Seasons

Many of us get to enjoy 4 unique seasons, each with its unique pleasures, beauties and activities. But there are some negatives with each season. Example, winter time in some places can be harsh and brutal. I read of a train full of passengers at a standstill for over a day because of the snow. Yet, I know plenty of people who relish in the snow because of the fun activities they can engage in, like skiing, snowboarding, making snowmen with their children. I even know fashionistas who love showing off winter clothing, coats and accessories.

I’d venture to say many more people enjoy summer time. You can dress lighter – I mean who doesn’t love a flowing sun dress or cool shorts? There’s swimming, biking, picnics, ice cream, vacations… the list seems endless for things associated with summer. Now let’s not forget the scorching heat though. This could be deadly and so not fun when 3 minutes after stepping outside there’s sweat beads as big as raindrops rolling down from the nape of your neck to the small of your back down to the soles of your feet!

Spring and autumn are just as glorious. Generally, more moderate temperatures, beautiful colors, blossoming flowers, color changing leaves, good hiking weather, pleasant moods, the aroma- ahhh the aroma: Pumpkin spice, lavender, vanilla, pecan pies….then there’s the allergies, the rain, fickle weather….

Like the seasons we’re constantly changing and growing. There are certain seasons in life we thrive and other we’re more at a standstill. Maybe we could use those seasons to listen, learn, grow, set goals, and try something new so when those thriving seasons arrive we’re prepared, ready to take off running and killing the game. Still in our thriving season we should take time to reach back and lend a helping/mentoring hand to those who are in their still season. This way the circle of helping and growing will continue year round. Most importantly, though, we should always be humble and grateful. Pride comes before a crash, but gratitude means peace.

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Keep Going!

“Stay away from negative people.  They have a problem for every solution”

Have you ever been in such a state of mind that you can’t calm down or think straight? You’re full of anxiety and stress?  You can’t rest your mind, sleep through the night, eat healthy – you either over indulge in junk food or not eat at all?  Then you decide to talk it out with people who “understand” your situation.  In the midst of garnering support you find that you’re more upset and unproductive.  Why? Harping on a problem rather than strategically mapping out a plan to address it makes the situation worse, and being fueled by others with negativity prolongs your misery.

I feel a good solution to combating negativity is 1) staying away from more negativity – including people, 2) taking time to breathe and gather yourself – clearing your mind will help you gain a better perspective of the situation, 3) counting your blessings. Show gratitude for the smallest blessing: like breathing.

When you come up with great ideas and you share it with others and you’re not met with excitement, rather discouraging words – all the reasons that you shouldn’t or can’t pursue your dreams, ignore it. Don’t be discouraged by the naysayers.  Pursue your goal, go for it.  Whether it takes you time to achieve it and you have to revise along the way, or you achieve immediate success, or even if ultimately it does not work out.  You’re not a failure.  Having ambition and putting in the work itself is success.  Now any wins along the way are extra blessings.

Keep going, even if the road seems a bit lonely. You’ve got this!

Goals

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Have you ever felt you were running out of time? Have you felt a sense of urgency to get something done? How do you reign in the galloping horses in your mind and get to setting a plan to achieve your goal?

I have many thoughts and ideas but find it hard to concentrate on one thing. I work on this a little bit, that a little bit… but this isn’t always productive because it takes a long time to fully accomplish one thing.  So I think what I will focus on doing now is setting goals and creating timelines of when I want to accomplish a task.  I’ve been told for years the importance of setting goals; in my mind I set things I want to accomplish but rarely have I put them down in writing: to make it real, concrete.

For example, I want to publish a book. I haven’t decided if it will be a children’s book, a fictional novel, a first person documentary, etc. What I’ve been doing wrong is playing out stories in my mind but not putting them in writing, or starting on one story but not working it all the way through.  So what I’m determined to do is create a writing schedule and make time to complete a book.  This I know will make me happy.

What are some of your goals? What steps will you take to reach your goal?  Where will you look for inspiration?

Stay Focused!

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Celebrate your Success

If you don’t celebrate success it won’t celebrate you.

Sometimes we forget to be proud of ourselves, to celebrate our accomplishments.  We get wrapped up in setting up/ meeting/ exceeding the next goal we forget to enjoy the present one.  Or we focus on what we haven’t accomplished, what weighs us down, daily responsibilities…kill joys.

But I have so many friends who are achieving goals and I want them to know I celebrate them, I’m proud of them, and they inspire me.  Some are taking charge of their health by meal planning, eating clean, exercising.  Some have started their own businesses, while  others have moved on from un-supportive employers to ones that  meet their needs.   Others have moved places to follow their dreams.  Many are raising successful families – some as single parents; some have written books, while others courageously face the world each day despite illness and anxieties.

What I realize all of these people have in common is faith and the belief that they deserve happiness and peace.  So they set goals and take action until they succeed.  It’s such a good feeling when you attain a desire.  This joy could be fleeting though if you don’t celebrate your accomplishment because you feel you must find something else to do right away.  Of course it’s good to keep growing and learning and progressing.  But it’s just as important to pause and reflect on your successes. You’ll feel a sense of gratitude, contentment, pride, and motivation to keep pushing forward.  If not, it will be a never-ending rat-race that will sap your energy.

So take a moment and reflect on how you showed up and showed out. I bet you killed the game.  Now I bet you’re beaming with pride.

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