Carolyn's #MondayMantra - I Am a Warrior (Of Love)

Shooting at the walls of heartache
I am the warrior
Yes, I am the warrior
And victory is mine

-Song by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth, Songwriters: Nick Gilder / Holly Knight

Art by Carolyn J. Braden, Media: Gelly Roll pen by Sakura, Sharpie marker and BIC pencil.

Art by Carolyn J. Braden, Media: Gelly Roll pen by Sakura, Sharpie marker and BIC pencil.

The 18th installment of my #MondayMantra series: I am a warrior (of love).

Working on something cool, new or good like a magical project, renovating your house (or a room in your home), getting a new job, trying to save more money, bringing a a new pet or child into your home, adding more travel to your life, writing a book (or writing anything at all), adding more exercise to your daily routine, losing weight, gaining weight, or something else?

If you don’t know it yet, “good news” or “good results” take time.

I have to remind myself of this often. The biggest reason I have to remind myself of this is because the whole concept of time is completely different for each new thing I do in my life. Some things take minutes while others take years.

I heard the song The Warrior the other day and it played on repeat in my head for the next couple of days. It made me think about what being a warrior means.

Being a warrior, to me, means doing exactly what I do when I’m at my most tired: I stand up and keep going. Some days I am really, really tired. (Don’t we all feel that way?) When that happens, I’ll rest, but I always get up and keep going.

That’s the only way you can make anything great happen, really.

I say “I am a warrior (of love)” because when I keep plugging away at trying to make something great happen, it’s because I feel it with love. If I really love something, I’ll make it happen.

Be that warrior of love.

Write it, say it, sing it until you live it. I started writing it in my journal along with the words “help me to keep going and make stuff happen!”. It’s just that little bit of encouragement I need to tell myself because as I’ve said many times before, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader.

Sending my light and love to all who need it!

Backstory on my mantra series:

A mantra is a word, phrase, or sound that is repeated to aid in meditation. You could also compare it to a sort of prayer. I feel my journaling and writing of my mantras is a form of meditation or prayer. It calms me and helps me make better sense of my feelings and all the thoughts swimming around in my mind.

I believe saying or writing something repeatedly, as you already have it, aids one in attaining dreams and goals. If you write something as you already have it, it makes you feel, somehow, as if it is truly happening no matter how drastic or scary it may seem. It's like a trick to help your brain catch up to what your heart desires.

Need a little musical inspiration? Here’s the video for I Am the Warrior performed by Scandal and Patty Smyth (1984):