Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

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Motivation; Do You Have It?

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Motivation

I am frequently asked how I stay motivated.

Motivation is a deeply personal thing. It’s important to realize that what motivates ME might not motivate YOU. Find something that makes you feel alive and excited.  In case nothing leaps out at you, here are a few things to consider!

  • Set goals for yourself. When you’ve achieved them, reward yourself with something like a massage, a manicure, a new workout outfit or clothing (something other than food).
  • Think about how great you feel after your workout is completed. That is motivation in itself and usually my very FAVORITE part of my workout! 😉
  • Think about how wonderful your body will look and feel if you stay consistent. Keep that image in your mind and put your efforts into achieving it.  If needed, post pics of inspiring bodies that you are looking to achieve so you can see every day for motivation.
  • Watch videos of your favorite competitors training or competing! (This is one of my favorites).
  • Create a motivational collage of quotes and images and keep it somewhere where you can see it regularly.  This is usually called a “dream board” and can be done on a simple white board (cutting and pasting the collage) or a cork board and just pin the pics and quotes into it.
  • Set your phone background as your favorite motivational quote and set little reminders for yourself so you don’t lose focus.
  • When you’re feeling discouraged think about how far you’ve COME instead of how far you have to GO!  Positive reinforcement!
  • If motivation begins to wane, make a checklist of all the things you’re thankful for, the things you’ve achieved so far and the things you hope to achieve through continued hard work. Focus on the positive!

Kick negative thoughts to the curb. You CAN do this. You have to believe in yourself. “Whether you can or you can’t, you’re right”.  A recent fave quote I read is; “Rule #1; You must take another step.  Rule #2; If you can’t take another step; refer to Rule #1.”

 

*TEASER:  I am going to launch a challenge of all challenges.  Details to come in a blog post this week!  Subscribe to get it sent to you!