It amazes me what it takes for God to get my attention sometimes. A divorce, loss of my mom, my own kidney tumor! It’s crazy. Sometimes we just go on auto-pilot for so long that we forget to check-in and self-evaluate. We do whatever we have to do to get through our crazy days. We lack presence in our moment-to-moment existence because we’re constantly looking ahead to the next massive task that’s headed our way. We all have hectic lives, it seems like there’s not much we can do. So we keep moving forward only to get o a point where we’re facing something much more serious than our day-to-day struggles. I know that I faced some pretty overwhelming battles in my day, I’m sure you have to. I wish I had woken up sooner and learned to start checking in with myself. Asking myself what I needed and what I needed to take out of my life. We can not give ourselves fully to our relationships, jobs, kids, friendships, etc. if we are not taking proper care of ourselves. Start by taking a few minutes everyday to get alone. If you need to wake up an extra 10 minutes early, do it, it’s worth it. Just sit still, focus on your breath, the centerpiece of life, and be present. Take the time for yourself. This is where we discover our dreams, wrestle with our fears, search our feelings. This is so important and I encourage you to explore this sort of quiet meditation! DM me with any questions!, I’m here to help 💕
Happy Anniversary to the Love of my life, Peter! 21 years of sheer bliss....NOT. The truth is I thought marriage would be “easy” if you truly loved each other. It’s just not the case. All relationships take work. Especially the ones where family is involved. You’re with your family every day, sometimes every minute, but if you can learn how to function in these kind of relationships all others become much easier. Relationships are necessity of life and they ALL take work, compromise, respect and love. I couldn’t be more blessed to walk through life with Peter ❤️❤️❤️
As my husband and I celebrate our anniversary today I am reminded of what is most Important in life. We are both goal oriented and highly involved in our careers. We have never ending to-do lists and work crises constantly vying for our attention. Prioritizing is key, not only to the success of our relationship, but for our own sanity. At the end of the day, with all of our responsibilities, we put Love at the top of the list. Doesn’t that sound nice? Sure, it’s nice but it’s not easy. Constantly choosing to love each other, as well as the other people in our lives, is a daily choice that is not easy to make when human tendency is selfishness. I will say, choosing love and choosing to love others even when it’s not easy is something that I’ve never regretted.
How are you choosing joy today?? I think one of the great tragedies of life is that we tend to defer our joy until we’ve arrived into the life that we’re dreaming of. Maybe you dream of status and great wealth, or the perfect family life or love life. “I know I’ll be happy when… “ just doesn’t work. Sometimes, we get exactly what we wanted but we’re still stuck with the same person who is rooted in a routine of unhappiness and desire for more. If you talk to anybody who has accomplished something great, whether a successful entrepreneur, championship athlete or a stay-at-home mother who raised children that went on to do great things, they will all tell you that the journey was the best part! DO NOT Place your better days somewhere in the future and miss out on all the joy that there is to find each and every day. The most precious resource we have is time, do not waste it being unhappy!
What brings you the most joy?
This Christmas season in particular I’m thinking a lot about joy and what it means to choose joy every day. I have learned so much this past year about myself and what really brings me the most joy. In this picture I don’t look too happy, do I? What you don’t see is the room full of women that I was blessed to share my story with in an effort to help them build a life that will bring them so much joy! I am discovering more and more how much I love to help people accomplish their dreams. It really fills me with so much joy. I’m so blessed to have shared time with these women, ending the year on such a high note! So excited for all the things that are in store for 2018!
When you want to see a change in the world around you, it is often best start with yourself. The Christmas season is always a great time to reflect on how we can make the world just a little bit brighter. 💕
SO grateful for all these wonderful ladies and what we shared this weekend at my annual event. We have a responsibility to empower one another and to lift each other up- that’s exactly what this group did together this past weekend. I’m beyond grateful to play a part in helping these women move closer toward fulfilling their dreams. I can not wait for our next event! #YourLifeIGNITED
Joy is my goal this Christmas season. I want to enjoy Christmas and family and love. It’s so easy to get consumed with the stresses of the season.… With the gift giving, the decorating and all the pressure. Year after year Christmas comes and goes and I get to the first of the new year feeling like the Christmas season just passed me bye. Having joy is a deliberate daily choice. I can’t think of a better way to hit the new year strong than to start practicing having a life joy this Christmas season. ❤️🎄
I’ve also heard it said that happiness is a feeling and joy is a state of being. I think that’s whats so special about this season, we all try a little harder to exist in that state of joy. It’s one of those habits that takes a little extra work, doesn’t it? It’s tough to set aside our frustrations, our need to complain and instead choose to find any semblance of good in the numerous situations that play out every day. There is an always good to find but God is good and love is greater!
Tomorrow my FAVORITE time of year starts ❤️💚!! My mom LOVED Christmas and every year I feel like a little part of her comes back to celebrate with our family. I have so many fond memories of this time of year and am so excited for another great Christmas season! What do YOU love about this time of year?? 🎄🎅🏻🎁
What do you think makes LOVE last?? Tell me in the comment section! My new YouTube video is all about LOVE! I’m really pulling back the curtain with this one and getting into some personal stuff! I share some things about my journey with divorce and how I realized that you can’t give your heart to someone else if you don’t know your heart yourself. Click the link in my bio for the full video!
How do we find true love? Where does it come from? Is it all fireworks, or hard work, or combination of both? What do you think? I would love to know! I have a new video on YouTube where I discuss a couple ideas. The link is in my bio, please check it out 💕
What are the things you struggle most with?What are the areas of your life that have been holding you back for too long? Well this was my area… Redefining failure and learning to forgive myself. Failure is such a funny thing. A lot of times, what we call failure in a moment is really just future success masquerading as current disappointment. Really wish they would’ve taught me that one in business school, would have saved me from a lot of pain and heartache! LOL. When you try something and you don’t quite succeed, it is entirely up to you whether you will wallow in your perceived failure or use the disappointment to propel you towards actual success. Forgiving yourself is a tough thing to learn to do. Especially for those of us who are extremely driven and have something to prove to the world! It takes time and practice but like anything else, it can be learned. For more of my top five tips for success please visit the link in my bio and watch my YouTube series! 💕
There’s something about the way things happen around you when your outside of your comfort zone. Sure, sometimes we fall flat on our faces and it’s embarrassing. In my experience though, some of the best moments of progress and joy have come from being wayyy outside of my comfort zone. Check out the link in my bio to watch the video series where I talk about how being outside of your comfort zone is one of the most important skills for success!