Transformation Tuesday – Be the duck!

A slightly different transformation Tuesday…

This comment found its way into my inbox: “we get it, you wear yoga pants and copy n paste motivational quotes” and if I can be 100% transparent, a year or two ago this message would have CRUSHED me; I would have gone on the defensive, I would have considered the opinion of this ONE person so important that I might have actually quit; packed up shop, and stopped posting any health or wellness stuff. I would have been hurt, humiliated, and sent into the depths of self-sabotage.

Now? In all honesty, while it’s NEVER fun to get such messages, I didn’t even grace it with a response. I let my posts speak for themselves… OBVIOUSLY, I’m fully in the game and not just wearing the fitness stuff, or copy pasting the quotes, so I’m gonna save my energy for those worthy of it, not some hateful troll with too much time on their hands.

Growth is radical! Be the duck, let the words and actions that don’t LIFT you UP, ROLL off your back.

Transformation Tuesday – Growth

Today’s transformation doesn’t include a picture, because how do you capture a picture of a shy, timid, slinking back, never-really-engaging girl who barely made a peep, versus the girl who’s engaged, who asks questions, who offers answers, input, value… how do you capture the HUGE surge of confidence, the enlightening empowerment, the self love to realize you are WORTHY of your dreams; you are CAPABLE of accomplishments?

How do you capture someone no longer being afraid to speak up, someone finding their voice?

How do you capture the feeling associated with realizing your passion, your potential, your PURPOSE?

You can’t. You can’t capture that in a side by side picture. I can only show you how happy and vibrant I FEEL now.

The real transformation is how I FEEL. I feel CONFIDENT. I know my PURPOSE. I know what EXCITES me. I feel strong, I feel my comfort zone is no longer even visible, I feel empowered and excited for what’s to come. I feel hopeful, helpful, and respected.

I didn’t always feel that way. That’s why this transformation, one of the few that CAN’T be captured via photographic evidence, is one of the most meaningful – I have the confidence to go after my dreams now instead of just sitting back, watching everyone else go after theirs.

I was scared, nervous and unsure… but I showed up.

Growth is awesome!

 

Mindset Monday

Having been working extensively on my negative mindset for almost a year now, it’s interesting to reflect.

On the one hand, I have come pretty far, and it has paid off greatly in so many different areas of life – I am now a firm believer that mindset really is the biggest piece of any puzzle. I see how much easier life is with a positive outlook and a firm belief in my ability to get through whatever life throws at me.

On the other hand, becoming so aware of mindset heightens my awareness of how negative other people (and this world in general) can sometimes be, and it can be quite a battle not to fall down that rabbit hole.

I am still a work in progress, which is why this is such a battle – as hard as I work, it is sometimes so easy to fall back into old habits!

It is worth the battle though, because truly, shifting my way to a more positive mindset is one of the greatest projects I have ever taken on!

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!

Thursday Thoughts – There is Always More to Learn

I applaud the people who study their craft. Who practice, relentlessly, to get better at it. The people who accept they may be GOOD at it but can always be BETTER. The people who LISTEN to valuable advice given to them, and step back, and can ACKNOWLEDGE when they need to do some work.

The people who are done growing, done learning… I can only shake my head. I can’t imagine being someone so arrogant that I couldn’t look beyond where I am to where I could go. I’m so grateful I’m not.
Stay open minded. Stay grounded. Stay hungry for learning. There is truly ALWAYS more to learn, always.

Motivation Monday – Famous Hard Of Hearing People

Helen Keller. Thomas Edison. Ludwig van Beethoven. Lou Ferrigno. Juliette Low.
All of these names are well known, because each of these people did AMAZING things. The most amazing of all might be that they all OVERCAME hearing impairments in pursuit of their goals and accomplishments!
I will confess, at a younger age, I thought my own personal hearing loss was a dead end for many things. I didn’t know technology was going to make so many things so much easier, and I didn’t realize that one could still be successful despite the loss of a major sense. The age I lost my hearing is a critical time for self development, and I will confess my sudden hearing loss left me mentally and emotionally crippled for some time.
But that was way back then… this is now!
Someday, I see my OWN name associated with success despite hearing loss. I KNOW I can do anything I want. I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I know I will face OBSTACLES, but those are simply my OPPORTUNITIES – to rise, to shine, to overcome… to find a workaround!
I know my hearing loss can’t stop me. If anything, I vow to let it propel me.
Obstacles into opportunities!

Mindset Monday – Find Humor In All Situations

Can anyone else relate? I sometimes laugh at THE MOST inappropriate times. Not to be disrespectful, or to make light of anything… it’s just a defense mechanism I have.  It’s a laugh-or-cry thing. I’m not a huge fan of it (and it has gotten me some dirty looks, too!), but on the flip side, being able to find humor in all situations is actually a blessing in disguise, to a sense.

Allow yourself to experience humor even in the darkest or most challenging situations. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it. Find the humor, be able to laugh it off and recognize that this too shall pass!

Say you’re laid off — imagine the most absurd way you could spend your last day at the office, or the most ridiculous job you could pursue next—like Penguinologist or Director of Sandbags.

Do you laugh at the “wrong” times too?

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Transformation Tuesday – Personal Growth

For too many years, I felt small. Invisible. Insignificant. Isolated. I can pin a decent chunk on my lack of functional ears, but not all of it….

I know what you are thinking… you?! You see my outgoing personality and you see the results of the personal growth I have experienced in the past couple of years, and the first sentence doesn’t quite compute. Kara? Was shy?!
But that’s how it was. The outgoing personality was always there (and for a select handful of friends and family members, was always out and on display), but it was stifled; it was muted. I never felt comfortable putting all my many quirks and flaws out on front street for ALL to see – this was reserved for those who were tried and true friends – ones who have seen me at my best, and my worst, and still don’t judge me.
But something happened when I started really focusing on my health and fitness journey, and in building my business. I still don’t know what, or how (my money is on all the team building and personal development!), but suddenly I didn’t feel shy about sharing just how quirky I am. I didn’t feel like I had to put out a muted, beige version of myself. I no longer felt like I had to conform to fit in, but I finally felt like I could carve my own niche out, and those who resonated with my vibe could join me; those who don’t could pass me by and I wouldn’t be any worse off for it.
It’s kind of a surreal feeling to finally feel comfortable and confident in your own skin; to feel like you can be yourself, 100%, and its OKAY if not everyone vibes with you. I wish it hadn’t taken me til my 30’s to realize it, but better late than never, huh?
Some transformations are physical, and those are amazing. Some are mental, and those are enlightening. Some are emotional, and those are powerful. And some transformations are all of the above – and those are EMPOWERING.
I could play the guessing game and think “Hmmm, would I be this far had I not become a Beachbody coach, thus holding myself accountable?”, but that won’t get me anywhere. All I do know is that the Beachbody Coaching opportunity has been great for me… physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.
I look forward to growing even more!
keep-going-keep-growing

Truthbomb Tuesday – Personal Growth

I mean….

I think back to some situations that have occurred lately, and how I have handled them. And then I take a second to think about how I would have handled the same situations a year ago.
The reactions are MEASURABLY different. Not me tooting my own horn, just the truth.
My coping mechanism now, versus a year ago, are TOTALLY different.
True, things still hurt (because I am after all, still a human), but man, I have grown, and it is evident. And it’s a beautiful thing!
personal growth - a beautiful thing
Personal growth is a helluva drug! 🙂