Monday, December 07, 2009
An excerpt from
Charging the Human Battery
~by Mac Anderson~
Think about that. One choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can change directions this very moment. For me, that idea alone is highly motivational because it offers tremendous hope, regardless of circumstances, for a better tomorrow.
Your life-changing choice may be to switch careers, to leave an abusive relationship, to go back to school, to stop drinking, to adopt a child, to start a business, to lose weight, to start a charity...to name a few. If you have the courage to do so, you could make any one of those choices, or others, today. And you would change your life.
Sometimes it’s a different kind of choice. It can be to not quit, to not give up in the face of adversity. We’ve all been there.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen received 77 rejections for their idea Chicken Soup for the Soul. They had to make a decision each time...should they throw in the towel and say enough is enough, or should they keep trying to pursue their dreams? You know the rest of the story. The 78th publisher said “Yes” and they went on to sell over 100 million books.
So never forget that you are only one choice away from changing your life. Do you have the courage to make it?
Monday, October 26, 2009
“We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.”
What a wonderful quote to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness! If you stick with the crayon analogy, there will always be crayons you favor over others (I’m a periwinkle fan myself), but each crayon has its purpose and its time–and each crayon adds color to the world in its own unique way.
We are the same–we each have our purpose, our time, and our ability to add color to the world. While it is important to discover our own uniqueness and what we can offer to the world, it is equally important to respect those we meet and what they bring to this world.
We live in a society that can be quick to label and judge. Labeling and judging ourselves or others destroys possibility. If we replaced labeling with compliments and judging with support, what a wonderful world this would be.
While we cannot change the words or actions of others, we can change our own. Strive to replace labeling with compliments and judging with support as you go about your days.
I release labeling and judging and use compliments and encouragement instead.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is my kind of article. My team knows how much I LOVE YOGA X and how much I encourage doing it
Try adding a little yoga into your schedule. The physical benefits include becoming more aware of your body's posture and alignment, improved flexibility, an increase in endurance, an increase in strength and resiliency, and improvement in balance, just to name a few. Yoga can have an impact on your mental health as well. It helps promote calmness and stress reduction. Yoga can make a huge difference in your life.
Monday, October 19, 2009
“You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin William’s humor and wisdom also extends to his quotes. He is right, we are each given a “little spark of madness,” that little part of the soul that isn’t scared to dream or fly or laugh or trust or dance or sing.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is often eager to extinguish the spark. I was talking to my best friend the other day and she was pointing out how many “don’t” messag-es we receive in our lifetime. She recounted how as children we are told: Don’t run. Don’t touch. Don’t be mean. Don’t talk back. Then we get older and hear: Don’t park here. Don’t speed. Don’t cross. Don’t drink coffee (or do, then don’t, depending on the latest study). Don’t eat processed foods. Don’t be late. Don’t walk
In the wake of all of life’s “don’t messages,” we must be sure to feed that little spark of madness that still wants to “do, do, do.”
When was the last time you “let go” and had fun for the sake of having fun? When was the last time you let that little spark of madness burn brightly?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I DID IT!!! Won 1st place in my age group (40-44) on my 1st 5k run
It was pretty exciting for being my first race. As most of you know, I have been doing practice runs for the past 2 months. I am so glad I did. It helped me pace myself. I knew what my time needed to be by the half way point. My pace was 20 seconds slower than I wanted, so picked it up for the last half. It was funny how my breathing would pick up from other runners. I had to refocus and breath my pace. I remember what everyone told me on here (SP), run your race. So I concentrated on that. For the past couple weeks I have been practicing on sprinting the last stretch of the race. So today when I reached the top of the hill, I started my quick breathing and stretched out my legs. It felt really good. There wasn't anyone around me when I reached the finish line. With God's strength and P90X bringing me to an awesome fitness level, I was able to raise the bar for the 40 - 44 yr old age group P90X "BRING IT" TEAM for being my inspiration! All of you that have been running in races and doing TRI's motivated me to do this.
The BIGGEST goes out to my no. 1 supporter's/cheerleaders, Melanie & "Bri". Both of them did AWESOME waking up early this morning and being there for me. They cheered me on and took some AWESOME photo's. I LOVE YOU BOTH
Here are some of those AWESOME photo's:
1st 5k Run
stretching before the race
I wasn't able to do this before P90X
smile for the camera
waiting for the race to begin
and I'm off
finished 5k run @ 23.37.4 1st in age group, 19th in over all
smile for the camera at the end of the race
chit chatting with fellow racer
My BABY, no. 1 supporter, cheerleader, and photographer
final standing results
An AWESOME experience! Can't wait to do some more next year!
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