1 June 2020 – Power and Unity in Numbers

Weekly YES Quote!

“There is power in numbers and there is power in unity.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(recommended reading: A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr)

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This week I had originally planned on speaking on how my community is starting to slowly open up because we have come together as a community to keep each other safe. Which is still important; however, the events that have come about in our nation in the last few days cannot go without being spoken about.

I am a white woman who has many friends of different colors, cultures, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

I consider myself as a very open minded and accepting individual, but I also have never lived in fear because of the color of my skin.

Tell me your stories.

I do not want to be another ignorant white person who unknowingly perpetuates the status quo.

I want your voices heard.

I want to be an ally.

I want to walk with you.

There needs to be a change in our system.

There is still a deep rooted prejudice that exists in our country that is not regularly acknowledged at a level that will evoke this change.

That complacency has to end. It must.

As the late, great Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,

There is power in numbers and there is power in unity.

This is unlike any of my other weekly yes quote posts, and it’s because it matters more: it’s heavier.

So please, with all your hearts and feelings and emotions and everything in your being, share.

Because your voices deserve to be heard, and through your voices we can all be brought together.

We’re a community, and we need to act like one.

I want to honor George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and all the black men and women who have been killed when the camera wasn’t rolling. 

I haven’t much more to say other than that.

So please, take the time to share.

My eyes and ears are open.

We are together.

25 May 2020 – I Get To Choose Today

Weekly YES Quote!

“Que sera sera. Whatever will be will be. The futures not ours to see.”

Doris Day

Weekly Reflection

Today is my 30th birthday!

Throughout our lives there’s always something we are looking forward to, and I’ve being looking forward to ringing in a new decade surrounded by my friends and family for the past year.

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to your high school dance, your graduation, your family vacation, marrying your best friend, or finally retiring. All those celebrations where you anticipated being able to be with the ones you love the most. 

I remember watching my friends and acquaintances celebrate their 30th birthdays over the years and excitedly thinking, “what will I do to celebrate my 30th birthday?”  

Never in a million years would I have thought I would have a Quarantine 30 and be unable to physically celebrate with my people. 

I keep telling myself that I need to be grateful for what I have and for the time we live in.

We have the technology readily available to connect with loved ones all over the world. I can cheers my loved ones from my living room knowing we’re still sharing this moment together. However, I still feel a pang of sadness not having their presence with me, and that’s okay too. I have accepted that I can be thankful and disheartened.

Feel what you feel, but love what you have. You’re so fortunate to simply be here. I feel fortunate that you’re here.

I have decided that I don’t need a special travel plan, a big party or even a night out with friends. I am simply fortunate I get to turn 30. 

My challenge to myself today and everyday this week is to wake up and allow myself to feel both sides of my emotions, but to choose gratitude.  At the end of the day, my birthday is just another day. It’s up to me to make it into something more.

I want you to wake up every morning feeling the same: like every day is your day and you have the power to choose the attitude that you will face it with. We’ve all lost something during this time, but the one thing that can never be taken away from us is our outlook. Our perception is what we get to consciously choose no matter what life throws at us. Hang on to that and wield its power. 

Weekly Challenge

Let go of the expectations you have set for what you imagined your life to be like and instead embrace what you do have, what you are able to do, and where you can go. 

Throw on some Doris Day and rememeber “Que Sera Sera.” (What will be, will be).

I’m stoked to turn 30 no matter what is going on around me and what phsyical limitations have been imposed on our lives. There is no limitation on my ability to choose my attitude. 

Let’s be stoked to start this Monday and take it on together.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

I’d love it if you shared some of the ways you’ve pushed past the limitations of this situation with me and our other readers by commenting below! 

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18 May 2020 – Nothing is Impossible

Weekly YES Quote!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

Audrey Hepburn

(Quote taken from Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life)

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Weekly Reflection

This past week was… just okay.

I’ve settled into my new norm by working my remote and in office days, yoga from home, running my neighborhood, occasional grocery store trip, and social hour via video chatting friends and family.

Nothing out of the new norm to report there.

But something just didn’t feel right.

So here I am, late on a Sunday night, writing tomorrow’s blog post. Yep, last minute here we go.

It’s not that I wanted to do this last minute… truly I usually get these written sometime mid to late week and then spend some time proofreading over the weekend to ensure the post is ready for Monday.

This week, however, I just couldn’t muster up the inspiration to write this post until now.

And I finally understand why it is that it’s taken me so long to have the inspiration to write this post: this past week I settled.

It’s like I’ve been resuming my previous robot lifestyle wherein I take no time for myself to branch, reach, or strive outside of the already time-constrained schedule.

I’ve been given an opportunity to shake it up, change my routine, and hit the accelerator in ways I wasn’t able to before. Yet here I’ve caught myself settling…

Have you caught yourself settling lately? 

Have you caught yourself thinking I have the time! I should read that book, test out that new recipe, clean out the closet that I’ve been shoving stuff into, call up that friend who I’ve been wanting to get in touch with…? Instead of capitalizing on the time you’ve been presented with to accomplish what you’ve been wanting to achieve you catch yourself postponing even further.

You’re not alone if you have, and please don’t let yourself think for one second that it’s all lost.

Each day is a new day. Each day anything can happen.

Each day is your opportunity for something more… something better!

You just have to decide to not settle in and let your life coast by.

No one or thing can hold you back other than yourself.

Weekly Challenge

Have you felt yourself settling into the new norm lately?

Be honest. It’s okay if you have.

Don’t forget you, in at least some ways, settled into your life before you were forced to make changes.

We are creatures of habit.

We enjoy what we enjoy and some of us find it harder to branch out more than others, but at the end of the day even those who took a leap felt extremely uncomfortable in the process despite their ability to overcome their fears to push for what they wanted.

Here we are!

We will be triumphant in our lives because we were and are able to adapt. 

I almost lost site of why I write the Monday blog post until I came to these realizations today.

My friend even mentioned to me that writing a weekly post ready for release on Monday mornings was a lot of pressure… not discrediting this statement because it can feel like a lot of pressure to come up with material for sharing, but I love writing these posts!

Writing the weekly yes quote post helps me to kick-start my week by providing myself with a weekly check-in to see how I’ve felt emotionally and physically, where I feel I need to make changes, and what actions I need to take in order to get to the next step. I hope the posts empower you to do the same.

So let this serve as a reminder if you’re starting to feel yourself settling in: you can do anything you set your mind to.

If you want something that bad, you can achieve it. As Audrey Hepburn says in this week’s quote,

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

So don’t settle when it matters most. Reach! Strive! Push!

Simply put: don’t settle when there’s more you want out of life than what you already have.

You are possible.

You are amazing.

You will get to the next step.

If… you don’t settle, and you believe in yourself the way I believe in you.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

The link to Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, is an affiliate link. If you purchase the book following my link I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! This book is among my favorites – her writing and motivation empower me every day to continue to write these posts and to kick butt as my other endeavors. 

I’d love it if you shared some of the ways you’ve felt yourself or have witness someone else settling and how you plan to make positive changes with me and our other readers by commenting below! 

11 May 2020 – Unexpected Happenings

Weekly YES Quote!

“Let this unexpected happening point to your strength not your weakness. Maybe you’ve been entrusted with this. Not cured with it.

Lysa Terkeurst, from her book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

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Weekly Reflection

The last couple of weeks I’ve shared a lot of my experiences and feelings with you in order to challenge you to take on the week and all weeks to come.

Not that there’s anything wrong with sharing my experiences… rest assured many weeks to come will stem from my experiences and feelings. But this week I really want to focus on you.

How are you

Please, take a moment to pause and really ask yourself the question: “How am I?”

You’ve been through a lot over the course of this last month or so, and you’re finally going to start gaining back privileges – you’re going to start gaining back your life.

It doesn’t matter where you live – your location only changes the number and extent of the privileges you’re receiving back. It only matters how you feel.

We’ve lost loved ones, we’ve lost routines, we’ve lost income, we’ve lost relationships that we weren’t able to cultivate… you may have lost even more than that, and I send my heart out to you if that’s the case.

Regardless of the weight of your losses, I encourage you to cheer up and push ahead!

Think about:

  • who you’ve been wanting to give a big bear hug to,
  • what activities you’re going to partake in that you’ve since been unable to,
  • when you’re going to congratulate yourself for mentally getting through this,
  • where you’re going to go for your first meal out of the house,
  • why you’re fortunate to be here, and
  • how you’re going to take the next steps towards your new norm.

I’m not saying to forget the past. That would be irresponsible for I’m a firm believer that you cannot know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.

I am saying to look ahead – you have so much more life ahead of you!

This was simply a massive speed bump which reminded us that we’re not invincible just as your car wouldn’t be when hauling over that speed bump at greater than 25 MPH.

It has reminded us that all of our needy, immediate gratification we’ve developed isn’t the way to live a full life.

Before quarantine did you ever take the time to,

  • think before entering someone else’s personal space,
  • wash your hands to aid in not spreading germs everywhere,
  • pick up the phone to call someone who matters to you just to tell them you were thinking about them,
  • step outside onto your home simply to appreciate the warmth of the sun on your skin,
  • request to have the privilege to work from the comfort of your home so you could have at least one super productive day without coworkers interrupting you at your office desk,
  • try out a new food or drink recipe, or
  • emotionally check in with yourself to ensure your organs weren’t being replaced with metal parts?

You didn’t ask for this quarantine or some of the negative energy it’s brought into your life.

But what you can do is embrace the good it’s brought to your life, and harness that good energy for your future.

Weekly Challenge

Again, check in with yourself by asking yourself, “How am I?”

What answers did you derive from the reflection questions above?

Did you write them down?

Well, if you haven’t already, write the answers to the reflection questions down.

Please, don’t roll your eyes or think whatever lady.

Write the answers in your journal, on a note pad, in a Word document on your computer, or even on a paper towel or square of toilet paper (if you have some to spare – giggle) in bold Sharpie.

The power of transferring thoughts and emotions from within to life via ink on paper is so empowering. You can see it, feel it, and reflect back to it.

You’re so important!

Don’t let the negative energy win out or forget all the obstacles you’ve overcome through this growing process as you gain back privileges and start paving your new path.

You’ve had a chance to reset. 

You’ve had a chance to reconnect with your life.

You’ve had a chance to pursue new things that otherwise you’d never have taken the time to look twice at.

Use this as a stepping stone towards a better, happier, and healthier you.

Hug yourself when you feel the negativity trying to push it’s way in. Embrace yourself like you’ve never embraced yourself before. Then, when you let go, remember how the pressure felt and let it compel you forward.

As this week’s quote by Lysa Terkeurst’s in her book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, says,

“Let this unexpected happening point to your strength not your weakness. Maybe you’ve been entrusted with this. Not cured with it.

Don’t abandon all that this quarantine has brought you, or disregard who it has made you into.

For some of it, maybe with or without knowing, was necessary to fill out your life so you could live the life you deserve.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

The link to Lysa Terkeurst’s book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, is an affiliate link. If you purchase the book following my link I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! This book is among my favorites – I read it whenever I need a boost on saying yes even when my mood tells me otherwise. It empowers me to live my yes life as I hope you will do for you.

I’d love it if you shared some of your reflections with me and our other readers by commenting below! 

4 May 2020 – Hit the Pause Button

Weekly YES Quote!

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Leo Tolstoy, Author of many famous works including War and Peace

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Weekly Reflection

This past week was one of the more challenging weeks to keep my calm and patience.

I finished my Monday off strong and was headed into Tuesday with a can do / invincible attitude!

I mean seriously, here’s how my Monday went and it was awesome:

I woke up feeling fabulous, strutted my amazing self over to the Nespresso machine to fill my cup of liquid morning gold, cleansed my face, let my natural curls frame my face with a simple oil application for nourishment, dawned a clean sweater, and perched myself atop my exercise ball chair in front of my computer setup without pants.

If you know me, I’m simply… anti-pants – I know others of you are thinking the same thing.

I logged off my computer at 17:00 sharp and setup for an intense 55-minute signature heated barre workout through Belle + Barre (thanks Jeannine!) in the living room followed by a 30-minute flexibility yoga class through the Down Dog Yoga app.

Monday boxes checked! Successful work day and two awesome workouts! I was on top of the world when I crawled into bed Monday night.

Now, onto Tuesday!

Like, how could this week not continue to be killer in a good way?! Well, let me tell ya…

A little backstory: my office is essential due to the contracts we hold, so I am remote MWF and in the office TR. We take all the precautionary measures: masks, social distancing, and the works.

As I tried to get ready to go into the office, I found myself unable to leave my apartment –  I was getting bombarded with I need this, help me on this, and hey are you available because omg this… There wasn’t an appropriate time to say, “Sorry team. Give me an hour to get myself out the door so that I can handle these issues.”

I finally found a window to leave for the office at least 3-4 hours into the work day (at this point I almost decided to not even bother, but I’m a firm believer in showing up if people expect you to physically show up so I did).

I setup my laptop, grabbed my note pad, plugged my phone in, and went to check the time when I noticed I’d forgotten to put my watch on before leaving my residence *huge sigh.

I never forget to wear my watch… ever.

Soon as I noticed my watch wasn’t on my wrist I paused.

I stopped everything I was doing, took a deep breath in, held it for a few seconds, and then slowly let the breath out.

In that moment I knew I was running too hot… I wasn’t giving myself the time to check in with how I was feeling.

I brought my focus and attention back to myself.

Here I was sweating nervously to ensure others needs were met, and I’d neglected the one person who matters most: me.

I didn’t even take the time to ask myself, do you have everything you need before going into the office

It should’ve been a no-brainer to take 10 seconds before exiting and locking the door to check-in with myself to see if I was ready to go. But instead, in a panic to suit other people’s needs, I’d barreled out the door and was on my way to the office without even a second thought about my own needs.

That isn’t okay with me, and it shouldn’t be okay with you either.

You’re the number one person you need to take care of no matter if the circumstance is basic or life-threatening.

When you’re on an airplane and the flight attendant is taking you through the safety procedures, who do they tell you to apply the oxygen mask to first if that situation should arise? YOU!

I lost that this past week and ran rampant for hours before a simple I forgot my watch moment snapped me back.

It shouldn’t have taken a missing wristwatch to remind me to check in with myself, and nor should the equivalent happen for you to check in with yourself.

Weekly Challenge

We’re faced with obstacles every single day that take us away from our core.

Some obstacles are basic what should I eat today, and some obstacles are intense OMG! I need to do this, but first… but if I don’t do… the other, then… I… cue major panic.

Our time is precious. 

We shouldn’t spend it freaking out or spinning our wheels – once the motion stops you don’t feel any better. If anything you cycle back and think what the heck did I just endure?

I’m here this week to tell you to hit the pause button.

Just like this week’s yes quote by Leo Tolstoy says,

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Take a deep breath in, slowly release that breath, and recenter yourself. 

Bring the attention inward instead of focusing on everything outward going on around you.

You can take on any challenge you’re faced with if you’re centered with your hypothetical feet planted firmly beneath you.

Do this for you right now… even if your day is going smoothly and there aren’t any visible road blocks coming up in the near future: hit the pause button. 

Take a moment, even 5 seconds, to check in with yourself before proceeding to the next task.

Keep this theme throughout the week to give your mind the clarity it needs in order to ensure you’re operating at your absolute best.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

The link to Leo Tolstoy’s book, War and Peace, is an affiliate link. If you purchase the book following my link I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! This book is among my favorites. It’s a lengthy read, but well worth the literary journey! I highly suggest checking out this book as well as some of his other works like Anna KareninaHadji Murad  and The Death of Ivan Ilyich (all affiliate links).

I’d love it if you commented some of your favorite businesses or books that provide your mind & body with the nourishment it deserves! 

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