"Be like an eagle and soar above the mockingbird."We all have goals and eventually we will encounter obstacles. We can either soar like an eagle to new heights and push through the obstacles and conquer our goals; or we can just stay where we are, in our comfort zone, and never know how great we can be!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
There are some evenings Michael has his two kids at the studio and we always have fun hanging out playing, watching Netflix, drawing, hide and seek, duck duck goose, or whatever makes them happy. Not going to lie, I think they mainly like me because I'll do anything they want regardless how silly I look as long as they are having fun and then I bring snacks! :) Last night B was enthralled in the Power Rangers movie so Mars and I sat down and started coloring. You know a simple thing of just coloring was really therapeutic for me. As a kid I always loved to color and for that moment I was just enjoying being able to hang out with these two precious kids and being present in what they want to do. And what they want to do are the most simple things in life, I mean our biggest concern is which Ninja Turtle am I going to be today. I thought to myself, I love doing this and I should do it more often as part of my "me time" and how I create space for myself.
Now, I will admit, I'm not the best artist as far as actually drawing pictures (ask the kids, my Mini Mouse and Ninja Turtles are funny looking...lol); but I always enjoyed taking a picture and turning it into something pretty and colorful. It just made me realize that sometimes enjoying the simplest things in life, even things from our childhood like coloring, can be a great way to create space for ourselves and even as I mentioned before be very therapeutic. I mean, regardless of how my bad my day went, how can I not smile as I'm coloring a dancing cow in a tutu? I'm going to go buy my own set of crayons and coloring books! Take time to enjoy the simple things in life!
Friday, August 7, 2015
But, somewhere along the way I think many of us, including myself, social media has become our life. Examples of social media are: blogging, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Podcasts, Google+, YouTube, and even just your every day e-mail. And these are just the few I can think of off the top of my head. Yesterday I made the comment to someone, "If you need anything or have questions, shoot me a FB message, e-mail, text, or call me. I get all the alerts on my phone." And not only all the social media, but I have my other apps on my phone, including my music. There are times when I'm laying there, lights out, music on, and I'm in the middle of my meditation and I'll get an alert. When this happens, I don't even look at the alerts, but the issue is that the purpose of meditating is to be completely in your thoughts and away from distraction. How effective is my meditation if my thoughts are being interrupted every time a social media alert goes off? And I don't know if it's because this has been a long week, or if my social media just happen to be getting a lot of activity at that moment, but I was recently meditating and it seemed like alerts were just going off every 30 seconds to a minute. I was getting pissed and ended up ripping the headphones off and shutting my phone off.
But, this got me thinking about social media and how it plays a part in my life. The social medias I use daily are Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, my blog, and e-mail; then a few others from time to time. Don't get me wrong, social media is awesome and I'm still going to use my sources to stay connected with the world, but just like anything if it becomes your life it can be distracting. This morning's meditation ended up being over social media in my life and have decided to take a social media sabbatical for the weekend. What does that mean? It means this is my last post from me on any of my social media forms until Monday, nor will I be getting on any of them to get updates. I'm still going to do what I had planned to do this weekend, workout tomorrow morning, present my carb cycling seminar, start planning and prepping for next week's meals, go to church Sunday, my Empire forms, and do everything else I normally do that doesn't involve social media. I figured those friends and family who really need me or need anything can call me because they have my phone number; and any social media updates will still be there Monday once I've returned. I want social media in my life to help stay connected with friends, family, and even to be able to help others through my blog; but what I don't want is it to become my life or a distraction in my life. So, everyone have an awesome weekend!
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Sometimes we have to step back, do some meditation, and really evaluate the people in our lives. And as hard as it is sometimes, those people who are no longer serving your life in a positive way, it might be time to let them go. Now, I personally struggled with this, and I did have to let go of some people. But, there some I didn't want to just give up on, but really work things out. So, I did give some time before shutting certain people out, but after being hurt and disappointed so many times because they want to focus on the negative and what is best for them, I realize there were some that just weren't ever going to be able to serve me in a positive way so I had to let go.
So, who are you surrounding yourself with? Is time to evaluate the people? If you feel the relationship is worth fighting for, by all means, have a heart to heart with that person. But, if they can't respect you enough to truly support you in a positive way, it might be time to let them go. There's another quote I like, "Surround yourself with those who with lift you higher."
Saturday, August 1, 2015
There are days when Michael's workouts seem ridiculously hard and there are times when I'm in the middle of one and wonder if I'm going to survive it. Like the other day I had a hurricane workout and then had a finisher where I rowed so many meters EMOTM. I even made the comment I felt like my legs were going to fall off. There are even workouts that are so intense I actually get pissed at him while I'm doing the sets and would like to reach up and punch him in the face (it's okay, I'm sure he has the same feelings when I whine...lol). There have been times when he's corrected the way I do something and it ends up making the exercise harder, and normally it's something as small as just pulling my shoulders or chest back. And when I do make the comment that made it harder, he'll reply "It's supposed to be hard." or "But did you die?" And he's right, it's supposed to be hard. If it's not hard is the workout really effective? And even though I really try not to whine, I do have days I whine or complain more than others about the difficulty, but the important thing is I don't stop or give up.
One of the things I've noticed is the harder and more intense the workout is the better I feel once I've finished. I might be laying on the floor or taking my time to make my way to the showers because I'm waiting for the feeling to come back to my legs, but once I'm up and moving all I can say to myself is "That was another Epic Watkins Workout!" So, when you're working out and you feel it's too hard just remember it's supposed to be hard, that's what makes it great!