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New Year | New Bag

We've all got that old, beat-up, yet very familiar piece of luggage that we pack our “quick-go-to” comfy items in when we take a short getaway or staycation. I know I do!

I throw it in the trunk, bang it around not caring if my bag gets damaged (further) nor am I really concerned about the contents.

Do you do the same thing?

Of course, those brief getaways do serve a valuable purpose with the change of environment, relaxation and rejuvenation from the daily obligations and hum-drums.

However, after a few days, the short-term benefits of that fleeting hiatus begin to dwindle and I’m right back in the thick of life; like nothing changed, especially when I see that rundown bag still sitting in the room.

But what IF you were about to take the vacation of your dreams?

You know that one place that makes you all giddy just thinking about it? You’ve worked hard. You’ve saved forever and now you’re ready to wholly live in your dream. How exciting!

For me, I have always visualized myself sitting in some small quaint café in Paris letting the bubbles of true champagne tickle my nose with each sip, feeling the steam seep from a fresh warm croissant on my fingertips as the butter pat begins to melt and taking a long thoughtful bite of a succulent chocolate covered strawberry.

I see myself being (quietly) ecstatic to experience something new--something that I have always dreamed about!

Ahhh—I feel my whole being relax with happiness just thinking about it. A completely different experience than the staycation or short getaway. It’s an experience that will last a lifetime.

What else is different?

I envision brand new items that I love and care about packed in my shiny new bags! I tossed my old trusty-dusty baggage and left the favorite comfy stuff tucked away in a drawer because those items absolutely do not serve a purpose or support creating the vision of my perfect dream vacation.

Let’s look at this from a different perspective!

* Your dream vacation is what you want to achieve now.

* Your new bag is your being—your true authentic-self that fully aligns with your dream vacation.

* The new contents in your new bag is jammed-packed with positive and supporting thoughts, new feelings of inspiration where you can now create productive, forward-thinking action steps towards your dream vacation.

If you truthfully want to hit the road, air or water to your dream vacation, it’s critical to toss out the OLD BAGGAGE and its contents you’ve been carrying around for years.

Your tattered ancient bag may have contents that are comfortably packed with fear, self-doubt, judgment of yourself (and others), the past, and old stories that whispers you are not good enough or worthy of your dream vacation.

Of course, it makes sense that we pick up the bag of what we believe is comfortable no matter how old and heavy it may be. It’s all your life experiences that has influenced who you are today and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. That’s who you are!

But it IS a matter of choice to carry your OLD BAGGAGE

or transform your mindset by asking yourself, “Who says I can’t fill a new bag with new thoughts, new feelings and new actions to do want I want to do or be who I want to be now?”

So, get out of the “short getaway” mindset.

What you want to achieve takes effort (like saving for your vacation) to make it an experience that will last throughout your lifetime.

Honor yourself. Set your tired baggage down! BE and DO who you are meant to be. It’s time to invest in a NEW bag—YOU!

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