What You Need To Let Go of in 2015

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Hey friend, you have too much weight on your shoulders. Let go.

You need to let go of the pain from the past.  Let go of that feeling you have eating the inside of your heart. It's time to let go of what's been holding you back.

Let go of worry. Stop worrying about the past and the future. Regret is a heavy burden to carry. The pain of the past isn't something to dwell in, it's meant to be transformed into life lessons. Your future isn't set in stone. It is always being written, edited, and revised by the decisions you make in the present.

Let go of the anger from those who wronged you. Grudges have a heavy weight on your heart. Forgiveness is a powerful tool.

Let go of trying to be perfect. You can't avoid mistakes. You can minimize the frequency that you make them and when you do make them, you learn from them.

Let go of seeing yourself small or selling yourself short. Saying, "I can't" limits your mindset. Instead, say, "I can't yet, but I'll figure it out." Setting small goals and dreaming small dreams diminishes your self-worth. Let that go. You need to have big dreams and enormously gigantic goals. You deserve it.

Let go of doubt. That feeling you have of "not being ready" is not serving you at all. You don't always need to be 100% ready to move forward. Not everyone feels 100% ready, especially the ones who are doing it.

Let go of what you think you know. There is always more to learn and new ways to see everything. Every once in a while, something or someone will come along to change your mind on what you thought you knew, which is pretty awesome.

When you let go, you let yourself be you. Being you is the best you can be. The best part is that you get do define what it means to "be you" yourself.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.   

Simple Thoughts on Human Kindness

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Being kind is a simple thing. It's choosing to be virtuous. It's actively choosing to be compassionate and caring, especially when it's easier not to be. Trust me, it's not always easy, but it's always possible to be a decent human being.

Every time it's hard to be kind, that's exactly when it's important to be kind. Surprisingly, the harder it is to be kind, the more important it is to be kind. With that, the times that are the hardest to show kindness to others is when being kind is the most important thing you can do.

The times when we are most angry at life or at other people is when it is crucial to be kind and act out of kindness.

Acting out of anger offends others and demoralizes yourself. It undermines the basic human dignity of both you and others.  It's perfectly alright to be angry at other people, especially if you've been wronged. It's just that if you act out of anger, you most likely are going to make a decision you are going to regret. If you shift your efforts and act out of kindness and love, then it pushes you to be the better person in the situation. It brings out the lighter side of your human nature.

Although it sometimes does cost money to do kind things for others (like taking them out for food or a recreational activity), it doesn't cost a thing to be kind person. That's a beautiful thing. You don't need anyone's permission or any type of license to be kind. It's all a choice you make.

If you choose to be kind, you will act out of kindness, and as a result, you will have kindness surround you.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.   

Make Bedtime Not Suck

Sleep is really (really) important, especially as a parent. Bedtime can be a battlefield. Most nights I just want my kids to go to bed. Sure, I want them to have physical and mental rest, but I also want some "me" time to relax, do chores around the house, or catch up on my favorite not-so-rated-G shows.

The later it gets, the sleepier I get, and sleep increasingly becomes what I want the most. The later everyone is up, the crankier everyone gets.

After many nights of this vicious cycle, I decided to write a book to help my kids fall asleep faster. It's designed to help my kids relax, receive messages of love and positivity, and feel a sense of comfort and security. When kids feel loved, safe, and supported, they are more likely to be relax and fall asleep.

It's also a good read for parents and children to share together.

My four-year-old loves this book. He loves reading this book with me at night. Quite frankly, I'm so glad that I created this.

For all you parents out there, The Good Night Book is a great read for bedtime, and it will definitely  help your kids fall asleep faster so you have more time for you. Grab your copy for $0 (or pay-what-you-want, for now).