Tough Love Time – Give up on giving up

Tough love time:
If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP.
The start is the hardest part, so if you are constantly stopping and needing to start over, of course you will feel defeated and burnt out.
Do yourself a favor and stop giving up – keep going through the challenges. You can do that because you can do hard things!
Give up on giving up and stop starting over 💕

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Motivation Monday – Courage

There is COURAGE in the simple truth that you are 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!

Just like the champion Red Sox did! 😉

(Oh, and go Patriots! 💕🏈)

 

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Reflection

Ahhh, reflection…

My 35th year had some tough moments. But it also contained moments that served as reminders that I am strong, I am capable, and I am worthy.

It showed me I can rise above, with grace, and find safe, healthy, beneficial habits to incorporate into my lifestyle.

•It showed me it’s okay to CRY, it’s okay to FEEL, it’s okay to ask for HELP, and it’s okay to HEAL•

It showed me that I’m okay, and it inspired me to continue to grow into an even better me, and what better of a fresh slate than another trip around the sun? 💕

(post run GLOW)

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 😉

Move It Monday – Never Miss a Monday!

I finally got home at 12:45 am… do YOU think I’m getting a workout in today?

If you know me, you know I simply don’t embrace EXCUSES, I embrace SOLUTIONS. And if you have been paying attention, you also probably know that I don’t skip many days, but I DEFINITELY don’t skip Mondays… something about starting the week off with EXCUSES instead of ENDORPHINS doesn’t vibe with me, you know? 😉

So an EXCUSE might be “I’m tired, one skip day won’t hurt” but a SOLUTION would be “sleep in a bit, and just workout a little later than usual!”

One of these gets me to my goals and makes my wellness a priority, and one of them doesn’t – I know which one I’m WORTHY of, so I think I know which one I’ll choose!

(For those wondering: the motivation to actually do it is at 0, but sometimes you gotta rise above that and do it anyways!)

Saturday Sweat – Rise Above

Tired due to two sleepless nights.
Sore due to a heavy leg day yesterday.
And even kinda uninspired since my Saturday workout buddy is currently outta commission nursing a booboo.

Still did it. Still not sorry.

If you let it, life and it’s challenges will become one giant excuse not to do the important things.

The power lies within YOU to do it anyways!

Who’s sweating today? MMA Kick Butt had me drenched!

Thursday Thoughts – Fuel or Frustration?

The best way to come back from a day full of everyone else’s negativity? Crush your workout with weights almost 1/5 your body weight…

I’m just saying, you can let it fuel you or let it frustrate you – yesterday it frustrated me, but today it fueled me!

Yesterday included someone who doesn’t think deaf people should be able to drive (or is at the very least BAFFLED by how we CAN drive), an idiot who thinks my sports bras are too revealing (at least that’s what I got from their absolutely illiterate comment), a nutter who went on a VERY LONG tirade against an interest of mine on an old pic, and someone who thinks I am wasting my money on having soft hearing molds instead of the firm ones, because that concept called “personal preferences” is apparently outdated?

I am human, yesterday was a lot of fuckery condensed into a short amount of time.

And battling the negativity yesterday frustrated and drained me…

Today, it fuels me!

Thursday Thoughts – Play Your Hand

I didn’t choose to be a Diabetic, but I am.

I didn’t choose to lose most of my hearing, but I did.

I could sit here and rattle off a whole laundry list of “I didn’t choose…” statements.

Some things in life just happen for no rhyme or reason. You take the hand you are dealt, and you play it to the BEST of your ability.

That’s truly winning the game. Getting the best cards isn’t winning the game, because it never challenges you to grow, to rise above, to turn your obstacles into your opportunities.

Trust me when I tell you, it feels GOOD to earn it, to work for it, to rise above and make it happen.

What will YOU rise above?