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Do you ever wonder how that girl in your office is always happy and full of joy? Are you that person that is affected by the weather and if it’s another day of snow you are “sick “of it? Or are you that person that is always happy and full of joy most days? I confess to you that I am that girl in the first scenario and oftentimes, my clients want to know my secret!

Since I can remember I have always had a positive attitude. Perhaps I didn’t even know what to call it growing up but long before I read spiritual books or began yoga, I had strong faith that all would turn out as planned. We had little money when I was young but my mom always instilled faith that God had a plan and all would work out. Back then, I could not fathom just how God could manage us all but as I grew wiser over the years and my faith became stronger I began to grasp this truth.

If you are in a place right now that has you feeling hopeless, rest assured with some willingness and patience, you can pull yourself through. The more those feelings lurk about, the more the people you work with and live with see it as a negative vibe. With a few simple steps right now you can start to turn that frown upside-down. It all comes down to how badly you wish to change your vibe. Typically, like-minded people attract other like-minded people. Surrounding yourself with a light-hearted and positive person can rub off on you little by little, day by day.

All through high school and in to my college years, I was drawn to other like-minded souls for the most part. However, if an “Eeyore” type personality presented itself in my story, I naturally began to bring a little more joy into the picture. Throughout the years, I have learned it is not my job to lift up another if they are not willing to find their inner spark. I do know we are all on this planet to shine our light for each other and to make our days here as easy as possible. Life is too short to carry that heavy weight of negativity around so let go, be free and know God has your back.

No matter what your story entailed growing up or where you stand with your current situation, you have the ability right now to choose to be positive and tap into the power of faith. We all have hardships in our lives and have to endure many heartaches, heartbreaks and life lessons. Compassion, empathy and kind-heartedness are three ingredients to Help Open Peoples’ Eyes (H.O.P.E) and realize we are all in this together and we truly can help each other out. So when you encounter that Negative Nellie or Eeyore in your life just remember the H.O.P.E acronym above by shining a wee bit of your light toward them. They may be hurting inside and your positive attitude toward life can help lift their energy if they are willing to connect to it. Recall the ABC’s from my last article and know there are many ways to keep your body, mind and spirit whole and healthy. You have the ability to be strong from the inside out. As I tell my students … yoga is so much more than touching your toes!

Monica Fernandi is a yoga/fitness instructor and personal trainer. Visit her website at to read past blogs and testimonials and even jump into her exercise video library. You can also find her on social media at Monica Fernandi/GrowStrengthWithin for positive and uplifting wisdom.

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