The city of Toronto offers the opportunity to enjoy many unique experiences. At the end of May we explored the city through Doors Open Toronto, an annual free event that offers rare access to more than 130 historical, architectural, cultural and social significant buildings across the city. Some of the sites we were able to get an inside glimpse of this year included: TTC's Leslie Barns; St. James Cathedral; Billy Bishop Airport; The Bata Shoe Museum; Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; Campbell House Museum; Old City Hall; and the Bridgepoint Administrative Building -Historic Don Jail.
As I sorted through our photos ... something about the photos taken at
Bridgepoint Administrative Building - Historic Don Jail, really struck me...
While we may not be imprisoned criminals ... we often are self-imprisoned.
The hardest prison to escape is that which our thoughts create...
Have faith, believe in yourself and consciously turn all those negative thoughts to positive ones.
I always like to use the example of a heating bill during the bitter cold of winter: when you open that bill and see the huge amount owing ~ most often the reaction is "SH@T! Look how much this is! I can't afford this!" ~ instead: when you open the bill - say "wow it really was a cold month - thankfully I had heat to keep me warm". Yes I know there may be worry about how one will pay for the extremely high bill (we have all been there at one time or another - I know I certainly have) ~ trust that there will be enough to pay it.
When you start pushing away negative thinking and replacing it with positive, consciously focused thoughts,
it will become easier to start taking action steps forward ... the heavy door you have created will start to ease open.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!~ Audrey Hepburn
The temperatures have really started to climb here - think high 30s C. with the humidity. To stay cool and still look stylish I reached for one of my Lilly Pulitzer dresses. Knowing all the walking this day would bring I chose a simple walking sneaker - this one is by George.
Outfit details: dress: Lilly Pulitzer (many seasons ago); sneakers - George; accessories: watch - Cartier; silver/blue bangle - (gifted from Mexico); blue ring - old.
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5 Tips for Breaking Out of Self-Imprisonment:
1. Be YOU: You are an amazing person, don't try to be like someone else. Be the unique soul you were born to be. In this social media world we are living in, it's too easy to compare our day to day life with the "best" of someone else's life reel - on Facebook, Instagram etc.
2. Release the Fear: Fear causes us to stay put - stopping us from moving forward. Allow your self to dream how you want your life to be; create action steps to bring this dream to life; have FAITH!!
3. Schedule "ME" Time: Each day make sure you are in your schedule - whether it's 15 minutes or an hour - taking time to rest/recharge your mind is crucial to reigniting your joie de viver and for the pursuit of your goals/dreams.
4. Gratitude Journal: Writing down the things, people, experiences that we are thankful for - not only gives us reason to reflect on our day - it becomes a record of all that is good in our life. A gratitude journal is especially useful when we are faced with challenging times ~ going back through all the good will keep us positive - that this too shall pass.
5. Affirmations: Use affirmations to create positive thoughts ... fuel the positive energy and watch your thoughts and life begin to change. Remember our thoughts create our reality - so keep them positive.
What do you do to breakout of your Self-Imprisonment?
You are the curator of your life so live it luxuriously ,
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