The power of positive thinking

If life has confirmed for me anything these last few months, it is that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. We hear this all the time, yes, and it's nothing new, but it really does ring true. There is no obstacle too great, no problem too difficult that we can not solve if we believe in ourselves and work towards change. That means different things for different people, of course, but whatever your endgame is, you will not get there without a lot of positive thinking, confidence, self-love and laser focus.

Last summer when I decided New York was no longer the place for me and decided on Portland to work as a fitness model and makeup artist, I had no idea how I was going to make that happen. (I mean, how does one go from New York corporate finance to that?) Moving is not cheap and there are so many details to manage, but I just tried to stay focused on my endgame. Knowing that was the west coast for me, I did everything I needed to do to make what I wanted to do out here a reality. I already worked out plenty, but I increased my workouts knowing that I would soon be working with my modeling agency here and needed to be ready on day one. Doing the New York happy hour that turns into dinner hour that turns into late drinks hour...stopped in its tracks. Basically, I had to pump my own breaks to save money to reach my goal. But no matter how much you try to "save" in New York, it's damn near impossible, so as much as I freaked out about money and logistics, I just visualized my new life and calmed down.

How I felt most days in NYC about the reality of making a move: exhausted. But I thought about my endgame, like Avery is doing thinking about climbing more stairs to get to the top of the mountain, and just powered through. (She pulled me up to the top!)

How I felt most days in NYC about the reality of making a move: exhausted. But I thought about my endgame, like Avery is doing thinking about climbing more stairs to get to the top of the mountain, and just powered through. (She pulled me up to the top!)

None of this would have been possible without confidence and a positive attitude. I really just had to hand it over to God and let go. And wouldn't you know that as soon as I did that everything, and I do mean everything, started falling into place. It was almost freaky how things started clicking with little to no effort from me. Up until I boarded my flight the morning of August 30th at LaGuardia for O'Hare (where me and my folks would drive out from), I knew everything would be okay, and it is. After a few hiccups getting settled here, my bumps soon smoothed and, again, things have fallen into place and I feel very much at peace with my decision and with living here.

Us on one of our many hikes.

Us on one of our many hikes.

So whatever major decision(s) you are wrestling with, if you remain calm, positive and optimistic and consciously work towards your endgame, it will all be okay. Sometimes you have to jump without a parachute and trust that the universe will provide a soft landing, and with a bit of faith, it will.

At my agency's party with one of my bookers, Jenna. They are beyond awesome.

At my agency's party with one of my bookers, Jenna. They are beyond awesome.

With my fellow Bobbi Brown makeup artists at a recent event. The best crew ever!

With my fellow Bobbi Brown makeup artists at a recent event. The best crew ever!

And feelin' good like a lady should on a test shoot! Photo credit: Kimmie Fadem

And feelin' good like a lady should on a test shoot! Photo credit: Kimmie Fadem