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Do the holidays stress you out?

Is that even a question to be asked?

For whatever reason (and there are so many), this time of year can bring up feelings of isolation, loneliness, and plain old BLAH.

On the flip side, there are a ton of wonderful things about this time of year. I mean, there’s even a Christmas song that says it is (it’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrr)

Anyway, as long as you get some downtime, see your family and/or friends, why not get yourself ready mentally and emotionally to manage the ups and downs of the holidays, entering a new year, and leaving behind old baggage.

I’m asked all the time what some of my favorite ways are to destress and practice self-care. Now, it’s not always easy to make the time, because the fact is, life happens. But, there are definitely things that you can do to alleviate your burdens, and just FEEL GOOD.

I’m all about feeling good. Lord knows I have plenty of downs that come with my ups, but you know, the more I take care of myself mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually, the happier I am.

It’s that simple.

Below you will find a list of all my favorite things. It’s not so much about the thing itself (I only use the best), it’s more about the act of taking the time out to do whatever you need to do to feel good–during the holidays and every day.

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Before you read any further, I just have to share what’s going. I have been taking a 10,000 ft. view of my business and life and have come to the realization that it’s time for restructuring. This is a very exciting place for me right now because I’m a firm believer that in order to expand, sometimes, we just gotta let some stuff go and be willing to try new things out. 

Ok back to today’s Keepin’ It Real:

Do you wanna know what sets apart those who succeed and those who just coast along?

The ability to bounce back.

Specifically, the ability to bounce BACK from rejection, so-called failures, betrayals, and everyday stuff that happens. As someone who openly shares her falls in life, I have a ton of experience with falling and bouncing back. Now in the beginning, my bounce-back muscle wasn’t as strong as it is now. It’s taken years of making mistakes, dealing with rejection, and broken relationships that have truly trained me to become the warrior that I am. Which leads me to today’s Keepin’ It Real video. I received a question from a woman named Erin about this exact topic: How to bounce back.

I did some research and found an excellent article over at The Daily Muse that answered Erin’s question perfectly.

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It’s an important topic because as I said before, the ability to bounce BACK is what sets apart those who achieve success in their life as opposed to people who simply coast along and spend their life “wishing” and “hoping” for luck to happen. Way to often I hear, “Vasavi, I can’t move forward because I’m stuck” or “I’m afraid to do XYZ.” When you exercise your bounce back muscle, NOTHING can stop you- not your fear, not other people’s perceptions, not yourself-doubt- NOTHING.

When you get your bounce back, NOTHING can stop you. (click to tweet)

After you finishing watching today’s videos, I’d love for you to share in the discussion below:

What have you had to bounce back from? And, how did you do it?

Thank you so much for being a part of this community and until next time,

Keep it real 😉 Vasavi

P.S. If you want to work out your bounce back muscle then this is for YOU: I love to speak to people 1:1 so go ahead and set up your 20-minute “no strings attached” call with me here.

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Have you ever had to struggle or hustle in your life?  In what area?  For how long?  

In the entrepreneurial world these two words (struggle and hustle) usually carry a negative connotation around them.  A lot of the courses out there are preaching a less work more money attitude. 

Some people when they start their own business are looking for a get rich quick scheme.  They would like to think it takes less work to have your own business, make money online, and sit back and collect passive income while they sleep.

I’m not saying this isn’t possible.

However, in order to get to this point it does take massive amount of work, dedication, and a period of time where you might not be making much money at all.

Don’t be discouraged by this fact.

Guess what?  Everyone has that fire inside of them.  

The hustle.  

The grind.  

The struggle.

The way that you choose to look at these words are going to determine how you are going to face challenges when wanting to start a business, or when you face challenges in your life.

This is going to look different for everyone depending on the type of struggles you have faced in your life.  Do you remember a time when it was difficult to make ends meet?  What did you do in this situation?  Did you give up?  

the struggle is real and it's what makes your special

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You wanna know what I’m sick and tired of? Talking about the past. I’m sick and tired of it because for so long that was ME. I spent most of my time asking “Why did this happen?” or “Why me?” It literally made me sick. And tired. So you see, this is why I keep it real. I keep it real because the way that I was able to move past my past was to be honest with myself and understand that there was absolutely nothing I could do about my past- that the only power that I had was to be focused on the NOW and move forward. And, that the one thing I had control over was HOW I related to my past. 

If you have ever found yourself living in the past, then this week’s Keepin’ It Real is for you. Nothing to be ashamed of. Like I said, it took me a very long time to move past my past.

It’s awesome what we can create when we truly let go of the stuff that holds us back.

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