Live your dreams!

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark twain

Remember to live your life to the fullest and leave no rock unturned.

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Dream the impossible dream!

I’m sitting here enjoying the silence of a sleepy household moments before I have to go to my day job.

In life, I have been taught to dream big. I have always been a great dreamer, both in the day and at night.

What you should do is set yourself a big goal! Where do you want to be (insert date here) from now?

Is your goal to lose weight, is it to expand sales, take your family on a trip, etc, etc!

Whatever your goal may be, DREAM BIG!

How are you going to achieve that goal? Are you more into rewards, or depriving yourself of something? Do you have a weakness for shopping? Set yourself a mini goal towards your big goal, and don’t let yourself go shopping until you have met your goal. You may be more of a rewards person. When I completed my half-marathon I treated myself to a Lulu Lemon hoodie.

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I love this quote, as it is so true. Go out there tiger, and climb that mountain!

What are you grateful for?

When you surround yourself with worry and fear, the world will reflect worry and fear. When you surround yourself with gratitude and love, the world will reflect gratitude and love back at you.

This weekend was our Canadian Thanksgiving. What is something positive you are grateful for? I am ever grateful for my two beautiful daughters who teach me how to appreciate the small things in life and become more patient. I am grateful for my husband who loves and supports me through all our life’s journeys together. I am grateful for my parents who built a strong foundation in my life. For my sister’s love. For my in-laws kindness and generous help. For my friends challenging me to push for new levels.

Most of all I am grateful for the beauty of life itself. Happy Thanksgiving.

You rock Team Ohana!

I’d like to first of all say Happy 4th of July to my American friends, and to my Canadian friends I hope you all had a wonderful Canada Day on July 1st.

This year’s Canada Day celebration found me running a 5km race (just over 3 mi). It was awesome. I ran it as a part of a team, Team Ohana. Our coaches were awesome, and I couldn’t begin to thank them enough. I have a larger goal race in mind, and I have registered to do an ultra-half-marathon, the 22km (just under 14mi) Melissa’s run in Banff in late September. My husband, who has been a huge supporter in my running, was willing to coach me, then he ended up nursing an injury. I needed to find someone, something, or a group to keep me motivated and excited about running. Especially to get me prepared in a short time to run my half-marathon.

I happened to be reading our town crier the one morning, and noticed a class schedule for our rec center. In it was a 5km learn to run program. I thought it would be perfect to get out meet some other runners, and gain the momentum I need to keep me going. It was exactly what I needed. Our coaches would bring in guest speakers who talked on a variety of subjects, from motivation, inspiration, nutrition, the proper shoes, running in the heat, extreme marathons, and staying focused on your goals. They also taught us respect, running etiquette, and provided a great friendship and support network.

They kept encouraging us each and every step of the way. And they taught us one of the most important lessons about running, especially running with a team; it’s not about running your personal best, it is about running together as a team.

Our group ended up getting separated a bit, and I was in a pack that was in between our 2 coaches. First of all, we missed a walk, yet we kept pushing ourselves to keep going. Then one of our team members caught up to us in our final kilometer of the race. I felt energized and felt like I wanted to finish strong. Now there was one person from our team who was a little way back. Instead of being selfish, I chose to turn back and join her for a bit so the distance between us wasn’t as large, then for those of us who had already crossed the finished line, we went back and ran in the remaining members of our team.

To think a few months ago we had all been sitting on our couches wondering what to do with our lives. We all had different reasons to run. For some, it was simply to get fit and start loosing a few extra pounds; for others it was to simply get active; for myself, it was to simply start a training program.

Our team member who was at the back was an inspiration to me today. She had missed the last couple classes and was pysching herself up that she wouldn’t finish the race. Yet our coaches encouraged her to come anyway. It isn’t about coming in first, it is about finishing.

I need to send a huge thanks out to Stephanie and Cam for coaching our Team Ohana every step of the way. Without you, who knows where we all would be today.

Everything happens for a reason. Choosing to find a program to get you active is one step. Choosing to become part of a team is a huge benefit, as you can cheer each other on. If you’re still sitting on that couch wondering what to do, just get  out there and start. Find a beginner program and stick with it. You can do it and when you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything.

J.

Celebrate your success

I was reminded last night of not to let excuses rule my life. My one daughter picked out Dr Wayne Dyer’s book “No Excuses” to have as one of her bedtime stories. It is a children’s story about not letting excuses guide you. Adults can certainly learn from this book as well. Lately, most of my excuses have been self-generated. What I was failing to see, was actually how successful I have been.

I was starting to feel a bit demotivated about the jewelry business I had gotten into. Opportunities felt as though they were slipping by. As I’ve been writing about all week, I need to be patient. I have a whole bunch of opportunities on the horizon. In the training courses, they tell you to celebrate your no’s and to look at it as planting a seed. You never know who your next best customer or your next stylist may be, or simply your next friend.

I called up my coach last night for a pick me up call, and she told me not to view this journey as a sprint to the finish, yet view it as a long race you must pace yourself for. This is so true. It is easy to get caught up and try to chase the leaders. Yet if you burn all your energy at the beginning of the race, you end up tiring yourself out too early. I was also reminded to celebrate your successes, no matter how big or small. I was excited I earned some free jewelry credits. My coach also pointed out that I am her leading sales person this month.

Yesterday I went for a run at lunch. I never imagined myself running 4 sets of 7 minutes walk a minute. I was so proud of myself. One of my co-workers asked if I’ll be ready for my half-marathon in the fall. I told him, of course I am.

When you get yourself in a rut, sit down and make a list of your achievements. Perhaps your achievement is something like getting out and going for a walk around the block. It could be spending time with loved ones. Or it could be landing the major account you’ve been working on. Whatever your achievement is, celebrate it today.