What motivates you?

Many of us need to really be “moved” to be motivated to change the direction of our lives. For some of us, that could be a devastating event and for others, they are just naturally curious. What gets you going? For me, it is the internal drive to improve myself. If I am unsure how to do something or I am unaware of how to do something, I usually research it and try it. Sometimes, I realize I don’t like whatever task I am doing, but I learned something in the process. If we go day in and day out, eating relatively the same food, falling into a similar pattern for the day, and never really looking to learn something new, then we get bored. I used to think I got bored of the job I was doing and then needed to find a new one. I have since realized, it is not the job, it was my life. I needed to grow my soul and cultivate my skills.  I like to shake things up and throw myself a curve ball. Doing that keeps my brain and my body motivated to do more. I know I need more of nature and becoming one with nature. I used to be so distracted by social media and not paying as much attention to who is real in my life. I am happy things have recently become even more clear. I have to say, life in your 40’s is divine.  What gets you motivated?

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What am I most grateful for today?

I am most grateful for my heart. My heart gets me into trouble and I am too trusting but I refuse to give up on thinking most people are not good. I realized I have helped a lot of people in my lifetime and I need to continue doing good for others. I have built up a good network of professional people and friends. I am going to continue volunteering more with my kids. It is important to serve others. I had my time so tied up that I wasn’t making time to serve others. At one point, I had all my kids involved serving the poor on a regular basis. Then I began eating up my own time and not doing good for the community. I see a huge difference in my kids behavior and attitudes when we are serving the poor regularly. I am also grateful for an active creative mind. I am thinking way outside the box on how to make money and be there for my kids. It is not easy but I am confident I can do it. So many other people in this world have been able to make it happen, so can I.

What are you grateful for today? Please tell me in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you!

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Jesus is my refuge…..

Today I am grateful for knowing that there is something bigger and more loving. I am grateful for Jesus. I feel comfort knowing I can seek refuge in him. There are evil things and people in this world. We need to crush the darkness with light. Do not fear. I love the Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (or through the darkest valley), I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Hold your head up and move forward. There are many out there that will say things that aren’t true, twist the stories in their favor, but you will see their true colors. It all comes out. As they try to destroy you, they destroy themselves. The worst thing a person can do is speak and say untrue things. The tongue is the most powerful weapon and words cannot be unsaid. Filter what you hear and remember, there are always two sides to a coin. I think deeply about all the stories in the tabloids. I feel so bad for celebrities. I got a taste of what that feels like and I have a new appreciation for the other side of the coin. You can’t control what others say and do, but you can control how you react to it.  Remember, let Jesus take the wheel.

Fear.

The worst thing a person can do is fear the unknown. Every time in my life I have feared or had a sense of holding back because of the unknown, I had to learn to get past it and move forward. What is the worst that can happen? Not moving is the worst! I am watching a fascinating movie about how McDonald’s got started. I read up on it years ago and happened to stumble upon this movie. This movie got me thinking about so many things. If these guys hadn’t had the confidence and motivation to move forward in spite of their difficulties, it would not be the chain it is today. McDonald’s started as one small drive through and now look at it today. The cap if you will on the brother’s ability was a very efficient drive through. They did not have the ability to expand on their own because of their lack of skills. The brother’s did not have the foresight in seeing a larger picture. We need to listen to the words and skills of those who have experience or maybe even just a crazy mind.  We all have special skills and abilities. Some of us are detail oriented, some of us are creative, and some love spreadsheets. There is a strength and a weakness for everyone. The strength a person has is to find their weakness and hire it out. As a team of people with different strengths pull together, they are unstoppable. I truly believe the key is follow through. A vision needs to be turned into a reality. It is not an easy task. You have what it takes to make it happen. Someone told me I should be a millionaire by now by the way I work. I don’t define success by money. I define success as interpersonal success from growing within. I have a lot of growing to do, lessons to learn, and I have realized that I will never be done. There is not a cap on learning. Never stop improving.

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Travel! Travel! Travel! Open your mind!

Ever since I was a young child, I have always pictured myself as a world traveler. Sometimes in life, we take a different route and have other priorities that need to get taken care of first. The older I get, the more I realize that I cannot give up on myself. When I was in Dubai a couple weeks ago, I was at a cricket tournament, it was evening and the moon was out. I took the time to observe the moon. What I discovered immediately was that the moon was lit up differently. As I stared at it, I asked a couple of other people if they noticed how the moon was lit up. No one  really noticed it was different. The moon was lit up from the bottom and not from the left side like I see in Minnesota. I was extremely grateful to God for allowing me to see this. I was grateful that at that point in time, I was somewhere far away from where my world resides. My mind was opened with just this little tiny observation of the moon. I have always known that there is so much in this world to discover. The moon lit differently convinced me there is so much to discover and I need to discover and experience so much more than I realize. We are apart of this huge world. Our small impacts we make are colossal to the people we impact. Keep on traveling and discovering. You never know, the person you may impact the most just may be yourself!

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Dubai moon lit up from the bottom.

 

Are you a victim?!

I’ve been up all night because where I was it was day. I still haven’t recovered from the traveling time difference. So, anyway, I’m dancing and cleaning listening to up beat music. I keep having these thoughts run through my mind. You are only a victim if you choose to be. No one can take away your strength without you allowing it. Why would you allow someone to bully you through horrible tactics? This can be applied to many areas of life. Stand up! Be brave! Be strong! You got this! There is only strength in hope. The brain is an interesting part of the body. I read through some of my past blogs and it hit me again that I am listening to myself. Say strong and say and think positive things. Think the direction you need to be going in. Don’t look back! Life is full of double edged swords! Only move forward! Here is today’s sunrise picture! Thank you God for letting me see it!!sunrisep

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Be Generous!

I have come to the realization of a common theme in my life. Be generous. Be generous in your time, talent, and money. This crazy world needs those who are leading by example. If we all do something nice for someone else, I promise you we can change the vibrations of this planet. Our brain is an interesting tool. If we think something, we can make it happen. We all have the power inside of us to change this world. We have to start with the small acts of kindness. Any act of kindness will impact someone in a positive way. Let’s go out today and be nice to one another. Shine your light on others! This world needs love and compassion!

Have a gorgeous day!

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Shine your light on others!

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