Saturday Strong – Nevertheless She Persisted

Everyone has hardships.
Everyone has obstacles.
Everyone has bad days.

That’s part of life… those not-so-good things {{hopefully}} make you appreciate the good things even more.

Those things only define you if you •let• them.

I’m no different. I’ve faced hard stuff. I’ve scaled obstacles. And I sure as shit have had bad days.

I do not let them define me.

No way am I letting a little not-so-good override lots of good.

‘Nevertheless, she persisted.’

Is that you? 💕

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Make It Work Monday – Fur Mom Edition!

Like anyone else, I gotta make it work! 😆

Spent the rest of THIS set snuggling my babe, and then made it up the next set… obstacles only stop you if you let them!

(You can’t see it but she first puts her paw on my back and presses down haha, making my job considerably harder!)

Make An Impact Monday – Hearing Loss

I don’t like to think I can’t do something. Telling me I can’t is basically just ensuring I do, I will…

But… the same way I couldn’t be in the military, I wouldn’t be very successful at being a telemarketer, bartender, customer service rep, waitress…. You know, jobs made INCREDIBLY difficult by a profound hearing loss.

For years I wondered how I was going to supplement my income to get myself out of debt and my student loans paid. With such limited options, I never felt like anything was really a good fit, and the only one that was – retail – would mean working all weekend like I did in my teens and 20’s.

And I considered it, but I weighed it out – was it worth it to sacrifice weekends and having free time for my family and friends? It might be better financially, but spiritually and emotionally, was it worth it? My heart told me no.

So I kept looking.

I truly felt trapped, with minimal options, all because my ears don’t work so well. That was a hard pill to swallow sometimes.

I kinda fell on this opportunity by accident. It was never supposed to be a way to supplement my income, until it was. I went into it wanting a discount. But something shifted and I asked myself “was this the opportunity for someone with seemingly limited options like myself?”

This opportunity has touched and enriched my life in so many ways, from keeping me accountable to unearthing my self esteem and my confidence, empowering me, and helping to supplement income, so I could get out of debt.

I have long said that I totally understand how people who haven’t lost a major sense can’t fully relate to the additional layer of struggles and frustrations someone who HAS suffered such a loss faces. So I understand that some people may balk when I say there aren’t as many opportunities, or that this is the best one for me. It is. And I want to show more people that it could be the opportunity for them too.

Helping people has helped ME.

It’s incredibly powerful to go from feeling trapped, like I CAN’T do something, to feeling like I CAN, to finding a way to make it work, and taking control of my future, instead of letting my ears hold me back. I am grateful for my steel-will, modern technology, patient friends, family and teammates, and the ABILITY to FIND a way.

Obstacles are your opportunity 😉

Mindset Monday – Worthwhile

Real talk here, cause even though it’s not Tuesday, truthbombs don’t discriminate. If you are looking for something meaningful that won’t come with obstacles or frustrations, you are gonna be looking for a loooooong time.

The worthwhile stuff lies on the other side of the obstacles – the obstacles are simply life’s way of weeding out the people who don’t really want x y and z (and that ain’t you, right?!)

Get your mind right – remind yourself you can do hard things, and then go fucking do them!

Motivation Monday – Courage in Pushing Through

And you are, right? We all have obstacles. We all have to make tough decisions, tap into our inner strength and determination, and fail our way through challenges, setbacks, obstacles and fears.

But every step you take in the forward direction puts you one step closer.

Every challenge you rise to, every obstacle you scale, every bout of fear you claw through… you are closer.

And so all you need to do is keep doing JUST THAT. Keep going, one step at a time, and you will get there.

Have the courage to KEEP GOING.

 

 

Truthbomb Tuesday – True Beauty is Internal

The most beautiful people are the ones who have KNOWN defeat, KNOWN struggle, KNOWN suffering, or loss… and have found their way out.

They have empathy, appreciation, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, humility, and a deep, loving concern.
Beautiful people don’t just HAPPEN. And beauty isn’t shown from the outside.
True beauty is internal.

Fierce Friday – My Vision

I don’t like to talk about money. It’s such a touchy subject, and most people have so many emotions around it. So I usually avoid it.

But here is the thing – I share my fitness journey. I share my attempt at balancing eating clean the majority of the time instead of subsisting off of pizza, nachos, and chicken wings (the real struggle in all of this!). And I share how EFT/Tapping and working on my mindset has greatly helped me. I share those pillars easily and often.
But there is something missing. There is a 4th pillar holding this up. I don’t often enough share what this opportunity has done for me financially. I don’t share much how it has helped me see there is light at the end of the debt tunnel. I don’t share often that I was able to eliminate my credit card debt with my supplemental Beachbody income.
I talk a lot about how awesome this business is, and how its helped me grow, and thrive, and come out of my shell, and a million other things… but I always shy away from the financial aspect because I mean who wants to come across as braggadocious? It’s less about padding my bank account and more about giving myself the gift of NOT having debt, NOT having to worry what I will do if a huge, unexpected expense comes up.
Most importantly? It’s about being able to spend more time with my little ones when the day finally comes that I become a mother. To be able to comfortably stay home during those milestone moments.
My long term vision will be achieved by all my short and long term work, but I know this: it WILL happen. I am working diligently on making sure of it!
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Thursday Thoughts – You Get Out Of Life What You Put Into It

I think that if I wasn’t hard of hearing I wouldn’t be where I am now. It takes time to overcome a handicap. There are ups and downs and you can never be a quitter. I believe the maxim that you only get out of life what you put into it. – Lou Ferrigno

Well I for one LOVE this quote. And I agree with it. I’m sure my life would also be awesome if I didn’t lose my hearing, but I wonder would I have become such a determined soul? Would I be as tenacious? Would I be as empathetic? There are a million questions that I will never know the answer to, because I DID lose the majority of my hearing.
And I am okay with that. Have been for a long time. Yes, sometimes I gripe because something that’s so easy for others has about 10 additional layers for me, and I am still human, after all… but at the end of the day, I am always telling people to play the hand they were dealt to the best of their abilities, and I practice what I preach!
I am, after all, extremely blessed, and no hearing loss can take away from that. I accept the ups and downs of life and do my best to navigate them. After all, what else could I do?
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