I can honestly say that I have never been so motivated in my life! In the past I've been motivated for a few hours or even a few days and then the excitement fades. This time I've been energized and focused for months.
I think that my sustained motivation can be attributed a combination of things.
1. I am finally focusing on myself.
2. Immersing myself in motivational quotes.
3. Spending my time listening to podcasts instead of music sometimes. (I think that balance here is key!)
I wasn't really big on social media until I started this site. I was proud of what I was doing and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. So many of you have let me know how sharing my journey has helped you on your own journeys. The more positive feedback I got the more I wanted to share! Since I've been on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, I've found a lot of inspiring quotes. (I also love BrainyQuote!)
One technique that I've been employing over the past several months is choosing a quote to use as my lock screen wallpaper. This serves as a constant reminder every time I look at my phone. The first quote I chose was this one:
That was the day before I started this site. Here's a shot of the one I am using right now.
I have learned never to underestimate the power of words!
One thing I have thought a lot about recently is the fact that I often feel like I can't really be myself. Now, in certain situations like with family and close friends being myself isn't a problem (for the most part). However, when I am around other people I sometimes feel like I hold myself back.
Like I said, I've been thinking about this a lot. I remember being young, like in elementary school. I remember how cruel some of those kids were. There were a couple of instances that I can still remember like they happened yesterday.
1. My dad came on a field trip with us in 3rd grade. Afterward my "friends" refused to talk to me. They called me a liar. I just couldn't understand why. I am a product of an interracial couple. I inherited my mom's complexion so you wouldn't know that unless I told you or you saw both of my parents. I guess I made the mistake of not telling my friends.
2. When I moved from New York down south in the 4the grade I encountered a situation where I was told that I "talk funny". Mind you I've never had a New York accent. Again I was clueless. As a 9 year old it hadn't dawned on me that some of these kids had never been out of the south. So even though I didn't have a New York accent, I didn't speak like they did and so I sounded funny to them.
In retrospect I can see how these events (and I'm sure there were others that I just don't remember as clearly) have helped me to kind of guard myself from others. I have recently gained more confidence in myself. I think it has been a result of embarking on this journey to find out who I really am. Now that I've learned some of the things that I've learned about myself I know that by holding myself back for all of these years I have not only been hurting myself but everyone around me. I don't want to sound cocky or conceited but I do have a lot to offer. I gain a lot from the books, blogs and podcasts that others put out. I have learned that others can and have gained things by reading what I have shared.
First let me start by apologizing.
If you can't tell... I finally made it to the top! Some might say that the third time was the charm, but I know better.
The only reason I made it to the top was because of the lessons I learned from my first two attempts and the lessons I learned from watching other more successful and experienced climbers.
Here are some of the life lessons that I took away from the experience:
1. Never give up on yourself!
2. Be flexible
3. Almost should never be enough
4. Don't waste your time
5. Keep moving forward (or in this case upward)
In life there are no "do overs". However we are faced with opportunities everyday. It's up to us and only is to seize those opportunities. If we fail it is okay. As long as we learn something from it and we apply what we learn to our next attempt.
Oh by the way, achieving my goal to reach the top of the wall was and still is an amazing feeling! It has given me the confidence and motivation to start working on my next goal!
I am so very tired of trying to figure out who to be and how to behave.
So my oldest daughter and I decided to try the climbing wall at the Y. It was one of the most freeing experiences of my life!
My 8 year old was so scared but she didn't give up. I was so proud. She really motivated me to continue climbing even when I thought I couldn't climb anymore. She was so encouraging she even offered to give me a big hug when I got back on the ground!
Rockclimbing isn't definitely something we are going to do on a regular basis! It made us stronger mentally and physically. It also strengthened our bond. By the way she did give me a huge hug when I got to the ground!
So, now that I've gotten to this point, I'm asking myself "what now?"
I think now I'm at the point where I am ready to start trying things. While I was watching a Law & Order SVU marathon I had this crazy epiphany. I thought, "I want to create something!" Did I know what I wanted to create? Nope no idea.
So I went to Michael's (the craft store). I must have walked around that store for two hours. So many things peaked my interest. I ultimately walked out with a latch hook kit. My grandmother had taught me how to do it when I was a girl so I guess was thinking of her and feeling a bit nostalgic. I finished the project and gave it to my youngest daughter. She loved it! I felt great! I was proud of what I had done and I was overjoyed that my daughter liked what I had made for her.
Even though I enjoyed the outcome of the latchhook project, it isn't really something I want to take on as a hobby. So I guess I'm going back to Michael's to try again!
Happy Saturday everyone!!
So anyone who knows me knows that I don't cook. I don't really like to cook and honestly I'm no good at it! My whole family prefers when my husband cooks.
Recently something changed. I have been trying to put my finger on it, but it seemed like we just started eating fast food a lot. Since I am trying to lose weight... I decided to start cooking.
Initially my family wasn't really happy about it. However over time I have gotten better at it. My kids no longer become disappointed when they realize that I made the dinner that we are about to eat.
The picture above is a picture of a burger that I made the other night. I was so proud! It was delicious! So good in fact that my 8 year old daughter asked for a second one! I didn't use a recipes or anything, this one was all me!
I've learned that I can cook! Not only can I do it effectively but I have even began to enjoy it! It just goes to show you that you never know unless you try!
I'm so glad to be back. I'm energized and ready for 2015!
As we begin this new year, I can't help but think about the past. I have learned a lot over the past several months. For me one of the most important lessons has been how motivating progress can be.
As you all know, I decided to change my diet last month. I also started exercising on a regular basis. And although it hasn't been easy or fast I have seen some measurable progress. I have lost about 10 pounds and 2 1/2 inches around my waist.
Unfortunately, I don't have any before pictures because I honestly didn't know whether I was going to be successful or not. I hoped but I had no evidence. Now that I see what I am doing is working, I will try to add some photos to the site so you too can see the progress that I have made. After all, my weightloss is a part of my journey!
I'm so motivated to eat well and workout everyday because I have seen that it works. It's funny how that works. I was motivated by what I thought could do and now that I've done it, I am motivated by what I have done and what I know I can do!