I used to feel dread when I would wake up in the mornings. Not because I hated my job. I just hated having the same routine: waking up and getting ready in a rush, dealing with traffic, being at work way too many hours nonstop, traffic again, eating dinner, taking a shower, relaxing for a little bit and going to sleep. Repeat the next day...and the next...I was overwhelmed and going on auto-pilot. I was not living an intentional life. Instead, I was just reacting to everything around me. It was exhausting.
One day, I knew that I needed to make changes. I couldn't go on feeling that miserable. I couldn't change certain situations. But I could change my thoughts, my feelings and my perspective. So I decided to change my mindset instead. I needed to be intentional about how I wanted to feel, what I wanted to think about, what energy I wanted to bring around others, etc. I wanted to live life on my own terms, not on everybody else's agenda. I wanted to live according to my own values and priorities and stay focused on that.