Ep. 91: How-to Keep a Positive Mindset

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On today's episode, I'm sharing some of my proven practices that help me keep a positive mindset.


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Cassy Joy: Welcome back to another episode of the Fed and Fit podcast. My name is Cassy Joy Garcia; I am the owner, founder, certified nutrition consultant, and author behind the brand Fed and Fit. I have a highly populated food blog over at https://FedandFit.com. You can find me on social media all over the place by simply searching Fed and Fit. And then I’m also the author of the latest book; I guess, can you guess the title? {laughs} It’s called Fed and Fit. It’s available of course online, and it’s also available in Barnes and Nobles nationwide. And currently, if you’re listening to this show, which is airing in late January, it’s available in Costco’s nationwide. So thank you so much for joining us on today’s show.

Today’s podcast is going to really zero in on one of the founding principles of why I wanted to start the podcast in the beginning, was to talk about mindset topics. While I am a nutrition consultant, and I spend a great deal of my professional time and activities and energies spent focused on coaching about food, and nutrition, and the power; the wonderful, amazing, inspiring healing power built into the human body and how we can unlock that by making strategic food choices. And then I also educate on rest, and hydration, and physical fitness; kind of the science of exercise and all the things that go into that. Which of course, if you’ve read my book and you’ve got a copy of it; you know I go into extreme depth there in my book about all those things.

But one thing that, its’ a difficult concept to just singularly articulate is that of healthy mindset. And while we all understand that stress is not good for our bodies; right, it’s not good for our health. It’s not helpful, at all, for me to just tell you you need to reduce stress in your life. That’s not helpful at all. Or tell somebody to stop being so anxious; right? {laughs} I seriously doubt that would ever actually help somebody by giving that advice. So I don’t. I don’t tell you to reduce stress, because that’s not helpful at all. How do you do that? Right? If anything, me telling you that you need to reduce stress and anxiety is only going to cause more stress and anxiety. Or at least it would for me.

So what I try to do instead is talk all around it. Right? Let’s just talk about every little nook and cranny we can possibly explore within this giant umbrella that is a healthy mindset, and healthy outlook. And hopefully by casting this really, really wide net, some of it you might feel applies to you and some of it doesn’t. But hopefully there’s something underneath there that you can find comfort in and some direction.

So today’s show; zeroing in on another little nook and cranny of that giant wide net of a healthy mindset. This is something that’s come up a bunch; and we have talked about on this podcast about how to stay motivated, how the power of giving the benefit of the doubt; oh goodness, we’ve talked about a lot! We’re in the 90s of our episodes; can you believe that? It’s been a really fun, long ride, and I just can’t wait to see where we go in the future together.

But something that’s come up recently, and a part of it has happened because of the podcast; a part of it has happened because of the book, and getting out there and being able to speak with folks about it. And then another part of it, funny enough, has happened because of Snapchat of all things, and Facebook live videos. I really, really enjoy video content. I think it’s just a really fun way to connect with you guys. Writing is something that I really enjoy, but I find that it’s easier for me to communicate via verbal words, like in this podcast, being able to speak with you this way. So you can hear the inflection in my tone. It’s easier for me to communicate for me this way. And it’s 10 times easier for me to do it via video, because if you do follow me on Snapchat or have seen any of my Facebook live videos; or if we’ve met in person at a book signing; I just love being with you guys in a video format, or in a live format where we can kind of look each other in the eyes and you can see body behaviors and things like that.

And something that’s come up over and over again in the last several months; since I joined Snapchat. I’ll just date it back to that; I think it was about 6 months ago {laughs}. When I started Snapchat is when I started getting this influx of notes from people on a pretty regular basis, asking me how the heck do you stay so positive? This isn’t something where I just drank an extra cup of coffee and record my podcast for you guys {laughs}. And that’s not to say that I don’t have bad days; I definitely do, and I definitely have bad moods, and all that stuff happens. I’m always going to do my best to put my best foot forward when it comes to talking with you. But I really, for the most part, I’m a happy person. And I’m not rattled very often. There are certain things that get under my skin, just like anybody else, but I feel like I have found ways to get past them. And I have found ways to get back to a state of being more positive and being happier.

And today’s topic really came to light; Juli Bauer, a girlfriend of mine. You guys probably know her, she’s over at www.PaleOMG.com and she just launched a new podcast, and it’s fabulous, and she’s doing a wonderful job. I had the distinct honor of being one of her first guests on her podcasts. And she asked me that question; she put out a call for questions that her readers had, and somebody asked that. I think a couple of people might have asked, “How does she stay so positive.” And Juli, who knows me in real life, told everybody that it’s really not an act {laughs} I really am this way. I kind of bounce around in the morning, I’m like; good morning! When we’ve stayed places together. I don’t know; life is just so much fun.

I gave her an answer, but I wanted to; and you can pull up that episode. I highly recommend you go and listen to her show. But I wanted to give you guys a dedicated answer. And what I’ve tried to do; I can’t help my type A brain. I tried to think about that answer, how to stay more positive, and I broke it up into some bullet points that we can talk about, and hopefully you find them actionable. Right? Because be more positive, or have a positive outlook as a direction or a call to action is just as helpful as me saying, stop being so stressed out. Right? It’s not helpful at all.

So what I wanted to do; I don’t know, I did some introspective work, and I tried to figure out what is it that allows me to put my best food forward more times than not? That’s really what it is. It’s not another avenue to pursue in perfection; right? It’s not about being perfect in any of these things .we’re all going to have our ups and downs. But for the most part, there are some tips that I employ that really help me keep a positive healthy outlook. And therefore I’m able to do more positive, healthy work, right? And that’s really what it’s all about. That I’m providing; I’m giving more back to the world than I’m taking. And that in turn fills up my little tank {laughs} just as much as receiving love from other folks.

Ok, so let’s talk about it. Some steps to positivity. Actionable steps to being positive, or having a positive outlook. So the first one I want to talk about, actually did get it’s very own podcast episode; I think it was back in the 70s, so scroll back through the archives if you want to give that a listen to. But something that I use; regularly employ, is the benefit of the doubt. And what I mean by that is I don’t ever assume the worst. Now that’s not to say I’m not perfect in the pursuit, either, but just like a muscle that you build and you get better at, I have spent a lot of very focused, intentional time trying to keep myself from assuming bad things. Right? When I get new news, I do my best to assume the best outcome. There’s no harm in that, right?

I forget which military branch; I really should have looked this up before I started recording. Gosh darn it, it might even be the boy scouts, but the slogan is be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Right? So giving the benefit of the doubt does not mean that I put on my rose colored glasses and I’m off in la-la land and I want to close my ears, and close my eyes to any bad things that happen because I only want to believe the good; no. I still have my pulse on reality; but that doesn’t mean that if I don’t have actual facts to work with I’m still going to hope for the best. There’s no harm in that. If anything what you’re putting out into the world is only going to help circumstances.

So how is this applicable? Let’s say if we’re just looking specifically at our health. We want to get healthy; we want to go off major medications, get to a point where we can go off major medications, I should say. We want to lose weight; we want to have more energy. We really want to do well in school, or we want to have a really healthy relationship; or we really want to meet that perfect person for ourselves; or we really want to fix our relationships; our marriages, our relationships with our parents and our siblings and our friends. Instead of being hopeless in those pursuits and seeing all the things that could go wrong, or all the things that you think probably will go wrong while pursuing them; what’s the harm in giving it the benefit of the doubt? What’s the harm in giving our body the benefit of the doubt that we can heal? That you do have the power to make mostly healthy decisions that are going to right-size your health and wellness? Why not give yourself that benefit of the doubt. Why not give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you’re going to be able to stick to a healthy eating plan, or stick to a workout plan, or you’re going to be able to heal that relationship, or that person, that perfect person is out there for you. There’s no harm in the benefit of the doubt.

Ok, another thing that I employ to really help myself stay positive is; I feel like I have a really good; I do well with making sure I have perspective on the important things in life. And again, it’s not to say I’m perfect in this pursuit. It’s not to say that sometimes I don’t lose perspective if the dishes; my husband helps me with the dishes in the kitchen, for example. Which is a wonderfully, lovely thing that he does. And he will put away the dishes sometimes before I even wake up in the morning. This sweet man makes me coffee, and he’ll put away the dishes for me so that I have a clean kitchen to work in if I’m going to work in the kitchen that day. It’s really wonderful; he’s a great man.

And something that I’ve learned is; on those days when he doesn’t put away the dishes, it throws a kink in my plan! I got too used to it. And it would kind of irritate me, right? But I don’t have any ground to be irritated by that. It’s a bonus. It’s a sweet thing that he does. It’s not something that I’m entitled to. And I have to give myself that perspective .and while I might, for a split second, be momentarily irritated that now all of a sudden my normal day is off because I have to clean the kitchen; what the heck am I talking about? What an honor and a privilege it is to even have a kitchen to clean. And what a privilege it is to be married to a wonderful man that has me so spoiled? Right, that’s a really great perspective to hold onto. Instead of being annoyed. And it sounds so silly, even telling you now that I would be annoyed by something like that. And I hope you’re rolling your eyes that I would be annoyed by that. Because I would roll my eyes at myself.

It’s just it’s so easy to get lost in the minor circumstances of life. The minor setbacks and the minor things, and it’s easy to lose perspective, and it’s important in those times. If you do find yourself slipping into any sort of an irritant, or you feel frustrated by something, look to the deeper thing. Look to what you could be thankful for in that circumstance. And we talked about that; using things to overcome grievances, on a recent episode. But what can we be thankful for? I can be thankful for the fact that I have this incredible man in my life, and I can be thankful for the fact that I have the ability to work from home, and I’m thankful for the fact that we have a clean house, and I have the ability to clean that kitchen. How cool is that? That I actually have the physical ability to clean.

So I hope that’s not too weak of an example to give you {laughs} but that’s really what came to mind right now. That’s real life; that’s stuff that could come up any week and every week. So I have perspective.

I also like to hold onto perspective with bigger issues, right. It’s very easy; you know what, some folks say nowadays there are so many big issues floating around that folks are losing perspective on, or feeling hopeless in the world and the circumstance around us, whether it’s politics, whether it’s religion, whether it’s larger social issues; whatever it is. And some perspective in that that I hope offers some comfort is that the world has faced these issues over and over again, and humanity has survived, and we’ve done well. And a part of this is just the human process of working through some of these things, and there’s no reason to lose hope or feel hopeless in these things. Right? You can still hope for the best, and you can gain some perspective in knowing what you can and cannot control. You cannot control society at large; we cannot control what other people think or believe or how they react to things. So if we can’t control it, then do your best.

What you can control is yourself, right? What we can control is how we react. And even though it can be frustrating to see how other folks act in the world; across every span of every difference of opinion, across how anybody communicates. It’s so easy to be frustrated when it’s not what we would do; or it’s not what we think we could or should do. What the world could or should be doing. It’s easy to be frustrated by those things, but the perspective that I want you to hold onto is that we can’t control that stuff, right? And that’s a very freeing feeling. Because then we’re not tempted to slip into any sort of an argumentative conversation where we expend energy and trying to educate somebody else or bring them around or gosh; I don’t know, help them see the light.

I see so much of that; so many people with such great intentions are just trying to help each other see what they see, and at the end of the day we cannot change somebody’s mind. That’s up to them. All we can do is go and live a healthy, happy life; and all we can do is control how we react to things. So you do have the power to hold onto a healthy perspective.

It’s not to say that you won’t feel momentarily frustrated; but use that just like we would with the dishes in the kitchen {laughs}. Even though you might feel frustrated for half of a second; or you might feel disappointed for half of a second, or you might feel even anger towards somebody else and their perspective and their reaction and how they’re communicating for half of a second; acknowledge it and then move past it. And know that what you outwardly put into the world is what matters. You have control over that.

So a healthy perspective is something that I’ve held onto that I believe has really helped with an overall positive outlook. Next up would be healthy choices, right? Making really healthy choices. When it comes to, and this is a no-duh moment; but it makes a big difference. We might think; I don’t know, it’s one of those things. You don’t realize how helpful it is until you're not doing it, right? You don’t realize how empowering it is switch your healthy mindset to make healthy food decisions. To eat mostly healthy food from home. Foods that agree with your body; part of your perfect you plan, if you’re a part of my Fed and Fit Project online, you know what that means; or if you’ve read the Fed and Fit book you know what that means.

But foods that align with your perfect you plan. If we’re eating those foods the majority of the time; then it’s easier to hold on to positivity. It’s empowering. And it’s not until we stop doing that; right, and we go out, or we let go of all caution when it comes to food and nutrition and we kind of lose a little bit of that positive edge. It’s not until that point until we realized how much it helped; but it does help.

Other health choices we make are with regard to fitness. Physical fitness activities have a huge impact on our healthy mindset. That’s not to say specifically; I’m not just talking about the endorphins that we get, right? Those positive, healthy hormones that help; exercise physically does make you happier, that’s true. And it always brings me back to that Elle Woods quote from Legally Blonde, you know, “Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.” {laughs} So I’m not just specifically speaking about the physiology of exercise helping to make you happier and more positive, but it’s also by going out and doing something for yourself; like physical fitness is an empowering act.

When you put yourself out there, and you say; you know what, I’m going to write down and go to that noon Crossfit class and come hell or high water, I’m going to make it there. You put the benefit of the all the healthy hormones that come out of it aside, one of the biggest win in that activity is you did it; you said you were going to do it, and you did it. That’s huge. That does huge things for our personal outlook; how validated we feel to ourselves. It is a sign that we take care of ourselves, and that’s an incredibly empowering thing to do, and that feeds a positive outlook tremendously. So don’t underestimate that.

Another healthy choice is with regard to the people we surround ourselves with. Whether that’s the people at your job, or the people, your friends, right? We have the choice to choose; aside from immediate family, maybe. And even then, there’s some wiggle room. But we have the power. We have control over the people we let into our lives. So if there’s a toxic relationship out there, you have the power to get out of it, ok. So make healthy choices. Make healthy decisions on who you spend your time with. If there’s a group of girlfriends that you have, and you love them; I’m sure that there’s wonderful things about them. But when you go out with them, you go out to dinner.

Let’s just paint a scenario; because I’ve been there. You say, I’m going to go out to dinner with this group of people, and I’m going to go, and I’m going to order healthy things off the menu. I’m going to have one, maybe one and half glasses of wine, and that’s it, and I’m going home and they’re going to go out, and that’s fine. And then you get into that environment, and well-meaning or not, maybe they berate you for your healthy choices; and sometimes it’s just too much, and you just give in and you dive into the cheesy crab dip and the cheesy bread, and you go ahead and agree on splitting a pizza with them, and you go ahead and agree on that fifth cocktail for the night. And by that point, you’re like; oh what the heck, let’s throw the baby out with the bathwater. I’m going to go out to the bar with them, too. Right?

And it just turns into this slippery slope, and it snowballs, and all of a sudden you wake up the next morning and you feel terrible, because you didn’t honor what you said you were going to do. And you probably feel terrible physically, as well. But emotionally, you didn’t do what you said you were going to do.

So instead of beating yourself up over that experience, I say use that as fuel to make a healthy decision in the future. Would you then; you have the power to actually show up and go to that dinner. So, you have the option of not going. If going and being around those people is too much of a temptation; then don’t go. Don’t go. Offer to meet up with them for an early morning spin class, instead. So you can still spend time with those people. But if the circumstance is too tempting, you have the power to make a healthy decision and not go. Make other plans for dinner. Ok?

So healthy choices like that. Those are things where if you just remember the things that you can control; control them, and you will feel so much better for it. Not just physically, but mentally.

Ok, let’s see. I think another thing that really helps with positivity and keeping a healthy outlook is building in some alone time. Now, I’m an extrovert; all of the personality tests in the whole wide world say that I’m an extrovert, alright. But even I know that it’s important sometimes to have alone time. It’s important sometimes; and the difference between an extrovert and an introvert kind of revolves around how does your tank get filled up. When you come home from a big; let’s say a big activity or a big meeting; or for me like a big book signing. When I got back to the hotel room after a book signing, I was jazzed. I had so much energy. I was ready to go out and talk with more people. After a book signing I’d want to sit there and talk with the hotel attendant, or I’d want to stay up and chat with Diane Sanfilippo, who was my travel partner, another fellow author. I was jazzed.

Being around people fills my cup up, fills my energy up. But I also need alone time. I need to allow my stress levels to help subside a little bit. Right? That doesn’t mean I was stressed out, but I need to reduce some stressors. So, sitting down, being quiet; whether that’s reading a book or going for a very long walk, whatever it is; I needed some alone time, even as an extrovert. Introverts need even more alone time. An introvert would feel drained by that much of a group activity or that much being around people. So to fill their cup up emotionally, alone time really helps do that for them. They feel jazzed and energized after they’ve been home for a day, or they’ve had a day off. I’m not talking necessarily about the emotional benefits of being alone, but more so about the benefits of reducing your stress levels; so keep that in mind. If you are an extrovert, it’s good to kind of have quiet time.

And then on the other hand, another thing that I’ve used to help stay positive is being around people. Being around people; looking people in the eyes. I work from home; I say this all the time, but I work from home with my puppy dog, Gus. Luckily my husband also offices from home, so we get to see each other. But it’s an effort to get out. I don’t just run into people at the office. And I have to get out and I have to go see people. And a part of that is accomplished by going to the gym; a part of that is accomplished by going to the grocery store. I get to interact with human beings then, or going to the coffee shop. And sometimes I’ll go eat lunch out. But scheduling time with people; that can also help fill you up. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it can be really healthy to have people time.

So maybe that means if you’re a mom; you’re a very busy mom, you’re working, and you have kids, and you have husbands, and you feel like it’s been ages since you had a girls weekend; don’t feel like you have to go out and schedule a whole girls weekend to have quality people time. Just schedule a dinner with a girlfriend once every month, or once every two weeks, or whatever you can manage. Schedule some time with another human being that’s outside your norm. And that will really help. It provides a kind of comfort and a touch point with another human being; another adult out there. So I think that’s important as well.

Ok, I only have two things left for you, tips to help stay more positive. One of them is finding some order and a rhythm in your life. Right? Human beings, by nature, we are averse to change. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, right? Let’s give our aversion to change the benefit of the doubt, right? Let’s employ tip number one. What are some ways that we can really ride that wave? What are some ways that we can realize what we can control?

If human beings by nature are averse to change. Because some change is great, right? Some change is good. If we’re trying to get healthy, we know that we’re going to have an aversion to it; we know we’re not going to be super psyched about not ordering pizza tonight and instead having chicken and broccoli. So that’s the kind of change we’re averse to. We’re averse to family changes; shifts in relationships. We’re averse to shifts in politics. All of the things, right? All of the things, all of the changes that can feel uncomfortable and cause anxiety.

So what can we control; what’s the perspective here. What can we control when it comes to change, is we can establish some order; some orderliness, some routine, and that really helps offer some comfort. It really does. So whether that means you invest in a planner; I’ve talked about on Snapchat, you guys helped me find my planner, I really love it. It’s by Emily Ley; it’s her simplified planner. It’s fabulous. Whether that’s a planner that you write in every night, or you write in every morning to help plan your day. It really helps me streamline. I am this big hippy, dippy; I have all these ideas {laughs} all these things in my mind that I want to do; I want to do all the things. But writing it down offers me some comfort. It really does.

Or maybe order is in the fact of reorganizing your pantry. It sounds so silly, but it’s true. Think about if you have a very orderly pantry; you go from a really messy one to a really organized one, it probably brings you a little bit of joy every time you go in there and every time you're looking for a piece of food, or something. Right? It probably brings you a little bit of joy. So why not? Why not go for it? Why not organize? Why not give yourself that little bitty piece of joy. I’m not saying that an organized pantry or a day planner is going to make or break your day when it comes to a positive outlook, but it can help. It sure as heck can’t hurt.

So organize your office drawers; organize your pantry; organize your closet; give away some clothes. Simplify, plan, streamline, organize your day; set up a schedule as best you can. And I guarantee it will help. So a little bit of order also helps with positivity.

And then the last tip I have makes me think about my sweet PawPaw. He’s my grandfather on my dad’s side, and he was one of the sweetest most positive men I’ve ever met. PawPaw, in all my knowing him, never had a bad day. I’m sure he had bad days, but just like me. And in a lot of ways; in this podcast, you guys, I’m realizing what a role model my PawPaw is for me. He passed away when I was in my early 20s, and my Nana, my grandmother on that side passed away a few years earlier from Alzheimer’s. Man my grandfather; oh my gosh, I hope I don’t tear up, because that doesn’t make for a good podcast voice {laughs}. Frog voice; teary frog voice does not make for a good show.

Man, they were just incredible people. And I know they had their ups and downs. He was a World War II vet; he went over there in Germany, he was there on D-day. He left two boys and my Nana behind when he went and did that. He came back and he made airplane parts; until the day he died, he worked. He worked for a company in San Antonio, Texas called Alamo Aircraft. And out of his shop, in his very humble garage, he had these huge machines. If anybody listening is familiar with machinery; for example he had this big lathe. A lathe is essentially; I hope I don’t get this wrong, but it’s like a big drill that will drill into big pieces of metal. And he would make these specialty nuts and bolts for these specialty pieces of aircraft. He was such a handy guy. So handy and he just worked tirelessly. He was such a sweet, sweet man.

Something that he always told me, was “You’re never done learning.” You're never done learning. He was so excited; always excited to learn new things. He lived on the other side of town from me; I’m lucky that I grew up in the same city, at least, as my grandparents on both sides. And we would meet up every week for family dinner, and then after my Nana passed away, I decided to take some summer classes at a community college over by my PawPaw so that I could go spend time with him. I loved him so much. And I would; I took an early class at 7 a.m.; gosh, what were the classes? Now I can’t even remember {laughs}. Maybe one was calculus, or something like that. Anyways, it was really fun, I really loved the classes that I took over there. And I believe it was between; it was the summers I was coming back from Texas A&M University. And those classes were only two or three days a week; but I would go over. They were 7 a.m., so I would go over the night before, because it was a 45 minute drive from our house. So I would go over the night before, I would get there; I would either show up with dinner, and the two of us would have dinner together, or I would show up after dinner, whatever it was. We would hang out for a few minutes, we’d go to bed, and then I’d wake up the next morning. My PawPaw would get up early, and I’d hear him shuffling around in the house, and I would wake up and come into the kitchen had he already had made me breakfast; he already had coffee ready for me. We’d sit down and have breakfast together really early, and then I’d leave by 6:30 so I could be at my 7 a.m. class on time.

And we would sit there; at our dinners the night before or at breakfast in the morning, and he would just ask me these questions about what I was learning. And he was curious; he wasn’t just trying to humor his granddaughter on her classes and what she was learning in school. He really wanted to know. He really wanted to know the things I was learning about, and everything that I told him; he just got this almost Santa Claus twinkle in his eye fascination, and he would say, “Wow, that’s cool.”

I use the heck a lot; and it comes from my PawPaw. He would say “heck” and he would say “Boy howdy. Boy howdy that is interesting!” And he’d ask me more questions. And he’d giggle. And he was so cute. And he had such a joyful spirit, anyway. What I learned from him, I’m trying really hard not to cry. What I learned from him was the importance of having that youthful spirit and the desire to learn, and to know that you’re never done learning. He was a self-proclaimed; he would say, “I’m a forever student.” He’s a forever student of life, he’s a forever student of actual education and academic topics. He was a forever student of methods and learning how to do new things. A forever student of meeting new people.

And I think if you approach life as if you are never done learning, then learning new things will not come as difficulty. It doesn’t come to you as an obstacle to overcome. Learning new things comes to you as a really fun, joyful activity, and that really is the last tip I have for you for keeping a healthy outlook. Know that we’re never done learning things about the world, about ourselves, about our friends, or about humanity in general. We’re never done learning about faith or about our belief on the world and our perspective overall. We’re never done learning, and that’s a great thing! Right? So hold onto that experience.

Whether that means we read a lot of books; whether that means we watch really fun educational videos, or we enroll in actual classes, or we get out there and we just submerged ourselves. Even with nutrition science, I’m constantly trying to learn new things, so that I can of course relay it to you. But I’m also just darn curious. I’m just fascinated, right? So holding onto that youthful spirit. We’re never done learning; we’re forever students, can really help us feel more positive, more empowered, and more like we’re choosing to learn things. The world isn’t just throwing things at us that we have to digest. We’re out there, and we’re eager, and we’re hungry for more. And you never have to let go of that. My PawPaw was in his 80s when he passed away, and he was so excited just to always learn new things. Even in the hospital he was giggling with nurses, and learning about their stuff, anyways. We never have to let go of that, and it can really do wonders for the long term.

I hope you found this episode helpful. It was one that was very near and dear to my heart, if you can’t tell. And the very least, whether you found something in all of my tips, or maybe one of my tips, I hope that it helps relieve some of the burden, right? At the end of the day, I just don’t want you to feel too heavy by negativity. I want you to be empowered. I want your load to lighten a little bit, your steps to be a little bit lighter, and I’m doing everything I can to give you all of my knowledge that I’ve got.

So thank you so much for joining me on today’s show. I will be back again next week.


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  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Cassy!
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your podcasts every week. The way you organize your podcasts and interview the guests makes it fun to listen to! And I especially love this topic about keeping a positive mindset, something everyone should try to do every day.

    Keep up the good work! xx

  2. Laura says:

    I’m a little behind in my podcast-listening, and I just listened to this one today. I absolutely loved this episode! You offered some great insight into keeping a positive mindset, and I think that we all need, or at least I do, a little reminder every once in a while. I’ll definitely refer back to this one when I need a reminder. I also related to the story about your PawPaw. That’s something that my grandfather, and also my dad, drilled into my sibilings and me: never stop learning!

    1. Cassy says:

      Cheers, Laura! Love that!