Inner Mean Girl Cleanse: Permission to Live Obligation Free

Inner Mean Girl Cleanse BadgeWeekly Wrap~Up:  Give Up Comparisons

Last week’s IMG Cleanse assignment was to give comparisons and spend the week drawing inspiration from those I view as successful and acknowledging my own successes and learning from my failures.  I honestly didn’t do as poorly as I thought I would with this challenge.  There were a few days when I was dealing with body image issues, thanks to Mother Nature and her gifts of bloating, fatigue, cramps and hormone induced melancholy that can only be cured by copious amounts of coffee and chocolate.  When my favorite pair of jeans didn’t fit, instead of storming off and fantasizing about how hawt I was 15 years ago and 30 lbs ago, I simply pulled on a elastic~waisted skirt that I hadn’t worn in over a year and hit the streets.  Being in a skirt for the first time in about a year made me feel so pretty.  How’s that for stopping the comparisons?

This Week’s Challenge:  Permission to Live Obligation Free

I know someone who always begins her sentences with “You should…” and I immediately block out the rest of whatever is she’s going to say, even if it’s something as innocent as “You should call your nephew tomorrow, it’s his birthday.”  There’s just a better way to ask me to do something or remind me about an important date.

If I don’t like that voice coming from others, I certainly don’t like it when my internal voice tells me that I should have done this or I could have done that. No matter how helpful the suggestion, all I hear is judgement, disappointment and regret.  Not cool.

So this week’s challenge is to stop doing things out of a sense of obligation but from a place of love.  This means empowering myself to say “No” when I don’t want to take on another project and operating from a place of love when I do.

My Bible truth for this challenge come from I Corinthians 16: 13~14 (NIV):  “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.”

Do you have a hard time saying “No”?  Are there obligations you want to give up?

Disclosure:  I am participating in the Inner Mean Girl 40~Day Cleanse as a Self~Love Ambassador.  To thank me for my participation, I will receive a self~love gift from the founders of the Inner Mean Girl Reform School.

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