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Happy MAY!

Hello lovelies!  I have really missed you all.  I have to confess something – I completely lost sight of WHAT I do while I was trying to learn how to do it better.  I’ve been so busy studying about writing, blogging, working on creating a business (SPORTS VIXEN), that I totally put aside the actual writing itself, which is what I love to do.

My dear friend @CreativeGalina sent me a note with my “LIFER” necklace that brought tears (happy tears) to my eyes – she reminded me to focus and do what I LOVE and the rest will come.  If I don’t write, nothing else I’m trying to accomplish can possibly take place.  Pretty simple concept, but I lost it along the way – too busy learning and not busy enough “doing.”

I had even put my journal away, and we all know that’s my therapy (along with my new workouts), so I am bringing everything back to ONE.  Write write write – and be happy!  All the coursework and reading I’ve been doing has to compliment that, not detract from it.  I was getting so completely freaked out that I was paralyzed what to do next.  Galina put it best  “just write – nothing else happens if you don’t do that.”

This might be a lengthy post because I’ve been away but I have so much to share now that she reminded me that this is what I do.  I don’t know if anyone gets anything out of my posts but if one person does, then I’m doing something good.  And just maybe it’s enough if that one person is me 🙂

Update on my new training: I absolutely could not be any happier to be part of the Team Hardbody Fitness personal training.  The environment is perfect for my transformation! No judgement zone, just GET TO WORK! No mercy, because my trainer knows I can do it.  My mind was getting in the way.  I cannot explain how much my life has improved in the month that I’ve been training there.  I arrive with a smile because I know I’m doing something good, and I leave completely drenched and spent, but also smiling because I DID IT!.

I finally feel like I can have fitness goals again, and with this team pushing me, I believe I have a shot at making them happen. My MIND had to be ready in order to push my body.  It took far too long to get my head back in the game but it’s there.  And guess what?  My depression is in the background, I don’t live under that black cloud 24/7 anymore.  I have moments still, but they’ve taught me that everyone’s goals are important, and it’s time to work my ass off to get where I wanna go – because I am capable. The only thing that was stopping me before was me.  Now I just trust the process and execute.  I still have a LONG LONG way to go getting the meals right, getting all the cardio in – but trust and believe this is huge progress.  My self confidence is returning, I don’t want to hide from the world anymore.  Thanks Terry and Cara, Vinson and Ty for welcoming me and making me feel just as important as your elite athletes.

Michael Anders – Thank you for giving me the foundation and the push to first get my head together, then figure out what it is that I wanted to do in terms of fitness.  I was completely a total mess and all over the place trying to find an identity – what was my label?  I know that had to be SO annoying – I was more worried about the label that doing the work 🙂

My transformation is in full swing – physically and mentally.  I am a work in progress, beautifully and wonderfully flawed, but I am progressing.  It’s because I have amazing people in my life beside me, believing in me, and they see my vision and remind me when I lose sight of it.

Let me stop now before you get bored.  Just remember – there is no better time to believe in you than RIGHT NOW.  That thing, that one thing you keep saying “I would love to do….”, or “would’t it be great to try….” – give it your best shot.  There will be bumps, there will be bruises and setbacks but if it matters to you, nothing can stop you.

Have a wonderfully awesome day, and STAY PAWSITIVE!FEEL ALIVE! 20160503_234824000_iOS

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Day 7 – How are YOU doing?

Hello lovelies.  I enjoyed a nice, quiet 4 day weekend!  I did some writing/planning and some work on my courses that I’m enrolled in.  It was sooooo nice to relax and just let creativity come along naturally.  How are you all doing?

You know, one thing I have learned and it is SOOO common sense to a lot of people  You have to take risks and stick your neck out to make things happen.  The world wants status quo I think, because it’s so much easier to remain the same than to make positive changes.  But one step at a time, we can ALL do it.

I didn’t do perfectly with my new nutrition plan today, but guess what?  Even though I wish I had done it 100% correctly, I did soooo much better than any other day in the longest time.  Baby steps, as Terry would tell me.

It really is true – a positive mindset with indeed lead to a positive life.  I’m absolutely NOT where I want to be physically and mentally, but – I am absolutely much further ahead than if I didn’t try at all.  It is completely amazing to take positive steps, and to feel satisfaction coming from that.  People around you feed off of that too.

Well- this isn’t my most enlightening post ever, but I guess my main message is this:

  1. You will never ever succeed in making your dreams come true if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and TRY something new, something that is super scary.
  2. Positive attitude really, really does lead to a positive life.
  3. Enjoy the teenie, tiny baby step successes.  After all – you’re further along than you were before.

Have a fantastic Tuesday everyone.  Let me know how you’re doing.   This is our season of transformation, whatever that means for you.


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Wishing Everyone a Fantastic New Week!

A quick note before putting the bow on this past week.  Thank you all for being here, and thank you for being supportive of my dreams and goals.  It’s so amazing to have you on my journey with me.  Things are really falling into place I think, and hopefully more progress this week to get my brand “Sports Vixen” up and running. 🙂

Along with the new project, I have something else that puts a smile on my face as this new week begins.  Coming out of retirement in terms of political campaigns too – big, big step for me because I thought my “to do” lists and spreadsheets were put away for good. But this is something I believe in, and it’s too important to sit on the sidelines.  When I’m able to, I will share more.

Looking forward to seeing my Hornets tomorrow night.  I’ve missed so many games my seat mates have probably forgotten what I look like.  I just told them “hey, I’m resting up for the PLAYOFF PUSH!”

I read an awesome book this weekend that I highly recommend: “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good” by Cory Booker.  Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, this book is inspiring.  I will leave you with the quote on the back cover:

What we need now, more than anything else, are people willing to serve as uniters – people in our communities who can rally others for the greater good, reject cynicism and winner-take-all politics, and embrace the more difficult work of this generation to unite our country in common cause.

Stay pawsitive, and embrace this new week ahead.  Warmer temperatures and spring are on the way.

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Where do you find INSPIRATION? Part 2

Hello friends!  So, I’ve been away for a couple of days, but I haven’t been idle, just waiting for inspiration to find me.  Nope, I’ve been LOOKING for it.  I’m happy to report that I have indeed found some. I have been doing some soul searching to figure  out what I should look for, and that isn’t always a fun exercise.  I mean, admitting that you want MORE, you want to be BETTER, you want to GROW along your personal development journey – that’s some scary stuff!  Well, I don’t think those of us who seek out personal growth are really looking for the easy button.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

1) I went back and re-read the chapters in “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes that were my AHA moments the first time I read it.

2) I did some research on the art of writing itself.  And I found this book called “Everybody Writes” by Ann Handley – let me tell you, she makes reading about writing FUN!!!  (Fan girl moment – I tagged her on my Instagram post and she commented back).

3) I went back to another neighborhood gym that recently reopened.  I love my regular gym family, but I realized that I needed a place where no one knows me, where I can just be ME.  No one knows what I used to lift, how I used to train- I will just be someone who comes in and works hard.  My other gym family is super supportive and encouraging, but I felt like I needed to hit the “reset” button.  I’m not leaving there, I’m just changing scenery.  And guess what? I’m SUPER excited about it.  Yep, I said that.

4) I talked to some creative friends and learned that they too get scared.  I always figured that successful people have it all figured out – but they have their challenges too.  Then I talked to some folks who are swimming upstream just like me, yet they’re making the best of it.  Hmmm, ok, I see… Just keep swimming!

5) Finally settled on a cute little planner system that I can really have some FUN with (yes, planning can be fun!).  I have cute stickers, and a method to track my writing ideas, my fitness journey, and my schedule all in one place – and did I mention it’s FUN?  If you read my previous post on my Pinterest nightmare, you know that this is a huge accomplishment 🙂

6) Found a quote from one of my favorite ladies in history, Eleanor Roosevelt:

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Bottom line – we all have to regroup and reset from time to time.  That part is completely normal.  The place I got stuck for far too long was just waiting for something to happen instead of actively taking part in making things happen. Everyone’s inspiration will be different, but what I’m really trying to say is don’t let yourself get so freakin depressed about it like I did.

Everything you need – EVERYTHING – is right there, right there inside of you.  All you have to do is do the work, the sometimes uncomfortable and scary work, of digging down deep and bringing that fire back to life.

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

Charles F. Kettering



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Where do you find INSPIRATION? Part 1

Hi!  First let me say that I am making myself (and YOU) a promise to be much more present here in this space.  I go far too long between posts, honestly because I’m afraid to bore you. I do write, constantly, in my journal, where no one but me can see. But what the heck!  We are all going through this whirlwind of life together so why not talk about it together? 🙂  My creative friends are reminding me to just write, write, write.  All the time.  It is my passion after all. Maybe if I write enough, you will find something useful at various times. And to be honest, it’s therapy for me.

Ok, straight talk for tonight. I have REALLY been struggling to find inspiration to do the things I know I need to do, that I want to do… I keep looking, waiting for it to come, waiting for something to inspire me.  To write, to work out, to BE HAPPY!  I seriously have been looking, I promise.  I’ve been waiting for the magic to happen… And yet I’ve still been sad. It has to be out there, right???  Stay with me.

However, my dear friend Creative Galina (@creativegalina on social media) had a Periscope video a couple of days ago that I could swear was basically just directed at me.  I even re-watched it and took notes.  WOW, perfect timing, because I had been feeling so incredibly hopeless, doing all this searching and hoping to find something to light that fire within, to get me excited about things again.  Reading all the books, making all the lists, getting discouraged because accomplishing things is HARD when you aren’t driven by that inner fire.

She asked the question of how and where do you find inspiration?  She made such a good point, that if you don’t see it/feel it around you, go look for it, FIND IT.  Find that support and encouragement you need to pursue those things that scare you, challenge you.  It might not be right there in your current circle. You might find someone on social media (like I did!) who inspires you to dig deep and find that spark, do that thing that you’ve been thinking about forever.  It could just be some encouraging words from someone you’ve never actually met that helps you change your life!  Surround yourself with people who want MORE too.  “You only need yourself and your desire to make a better change.  YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE.  Life is magic – you are unstoppable.  Nothing should stop you from being something more.”

Guess what?  Nobody is going to change your life but YOU.  Nobody is going to open that door for you, nobody is going to hand you the golden ticket and make all your dreams come true for you.  Of course we all KNOW this to be true, but I can’t be the only one who loses sight of that sometimes.  Doesn’t it become tough to bear that burden all the time, and you look for that easy button?  “Believe you’re worthy of something more in life.  If you have those goals and  you’re really ready to face them, it’s your time to do it.  It’s now or never. It’s your time to do it.”

I did a Google search on quotes about inspiration, and I will leave you with this one for tonight:

If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.

Ben Nicholas


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