How to Get Through a Hard Day

How to Get Through a Hard Day... Today I had a hard day. I woke up anxious and overwhelmed after about 10 weeks of moving through life at 100% on hardly any sleep, living off of adrenaline and Shakeology.Today I had a hard day. I woke up anxious and overwhelmed after about 10 weeks of moving through life at 100% on hardly any sleep, living off of adrenaline and Shakeology. I have been too tired to focus on my businesses and making money, which in turn has left me dipping into my savings the past few weeks to live.

This has created anxiety, which makes me eat more, which makes me feel sluggish and full and fat, which frustrates me and takes too much of my energy. This makes me tired. And the cycle continues!

Your hard days may look different, much different, but we all have hard days. We all have days where we feel hopeless and desperate and scared. Some days are worse than others, but the negative feelings are always there.

Mine typically make me question my abilities, discipline, and/or choices. This usually leads me down a path of low self-esteem, questioning my self-worth, and asking myself questions like “will I ever be enough?” and “why can’t I make this work?” and “what is wrong with me?” and the worst of them all “will anyone ever love me the way I want to be loved?”

All these questions make me sad when I stop to think about them because 1) I don’t want them to matter as much as they do, and 2) I want to love myself so unconditionally that anything else is just a bonus!

Anyway…my point is, yours looks different than mine, but it all ends in the same way…THIS SUCKS!

So today I dragged my tired, grouchy ass to the gym and sat on the bike to spin out my sore legs on level 0 (yes, that is ZERO! Who knew the bike even went down that low. I guess to accommodate losers like me right??)

I had a grand plan to spin for an hour while I got SO much work done! I even made a list of like 10 things I was going to get done while spinning out my legs at the gym today. I was excited to finally get my shit together. Didn’t happen! I got on Facebook instead and decided to put out a cry for help.

I went to my timeline and posted:

Help! I’m having a low self-esteem day and need you!! Comment something you like about me!!

In 2 hours I had over 50 comments. Many were from people I didn’t know who told me I had touched their life in some way or another. Several were people who sent me reminders of why I should love myself, and some just said the things they liked about me.

I spent the entire hour (plus one more) responding to each comment and taking in everything that was said to me. It picked me up and reminded me all I had to be grateful for.

It worked!

I left the gym feeling 100% better about myself than when I walked in. And for once it didn’t have to do with my work out, it had to do with the amazing people I have attracted into my life. Another reason to be grateful!

Next time you are feeling bad about yourself, try it! Reach out to the people in your life and let them remind you why they love you! And then pay back the favor when they need a pick me up. No one on this earth can thrive without the love and support of those around them.

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Suck It Cosmo!

Suck It Cosmo!So today in my mailbox was an issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. It was put in my mailbox by mistake as it had a neighbors name/address on the label. The cover was AMAZING and completely started to suck me in!

Not only was it hot pink, there was a super sexy bad ass chick on the cover (Ruby Rose), the #1 way to tell if he is into you, “hot-body secrets”, and their biggest sex Q&A EVER!!! So many things I need to see and know and read and judge myself and my life against…and of course failing miserably in ALL departments!

In the past, I would have devoured this issue of Cosmo. I would have taken an hour out of my day and read it cover to cover, lingering on the pics of the hotties and coveting their eyes, lips, hair, wardrobe, and especially bodies.

I used to be OBSESSED with women’s magazines. I had subscriptions to at least 10 fashion, gossip, teen, etc magazines and would spend time every day looking through them, taking the quizzes, comparing my life, looks, body, and experiences to those the women shared between the pages.

But today (thank goodness), I have the will power to say NO! Don’t get me wrong. I considered opening it up and taking a peek! At least to see pics of Ruby Rose or find out if “he” is truly into me, no harm done RIGHT? Wrong! I know myself and how far I have come with my self-worth, loving myself unconditionally, and my confidence, and I know this could potentially be a disaster.

Even if it wasn’t a disaster, it may be a gateway mag to the next one I “accidentally” pick up at the hair salon or the doctor’s office. Which would compound my short-comings and over time I may slide back into my old world of self-loathing and desperation to have someone else’s skin, body, clothing, sex life, career, or life. But I said NO!

It was a therapist I had in college that first approached me with the idea of quitting watching “Days” (Days of Our Lives #embarrasing) and reading women’s mags. I was able to give up “Days” pretty easily after a couple years (thank god we didn’t have DVR back then or it may have been harder to quit), but the magazines were a harder habit to break. It took me about 10 years to finally let go of the need to see how amazing everyone else is and how lame I was.

I did cut down on reading the magazines, but when I would travel or at the gym or in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but pick up the issue and take a peek.

It never ended pretty. I always closed the magazine feeling less confident then when I opened it. So I stopped all together.

I haven’t been tempted for a while before today and I am happy to say I resisted! I am happy with my decision and put it back into the mail slot for the real owner, hoping she doesn’t have the same past issues as I do and the magazine doesn’t make her feel less of a person by reading it.

If you are doing something or watching something or looking at something or reading something on a regular basis that doesn’t make you feel good, STOP! We are hard enough on ourselves as it is. No need to add fuel to the fire!

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My NEW Morning Routine

My New Morning Routine... I have been working on morning routines for years. I want something that gets a lot of “bang for my buck” and sets me up for successes all day long without having to wake up TOO early. I have been crafting my current routine for the past 2 months. Fine tuning it to see what is effective AND efficient, and I finally came up with one.I have been working on morning routines for years. I want something that gets a lot of “bang for my buck” and sets me up for successes all day long without having to wake up TOO early. I have been crafting my current routine for the past 2 months. Fine tuning it to see what is effective AND efficient, and I finally came up with one.

I have only been doing the ENTIRE routine for a week, but have been doing bits and pieces for the past 8 weeks so I finally found a way to fit it all in.

I first got interested in developing a morning routine after listening to a talk about “The Artist’s Way” about 4 years ago. Since then I have read and listened to other people’s morning routines, and have tried mimicking several. I even wrote a blog post about my new morning routine a couple years ago, so apparently this is my New new morning routine!

Most of the successful people I want to emulate in my life to become more successful myself have a standard morning routine. It varies from person to person, but always stays consistent with his/her personal goals, priorities, and philosophies. When your goals change, so does your morning routine. But what does stay the same is consistently doing it day after day after day.

So here is my new morning routine…

1. Meditate for 20 minutes: I use the guided meditation app “Headspace”

2. Stay in bed for a couple minutes and think about 10 things I am grateful for while snuggling with Joey (my dog)

3. Oil pull: basically swishing coconut oil around in my mouth for a few minutes…an Ayurvedic practice that improves oral and systemic health

4. While oil pulling, I watch “Darren Daily” video (personal growth)

5. Yoga for 20 minutes: I use the 3 Week Yoga Retreat videos (

6. Walk a mile/run a mile with Joey (listen to podcast for personal growth)

7. Make my Shakeology (protein shake) with Amazing Greens and Almond Milk (

8. Drink it while writing for 10 minutes

9. Take a deep breath

10. Have an amazing day!!

It’s still a practice and some days (like today actually) I have to cut some part of it short due to either unforeseen circumstances or I was just moving too slowly (like today).

As long as your morning routine makes you excited to get out of bed and start your day off right, it’s a great one for you! I would LOVE to hear about your morning routine as I know mine is ever changing and I like suggestions!

Hope this is helpful.

Grateful for YOU!

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Why Does Rejection Hurt So F-ing Bad?

Why Does Rejection Hurt So F-ing Bad?So I am lying in my bed right now with tears falling down my face. I can’t stop crying. I feel SO stupid because it’s really no big deal. I don’t know what my problem is. I thought if I started writing, maybe I can figure out why I am so sad right now.

Maybe it’s because as a kid I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I wanted to be part of a group, but never found one where I could be myself. Maybe it’s because when I tried to be one of the popular girls in high school and tried out for cheerleading, they basically laughed at me and told me I wasn’t even close.

Maybe it’s because in college when I applied to be an RA they selected everyone I knew except me.

Maybe it’s true that deep down all we live for is connection to others and a sense of belonging. Or maybe it’s just because I felt like this was the year I was finally going to make the team.

I don’t need to go into detail, but here’s a short recap. 3 years ago I applied for a triathlon team because I loved their mission, their tag line, their logo, and their clothing. I felt like their company truly embodied who I was as an athlete and a person. It was a long shot as I knew I was taking the next year off from triathlon, but decided to apply anyway since I was doing a lot of swimming and running. I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t make it, so it was no biggie.

The following year I applied again. This time I had a FULL season of triathlon ahead, I knew a few girls on the team, and I was much more active on social media. I had been wearing several of their products and since I post a lot on Facebook and Instagram, there were a ton of pics out there with me supporting their brand. I thought I had a good chance of making the team. I didn’t. And I was surprisingly sad. I didn’t tell anyone I applied or that I was rejected, so it was my little sad secret. I shed a few tears, but decided I would just try again next year.

This year I raced over 50 races in their clothing. I promoted their brand and product constantly live and online, and met tons of their team members at races, expos, and through social media. I had people tell me I embody their mission and tagline and would be perfect on their team. When I applied this year I kept thinking “third time is a charm” (now that I think of it, I have no idea what that even means, but whatever). On the app they ask for all our social media info, this gave me even more hope since my accounts are flooded with pics of me wearing their brand.

Tonight I saw the list of the new team for next year, and I didn’t make the cut. Again. At first I was a little bummed, but no biggie. But then I started thinking about why they didn’t pick me (they don’t tell us why), and my stupid brain shifted into overdrive and all these “I’m a loser” and “I’m a failure” and “Nobody wants me” thoughts consumed my head. WHAT? Where did these even come from? I couldn’t remember ever thinking I was a loser, or a failure, or unwanted? I know I am a good athlete and a good person. I know I have people out there who love and want me. I didn’t know where this was coming from.

Then I remembered all the times I did think these thoughts in other areas of my life. As a wife, as a “mother”, as a business woman, as a leader, with my finances, with my eating, with my self-discipline.

SHEESH! Now that I think about it, I am a regular failure. I AM a loser! I don’t deserve to be part of a team, I would only let them down.

I can’t be the only one who feels this way from time to time, so I wanted to share with you the reason I was so shocked at how hurt I was. I thought I had overcome all these horrible thoughts and beliefs I had about myself. I used to think these thoughts on a daily basis, and I used to believe them whole heartedly. With time, patience, self-love, and personal growth (reading and listening to books to help me understand myself more and move toward the person I want to be), these thoughts and feelings have lessened. So much, in fact, that I thought they were gone, until tonight. Being rejected by the team I thought I was destined to be on, brought back all those old feelings of worthlessness and shame.

At first I was SO embarrassed that I got upset and cried over this seemingly insignificant incident, I would have NEVER shared this in the past, but now that I have had some time to reflect, I am glad it happened.

It was a great reminder not only of how far I have come, but also how far I still have to go. I never want to stop learning about myself and becoming a better and better version of myself. It also reminded me how important it is to include people in my life.

I posted something on Facebook immediately after my rejection and had several people respond with their story. Many were also denied and hurt about it. I even had a dozen people send me private messages sharing with me how they are sorry for me but not to be discouraged as I am an amazing person and athlete without the team. It reminded me how supportive people are and it made me want to be a better person for them. It also reminded me that we are not alone, that I do belong to a prestigious club with all the people I touch in some way every single day. I don’t need to be part of a team to be surrounded by my peeps who love me.

I am grateful for those of you who love me for me! And I hope by reading this you know that YOU are an incredible human being. And we don’t need approval or acceptance by any outside entity to be deserving of love and acceptance and worth. One of my FAVORITE quotes can sum this entire post up:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Now go out in the world with your head held high and be the amazing, compassionate, loving, full of life BAD ASS you know you are! And I will too!

Love you!

See you soon!

What is Most Important to You?

What is Most Important to You?I was listening to a guided meditation this morning on the Headspace app and he asked the question “What is most important to you?” I repeated the question several times to myself but an answer didn’t come. Well, several answers came, myself, my husband, my family, making money, losing weight, saving money, my businesses, being a great athlete, inspiring others, being true to myself, my dog, sleep, eating healthy, my mind went on and on.

Luckily, the guy doing the guided meditation kept me focused (thanks Andy) kept asking the question so I could focus and re-ask myself “What is most important to you?” No single answer came.

It made me realize I haven’t been taking the time to focus on my priorities and what is most important to me, and that is why I have felt so scattered and unfocused in my daily activities the past 2 months.

I have lists and schedules and I’m frantically trying to get as much checked off as possible during the day, but I feel like nothing is really getting done.

I know I’m not alone in wanting to fit 30 hours of stuff into a 24 hour day, but the truth is, it’s just not possible. I want to add my new things (yoga, meditation, morning routine, running, eating raw, etc.) into my life, but not willing to give up any of my things I am already doing.

Impossible! I can’t add water to a cup that is already full without losing some of the water. And by water I mean my mind! Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind.

I don’t like to complain about losing my mind because I know there are so many people out there who have far more to complain about than I do, but I know I can talk to you guys because you get it. Thank you by the way!!

Anyhoo…back to what is important!!

I am grateful for this reminder to sit down and make some time to set my priorities for the month. This makes decision-making easy and helps with focus throughout the day.

Here are guidelines if you don’t know where to start…

Because I was pondering this question today, I switched some things around in my day so that I was giving time and energy to what is most important to me right now in my life. And I feel SO much better.

And got a lot done today!!

If you ever wonder what your priorities are, look at your life. Whatever is getting the most attention will show up most prominently.

So take a few minutes today and think about (or even better, write about) what is most important to you. Then take action and craft your days, weeks, months, and life around your priorities.

In one day, I can already see and feel a difference.

Good thing I made my meditation app a priority and listened this morning!

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Meditation for Non-Meditators

Meditation for Non-MeditatorsI have been telling myself for years (ok decades) that I want (and need) to meditate. I had a regular meditation practice from age 4-14 and then I let it go. I came from a family of TM (Transcendental Meditation) practitioners and it was normal to wake up to my mom and dad sitting in bed meditating every single morning. If we wanted something we would have to wait until their 20 minutes of bliss was over.

Since I grew up around meditation, I never thought it was weird or different, I just didn’t see the value in it, which is why as a teenager I stopped. I needed that time to “Aquanet” my hair into a wall of fuzz or to change outfits 6 times before heading to school. And on the weekends ‘The Smurfs’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ was on super early, and that definitely trumped any silly meditation practice.

Well, as always, hindsight is 20/20 and I wish I would have never gotten out of practice as now it is hard to get back into a practice.

So here I am almost 30 years later working to make it part of my morning routine.

Over the past 10 years I have tried several different types of meditation, usually coming back to TM, and usually only lasting a couple weeks. But every time I want to give up, I listen to another podcast or read another story with someone I admire who says one of the most important parts of their day, and a non-negotiable in their daily routine, is meditation. So I try again.

One of my fave podcast hosts, Rich Roll, who has the most amazing guests on his show, also talks about his struggle with meditation. Funny thing is that his wife is like super meditator and I imagine meditates several times for long periods throughout every single day.

About 18 months ago Rich had the creator of the HEADSPACE app, Andy Puddicombeon, on his show talking about guided mediation and how to make it a regular part of your day. It was a great podcast and I uploaded the app immediately!! But that was as far as I got.

Earlier this year I needed more space on my ancient phone to make a video, so I deleted all the apps I wasn’t using, including Headspace.

But guest after guest on his show, when asked about their morning routine, included meditation as an integral part of their success in life.

So 2 months ago, while talking with my friend Katie, who was also failing at starting a meditation practice, I uploaded the app (again) and committed to a start date. After all, the beginning guided meditations were only 10 minutes, and free! No brainer!

We started a Facebook group and invited some of our friends to join us. I excitedly started on Day 1 and loved it. Short and sweet, simple, I liked the guy’s voice, I’m in! I took me a month to do the first 10 days.

What? Total failure!! I suck at this!

But when Katie (who a month in was only on Day 3) told me how much she sucked at meditation and that she can’t even get through the 10 mins and felt like a total failure, it sounded so silly! Sucking at a meditation practice, failing at listening to a guided mediation, being a crappy meditator? Those were all things I told myself and believed them, but hearing Katie say them out loud made me realize how ridiculous I sounded.

So I told her (and myself) it’s called a practice for a reason, it takes time and patience to sit there and ignore all that is going on around us, it takes discipline to make it a habit, and it takes focus and commitment to let yourself, even for 10 minutes, let go of thoughts, lists, schedules, responsibilities, and chatter.

Plus the guy doing the guiding is super forgiving and lets us have a minute of freedom to think whatever we want at the end…like recess!!!

The next day I started back up with day 11, and another month later, I am on day 19. Baby steps!!!

But this time I am more gentle and understanding with myself and my crazy brain that won’t turn off.

This time I know I will get there…eventually!!!

My goal this month is 3 times a week. I am up to the 15 minute meditation so I take 45 minutes a week to train my brain to sit quietly in the moment and be still and open to the greatness I will become.

You don’t have to be great, you just have to start!!

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See you soon! Om.

I’m Not The Luckiest Girl In The World

I’m Not The Luckiest Girl In The WorldI like to use the hashtag #luckiestgirlintheworld when I am posting something on Instagram I am super grateful for. Like getting to train in the middle of the day, getting to take a nap, winning a race, making money while I sleep, etc.

But the truth is, it’s not luck at all. I have spent more than a decade creating my life and making it into something I truly love.

So even though I like my hashtag, I like to correct others when they tell me how lucky I am.

Here are the 3 I hear most often…

1. You are so lucky you don’t have kids so you can travel all the time and do what you want.

Actually, I’m not lucky, I chose not to have kids. We are 100% in control of our choices, and that is a conscious one my husband and I made.

2. You are so lucky you like healthy food.

Another conscious decision I made was to change the foods I ate. And slowly over time, my body started liking more whole healthy foods and less process foods. It takes time, but if you give your body fruits, veggies, and whole grains, your body won’t want all that processed artificial crap anymore.

3. You are so lucky you get to work from home.

I chose to start a home-based business while working full time at a gym over 10 years ago. For the first 2 years I worked about 80 hours a week until I was able to go part-time and eventually quit my job. I made a goal to make enough money to replace my full-time job, and I worked BOTH my job and my business until I could.

This took hard work, vision, dedication, time, effort, and giving up excuses. SO WORTH IT!

These are all choices I have made, and I took the steps necessary to make my dreams become a reality. These are things ANYONE can choose to make happen. I don’t believe in luck. I believe we get back what we put out. We get what we give. We are who we are because we have worked to become who we are. And I love it!

I am grateful I have a choice and grateful I can make my life into anything I desire.

Like I said I have spent years creating my life and I want to see you create your ideal life as well. I do have a free video course that shows you exactly how I did it in 7 simple steps that I would love to share with you!

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Please reach out if you want help with this. I would love for you to love your life as much as I do!

And for people to tell you that YOU are the luckiest girl in the world!

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I Didn’t Do My Weekly Newsletter Last Night and I am Not Sorry

I didn't do my weekly newsletter last night... and I'm Not Sorry! | Motivation and Personal Development“Sorry” is a phrase that IMO (in my opinion) is overused. At least in my world.

In my businesses I am constantly following up with people who have told me they wanted something from me. A product, the biz opportunity, a party, a meeting, etc. Often when I am following up, I get this response, “No thanks, sorry”.

I like to ask “Thanks for your response, what are you sorry about?” But I never get an answer. I actually truly want an answer because I am curious what they are sorry about? For example if someone is wanting to lose weight and I tell them about Beachbody’s nutritional shake, Shakeology, and they say they want to try it and will order when they get paid Friday, I follow up.

“Hi Cindy…did you still want to order Shakeology today?”
“No thanks, sorry”

Why are you sorry? Who are you sorry to? Me? I’m not the one wanting to lose weight. I’m not the one asking for help. I’m not the one who said I wanted to order it Friday.

Maybe she is saying sorry to herself? For not making her health or her needs a priority? For not following through with what she wants for herself? For putting other people’s needs in front of her own?

This is what I woke up thinking about his morning. Not Cindy or Shakeology or even any of my businesses (I have no idea how that tangent even happened), but about saying “sorry”.

You see, almost a year ago, I decided (or was prodded by my marketing coach, Tara) to start a weekly newsletter.

Every Wednesday I send a newsletter to whoever wants to get it with an easy vegan recipe, a fun workout, and one of my recent blog posts which mostly deal with my personal growth and all the things I am passionate about and screwing up in my life. Only one time I did not get my newsletter out on time and only one time I skipped the week.

The skip was “excusable” because it was halfway into my 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states and that’s a cool reason to miss a week. The late time was because my life was so crazy I actually forgot it was Wednesday!!! I woke up early the next morning and apologized profusely and swore I would get my shit together! I felt like a loser and a slacker and that I let people down…all 28 of them who opened my newsletter that week!

Was I really sorry to those 28 people, half who may have opened it but never read it, the other half who probably wouldn’t have noticed it was late if I hadn’t mentioned it in the newsletter? Did anyone even care? I highly doubt it! So yes, I was saying sorry to myself, for not holding up my end of the bargain, for being the one who broke the deal, and finally for being so hard on myself for not getting it done.

I have no idea where that all came from as that (again) was not where I was going with this!!

Anyhoo…last night (Wednesday) after a long day with several unexpected, unplanned adventures, I got home at 7:57pm, gave my dog a kiss and my hubby a pat on the head (or maybe it was the other way around, I really can’t remember), and grabbed dinner and took it up to my office to get on a team video meeting at 8:00.

After the meeting, I was beat. I left my dishes next to my computer, took a shower, and crawled into bed. In the 8 seconds before I fell asleep, I suddenly remembered I didn’t do my weekly newsletter. I almost jumped out of bed to make sure to get it sent on the day it’s “supposed” to go out (it’s called Happy Hump Day from Kirsten) but then I decided against it. I chose to take care of me and get enough sleep for the first time in a month.

I woke up this morning (Thursday) and lay in bed thinking of the apologetic message I was going to write in my newsletter when I sent it out this evening, which got me thinking “why am I sorry?

I chose to sleep instead of doing the newsletter. I can’t be sorry for something I chose to do.” And that is what I wanted to write about today. To remind myself (and you) that we all make choices every single day and we need to own our choices, not be apologetic for them.

If you are sorry for your choices, make other choices. If you are sorry for your actions, chose a different action. I feel like “I’m sorry” these days is an excuse and easy way to get out of something. And that doesn’t feel good to me. I want to be impeccable with my word, and to me saying sorry when I’m really not sorry goes against that.

So I am committing to not saying sorry unless I really truly mean I am sorry. I’m not sure what that situation would be because as I am writing this I’m trying to figure out if there is anything in my life I am sorry for? My life is a compilation of every choice (both good and bad) I have ever made and has made me into the person I love (finally) today.

So I am not sorry.

But I do love you guys.

And I’ll get my newsletter out to you.

And I’m not mad at myself.

And I’m not a loser.

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Homework: Do What You Love

Homework: Do What You LoveA little over 10 years ago, I was struggling with some issues, and ended up hiring a life coach to help me work some things out. After getting to know me a bit, he gave me an assignment to write down 50 things I was “wildly passionate” about.

Seriously? Wildly passionate? That sounded both corny and impossible to me. After much negotiation (I was a horrible client I now realize), it ended up being 25 things I liked or that made me happy.

My next assignment was to pick the 10 I loved most. That was easier. Since I already had a list of 25, I just picked the 10 I liked most. And “loving” something was easier than being “wildly passionate” about it!

I still have my original list (I had it pinned to my wall until we moved into the RV 3 years ago) and it looked like this (in no particular order):

  • Setting Goals
  • Eating at Taj
  • Getting a Massage
  • A Super Hard Workout
  • Watching a Movie
  • Being with my Family
  • Making Money
  • Personal Development
  • Competition
  • Organizing/Planning/Scheduling

I even went as far as calling it 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life. Excited was OK, passionate was still a weird word to me at the time! Baby steps.

The next goal was to incorporate AT LEAST 1 of these 10 things into my schedule every single day. This was a challenge at first. I was working too much, I was tired all the time, I had no money, I wasn’t taking time for myself or my family, and I was living day to day trying to prove to “someone” that I was “something”.

But I stuck with it and looked at the list every single day while making my schedule. Some days I did ZERO (such a failure), but over time, with practice and awareness (baby steps), I was incorporating more and more of this list into my daily life. And something amazing started to happen. The more I did these things, the more I did these things!

Now, 10 years later, I am extremely good (sometimes too good) at taking care of myself and making ME a priority. There are days where I am incorporating 3 or 4 of these things into each and every day! And if I were to make a list of 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life, it would look pretty much the same as it did 10 years ago. AND…I think it would be easy these days to make a list of 50 things that I am wildly passionate about! What’s-his-face (my coach…can’t remember his name) would be proud.

So I want to give you this gift! I challenge YOU to make a list of 25 things you like. I challenge you to pick 10 that excite you. Write them down. Hang them up where you can see them every single day. And start doing AT LEAST one of them every single day.

Oh and PS…you need to schedule them into your day. If you are waiting for “spare time” or “extra time” or your day to “open up”, that’s not going to happen!!!

I would LOVE to see your list!!!

And CONGRATS for making yourself a priority!

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Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Happy Birthday Joey!On Christmas Eve one year ago we started looking online to adopt a new dog…and by “we”, I mean “me”. Our last dog Sam had died in June and we were ready to add to the family again. I spent 2 days reading through profiles and when I came across Joey’s, I was sold!!!

He said he was energetic and loved running but also loved being a couch potato! OMG! That is me to a tee! My ideal day would be running a marathon in the morning and then watching movies the rest of the day!! He was perfect!! Plus he was 2 years old (young enough to be part of the family for a long time but old enough to have already been trained) and small (we had never had a small dog, but were living in an RV so it was time to downsize our dog).

We read through the application and it mentioned a home visit. Boo! I wasn’t sure if someone would give a dog to a family living in an RV in an RV park with no yard, no dog door, and no place to run around during the day. But I sent the app anyway! Joey was meant to be with us!

I got a call the following day and as luck would have it, I knew the woman who ran the shelter!! Boom! I was in! Anyone who knew me at all knows I would treat my dog like my own child and would make sure he was always taken care of no matter where I lived! Now all we had to do was meet Joey.

We met him where he was being boarded and he was a ball of energy, climbing all over the furniture, chasing the ball and running in circles. I loved him but was worried Rick would object since Joey was a shedding machine AND Rick had never let his dogs on the furniture…ever!!

On the way home we chatted about it and Rick said if I loved Joey, we could take him in.

We were planning on doing a test run over the New Year weekend at our place, but the day before he was coming over, we got a call from the shelter saying Joey had an aggressive episode and they wanted us to be aware of it. And that it would be best if we kept him on anxiety meds and saw a trainer on a regular basis. This didn’t scare is off, we decided to wait and see how he did in our family. Our last dog Sam was super anxious, needy, and aggressive with others but did well with us since we are pretty low-key and relaxed.

So on January 1, 2015 Joey came to check us out and he has never left our sides. We declined the drugs and trainer and he has never once showed us anything but love. He is playful and energetic when we are but calm and snugly when we want to be. He is soft and obedient and makes me laugh every single day.

He is the perfect addition to our family and I am so grateful he was put into our life.

Happy birthday Joey!!

PS…please adopt a dog! There are so many who need good loving homes!

Here is where we got Joey…

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