The one thing I tell myself every morning…

Baleigh Shortreed
2 min readJun 13, 2023

The great thing about positive affirmations is that they set your mindset for the day, as well as set the intention for the way you choose to show up and live your life each and everyday. Affirmations and mantras quickly become a way of life when we choose to provide the power and faith behind those words.

For me, I settled on my phrase at the age of 22. 22 exactly.
I was rounding my 22nd birthday when I noted that life just wasn’t panning out the way I wanted it to. I felt lazy, tired, out of place in the world, and my depression was higher than it had been for quite some time. During the time between my 21st and 22nd birthday, I had begun to slowly turn my life around. I chose to eat better, I walked and ran more, I chose exercise programs to complete in order to push me both mentally and physically. It was also around the time I started writing more and more, planning to complete the novel I had been rewriting for 12+ years. (Spoiler alert: I am still working on that novel. Hahaha).

As I was about 1–3 months from my birthday, I knew that I wanted to do something really special for my brithday. I had decided that I had wanted to get a tattoo. To me, a tattoo is a permant body marker to remind you of your growth and changes as you age, as well as a good way to remind yourself of something later. I like to think of it as a letter to my future self. With that in my mind, and the countless times I had drawn fake tattoos on my body in sharpies as a child, I knew I needed something that would touch my soul.

For me, that phrase came along as I was writing words in a list that I thought I needed a reminder of. That affirmation ended up as my final tattoo and my affirmation that I (try to) tell myself each day in order to push myself mentally and physically 1% more per day.

“Patience is the key to growth; growth is the key to change.”

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Baleigh Shortreed

Writer, Author, & Entreprenuer teaching you to advocate for yourself through written, verbal, and digital means.