Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I didn't set out on this journey thinking that I would be considered as motivational or inspirational to anybody.
I've had a hard enough time over the years just motivating myself to try and see some results, let alone "leading" others by example. Nope. Not me. Not my example. Well, many of you who have been with me along the way over the last year, have conveyed to me that I have been a source of motivation and/or inspiration. I have to admit, I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around words like that which are tossed in my direction. Don't get me wrong, it is greatly appreciated when I hear that and I have used those words through my journey to help to keep me pushing forward when I didn't necessarily feel like it. It is great motivation to not want to let myself down but it might be even greater motivation for me to think of letting others down who look at my story as a source of inspiration. So thank you all for your kind words over the months that have helped to keep me going.
So why do I bring all of this up now? As you may know if you took a look at my blog from last week, that I had hit my low point in my now nearly year long journey. I really had a difficult couple of weeks and I wanted to share that with you all and to be honest with what I was going through. What we are doing isn't always easy and we do have our ups and downs. It is always darkest right before dawn, right? Since last week, I have been refocused and recommitted to my journey and reaching my goals and it has been going great! Now, on top of that, I have had a couple of really cool things come my way that are all a little surreal and leave me feeling honored and humbled.
First, I was nominated as a Spark motivator by some of you all out there in Sparkville in the category of overall motivation! Wow! Me? To whomever nominated me and and voted me as that, thank you! That is definitely an honor! I was really surprised when I saw it. Thank you again!
Second, I got an invite from Spark to join the Spark team SP's Official Success Stories Team! It is invite only and needless to say, I was really surprised to get that invitation! Here is the team's description...
"This team represents the Best of the Best, the Spark People Success Stories. Our goals are to promote and celebrate our own successes and motivate and encourage others to create their own."
Now you know why this blog is titled "Surreal, Honored, Humbled". By the description of the team, I would have never guessed that 361 days ago when I started on this journey that I would have fit that description! Surreal! I'm honored! I'm humbled! I also filled out a questionnaire and sent in before & after pics for possible promotional type things in the future. Crazy stuff!
I really have to say thank you guys for all of the support and encouragement that you guys have given me over the last, nearly year now! I know that I wouldn't be where I am in my journey today if it wasn't for my wonderful Spark friends and all of your support!
But, this isn't over yet so I am going to keep pushing. I am going to meet my goals, if not surpass them! I hope to see all of you crossing that finish line with me and I look forward to crossing that finish line with you!
BTW, I will be sharing my before and after pictures with you all in a few days when I hit my 1 year anniversary of this crazy journey!
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