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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.

Having Abundance

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. – Wayne Dyer

I like my job, I work with nice people and I’m a fairly decent teacher (I think).  I don’t, however LOVE my job.  I don’t love my job for a variety of reasons, none of which I have any control over.  At one point in my life, I had a job that I LOVED….I mean seriously loved.  When I was working I literally felt like a Disney princess, singing away with birds flying around and woodland creatures frolicking in my office.  And you know what, during that stage in my life, I felt like a golden child….like everything was just perfect.  I was making good money, didn’t have a lot of bills had great friends and an awesome relationship.  Mind you, my life WASN’T golden and it wasn’t perfect, but it felt that way.  It felt that way because I was just so darn happy.  See the thing is, when most people talk about abundance, they think money – I do that a lot too.  However abundance can take other forms…friendships, an abundance of love, happiness etc.  So try and find the joy in what you’re doing and watch and see how your life overflows with abundance

The Blame Game

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging, to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want. – Joe Vitale

In life, things happen.  When good things happen, we’re more than happy to accept the credit and celebrate and life is good.  When bad things happen, we’re usually pretty quick to shift blame, or look for a scapegoat or a reason to explain why the bad things are happening.  It’s all so and so’s fault, or he did this so…that happened.  Guess what, that doesn’t do anything but serve to make you miserable.  And when we’re miserable, we tend to focus on being miserable and guess what, we become MORE miserable.  It’s time to let go of the anger, and the blame and the judging…stop holding all that yuckiness inside – just toss it out with the trash.  Open yourself up to bringing in good feelings, happy feelings, JOYFUL feelings and then wait and see what happens.


Laugh at yourself. It tones your facial muscles and attitude. – Kelly Rudolph

So I’m posting this a day late not becuase I didn’t have time, but because life threw me a curve ball yesterday.  Honestly, it was a HUGE curveball.  In fact it sped past me, curved around and bopped me in the backside.  And I’ll be honest, it threw me for a loop.  There were a lot of little things that happened yesterday that bummed me out and then there were a couple of big things, and BAM.  I then proceeded to do everything wrong.  I wallowed, I didn’t look for positives, and I sure as heck didn’t laugh, and my attitude SUCKED.  But then I sat down and honestly looked at everything that had bummed me out, and really none of them were insurmountable problems.  I just magnified them and made them far worse than they really wore, and as such, I suffered.  By last night, I had turned it around, and I started looking at the things that had happened and finding some good in them.  Not everything is perfect, but you know what, life isn’t perfect.  Life is messy and complicated, joyous and happy and freaking fantastic and horrible all at the same time.  But I’m chosing to focus on all of those good things and not let the bad things get me down….at least not too much and for too long 🙂

Go the Distance

You won’t realize the distance you’ve walked until you take a look around and realize how far you’ve been. – Anonymous

When I was a kid, time seemed to pass so slowly.  As i grew older, time seemed to pass more quickly.  But I always still seemed to be racing towad something and never ever getting there.  I sometimes feel like I’ve been struggling to get there, but was in actuality, getting nowhere.  But then I sat back and took stock of my life and who I am, and what do you know, I’ve made great strides in my own personal journey.  I was only able to see that by looking at where I started.  I felt like I’ve been stagnating career wise, but when I really sat down and looked at where I’ve started, and where I am now, I realized I’ve accomplished some pretty great things.  Am I where I want to be?  No, of course not, because like most people, I keep raising that bar, and that’s okay.  I’ve realized that I’m making great strides and I will go the distance, and so will you.  We can do this!

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