Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Is fear stopping you?

Last week, I went to a networking "mixer" in Portland. I've been trying to get myself out there to meet other entrepreneurs because, as one myself, it's great to get contacts. So, I'm getting ready, doing my primp-y girly thing (you ladies know what I'm talking about) and I get an email notice on my phone (isn't technology awesome?). The email tells me that my "Facebook Friend" (and fellow blogger) Chelsea Avery (click here to check out her blog) and her husband,Ryan [click here to learn more about him]).For those of you who aren't familiar with who Ryan is- he became the YOUNGEST Champion of Public Speaking, at the age of 25! So, this guy (and Chelsea), are pretty awesome and inspirational!  Ok- now the "FEAR" creeps in....Chelsea and Ryan Avery? "I'm not going", I told Nic (my guy, partner-in-crime, foot-rubber, cheerleader, etc....you get the pic....I'm in love with this man!). He then asked me why. I then told him who Ryan and Chelsea were. I let FEAR set in, and that FEAR made the insecurity pop up like nobody's business. I didn't feel I would measure up to someone of Ryan and Chelsea's caliber. FEAR was telling me, "You're not good enough. Why do you keep bothering disappointing yourself by going to these networking mixers? You don't have the credentials behind you." Nic then asked me, "Do you remember all the times you took control over your FEAR? What happened?" He then asked me to make a list. Out loud. Sigh.

*I overcame two marriages/divorces and didn't let FEAR stop me from falling in love again with Nic- who ultimately is my BIGGEST cheerleader!
*I am overcoming my weight issues and back in April of 2011, did my first half-marathon. That includes getting on a bicycle and I have a 76 mile ride under my belt.
*I have 2 pretty darn well-adjusted children, who amaze me every day. FEAR had me thinking that my children would fall under the "stigma" of having divorced parents- maybe they would have issues with authority, or something like that (don't ask me why I thought that. Oh yeah- FEAR. Duh)
*While on a training walk for a half-marathon last year, I got hit by a car in which surgery was required. I just got back on my bike yesterday!

I didn't let FEAR stop me and I got to meet a pretty awesome couple, Ryan and Chelsea Avery, along with some other great guys and gals at the mixer. Here's me and Chelsea. Ryan was awesome and got this shot of us. :)

Questions for today:

1. How does FEAR stop you? Is it from being in public, or doing something you've dreamt about doing (but FEAR is in the way)?

2. Have you gotten to meet a hero, mentor, or a celebrity?

3. Just for fun- where is your favorite place to go, whether it be a restaurant, store, etc.?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keep on keepin' on!

I posted today in the Being Active tab about how I'm slowly getting back on track, and keeping up with the 50 Day Challenge that Chelsea Avery began on February 24th, 2014. Wow! It's been amazing keeping myself in check. How are YOU doing with the 50 Day Challenge? 

I love this picture because it makes me think, "YES! You can do it!" and thus my blog topic, "Keep on Keepin' on". Yes, we all get sidetracked from something we're trying to do. The important thing is, if you fall down, pick yourself up, and keep going! 

Here's to wishing you a great weekend!

Thoughts for today (and the weekend):

1. What inspires you to "Keep on Keepin' On?"

2. Is there a friend, spouse, family member, etc. that encourages you when you fall down to keep on going?

3. Any exciting plans for this weekend? 

Monday, March 3, 2014

You are beautiful!

I once heard the phrase, "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission". I believe that was from Eleanor Roosevelt- but, don't quote me on that. I know I tend to post more on the "Thinking Positive" page of my blog. 

Through all my challenges in life, the one thing that keeps me striving forward (besides my relationship with Christ), is thinking positive. I am a sensitive person and my feelings get hurt easily, as many can attest to. However- I start getting on my pity party (like I did this weekend) and pout.

I recently saw this quote:

"When you are struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it is just as hard as what you are going through."
-Dear John, Nicholas Sparks

WOW! Talk about my thoughts doing a 360 degree turn, in relation to my little pity party that I was having.

Remember- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! You may be going through health issues, or financial issues, or even family issues. Keep moving forward. Life is too short for the negative. Keep positive. One thing I remember is this: somebody may be going through something you're not aware of. Sometimes, it's the hardest thing to remember. When you're going through challenges yourself, it's easy to crawl into yourself. By staying positive, you will shine and draw people to you and they will gravitate to you- thus creating a ripple effect. Sure, we're human and we all have our bad days. Chin up, friend! 

Thoughts for today:

1. Do you journal? How long have you kept a journal?

2. What is your biggest trigger that keeps you from a Positive Mental Attitude? Is it health, finances, etc.?

3. What can you do today to cheer someone up?