting relationship and build trust with them. It’s much better to have quality clients who stick around than flaky ones who cause you stress.

Why is it so important to love what you do?

Would you wake up on your days off, weekends, and vacations to scrub the bathroom floor and spend the day doing other miserable things you hate doing? Yes, these things need to be done but chances are you won’t be doing these things all day long on every single day you have available. With that being said, why would you wake up every day and spend your time doing things you don’t like even when it’s for work? What we’re trying to say is life is just too short to not like what you do and by the way, you do have a choice. You chose to be an artist for a reason, because it excites you and you enjoy it. Just because your flame may be going out doesn’t mean you should give up on that dream. You can easily bring that spark to life by applying the 7 ways to have fun with your art.

Remember, you were born for more than to just go through the motions of every day life. You may have to tweak your path but you should never give up on your dreams.

Why You Need To Stand Up For What You Believe In And How To Do It

By Nicole Tinkham

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How many times have you sat back and kept your mouth shut even if you didn’t believe in what was being said/done? We don’t blame you because it’s so much easier to keep your own ideas to yourself. You don’t risk getting put down, feeling judged, or becoming an outcast. But what if that one idea you have can change everything for the better? You shouldn’t keep that to yourself! Here’s why you need to start standing up for what you believe in and how to do it.

Let’s start with the why.

1.    It builds your respect.
This goes two ways. Sticking up for what you believe in builds your self- respect because you’re following through with your values. Going against what you believe in just because it’s more convenient is less than admirable. Standing your ground also gains respect from others, even if they view things differently than you. Just having the guts to stand up for yourself shows what kind of person you are. You aren’t a pushover. You are strong and independent.

2.    You will gain confidence.
At first, standing up for your beliefs isn’t the easiest task. You may be doubting yourself, you may be hesitant, and your words might not come out just right (like the perfectly prepared speech you have in your head). But the more you do it, the better you’ll get and the more confidence you’ll gain. You’ll be more willing to step out of your comfort zone in uncomfortable situations.

3.    It helps you discover who you are.
When you just go along with what others say, you’re letting them take control over a piece of your life. You’re allowing them to dictate how you should do or say something, even how you should think. This may sound drastic but every little thing that you sit back on impacts your life. By standing up for what you believe in, you’re expressing who you are and what you want out of life. Even if your ideas don’t change a thing, you are still putting your real, unique self out there. The more you do it, the more YOU will come out.

Now let’s talk about how you can implement these things in your life.

1.    Figure out what you actually believe in.
Before you stand up for what you believe in, you have to know what it is that you believe in! It sounds simple enough but when we sit back and let others take over, we sometimes forget or lose sight of who we really are. When you have a quiet moment to yourself, think about the following questions.

•    What is important to me?
•    What am I passionate about?
•    What motivates me?
•    What are my core values?

2.    Let go of your fears about what people think of you.
This is a tough one. When standing up for yourself, you have got to let go of your fears of what people think about you. Whatever you’re thinking is often way worse in your head. It always is. Remember that people are more concerned with things going on their own life than to sit there and judge yours. As we mentioned before, it takes practice but with time you will get better at it and you’ll feel better about doing it.

3.    Don’t doubt yourself.
Sometimes when you stand up for yourself, there will be people who try to change your mind or put you down. Always keep your beliefs in mind. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to hear others out and listen to their point of view. But that doesn’t mean you have to change what you believe in.

4.    Keep doing it.
There are so many ways in which you can stand up for what you believe in so don’t stop after one thing. Voice your opinion (in a positive way) when the timing feels right and you’ll get better every time you do it. When we mention to be positive, we mean don’t speak your opinion just to put someone else down. Hear them out and let them know your ideas as well.

We know that staying in your cozy little shell doing your own thing is comfortable but you have the power to change things for the better when you allow yourself to break out of your comfort zone and stand up for what you believe in. You’ll build respect for yourself, gain confidence, and discover who you really are. It may not be easy at first but it’s really quite simple to do. Start by finding out what your beliefs are, let go of your fears, quit doubting yourself, and keep practicing. You can do this!

How To Go With Your Gut When Making Big Decisions

By Nicole Tinkham

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Do you ever have a gut feeling that’s telling you to go after something big and exciting and then have your mind fight against it and tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it? Later on down the road you may discover that you really should have listened to your gut and went for it. You regret it after the fact when it’s too late. If you have ever in your life experienced this, read on because we’ll be talking about how you can use your intuition to make the best decisions that will change your life.

How do you know you can trust your gut instinct?

While your gut instinct may seem like a random decision making process to do something without considering the pros and cons, it’s actually not just a thoughtless act. According to psychologist Gary Klein, Ph.D, “It’s the way we translate our experience into judgment and actions.” We pick up on clues and patterns in our past experiences which help us make these decisions without having to do any sort of analysis. So really, it’s not all that thoughtless and random after all.

Most of your decisions are made based on your gut instinct

Think about all the little things you do on a daily basis without giving second thought. It’s probably more than you think. What you eat for breakfast in the morning, what you decide to wear, and what you watch on TV are all quick decisions you make daily. You don’t contemplate whether or not you’re making the right choice. You’re just going with your gut. So why is it so simple to do this yet so much more complicated when it comes to the larger decisions we’re faced with? Well, when it comes to the bigger life decisions, we tend to overthink things too much. But there are many benefits to listening to your instincts and taking action on them!

Why you should go with your gut

If you sit back and overanalyze every decision, you won’t get very far in life. Those things you would love to see happen most likely won’t happen because it means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk. We like to override that gut feeling with the fear of failure. We think about it so much that we talk ourselves out of doing it completely because it’s scary. It suddenly becomes a terrible idea and we move on with our ordinary lives. But the best things in life happen when you take a chance and make a change even if it is a scary one. This is when listening to your gut comes into play. Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right even if you don’t fully understand how it’ll work out.

How to listen to your gut instinct

1.    To follow your intuition, you actually have to listen to it. Take some time alone to think things through. It’s important to do this totally alone so you’re not influenced by anyone else. Consider what you really want. Think about what your gut is actually telling you before you jump in and make any decision. Take time but not too much time on this because you can easily get into overanalyzing the decision. Give yourself a set amount of time (like a half hour) to think things over and make a decision.

2.    Can’t quite seem to follow your gut instinct in your current situation? Make a list of all the times you have listened to your gut and have been happy with the outcome. Did you feel good about the decision you made? With time, you’ll get better at going with your gut and you’ll see more and more positive outcomes. But until then, keep reminding yourself of what has happened in the past as a result of it.

3.    Continue to practice and work on yourself. You can get in touch with your inner senses by meditating and having a vision for what your ideal life looks like. Figure out what you really want and allow your inner intuitive voice come out.

Be careful!

Making quick decisions can backfire if you aren’t careful. As mentioned above, you do need to think things through before making a big decision. There is more to it than what you initially see. Think about your options without overthinking them so you don’t go into it blindly. Just be aware of what you’re getting yourself into.

Following your instincts can change your entire life. It can get you out of your comfort zone, help you discover your true passion, and live a happier life doing what you want to do. When we overthink big decision we could miss out on incredible opportunities. But it’s also important that you do reflect on what your gut is telling you so you don’t jump into anything blindly. Start listening to your gut instinct today even if it’s just on small decisions. Get used to it and strengthen that inner sense so you’ll be better at it when a big decision comes up.

You Can Be A World Famous Artist (or whatever else you want to be)

By Nicole Tinkham

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I don’t think I’m alone when I confess that it took me a really long time to figure out what it was I wanted to do with my life. In fact, I’m still trying to figure it out. When we’re young, we’re always asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and any answer you give is perfectly acceptable. You’re encouraged to dream big. But when reality sets in and you actually have to make this decision for real, you don’t get the same reaction when you respond with “To be a world famous artist traveling the world”. It’s not the norm and something that’s different scares most people. Maybe it’s the people around you trying to talk you out of doing something huge like that or maybe it’s you, not even allowing yourself to dream big simply because it sounds too crazy.

It’s simple to have the mindset of just surviving day by day, looking forward to the weekends when you get a short break and then getting right back into this routine of yours. By doing this you aren’t seeing the big picture though. You’re not really thinking about what this life has to offer or how you could make a huge difference in the world. You’re just putting your head down and trying to get by. Is that any way to live though? If you think about all the things you could possibly be doing right now, is doing this what you would choose if you didn’t have to worry about anything else? Listen, we all know life is way too short to not enjoy what we do but why aren’t most of us making any changes?

The big thing that comes into play here is fear. It’s the fear of failure, the fear of what others might say, the fear that you might actually succeed, and many more. But what if when you were born you were meant to do something very specific? Something that no one else could do quite like you. Something that you were destined to do and succeed in? It’s something you feel deep down in your gut but never considered (or are too afraid to) act on. You are robbing the world of your special skills by not stepping out to do it! You have the power to help so many people and actually enjoy and be happy in your life and you’re most likely doing nothing about it. You’re choosing to do things you don’t fully enjoy. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly?

If you never make the leap, you will never know what could have been in store for you. Even when all odds are against you, if you were meant to do a particular thing in your life it will somehow work out. You must have faith and believe in yourself. Think about it this way; if you were to wrap up life right now, would you be happy with what you left the world with? Would you be happy with your accomplishments? If not, you need to make a change. You need to feel proud of the life you have lived. And if you want people to remember you when you’re gone, you must make an impact in some way on someone. The best way to do that is to follow that gut feeling and just go after what feels right in your heart.

If you do one thing today, make this be it. This one way of thinking will open your eyes to the possibilities. It will have you believing in yourself like you never have before. Whatever it is you want to do in your life whether it be to become a famous artist, an actress, a business owner, a singer, or whatever is in your heart, ask yourself if anyone else is or has already done this thing. Doesn’t have to be someone you know personally. Just think about whether it has been done before. Chances are it has and you know what that means? It means that you can do it too. It is not impossible. If someone else can do it, then why not you? Those people out there doing the things you want to do are no different than you. They don’t have anything special that you don’t have. They just went after what they wanted and they got there. Just like you can and will do.

You are never too old, the timing is never too late, and you are never too inexperienced to make things happen in your life.  What you need to do is consider the possibilities, set a goal for yourself, take action, become focused, and never give up. If it’s in your heart, keep going even through the difficult times. You will get there regardless of age or where you’re at in life right now. You CAN be that world famous artist or whatever else it is you want to be.

How To Stop Being Your Own Worst Critic Once And For All

By Nicole Tinkham

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We asked what your biggest struggle as an artist was and it was surprising how much you all agreed on what the top struggles were, one of them being your own worst critic. You don’t have to be an artist for this one though, so many of us get in our own way when trying to accomplish something big in our lives. The sad thing is, just when everything is going well for us it feels unreal and then that inner critic comes in and brings us back down from our happiness high. It all starts with one simple mistake, something every single one of us does. We say some negative words to ourselves (or someone we’re close to says them to us) and those words stick in our minds and we replay them over and over. The more down we feel, the more those words echo in our heads. You could feel stuck, depressed and unworthy of anything great. All of these are so far from the truth though. What you need to do is rid these thoughts from your head and realize just how amazing you are. Read on for how to stop being your own worst critic once and for all.

Stop what you’re doing!

Next time you find yourself saying “idiot” or “dummy” or anything else negative toward yourself, stop immediately. Is this really you? Of course not! It’s just that old playback from a past mistake that keeps repeating back to you. Start talking back to this little voice in your head. Counter the negative with some positive words (they always win the battle).

Here’s what I do: Write down any negative thoughts about yourself that are running through your mind. Cross it out and switch that phrase to something positive. For example, your first thoughts may be “My paintings are terrible and I will never sell any of them”. To flip it, say “My paintings are unique and there are so many people looking for exactly what I have to offer”. Now read that new positive phrase over and over until it replaces that negative voice in your head.

Another thing to do: Write yourself love notes on all your positive qualities. Keep reading those to yourself every single day until your mindset starts to shift and you believe in your good qualities over the bad.

Spend time with the right people

When improving your self-image, it goes beyond the thoughts in your head and in to the people around you and what they’re saying to you. There’s a chance that these negative words that pop up actually come from other people. Maybe it’s something you were told as a kid. Or maybe it’s more recent and there are people in your life who are constantly putting you down. Regardless of the case, that kind of thing sticks with you. Good news is, the opposite is also true. So spending more time with people who compliment your good qualities will lift you up and put those good words in your mind instead.

Here’s what I’ve done: I formed a new group of people who encourage me rather than put me down. I had to take a break with some of the people in my life (even family) so I could focus on my own goals and move forward. From experience, it really is incredible what can happen when you start being selective with who you spend your time with.

Another thing to keep in mind: Compliment and lift others up as well. It works both ways!

Value yourself

When you’re constantly putting yourself down and being too hard on yourself, you’re not being very nice to you which only promotes more negative self talk. But when you start loving and respecting yourself, you totally change your perspective of who you are. You see yourself in a new light. You realize how incredible you really are.

What you should do: Spoil yourself! It doesn’t have to be anything big and expensive, just do at least one thing every day that makes you happy. Enjoy those little moments that make you smile and remind yourself to take time out of your busy day to do them. Every morning I jot down a few things that I know will put me in a good mood. Sometimes it’s doing my hair differently or starting the day by listening to my favorite song. Those little things don’t seem like much but over time they add up and make a huge impact on how you feel about yourself. Remember, you deserve the best.

Being your own worst critic can hold you back from accomplishing so many things. With that sort of limiting belief, you won’t even allow yourself to dream big because you figure “what’s the point?” Now you’re even unhappier because you’re not where you want to be in life and you don’t think you’re good enough for anything better. These little negative words can quickly turn into a downward spiral. When they creep in, the first thing you need to do is stop that train of thought in its tracks and remind yourself of your amazing qualities. You can start doing these things right away. Give it time and you’ll begin seeing the shift.

Tell us, what other things are you struggling with as an artist? Leave a comment below!

Write Your Own Story – 4 Steps To Discovering Who You Really Are

By Nicole Tinkham

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When it comes to knowing yourself, it makes perfect sense to say that you’re the one who knows you best. We’d be willing to bet however, that you don’t know yourself as well as you think you do. When we’re born we are open to so many different possibilities in life, even down to the language we speak. But as we grow, our surroundings shape who we are. We pick up on the language and activities around us and that’s who we become. We’re told what to do and what not to do. We tend to follow along with society and what everyone else is doing. While knowing who you are sounds simple enough, can you see why discovering the real you can be a bit challenging? Instead of making up your own story, we’ll explain how you can write your true story and really figure out the person who you are.

Why is it important to write your story?

Do you ever feel lost and wonder how you ended up on this particular path? Maybe you have little excitement in what you’re currently doing or maybe you just feel like you were born to do more. To discover your calling, you must first dig deeper and discover yourself. Once you figure that out, everything else will start falling into place. This also allows you to put your time and energy into the right things that will shape who you are and who you want to become. You’ll find that you’re more confident being the unique person you are and you’ll start challenging yourself more, striving for bigger and better things in life.

FIRST: Spend time with yourself

This doesn’t mean stay home and watch TV all day. When we say to spend time with you, we mean get yourself in the zone in a nice quiet area with no distractions. Be still, clear your mind of any stresses, and just be alone. For some people this can be quite uncomfortable but being alone with your thoughts can reveal information about yourself that you normally wouldn’t notice. Embrace the silence and become one with yourself. You can do this step often just to check in with where you’re at. Every once in awhile do a longer session and more frequently you can do shorter sessions, or whatever you feel is needed.

SECOND: Get honest with yourself

Still alone in a quiet area, grab a journal and start jotting down notes on who you are. This shouldn’t be who you want to be, someone else who you admire, or who you’re striving to become. Make a list of every single unique thing about you including both the good and the bad. Sometimes it can be difficult to open up about the things you aren’t proud of but remember that this list is for your eyes only. Plus you must be aware of these areas so you can work on them.

THIRD: Consider how you make people feel

This next step is crucial when making self improvements. How you make others feel says way more about you than your success and money. People don’t remember those things but they will always remember how they felt around you. Seriously consider how you currently make people feel and then think about how you’d like to make them feel.

FOURTH: Determine what you have to offer

The final step will take some time and could change as you go through different seasons of life. You may not have an answer right away but what we can tell you is that you were born with a special gift to share with the world. Even if you see a ton of other people doing the same thing you are, creating and selling art online for example, there’s a certain unique quality that only you have. To discover this, write down a list of everything you’re good at whether it’s a certain art technique or baking killer chocolate chip cookies. What do people most often compliment you on? What do they ask your advice on? What are some things you absolutely love doing? Keep asking yourself these questions and with time, you’ll discover what you were meant to do and how to give that unique thing to the world.

One last piece of advice, actually write these things down! Literally write out your story. Take your brainstorm notes and put them all together. Also keep in mind that your story can and will change. As we go through different life events who we are and what we have to offer also changes. So whether you’re trying to figure out your next career move or just trying to be a better version of yourself, walk through these 4 steps to writing your own story and discovering who you really are.

Calm Down Your Mind And Stop Worrying – Here’s How!

By Nicole Tinkham

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Do you overthink every single little thing to the point where you can’t get anything accomplished? Fear can stop you dead in your tracks from doing just about anything in your life. If you have some big goals for the New Year, listen up! You need to let go of the past and stop worrying about the future. Live in this moment right here right now TODAY. Easier said than done, right? Don’t worry; we put together this guideline to help calm down your mind and stop worrying once and for all. Read on for how to accept the things you cannot change, be fearless of the future, get rid of your limiting beliefs, and enjoy the things you already have.

Accept the things you cannot change

Let’s face it. If something has happened in the past, there’s no going back to change it now. It’s impossible. That leaves you with two options. You can either make improvements and better the situation or just let it go. Here’s what you need to know. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just let it go. For instance, when someone else is involved you will not and cannot change that other person. Don’t even try.  When it comes to you personally though, there’s always a chance to change and grow as a person. It may not fix the past but it’s a way to move forward without dwelling on past situations.

Note: Accepting the past will not just magically happen overnight. Forgiving and moving on will take time and the best thing you can do is take baby steps, moving forward a little bit each day.

Be fearless of the future

Fear is the number one thing that holds people back from going after their goals. People not only fear failure but they also fear rejection and ridicule from others. When it comes to failure think of it this way; if you aren’t taking the chance, you’re always going to be where you’re at right now. Is that what you really want? To create a better life for yourself, you will have to make a change. If you fail, you have the opportunity to start over and try something different.

When it comes to worrying about what other people think, you have to remember to think of yourself first. What do you feel in your heart is right? What were you born to do? What makes you happiest? You know yourself better than anyone else. Sometimes loved ones are only looking out for you and they don’t want to see you make a wrong decision. Take what they have to say seriously but remember that at the end of the day it’s your decision.

Get rid of your limiting belief

So many people worry about money, time, and careers. We would say those are the big three although you may have others to add to the list. One reason why you could be stressing out in these areas could be because of your limiting belief. You don’t think you’re worth more money. You seem to never have time and always have a ton of things to get done. You don’t have the skills to get a better job that you enjoy. With this mindset, you really won’t get far.

You need to look within yourself. What kind of person are you really? What incredible qualities do you possess? What are you good at? Know that there’s always room for improvement but you are already amazing just the way you are. You were born to do great things now it’s time to do them!

As with everything mentioned in this blog, your belief in yourself will take time. Lift yourself up by reading something inspirational every day, dream about your future life (and make a plan to turn it into your reality), and repeat positive affirmations to yourself daily. The more you believe in yourself the more you will achieve!

**You are good enough!**

Cherish what your life already has to offer

Stop spending your time worrying about cleaning your house, running errands, ironing your laundry, and just being this perfect person. Start paying attention to the things in your life that really matter, like your friends and family. Sometimes it feels like everything is going wrong so stop yourself for a moment and seriously think about this. Think of all the wonderful things you do have in your life and think of others who don’t have those things. You are so incredibly blessed, it’s time you start appreciating it. Think about this; would you rather be remembered by the impeccable home you’ve kept up with or the way you made others feel? Consider what your real priorities are and adjust the way you’re living your life.

When you are faced with an issue…

Ask yourself what the absolute worst thing that could happen is.

Now make a plan in case that was to actually happen. Having a plan written down for the worst case scenario will ease your mind.

Chances are you’ll realize that even the worst thing isn’t the end of the world and you’ll feel better about the situation.

Stress, worry and anxiety are all part of life but the way you handle them says a lot about who you are. These are all difficult things to overcome but once you can let go and fully enjoy what life has to offer, the little things won’t even bother you anymore. Remember to accept the things you cannot change, never fear what the future brings, realize that you are good enough, and be grateful for all the wonderful things you already have. If you focus on these four things the stress will start to melt away.