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Real Beauty

Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.  – Jenn Proske

We, as a society, are obsessed with our looks.  We nip, we tuck, we use this make up and take that pill, all in an effort to look good.  Don’t get me wrong, if I could get liposucked from head to toe, I wouldn’t say no lol, and yes, I wear make up on occasion.  And yes, I want to look good, but I think all of us forget, that true beauty, real beauty comes from within us and shines outward.  Think about it, when you’re truly happy inside, and filled with joy, can’t you just feel it radiating outward?  I’m not saying don’t use make up or other beauty aids, if you want a hair transplant, get the hair transplant.  Just remember, you’re already beautiful inside – let it shine out to the rest of the world.

Anything is Possible

I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in. – Roger Clemens

I was thinking about this quote this morning, and about the person who said it.  There are many people who believe that if you have a positive mindset, you’ll get positive outcomes.  Roger Clemens, for those of you who don’t know him, was an amazing major league pitcher.  Roger also states that if you have the right mindset, you’ll get the right outcomes, but he adds one additional caveat that you need to put the time in.  For me that is key.  I can believe that I’m going to be an amazing surfer, but if I don’t get out there and get on a surfboard, I don’t really see it happening.  Effort matters.  If you want to increase your income, believe you can, see yourself being rich, but then, you need to do something to help yourself get money.  So have the right mindset, but be willing to put in the time and effort to make it happen – chances are, it probably will

Keep Positive

There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.- Hillary Clinton

I struggled over using this quote.  Not because I disagree with the message but because of who said it.  I try to keep all political thoughts and opinions to myself.  I support who I support, you support who you support.  Nothing I say is going to change your mind and nothing you say is going to change my mind.  With that little disclaimer out there, I’m using this quote because I agree with it, it has nothing to do with who said it 🙂

Things happen in life.  Good things happen and not so good things happen.  When good things happen, life is great.  When the not so good things happen, well then, lots of times, we feel like our world is just falling apart.  Those times are when we want to just mope and sulk and pout (well I do anyhow).  That’s precisely when you need to give yourself the proverbial smack upside the head and have a good attitude.  Believe that things will work out, and have faith that you are doing all you can do, and chances are, they’ll work out.

Make the Right Choice

Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.- Camryn Manheim

I have had similar conversations so many times in my life, with my children, with my students and even with myself.  Hating somebody doesn’t do anything to that person.  It does a heck of a lot to you, and none of it is good.  Focus on forgiving (that’s not the same as forgetting).  Don’t focus on the negative.  Focus on the positive and channel that energy into doing good.  It will help you and help others.

Try Something New

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

I used to be a skier.  I’m not any longer but I used to be, and I used to love skiing more than anything else in this world.  I literally spent every conceivable moment I could at the ski area in my town.  If I wasn’t in school, and I wasn’t there, then it wasn’t opened.  I skied other places as well and I was never as proud as when I came off the mountain at the end of the day and said I didn’t fall at all.  Now the thing is, in one way, that was great.  It meant I was skiing safely and not taking chances, which is never a bad thing.  But it also meant I wasn’t pushing myself, trying new things, or improving my skiing abilities.  Looking back, I could have pushed myself and gotten better without taking crazy out of control chances – but I could have taken chances.  Life is like that.  We have to take chances in order to get better, or in order to grow.  That doesn’t mean we have to take insane crazy chances, or try something new like jumping in a volcano, but we do have to take chances, take some risks and try new things.  Making mistakes suck, sure, but they are how we learn.  So look around and find something new to try – it may be something as little as taking a new route to work, or something as big as looking for a new career…just try something new and allow yourself to grow.

Make Your Own Future

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter F. Drucker

Becuase I work with teenagers, I get a lot of “What if’s” from them.  What if this happens, what if that happens.  My standard response to them is I can’t predict the future, but if I could, I’d be predicting the winning powerball numbers.  But since I can’t do that, I choose to make my future.  Mostly with them, my talks about making their own future revolve around staying in school, making good choices, etc.  But guess what, we all get to create our own futures.  The things that we do, the choices we make, they impact us on so many levels and they definitely play a huge role in creating our future.  It’s pretty powerful when you think about it.  The power to create your own future lies within you.  What are you going to do with it?

Feel the Beauty

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

We can all look at a beautiful picture and see that it is esthetically pleasing to the eye, but the beauty part that comes when it reaches into your very soul and grabs you.  For me, it doesn’t happen as often as I would like, but when it does, it is the most powerful moving experience ever.  So when you’re looking at art, or listening to music, watching a movie or taking a walk in nature, don’t just look with your eyes, or listen with your ears, open your heart to the beauty that is in the world and let it fill you up.  Allow it to enrich your life and watch the joy and happiness follow 🙂  And for those of you who say there is nothing beautiful in your life, I cry bull!  It’s everywhere, you just have to open yourself to seeing it, hearing it, and above all feeling it deep within your heart.  Try it.  It’s the best thing you could ever do for yourself!

Cheer Up

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. – Mark Twain

I really had to give this one some thought, and then it was like a lightbulb went off.  I must have been having a duh moment because seriously, this one doesn’t require much thought.  It’s so true.  When you’re sad, or angry or whatever, and you’re focusing on that, the mood just seems to get magnified until it consumes us.  It festers and takes over.  When you’re focusing on somebody else, your not focusing on you.  You’re putting your energy into them and what they’re dealing with.  I’m not saying you should ever ignore your own issues, but if you’re feeling down about something, or angry, try focusing on somebody else – make them laugh, or even smile, and I bet you’ll notice a lightening of your own mood.

Live Your Dreams

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

We all dream.  We all dream about the places we want to go or the things we want to accomplish in our lives.  It’s time to make our dreams a reality.  You have the power within you to make your dreams a reality and take the world by storm.  It may not be easy, and it may not happen right away, but never ever lose sight of those dreams.  Keep striving to reach them, and reach them you will , and your life will become even more amazing than it is right now.  Yes, your life IS amazing right now because it’s YOUR life.  It is unique to you, and your dreams are unique to you.  Sure lots of people dream of going to Disney World, but none of them will ever experience it the way you will, just because it’s your experience.  Live your dreams, experience all the wonders that are out there waiting for you.  Your life is one grand adventure after another – reach out and grab those adventures, live your dreams and most of all, love this wonderful life that is yours, and yours alone.

That’s What Friends Are For

That’s what friends are for. They help you to be more of who you are. –Christopher Robin

While I always love a good Winnie the Pooh quote, this one really touched me.  Becuase I work in a high school, I get to see a lot of high school drama first hand, and a lot of that revolves around friends, or what people think friendship is all about.  Friendship is not all about hanging out and gossiping, or going to the mall, or watching netflix all day.  It’s not about someone to party with, or even someone to just chill with.  Real friendship is something so much more wonderful and magical.  A real friend isn’t someone that you have to see every day, or talk to every day.  A real friend is someone who sees all the good in you and makes you want to strive to be even better.  And you do the same for them.  They seem to magnify or amplify all the good qualities that already exist in you, and in doing so they set the bar pretty high as you strive to be more.  That’s what friends do, and that’s what you do for friends.

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