Wednesday Wisdom – Be The Brightness

There is no ignoring that the world contains a lot of negativity – I ain’t about pretending the world is sunshine and roses, sorry. It has a dark side.

But it has a bright side! It has bright lights, souls set out to lift one another. Be the brightness. Let’s tip the scales back into the favor of positivity, love, empowerment and acceptance.

Be the brightness.

Thankful Thursday – My Awesome Husband

Nothing I do could be done without this guy. I know, I sound so co-dependent, but it’s not that… he is the fire that keeps me going when I doubt myself (happens), when I feel like giving up (happens), when I feel like I don’t matter or make a difference (happens), when I feel like I could possibly not give more of myself or do anything more (happens)… no matter what, this guy keeps me going.

He encourages me, and has from day one. I am sure when I told him I wanted to do this, he probably had his doubts like most other spouses, but I think he saw the light when he saw how passionate and excited I am to help people. When he saw things that meant so much to me that I couldn’t help but cry, I think he realized just how much this means to me.

He has never wavered in his support of or belief in me, and that is priceless. I am sure it is a struggle to see someone go through so much, and I am sure it can’t be easy to encourage someone to keep going when they feel drained and depleted; completely defeated.

But not this guy. He redirects me towards my goals. He points out how much people have said I help them. He pushes me to keep going, to be the best me I can be, to reach more people, help more people.

He knows I am doing this to give us a better life. To give our dog a better life. To give the kids we haven’t yet been blessed with a better life.

And the last two years, he has attended Summit with me. So he firsthand witnesses the sheer exhaustion. He witnesses how jazzed up I come back from workshops and workouts. He sees me light up when I attempt to share how it feels to workout at the crack of dawn with 25,000 like-minded people.

I have always struggled with self doubt and feeling like I matter; like I am visible, not invisible. And he reinforces on the daily that I matter, that I am making a difference, that I can do this, and that I am worthy of it all.

And bonus: he doesn’t point out that I LOOK as tired as I am, haha. Beyond grateful for this guy ❤

Success Tip Saturday – Set Deadlines

Full disclosure: I am not very good with this one – I think because so often, life goes off track, I feel like a failure if it isn’t accomplished, so in some ways, it’s less crushing if there isn’t a set deadline.

But… without a deadline, you really have nothing to aim for. It doesn’t become really tangible, you don’t really become INVESTED in it.

So, a good balance is to set a deadline, and take small action steps to get there. By deadline, you may not be there, but you will be closer than if you hadn’t set a deadline and taken action. Extend the deadline and keep going – an extended deadline is better than never even beginning!

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Sunrise and Sunset

No matter what the past holds.

No matter what the future holds.

Today is what matters. Every night, a sunset closes out the day’s events. And every morning, a sunrise offers you a new day.

Don’t mar today’s beauty with yesterday’s struggles.

I am super guilty of doing this. For instance, when I get hurt, I get REALLY hurt, and I tend to bring that hurt forward with me, effectively mucking up a beautiful new day. Bad habit. Working on fixing!

Wednesday Wisdom – Empower, Don’t Compete

I see this a lot, especially on social media, as everyone is promoting different things, and there are some who think the best way to get people to use THEIR stuff is to bash the OTHER stuff. I don’t subscribe to this line of thinking, personally.

I believe different needs can be filled by different things, and contrary to popular belief, there IS enough room for all of us.

So I ask of you – are you a girl, or a woman?

Tip Tuesday – Let It R.A.I.N.

I was chatting with a friend recently, and we were keepin’ it real (what, don’t judge – life is challenging sometimes, and being able to discuss things in a productive manner can be helpful!), and talking about feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Both of these feelings can happen to anyone, and are valid feelings.

What’s important, is not to let them rule you. Some people prefer to sweep these things under the rug (I’m not trying to judge you, but in my experience, they tend to creep their way out eventually…), whereas I have been trying to let myself feel, and let myself heal.

This handy acronym is neat – and a nice reminder that like rainstorms, whatever emotions are crippling you will pass.

Self Love Saturday – Most Powerful Words In The Universe

Do you speak kindly to yourself? Do you uplift, inspire, empower and encourage yourself with the words you use?

Some people — myself included — are so very quick to offer kind words to others, but when it comes to speaking to OURSELVES, we don’t get the same kind consideration.

Why is that? I have been working on this, and it is a battle, honestly. But I know I am worthy of kind words. I know the words I say to myself are the most powerful ones of all.

Are you using your words wisely?

SELF. LOVE. SATURDAY. Speak kindly to yourself!