Embracing Contentment and Rewiring Our Thoughts for 2024

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2024! As we step into this new year, I find myself contemplating the power of renewing our minds.

In the latest episode of Living Brightly, we’re talking about embracing contentment, the power of gratitude, and the transformative experience of renewing/rewiring our thoughts.

It’s a personal, reflective episode, and I believe it’ll resonate with you as we all navigate a new year.

🎧 Listen to the Episode (#118 Renewing Your Mind): ​Apple​ or ​Spotify​, or read the summary below.

The Power of Gratitude
During a recent morning walk (a mix of brisk walking and a bit of running to combat the cold!), I found myself repeatedly whispering, “Thank you, Lord.” This simple act of gratitude, repeated like a mantra, reminded me of the profound impact of acknowledging the blessings in our lives. It’s a practice that has become a cornerstone in my journey, especially in times of change and challenge.

Navigating Grief and Change
The past year brought significant transitions, including the loss of my father and a deep introspection about the direction of my business. In these moments, I sought counsel to navigate my grief and the overthinking that often accompanied my business decisions. This phase led to the birth of ‘Live Brightly’ – a pivot to integrate my faith more explicitly into my work.

Visualizing a Community of Faith and Growth
Imagine sitting around a circular dinner table, candles flickering, Bibles open, and cups of coffee in hand. This is the vision that fuels ‘Live Brightly‘ – a community rather than just a coaching program. It’s about connecting, sharing, and growing together in faith, even if it’s through the lens of a Zoom call.

The Journey to Contentment
The shift from constant overthinking to a state of contentment wasn’t easy. It involved conscious efforts to rewire my thought patterns, inspired by the wisdom of scriptures like 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8. These verses emphasize the importance of aligning our thoughts with God’s will, focusing on what’s true, noble, right, and pure.

Embracing Scripture in Daily Life
Daily practices like the Bible Recap have become not just routines but lifelines, guiding me towards a deeper understanding and connection with God. This year, I’m diving into the Old Testament, continuing this journey of scriptural exploration and spiritual growth.

Finding Fulfillment in Faith
My personal transformation after embracing Jesus at 18 was profound. It filled a void I didn’t fully realize existed. This realization cemented my decision to center my coaching around faith. It’s not just about personal development; it’s about cultivating a relationship with God and finding true fulfillment.

Looking Ahead
As we step into 2024, let’s challenge ourselves to rewire our brains for gratitude and contentment. Let’s move beyond self-centeredness and towards a life centered around God and community. Share with me your ‘Word of the Year’ on Instagram @paigeschmidt, and let’s live brightly this year together.

May this year be one of growth, fulfillment, and deepened faith. I’m excited to share more insights and stories in the coming episodes. Here’s to a year of living brightly, in alignment with God’s purpose for us. See you in the next episode!

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