Motivational Thursday

I’ve had a tough week since returning from the Blend Retreat.  Work has been a bit of struggle and I’m having a hard time wanting to do anything but be a lazy bum and hang out on my couch.  Even my workouts have been sacrificed.  This is a rather frustrating feeling that I’m working through.  Because of this, I figured I’d take today to share some motivational and inspirational quotes.  This is for me and for you.

“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure.  I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.  But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” – Doug Firebaugh

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra

What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes?

a little positivity

I made a new dream board yesterday.  Just a little something to remind myself of positive thoughts, love and that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Just a little something to get me through the harder days when they show their little unwelcome faces.

 And because problems are just opportunities in unattractive packages, I wanted to share some positive quotes today.  Because we can all always use a little more positivity and inspiration.

Today’s Little Things

It’s amazing how even the smallest changes can make things even just a bit better.  And that little bit can make you feel a lot better.

It’s also amazing how quickly some place can become home when you’re living with the right person.  And that little bit can make you feel a lot better.

That means that up to this point (a week) the move has been the right move.  And that means the world.

It’s proof that it’s the little things in life that matter most.  And on a day like today, the little things are being able to leave work 45 mins early, making $60 off selling my dresser, and having a beer while watching movies and doing henna tattoos with my roommate.

It’s all about the little things.

What little things made you day?

Don’t Look Back

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” - Thomas Jefferson

There’s something to be said for that.  Actually, there’s a lot to be said for that.

Like, why do we allow ourselves to dwell on what has been instead of pushing ourselves forward?  That forward momentum is needed to get us anywhere in life, whether it comes to work or our personal relationships.

Constantly looking back slows us down and drains us of energy.  I remember being told in gym class (back in the day!) to keep looking forward while racing because looking back will slow you down.  Why don’t we take this into account in our personal lives as well?

I don’t have the answer for that but I can tell you I’m going to start being more aware and pushing forward.  I’m planning to win this race and not let my past hold me back any longer.

So why not let go of a little something weighing on you from your past and put that added energy into where you want to go; those dreams for your future.

More MarchPhotoADays:

I’m Gonna Own Today

I woke up yesterday morning already running late.  I rushed my shower, getting ready and ate half my breakfast while running out the door.  Then I felt better as I pulled into the parking structure 10 minutes before needing to be at work.

I got to work and got rolled over with frustration almost at the get-go.  Darn callouts.  Darn people not dealing with it that should.  Then I took a deep breath, put on my smiling face, and made things happen.

While this may seem like the ebb and flow of a normal day (and pretty much is), I felt it bringing me down more than it should and I decided that I was going to stop it.  As I was walking to Starbucks to get my coffee, I made the best decision I could have made for my day:

I’m gonna own today and not let it own me.

I came back from grabbing coffee for myself and breakfast for my manager, geared up and went out to run the floor so she could take a break.  I felt amazing!  I felt like I could take on the world in that moment!

She tried to come back early; I sent her away.  I was in my zone; I was feeling good; I had this.

As the day progressed and I felt other things poking at me, I reminded myself of this and turned it around.  It was amazing and quite the breakthrough.

The next time you’re having a rough day, tell yourself I’m gonna own today and not let it own me.  I bet you’ll instantly start to feel better.

More MarchPhotoADay pictures for you…and I couldn’t help myself, I shared two corners of my home! :)

Words Are Powerful

It’s a long week.  Coming back from my stay-cation, a lot going on at work, and not really being able to work out (more on that tomorrow), but it’s all creating this really long and fairly exhausting week.  We’re lucky I’ve even been able to get out of bed in the morning.  Trust me, it’s been a struggle.

But in times like these (or during a really tough workout), it’s important to keep pushing ourselves forward.  Sometimes it’s easier to just push through the discomfort, but other times, it’s just not that easy and we have to coach ourselves along; we have to inspire and motivate ourselves.

That’s where a good mantra comes in.

As cheesy as it may sound, I use these all the time.  I guess it’s just part of that whole positive-thinking thing we’re all working on.  So whether it be trying to finish another set of pushups at the gym I Am Strong or running just a little further than I did last time You Can Do It, mantras work.

And they don’t just have to be about fitness and healthy living.  I use them everyday like my ever-so-popular Just Breathe.

Maybe your mantra isn’t as simple as a 4 word phrase.  This blog was created and named after a new mantra I was setting for my life:

Whatever your mantra is that gets you through those tough workouts, tough days or tough weeks, repeat it as many times as you need because words are powerful.

What’s your favorite mantra and when do you use it?

Inspiration // March Photo a Day

I want to inspire people.  At the end of the day, I think that’s what we all want.  We want to feel like we’ve touched someone, maybe even changed their lives.

For me, I want to feel like I’ve inspired someone through my journey, healthy living, my work ethic, the way I care for those around me, etc.  But sometimes it’s hard to know how.  We all work in such different ways and even if you know someone really well, sometimes it’s hard to know the best way to inspire them.  Maybe the problem is that we just think too much about it.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, it’s been another week of taking photos everyday and pretending I’m actually a photographer.  Maybe one of these photos will inspire you.  Maybe not, but hopefully you can at least enjoy them!

A Reminder

I don’t know about you, but I needed a reminder:

Fear less, hope more;

Eat less, chew more;

Whine less, breathe more;

 Talk less, say more;

 Love more, and all good things will be yours. 

My Dream Board

A dream board, also known as a vision board, is a visual representation of the things you want in your life.  It can be anything from something you want to do, be or a place you want to go.  I don’t often make them but I do enjoy when I do, even if it’s just for the relaxation of flipping through magazines, cutting them up and having arts & crafts time.

Because we all know it’s the simple things in life.

But when all is said and done and the board is finished, I have something to look at everyday that keeps me pushing towards my end goal; to keep me focused and centered; and to remind me what it’s all about.  Sometimes we need those daily reminders in whatever form we can get them; whatever will have the biggest impact.

It’s my goal to make these more often.

(Can I just note that I seem to be missing the thing I’m struggling with lately: health.  Maybe that’s my problem?  Either way, I’m back to the doctor on Monday for a not quite emergency but get in here asap appointment…)

Before and After

After the end of last year and the crazy medications that I’ve been put on this year because of it, I was in need and ready for a change.  I needed something that would help give me a new glow and renewed sense of self.

Before:

After:

It really is the little things that help us get through the tough times and carry on our way.  Sometimes all it takes is a trip to the gym or a new shirt.  Other times, it requires a hair cut and a new color.  This was one of those times.

I’ve been putting off a much needed hair cut for awhile and toying with the idea of coloring my hair.  To be honest, these moments generally only come once per year, two if I’m lucky.  But when a friend told me I was missing my usual “glow” and needed to figure out what would help bring that back, especially when my usual workouts weren’t working, I knew it was time.

Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that can return us to our natural glow.  They bring about this renewed sense of self and we can’t help but feel a bit better, despite what’s been ailing us.

I have goals and dreams and while sometimes they change or manifest into something we don’t expect them to, we can’t allow the road blocks that are bound to come up to just get in our way.  And when we find they become to much of a hinder, we figure out what’s going to make us feel better in that moment so we can push forward.  For me, this time, it was a simple before and after.