Morning mom time before the monkeys are up for our day at that zoo! As a busy mom it's not always easy to find "time" for ourselves or to sit and focus on our self development and growth, but it is important. So instead of sitting in the mornings or at night and having my coffee where I do absolutely nothing or bath where I just lay with my eyes closed and soak up the peace or going to bed when the girls do, I have started spending those times to myself reading, because lately I feel like my growth and self development has taken a back seat and slowed down and I am so not okay with that. ❤️🔪 #changes#neversettle#thefivelovelanguages#reading#selfdevelopment#garychapman#growth#focusonyou#success#encouragement#hralthyrelationships
Opened up my books this morning to read exactly what I needed to hear. It kind of freaks me out when that happens, but I’m also so grateful because I needed to hear it.
Yesterday I was working hard to reach a goal, and you know what? I didn’t meet it. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit upset and even scarfed down a donut that I didn’t even really want! Yes, I’m human.
I’m what you call the patiently impatient type. I tend to say I’m being patient or speak words “it’ll come with time,” but inside I’m anxious, struggling, and questioning during the wait. This struggle generally leads me down the path of comparison and the “why can’t I, why does she,” line of thinking. Let me tell you, that gets you nowhere and generally ends up leaving you feeling less than. Last night, I kind of felt that way and even went to bed feeling a little low.
But this morning I woke, reminded myself that today is a new day and that this life I’m living, the path I’m on, and where I’m going is up to me. I will work hard to be brave and patient during the waiting. I will focus on my journey and where I’m at, not those of others. I will focus on the steps I can take towards reaching my goals and I will choose joy.
You guys, I’m no different than you. I have days when I nail it and others when I don’t. I can let my feelings take over and get in a rut, but truth is we are in control of how far we let that go. Have the feelings, evaluate, brush yourself off, and keep going. This is your life. Where you’re at, where you will go, what you do, and how you live it is totally up to you. Focus on being better than YOU were yesterday.
In this crazy world of social media and instant information it’s easy to look at others lives through a lens and believe that you don’t measure up, that you aren’t achieving as much as you should, that you are failing in some way. Comparison is the thief of joy and trust me when I say that nobody has a perfect life everyone has their own struggles, their own issues. The person with the perfect life, the perfect body feels lonely in their relationship, the person you look to for all the answers isn’t coping in their own world, the person with the bulging bank account feels unfulfilled and is craving connection.... a multitude of things that people don’t post about. My partner is incredibly poorly and I work incessantly and this has impacted my home life as I don’t get to see my kids enough. Trying to cram workouts in and focus on my own health whilst juggling a home and bills and inner happiness is a full time job but it’s important to stop, breathe and feel gratitude for what one does have in ones life and I do this every single day. So for anyone struggling with self doubt or poor self esteem; you are worthy, you are amazing, you are love, I am you. We are all connected. Nobody is perfect. Live in your truth and don’t compare yourself to these imaginary perfect lives✨🙌🏼✨ oh yeah, and go vegan 😜💚 #gratitude#thoughtoftheday#stayinyourtruth#workinyourgoals#focusonyou#loveyourself#comparisonisthethiefofjoy#love
It’s about time to take on another challenge.
I’m generally well balanced but had: 🔸 too many times of overeating
🔸 No goal to work towards to
🔸 less focused with my workouts
So in May I want to focus on me and reverse all the above: 🔸 Set a goal
🔸 Plan my workout & cleanse days
🔸 STOP overeating completely
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Listening to others only will drain you, when it's only the self you need to trust and have faith in. Power over mind matters will help the soul push on forwards. If there is only one way, let it be your way for another way simply won’t work. This includes allowing others to judge you and bring you down. Freedom to be the authentic self is important and not everyone understands this or can understand our choices and opinions and that's okay. We allow our human mind and emotions to cover what's true and real, and make what is real, hazy and foggy. Follow your own heart and your own voice, you can't go wrong.
So yes... Out of target 🙄 Couldn't pull it back after my holiday gain of 6lbs. April is THE birthday month in my family. 5 big birthdays. Being married to the ultimate foodie is also a nightmare. He is also a SW member and when he weighed in after his birthday pizza fest with a STS and myself with a 3lb gain grrr. So smug he is about it too!!💀
Enough is enough. I am refocused I know what is important. I know that I only have to look at anything high syn and I put on half a stone. But I don't WANT to eat that crap anyway. I love eating the SW way, being healthy and happy. So this week - I have planned all my meals, lots of speed, lots of water. I have bought some trial vouchers at the Village Gym to go swimming so getting some body magic in too. So back to target here I come. 5lbs off this week. I WILL do it ✊
Card of the Day: Four of Wands (Reversed)
Upright: Celebration, harmony, marriage, home, community
Reversed: Transition, breakdown in communication
The Four of Wands suggest there is a lack of harmony or communication in your family, or your home.
You are getting too caught up in the problems of others and not focusing on your own, and it’s causing you to feel uncertain on your own personal relationships and what you can and cannot depend on.
You feel that home has become unstable, and that there is a threat to peace and happiness you once had in your home.
You are going through a transition right now where you are dealing with little security and stability, and it’s making you feel uncertain about your future.
Relationship wise, this card reflects someone who may not be looking for a long-term relationship but is willing to invest in it for the time being. This person has a lack of commitment, or a fear of it which prevents them from wanting this long-term commitment. 🖤
I've had people ask me how I'm always so motivated and I always tell them I'm not like that all the time 😂 Even until now I'm still struggling with maintaining consistency in different areas of my life, from my sleeping schedules, to working out, to finding motivation.
And for the past few days I've actually been feeling quite unmotivated....😕 But I know there's one element that always remained even during my most difficult times - the desire to pick myself back up.
I know that I didn't come this far just to come this far. And how I do this is by being aware and questioning my current state - how I'm feeling, what I'm thinking and saying to myself, why I'm behaving a certain way.
Why do I feel like this? 🤔 What is it that I need to do right now so that I can feel more motivated? Should I talk to a friend? Get a good night's sleep? Cancel out on some people's requests? Journal?
I ended up reaching out to a few friends, then got home to do a quick work out to get some endorphins into my system... And I felt such a big improvement after.
What I'm saying is don't lay there and wait for motivation to kick in. You have to take action to go out and find that motivation. You have a choice to change your mindset, you always have a choice.
Remember: 1) Action first then 2) Motivation.
And you must first start by being more mindful and take notice of your current state - the mind, body, and spirit. In my post this week, I talked about the importance of mindfulness and some quick ways to practice it daily. Link is in the bio.
happy Hump day y'all 💪
Also let me know below - What do you like to do to make yourself feel motivated again?
I haven’t been doing as much yoga as I would like to since life has been pretty busy but, I got this adorable photo the other day of my puppy doing yoga with my man and it was too cute to pass up! Busy week, happy Wednesday, down dog, do what you can and let the rest go ✌🏽❤️
How I like to watch the sunset 🤸🏽♂️🌅 #sunsetvibes#lifeisgood •
Went for a run outside today and took sometime to myself. Thought about life and the great things that I have in my life and the many more things I would like to accomplish while I’m here. I realized that life is too short to wait on doing things that you want to do. So go out there and don’t be afraid to just do what YOU want to do. Don’t worry about others judging you. They don’t know your life or how great you can be at something. Just focus on you and go get it!! 💪🏽
HAPPINESS 🤪🤪We all know it comes from within but I can honestly say at times I have allowed other people to impact mine too much. I had a shitty relationship, that went on too long where I allowed myself to entertain the ideas that I wasn’t enough. I felt constantly responsible for uplifting that other person and for their happiness. I let my energy be dulled by the mood swings and the constant anxiety of ‘will this person be ok with my decisions?’ ‘Will this please this person’ .
My happiness was at risk for no other reason than I let myself believe it was impacted by others and that it was up to be to be other peoples happiness. .
NOW, I change up how I think and communicate my happiness. No longer do I say, ‘you make me happy’. Because it’s simply not true. Only I have the control over my ultimate happiness and how I interperate and react to situations. So instead I say, ‘I’m so happy when I’m with you’. Because that is the full truth. I love being around vibrant, energetic, forward thinking, deep conversation having humans. That lifts my vibe and I constantly seek more of that. .
In summary of the above essay 😜, be a good human. I’m learning to love myself first, never sway from my core values and never, under any circumstances, today, tomorrow or ever, let my happiness become a responsibility for anyone but myself. I’m awesome (so are you) So why would you want anyone else to have that power. 💪🏼
I’ve been trying to get in the habit of showing gratitude in the mornings and sleeping with my phone outside the bedroom. 😴
It’s so easy to wake up and immediately grab my phone and scroll through Instagram and Facebook. So, I’ve been working on cutting that out. By either thinking of the things I’m grateful for while laying in bed or by writing them down in the AM before anything else, it really helps to start my day off on the right foot.
Anyone else do this? If you don’t, I challenge you to give it a try!
Happy Wednesday loves! 🤗 Together, let’s embrace change, try new things, & explore your creative side! 💖✨ .
Here is another progress from 2016 (top) & 2018 (bottom). I love reflecting & seeing my old work because it takes me back to when I first started this journey. I remember feeling frustrated and giving up numerous times because I didn’t know if I was holding my brush correctly, applying enough pressure, & thinking, “how come my lettering doesn’t have enough flourishes or bounce?!,” etc. But if we shift our focus & take a step back, the only thing that really matters is your own happiness & just taking the moment to explore your own lettering journey! 🖌💕 Whether you are exploring lettering or maybe feeling stuck (I know that feeling), take a moment to pause, shift your perspective, focus on you & just have fun with this new learning process! 💗🌟 #thenandnow#lettersbyshells#letteringthenandnow#change
Als ich mir vor ein paar Jahren das Ziel gesetzt habe, etwas für meinem Körper zu tun, bin ich voller Begeisterung an die Sache rangegangen! ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻 Angekommen im Fitnessstudio sah ich all diese Leute, welche so viel erfolgreicher waren als ich und ich habe den Fehler begangen mich mit ihnen zu vergleichen! 🙅🏻♂️🙅🏻♂️🙅🏻♂️ Das hat mich immer wieder runtergezogen, bis ich verstanden habe, dass ich mich auf meinen Weg konzentrieren muss und stolz auf mich sein darf, wenn ich wirklich alles gebe und an meine Grenzen gelange! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Wenn wir 100 % für uns selber geben, sollten wir glücklich sein darüber, dass wir bis an unser Limit gegangen sind! 💯💯💯 Wir brauchen uns nicht vergleichen mit anderen! Es ist vollkommen in Ordnung, dass jemand anders etwas schneller vorankommt als wir! Schließlich haben wir doch alle ganz unterschiedliche Lebenseinflüsse und Umstände! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Wir müssen schauen, dass wir für uns selber nach vorne kommen und nicht an uns zweifeln, nur weil ein anderer vielleicht etwas schneller ist! ♥️♥️♥️ #strong#mindset#nevergiveup#neverquit#rememberwhoyouare#dedication#commitment#passion#positivevibes#weareunique#pursuitofhappiness#focusonyou
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