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The Gardners of My Soul

15 Apr

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[This beautiful print is available in Katie Daisy’s Etsy store.]

I have numerous people in my life who bring me happiness – even joy – and I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for their presence in my life. My husband is one of them. My parents are two others. I got to spend time this weekend with my husband and my parents and the garden in my soul is blooming with beautiful, vibrant flowers today!

There’s something about holding my husband’s hand, looking at my mother’s beautiful face and feeling my dad’s hug that just simply makes my heart smile. I realized how truly blessed I am and what a treasure it is to know I am loved.

If you are blessed to have people in your life who bring happiness and joy into your life, please do two things today: 1) say a prayer of thanks for them and 2) let them know how much they mean to you.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Blessings,
♥Rachel

10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward

7 Mar

Here’s a little infographic that contains a few words of wisdom from the late Stephen Covey. (Did anyone else know that he passed away last year?? Where have I been?)

(Click on the image to view larger.)

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To varying degrees, each of these points resonates with me, but some moreso than others.

Give up letting the opinions of others control my life. Hmmm. I’m a bit of a people-pleaser. That one’s tough, but important to grasp and live out.

Give up my need to be right. Ouch. But what if I AM always right??? {grin} No, needing to always be right prevents us from learning because we think we already know everything.

Give up overlooking the positive points in my life. Why is it easier to see the bad, to focus on the negative than it is to recognize the good – and even great – aspects of our lives?

What about you? Do any of these items speak to you?

Blessings,
♥Rachel

Monday Motivation: Change

28 Jan

Change is hard. It’s challenging when we want to make the change – when we desire to make a change or try something new – and have to step out of our comfort zone to do it. It’s monumentally more challenging when the change involves doing something we don’t want to do but know we need to do. This kind of change can feel overwhelming, intimidating, and seemingly impossible to accomplish.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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It’s been 90 days since Barry and I gave up Diet Dr. Pepper and I’ve only had one (a treat on Christmas Day) in that time. Ya’ll, I can’t remember the last time I went this long without a Diet Dr. Pepper. It’s not just been years, I’m talking decades.

I thought about it for a long while before making the commitment. I knew Diet Dr. Pepper, as wonderful as it tastes, did nothing good for my body, yet I found it very difficult psychologically to pass it up. I had even attempted a couple of short-lived attempts at giving it up before. But I rationalized it in my mind and didn’t stick with it.

“I don’t smoke or drink, so this is my thing.”

“I don’t drink that much Diet Dr. Pepper, one – occasionally two – a day, so it’s ok.”

This is not a huge change compared to some that people have to make, but it felt huge to me at the time. {grin} Your change may be a small thing, but can seem large in your life. Or your change may be a ginormous thing that completely overwhelms and frustrates you. Either way, there are some principles you can apply to your efforts that might help you accomplish this goal.

Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. – Tao Te Ching

Start Today.

Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate one more day. Do something, anything, that will get you moving toward your change goal. Tomorrow will arrive with a brand new excuse or reason not to start, so just do it now.

Take Baby Steps.

Big hills can seem insurmountable if you focus only on how far you have to go. One of the keys to implementing lasting change is to break the big goal down into small, doable goals, steps, or decisions. Focus on the next appropriate choice, decision, or action to be taken and the do it.

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Reward Yourself.

Set short-term milestones and reward yourself when you reach them.  If the entire process is nothing but sacrifice and frustration, you find it more and more difficult to stick with the change. In fact, determine what reward will be up front and it will give you something to look forward to.

Have Accountability.

Had I not mentioned my farewell to Diet Dr. Pepper on the blog, I might have given up on it and resumed drinking that bubbly can of goodness. Knowing that I would need to report on it here, and also knowing that some of my colleagues read this blog, kept me accountable.

Replace.

If you are eliminating something from your life that you really enjoy, be sure to replace it with something good if you can. If you’re giving up your much loved latte, replace it with a delicious cup of tea sweetened naturally with a bit of honey or some fruit juice. If you are giving up sweets, try some alternative sweets recipes such as The Savvy Sister’s Vegan Chocolate Beet Root Cupcakes or Chocolate Covered Katie’s Black Bean Brownies.

Most of all, remind yourself every day that you CAN do this. Change is hard, but also inevitable. It’s up to you to choose what the change will be.

Blessings!
♥Rachel