Love is enough!
Love is enough!
I did my part the other day to entertain the Body Combat class at the YMCA. Somehow my feet got tangled as I was moving backward, my arms went flying and I was doing all I could to NOT face plant on the gym floor! I thought I had it under control and began to laugh at myself. Then somehow, my momentum continued to propel me back through several rows of Body Combaters behind me as they moved aside to make way for the outta control crazy lady. It was like parting the Red Sea!
Yes, that was me! I wish there would have been a video of this spectacular event because it was truly amazing that I didn’t go down all the way. You should have seen the looks on the faces of the people behind me trying to move out of my way. Hilarious! When I finally got back to my spot, I started laughing so hard that I became slightly delirious. You know how you can get when you don’t seem to be able to stop laughing and move on? Yup!
This kind of got me thinking about more than what had just happened. First, I’m thankful that I wasn’t really hurt, except maybe my ego just a little bit. I’m also glad my sense of humor was ready to kick in because it was one of those things that you couldn’t possibly act like it was nothing. Seriously, I was wearing a BRIGHT orange top. It was hard to miss me as I went flying! Being able to laugh at yourself in times like this is super important. We all stumble from time to time. Don’t take yourself so seriously that you fail to see the humor. Laugh it off, pick yourself up and keep going!
The other thing that got my mind pondering was how much my momentum propelled me in the direction I happened to be moving, which was backward. It begs the question, where is your momentum taking you? Are you moving forward? It’s a good time to assess the direction you are currently moving in and perhaps refocus your sights on the course you wish to travel.
I encourage you to take a few minutes today and create energy for forward progress. Maybe you’re ready to make huge strides or maybe you can only take a few baby steps. Just start moving in the direction you want to go. When you do this, eventually momentum will help propel you in the right direction.
By the way, if you’re thinking of moving in the path of physical fitness, I highly recommend the YMCA! It’s a great place to workout! If you ever see me there, don’t be a stranger, come say hi!
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Today, I was just arriving home, when my good neighbor, Grandma Janet, as we call her, called me to take a look at her new curtains. I had plans to go straight to my home office and tackle my “To Do List.” I thought I’d go for just a few minutes. She asked if I wanted something to drink and I said; “why not?” We sat, we talked, we looked at pictures and we enjoyed the moment of a rainy day viewed through her breakfast room window. It was time well spent!
I have to say that I love going to her house! Let me tell you why. I once had a Grandmother who loved me very much. I was the apple of her eyes! The thing is that we lived together and even though I have great memories of her, I never got to experience “going to grandma’s house.” Going to Ms. Janet’s is what “going to grandma’s” is. Every time I go to her house, I’m not particularly thirsty or hungry, but she always has something we can sit at the table with. What I love the most is enjoying her cookie jar collection, her “Gone with the Wind” collection and her nursery rhyme characters collection. All these things are proper of a grandmother.
It is easy to talk to someone when you have time, but sometimes we need to free our time to talk to someone. It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.
Those are the little things that matter! Making time to enjoy someone’s company, a cup of coffee or just a conversation on a rainy day.
Never be too busy for the people you love. Never allow pursuits or possessions to become bigger priorities than our relationships.
It’s that time of year again. The time when you set New Year’s Resolutions that you are determined to stick to this year. I’m here to tell you that failing your New Year’s Resolutions is one of the best things that can happen to you. Let me explain…
What is a New Year’s Resolution?
A New Year’s Resolution is when you make a promise that you are going to improve some aspect of your life from January 1st, forward, and that it will become a permanent aspect of your life. The hope is that this one day decision will be something that alters your habits and tendencies and you never have to look back again. Pretty accurate so far? Now it’s time to fail.
How Failing Helps You Achieve Success
The best way to achieve this goal, as quickly as possible is to fail and fail often. The reason is simple, failing is inevitable. If you look at any aspect of your life that others would consider you successful, you would probably tell them you are successful because you persevered through the many failures that life handed you. Some of the best moms learned through trial and error. They persevered, never gave up, and learned as time went on, and they became better moms for that. No matter how far along you are, when you fail and get back up again, you will end up further ahead than when you started. Learning those valuable lessons are what makes us stronger at what we do.
We often look at successful people and assume they had an easy road to follow. They think that it was always easy for them, that they never had struggles, or they never wanted to give up. Odds are, they faced all of those situations…multiple times. Your trials are going to strengthen you. When you learn to persevere through a trial, you will be stronger. You will learn how to overcome that obstacle in the future, and you will figure out a way to not let it trip you up again. You have a choice every time you face a failure, but if you decide that you won’t let it beat you, you will be so much more successful in the end.
Fail and Fail Often
Fail often, but never give up. When you fail, remember that it is all a part of becoming successful. No matter how hard it seems, you can overcome the tests. In the fitness industry, I see it every February and March. People just give up, and often it is right at the point where they could be successful if they would just push a little harder. Fail, but don’t let it beat you from achieving your long term goals.
“Life’s greatest tragedy is not to fall down, its’ to stay down. The greatest disaster in life is not to fail, it’s to park there, and say ‘What’s the use?'”, Pastor Francois Louw
Okay, get your minds outta the gutter here! I’m talking about water, you know, good old H2O? Whenever I hear multiple messages about the same topic I start to feel like I’m meant to pay closer attention. Like I’m being hit over the head with it. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about how much water you should drink. I get it; most of us don’t drink enough water. In fact, most of us are actually pretty dehydrated and have habitually been in that state for a long time. I figured it was time for me to start paying attention to how much I’m drinking. And I’m not talking about wine.
According to the experts, you should drink at least half of your body weight in water. For instance, if you weigh 200 lbs. you should drink at least 100 ounces of water each day. That means almost 6, 16.9 oz. bottles of water. If you exercise or live in a warm climate, then you should drink closer to equal your body weight in ounces of water. That means 200 ounces of water if you weigh 200 pounds. It seems like A LOT! That would be 12 bottles of water.
Apparently, if you do this, your body will love you! It helps brain function, memory, mood, skin, digestion and all kinds of wonderful things about our body that we expect to miraculously work properly. Okay, I’m game.
I decided to give it a try. Even though I feel like I already drink a lot of water, I had to work my way up to my goal amount. Initially I was afraid that I’d end up spending all of my time in the bathroom due to a pea sized bladder but it actually hasn’t made that much of a difference in the number of trips to the potty. This may be TMI but it’s just increased the output, if you know what I mean. I’ve also discovered that the more water I drink, the thirstier I become. I actually WANT to drink more. WATER, folks! We’re still talking about water here.
Some of the differences that I’ve noticed so far include a bit of a breakout on my face. I know it’s a little unpleasant but it’s temporary. This is due to the toxins making their way out. After the first week, this went away and I feel like my skin is moister now. I’ve also noticed less bloating and a flatter stomach. And like I said, I’m thirsty! For water! I’m only into this about 2 weeks so I’m looking forward to even more benefits in the weeks to come.
Since we are in the holiday season and most of us tend to drink more alcohol, eat more junk, exercise less, have more stress and get less sleep, I urge to join me and do at least this one little thing to help you make it through the next few weeks. When you start thinking about that diet after new years, you’ll be glad that you did. Cheers!