Flex Friday – January 2019

Yep, I’m looking at my muscles and smiling proudly!

Some might find that conceited, but I’ve come to learn those simply aren’t my people. My people are the ones who understand and applaud why I’m so proud… I work HARD for my muscles. I work HARD to be strong, to be better than I was yesterday; to be the BEST ME I CAN BE.

I work hard to turn my OBSTACLES into my OPPORTUNITIES.

I WORK for them. So, I LOVE them. They are tangible reminders of how VERY FAR I have come.

Say peace out to anyone who judges you for being proud of your hard work! 💪🏼

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Saturday Sweat – The Body ACHIEVES what the mind BELIEVES

“The obstacle is the way. You gotta go through it.”

My trainer said this during my workout today, and she couldn’t be more spot on! Oftentimes we come to obstacles and our thoughts go to “how can I get around this? Over this? Under this?”

You know how in an obstacle course, if you go around them you get disqualified? Same premise!

You gotta go through it. That’s just the only way. And I’ve had to level up and go through tons of obstacles myself, and you know what? That’s a big reason why I’m now so confident and secure in my abilities!

There is definitely something to be said for the feeling of coming to and obstacle, working through it, and coming out the other side.

Get your MIND right and there’s no obstacle that stands a chance 😉

Mindset Monday – Your Biggest Obstacle

• MINDSET MONDAY •

Look, I’m living freakin’ proof that your mindset is not only your BIGGEST obstacle, but it’s also the most POWERFUL puzzle piece.

I used to focus on negatives, zero in on imperfections, give way too much weight to flaws, treat everyone like my personal therapist, and just straight up did not believe in myself. So everything was mediocre.

Because I mean, of course – you CAN’T and you WON’T be able to SHINE until you get your mind right. There is no way around it; your mindset and your belief in yourself are the powerful one-two punch you NEED to be unstoppable.

So, clear the mental chatter and just believe in your abilities, right here, right now. YES, YOU CAN DO JUST THAT. It’s hard, yes (and worth it!), but impossible? NOPE.

Need help? We’re better together, dont’cha know? 😉

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? 💕

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.