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Month: August 2017

Putting in Work on the Outside, but What About the Inside?

Solar eclipses signify new beginnings.  Turn a new leaf, leave the past behind.  From what I’ve read, this time of solar eclipse is supposed to be a time of reflection and introspection.  Figuring out what you want to manifest into your life and meditating on that.  If you’ve been feeling a little “off” lately, don’t beat yourself up over it because you’re not alone.  And you might experience that feeling for a little while after today as well.  Embrace the new beginning, inhale, exhale and start.  Give yourself permission to move slowly and deliberately into this newness.

I wanted to talk a little about personal development today.  You all have been following my story about my physical transformation, and you know I love my two a day workouts.  But for a little while I had been neglecting working on the INSIDE!  It dawned on me that I need to put in just as much work on my personal development as I do on my fitness.  Fitness and wellness are so important to me but working on the inside is part of wellness too, and I didn’t have a plan for that, for keeping my brain challenged.  I needed a plan to pursue my passion with full force, not just halfheartedly.

So I recently started journaling again – I had gotten away from it for far too long because I just didn’t feel like rehashing my feelings on paper.  I realized how much I missed it, and I also gave myself permission to write only when I feel like it, it doesn’t have to be forced as an everyday thing if I’m just not into it.  Also on my agenda: working on website development, taking some social media training and some writing/blogging courses.  No rush on this, but it feels great to have some things on my personal development plan.  FINALLY I am back on my blog and am really excited about getting that going.

Relax right now and don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect at everything.  And it’s OK to feel a little strange right now.  Use that to just slow down a bit, reflect on what you want to feel in your life, and make a plan to go for it.

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I Can’t Find the Right Words, but Silence Isn’t an Option

My heart breaks for our country.  This is not the UNITED States that I love.  I’ve been really struggling with how to write about what happened in Charlottesville, and I just cannot find the “right” words.  This won’t be my best blog post I’m sure, but I have to write it.

I worry, I cry, I get angry, I feel helpless – but I want to DO something.  Racism in 2017… how are we here, at this place, where people march in the streets because of their HATRED of other people who are different from them?  None of us are born knowing how to hate, that has to be taught, learned from other people filled with rage, and ignorance.

How did we get so divided, so polarized?  What has happened to us?  I’m not making this a political post because the issue is so much more important than politics.  However, it is IMPERATIVE for our leaders to speak out, speak up, LEAD from the front, set an example.  And when they are not, we must hold them accountable.  We MUST.  We cannot be silent.  Hatred has no place in MY America, and it is up to each one of us to be the example we wish to see.


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Happy New Year!

Rose champagne and roses

Happy New Year my friends!  I hope you’ve had a fantastic day.  I didn’t do much to celebrate the start of my 48th year but I have felt better today than I have in several days so I will take it!  Also, I am so VERY VERY thankful for my amazing friends who acknowledged my birthday.  One of them even brought me these gorgeous roses.  How can I not feel blessed?

Today was Opening Day for English Premier League and I’ve been excited about that for quite a while.  I have a coworker who is trying to convert me into a fan of his team and after watching their match today, I think he will succeed.  Such an exciting match!  I wish everyone could appreciate that first match energy, for any sport.  Today was ELECTRIC!  And NFL preseason football has started now too.  There are so many people who aren’t sports fans and I apologize in advance for what I will be posting for the next 9 months or so 🙂

I am truly grateful to be starting another year with so many amazing people in my corner!  Earlier this week I was feeling very alone, very isolated and adrift.  Today I am so very thankful for all of you who took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday.  For you it took a few seconds, for me it meant the world.  Just know that your kind words saved me.

Someone reminded me of what I wrote a year ago.  I had just started my weight loss journey and had lost 17 pounds.  Today I am ALMOST 90 pounds down, and my body feels healthier than ever.  I have so much less aches and pains, all because I decided to do this for myself.  If you think one year can’t make a difference, please believe that it can.  I am here to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR  – start TODAY and you will be so amazed where you are at this time next year.  I love you all and you can never know how much you mean to me.

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Chapter 14 – New Year’s Eve (yes, you read that right) :)

Defeat is not an option!

Hey everyone and thanks for being here!  I have to be honest right now, my HUSTLE has been completely lacking lately.  It’s the night before my birthday (New Year’s Eve) so I’m taking this time to get my act together and start my new year with a bang.  I call my birthday my New Year’s Day.  Emotionally it’s been a really tough week but I’m bouncing back.  I’ve been existing but not much else (except of course my workouts).  I haven’t put much effort into my business or my blog.  I let my depression get the best of me and just shut down from anything I didn’t HAVE to do.

Not Afraid to Fail

Today I’m feeling better and so optimistic about starting my 48th year.  I also remembered the saying that goes something like “right now someone is working harder than you” and that really resonated with me.  I must not let myself be outworked, because I have the desire and I owe it to ME to work harder every day.  I’m not talking about any type of competition – I’m talking about HUSTLE, wanting success more than anything, much like I put everything into my physical transformation.  It’s way past time I put that amount of focus and energy into my writing, my passion!

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.  Dr. Edwin Land

Relentless Pursuit of Passion

So tonight I’m taking time to get back up, dust myself off and get MOVING!  Hustle harder, write the words, do the things….  There is never a bad time to push the reset button, it’s only bad if you need to but don’t ever do it.   I’m learning not to be afraid to fail, but instead to be afraid of not trying.  Life isn’t perfect and I have a lot of stress at the moment, but I’ve been using that as an excuse to be lazy.  WHAT?  That’s backwards, right?  I need to use that to push me, to pursue my passion and success with every fiber of my being.  Being under stress is the time to be RELENTLESS!

Celebrate with Me!

Is there something in your life you really want, but you know deep down you haven’t been giving it all you’ve got?  Well – celebrate my New Year’s Day with me and KICKSTART YOUR OWN HUSTLE.  We can be unstoppable!

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