Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A little reminder

Hello everyone! Just thought I'd drop in and let you know that I'm still alive :)

 I have been swamped lately to say the least. A few major life changes happened (I will share the exciting new soon!) that has taken up a huge chunk of my time but I am still here! 

I wanted to re-share with you some truths I wrote in a blog awhile back. After the holidays I think a lot of people set goals for themselves at the start of the new year. And by now, some people may be struggling with staying on track or feel frustrated because they have fallen off course. Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote a while back that I think might help you with your perspective. As always, if you feel the need for individual help please contact me. You are not alone. Ever! I am always here for guidance and support! I hope this will serve as a healthy reminder for you that it's about progress, not perfection...

There is no time for excuses, only improvements. Own these 5 truths and become unstoppable:

Truth 1: No one is going to do this for you
  • Sorry, but there is no "app" for this. There is no "easy button." You could hire a personal trainer, a running coach, or a personal chef but it doesn't matter. You're either going to do it or you're not. Here's a little hidden truth about motivation: the sweetest successes are from personal perseverance. 
Truth 2: You are where you're at
  • You are not the same person you were 5 years ago. Don't dwell on how you got to where you're at. I don't care where you're coming from or how many times you've failed in the past: IT DOESN'T MATTER. You are where you're at. Pick yourself up. If you want this, you will do it. You will make time. You will plan, struggle, fight and do.
Truth 3: Don't aim for perfection, aim for improvement
  • How many people do you know that are so-called 'perfect'? Small improvements build confidence in yourself. Utilize that confidence to fuel you. Progress is the sum of small efforts day in and day out and progress is a sure way to success. 
Truth 4: You cannot change the cards you are dealt, only how you play the hand
  • You cannot change the fact that your neighbor eats dessert every night but doesn't gain a pound. You cannot change your genetics. There is absolutely no point in pointing out what others can and can't do. How is that going to get you to your goals? It's not. Focus on you and how to be the best that you can be.
Truth 5: No one has ever said this wasn't worth it
  • No one completes a marathon and says, "wow that was a waste." No one defeats the demon of emotional eating and says, "man I miss that guy."No one wants to go back to the start. This doesn't mean that they don't have set backs, it just means that they have the desire to keep going after they struggle.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mindset & Attitude

I posted this picture yesterday on Facebook but felt like it was worth blogging about because I think this statement has so much truth. 

You have the power to choose how you feel. For the longest time, I let other people control how I felt. I focused on how they spoke to me or treated me and it really bothered me. Why are they snapping at me? What did I do?  I always approached the matter like "treat others how you want to be treated" because to me that was common sense and I assumed that people did the same. Wrong. People will treat you how they feel like treating you and it's not your fault. Ever. Only recently have I focused on the truth of the matter - how they treat me is a reflection on them not on me. And Secondly, I have no power to change someone else so why waste the energy? The only power I have is to change my own attitude, which brings me to my next point...

You can focus on the bad or you can focus on the good. It's a choice. I can dwell on how something went wrong that day for hours on end but unless I take a lesson from it, it does me absolutely no good. The trick is to control how long you let the problem digest in your system. Take what you can from it, and then let it go. Not just pretend to let it go, but really let it go. Tomorrow is a new day which brings new opportunities for things to go right.

Taking control of your attitude and your mindset can be a really difficult thing to do but I believe it's so worth it! I have not mastered it by any means but I am always trying to move in that direction. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your attitude and mindset in the right spot? Please share! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Life Balance

So, I took a career assessment test today for fun. I never know how accurate those tests are really but I find them fun and I lose 5 min of my day, so what?! ;) Sometimes the results are way out there but occasionally I have found that if I answer the questions honestly, some of the results do make sense to me.

Like this one from today for example: 

You are a listener.
Your strong work ethic, devotion and perception are valuable traits. And your commonsense perspective and down-to-earth approach to problems will be greatly appreciated in a variety of fields.
"Choose a career that allows you to use your accuracy and service-minded nature to get daily results"

I can easily see how this applies to my personality. Now where is the test to find out exactly what I should be doing with my life...hmm

I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of life balance. I know that I used to have that (although in the moment I did always feel like I did) and how I somehow lost it. It was like one day I woke up in a size bigger pants, sluggish, not consistently working out and wondering, "what the heck happened?" I think a lot of it was going through a major change in my life. I got my first real full time job in a field that I was not prepared for in any way. I was stressed out. I was tired a lot. I chose convenience over health. I was working 45-50 hours per week (which I still do some days) and let's just be honest, sometimes it's hard work to achieve that balance.

There is no real excuse to not take care of myself and sometimes its hard to face your own faults but I think it's best to just own up to it and feel happy knowing that I am not stuck. I am not helpless. I am relentlessly taking control back. I am moving forward and not looking back.

You have to decide what matters to you most in life and non-apologetically go for it. Life is way too short to not be living how you want to live your life. I am starting to write out my plans moving forward and I am excited to feel motivated again! Be prepared to see a lot more accountability posts. and a lot of rants/tangents :)

How do you get yourself back on track?

Do you have trouble balancing life/work/school/family/boyfriend?

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