Look within!

In our busy lives, many of us probably wish to have someone hand us a silver platter to take all our troubles away. Just snap your fingers, wiggle your nose, and say some magic words, and POOF! no more trouble. We often times forget the strength that lies within our selves. To remind ourselves this is only temporary, and we will get through it. Whether it be dealing with our troubles, running a half-marathon, trying to pass a course, or any other challenge life may throw at us.

Meditation is a great way to calm our minds to find our inner strength. I’m not one to sit on the floor cross-legged for hours at a time. Instead I find other ways to meditate. It could be going for a walk or a run, while having a soak in the bath, one of my favorites was while breast feeding in the wee hours of the morning (although I’m past the breastfeeding stage with my girls).

I know most days I’d rather be in my nice warm comfortable bed instead of getting up early. Although I’d have to say my most favorite time of day is in the early morning when everything is quiet and still. Find a quiet time to reflect. If anything, start a gratitude journal. If you’re not into writing in a journal, or are like me and are very sporadic at keeping a journal, then pick up a stone to become your gratitude rock. Hold this stone in your hands for a few minutes each day to reflect on what you are grateful for. Put it in your pocket and each time you put your hand in the pocket and feel the stone, think of something you are grateful for.

Gratitude will help lead you to the path of abundance.

I am grateful for my followers and for any new visitors to my blog. I am grateful for my family and all their love and support. I am grateful for my children for the joy they bring to my heart. I am grateful for my husband’s budgeting skills to keep our family budget on track. I am grateful for my and my family’s health.

These are a few things of what I am grateful for. What are you grateful for?

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No Regrets

On my way to work this morning I was listening to some tunes when Tom Cochrane’s No Regrets came on my iPod. I thought to myself, how fitting right now. When you reflect back on your life, ensure you have no regrets, remember the good times you had.

As many of you know already, I ran another half-marathon on the weekend. I would have to say this was the most difficult run I have done to date. I now also know what my husband means by a “blown run”. (Fellow runners, you may also know what I mean by this term)

I was running with a great friend of mine who was inspired by my running when I did the Melissa’s road race last year. She was as much of an inspiration to me as I was to her. She wanted to finish the race in under 2:45, and her husband told us to start with the 2:30 pace bunny. We were keeping good pace for around the first 5-7 km when we heard, “runners on  your left.” Jenn looked behind us and said, “are you the 2:45 pace bunny? I can’t possibly finish at 2:45.” I told Jenn to go ahead, that I’d be fine. I stuck with the 2:45 pace bunny, or just slightly back, for around the next 7 km. By the 15 k marker, my legs said they had enough. The devil on my shoulder was telling me to quit, lie down on the road and cry to my heart’s content. The angel was telling me not to quit, that Jenn would not quit. The angel kept telling me I could do it. I’d done that race before, so what was different. The angel even reminded me of a similar situation I was in when I had my second daughter. I was exhausted and getting frustrated about breastfeeding. The pediatrician asked if I breastfed my oldest. I told her yes. She asked for how long. I told her for 11 months. She then told me I could do it, and to not worry. I went on to breastfeed our youngest for 14 months.

This race was not for me. I was there to get Jenn where she needed to be. In fact, life has a funny way of working out. It was about 4 years ago I got the inkling to even want to run a half-marathon in the first place.Yes, that first one was for me, yet it inspired Jenn who had never been a runner in the first place to lace up and find a new passion.

I did finish the race, and ended up walking the last 5 km. My husband was waiting at the last turn with my 2 beautiful daughters in the stroller, and as a family we all came in together. I couldn’t have done it without my husband, and without Jenn. I’m proud of us all.

I’m dedicating today’s blog to all the people who are fighting a battle with cancer, have fought a battle with cancer and won, and those whose battle was lost. You can do this, you can reach the finish line.

You can do it!

Nothing is ever impossible if you set your mind to it! The thrill and rush of adrenaline as you cross that finish line is amazing. You have completed something special, and no one can take that away from you!

When you feel like there is a hurdle in your way, jump over it! Knock down those walls.

Keep in mind these lyrics by Marvin Gaye, …ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough… to keep you from reaching your goals!

Aim for the moon and shoot for the stars!

Don’t worry, be happy!

As the above song title suggests, Don’t worry, be happy!

My morning email from the universe gave me a great reminder this morning:

Happiness always returns.
You know, in case you should ever sense it’s absence. The Universe – http://www.tut.com

Last week I realized a fundamental; I forgot to have fun. I had an awesome weekend spending time with my loving husband and 2 daughters. It had to have been one of my best weekends in awhile.

Remember to relax and figure out where your priorities lie.

Have an awesome, happy filled week!

Never Give Up

This evening I’m feeling frustrated. I’m in one of those ruts in my life where I’m wondering what the hell am I doing here, and where do I want to go. I thought I knew what I want, yet here I am second guessing myself. I think it’s time to sit and re-evaluate.

The goal I thought I wanted to strive for is a difficult and challenging path for me as it takes me outside my comfort zone. I have been trying to do things “by the book” yet for each step forward, I fell as though I’m taking 10 steps back.

I read this quote today posted by a friend of mine on Facebook:

“I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.” – Harrison Ford

I need to remind myself to look at the positives that come out instead of dwelling on the negatives. I have the fire inside of me to succeed. I have done it before, and my stubbornness has helped push me towards success. I have fallen off the horse (not literally) and dusted myself off just to get back on and ride into the sunset.  I did not give up on myself when the university was slow on processing my application. I have failed a course just to take it again so I could graduate. I have run a half marathon.

Perhaps the universe is telling me I need to refocus my energies at the moment.

My time to shine will come. I must be patient. Years from now I will read this post and laugh at the walls I broke through. Never give up.

Something Wonderful!

We were driving through the Crowsnest Pass the other day on our way home from vacation, when my husband spotted this sign on the side of the highway. It said “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen”  and had arrows pointing to either side of the sign. For my friends who have never been through the Crowsnest Pass, it is a beautiful scenic drive through the Canadian Rockies through southern Alberta and British Columbia. The something wonderful the sign was referring to was the magnificent Rockies.

Take time to enjoy the scenery in life. You never know when “something wonderful” may happen.

Have an awesome week my friends!

Have no fear!

On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Danielle Redner from Stella & Dot. She had an amazing speech, and put out there, “if you had no fear, what would you do in 2012?”

With the New Year right around the corner, what are your plans for the year? Have you always wanted to try skydiving, yet are afraid of jumping out of a plane? Have you wanted to pursue a new business endeavor, yet have been afraid of success or failure? Have you wanted to embrace your inner self, yet have been afraid of self-discovery? Lets set our fears aside and challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and see where we can go.

Wayne Dyer puts it nicely, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.

Remember there are times when we feel as though we want to quit. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never give up.”

Imagine what the world would be like if we all gave up when the goings got tough. When there is something you truly believe in and want to pursue, pursue it to the end. Make it your passion. Most times it is our own selves that hold us back. Instead of focusing on the words of the non-believers, refocus on achieving your dream. “When you feel like denying your dream is when you must deepen your devotion to your dream.” – Robin Sharma.

Here’s to a fearless 2012. What dreams are going to be achieved?

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