27 January 2020 – Be Present Today

Weekly YES Quote

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it…”

Ferris Bueller

Weekly Reflection

We live in a world crowded by social media… nothing new to anyone in this statement! It’s completely overwhelming the amount we check our:

Instagram (likely at least 5X per hour),

Facebook (likely at least once per day),

Pinterest (likely at least three times per week – I’m daily),

Reddit (likely at least once per week)…

[insert social media here that takes you away from focusing on you]!!!

In an effort to focus on myself and pay more attention to me, I started keeping a daily journal. Simple right!

I take roughly 3 minutes in the morning to reflect on what I’m grateful for, what would make today great, and to set a daily affirmation. Then, before going to bed, I take roughly 2 minutes to jot down what went great that day and what could’ve made the day even better. SIMPLE!

The daily journal kicks off with a reflective quote (similar to how the weekly yes quotes are setup) and low-and-behold there was my favorite quote from Ferris Bueller!

He makes a beautiful point about stopping and enjoying the present.

If we’re constantly going going going as our cultural pushes us towards, we’ll miss out on all the wonderful things going on around us.

We wake up, walk out the door, bust ass at our jobs, maybe hit the gym / grocery shop / cook dinner after work, get ready for bed, and then wake up the next morning to do it all over again. We get caught in this never ending do-loop, and rarely do we stop to look around, and more importantly, do we stop to focus on ourselves.

Weekly Challenge

While going through your normal routine this week stop and reflect on how you feel while performing the regular actions:

  • Do the actions bring you joy?
  • Do the actions seem mundane and lackluster?
  • Are these actions your idea or someone else’s?
  • Is there a new action you’ve been wanting to add to your routine?
  • Can you spice up the actions to make them more interesting or desirable?
  • Are you focused during the action or do you catch your focus slipping away?

Take some time this week to really pay attention to yourself and your needs.

It’s 2020! A new year! Start it off right by focusing on #1: Y-O-U

19 February 2018 – Live Your Dream

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Dr. Seuss

Have you ever experienced a vibrant, almost life-like dream? Where you’ve woken up only to realize that it wasn’t a reality, but just a figment of your imagination. And upon realizing that it wasn’t real, you felt a bit empty, sad, or maybe even lonely.

That is a horrid feeling! The feeling of waking up alive and bright only to have the feeling wane, fade, and disappear.

We can’t feel wholesome and fulfilled if we aren’t living up to our potential.

Going through life, participating in the same mundane cycle on repeat that doesn’t make you your best you, won’t make your reality better than your dreams.

So stop for a moment on this new Monday morning and think to yourself, what can I do today to make my reality better than my dreams?

Does this mean getting up a bit earlier to start that workout you’ve been meaning to make part of your routine?

Does this mean writing down your thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes, goals, etc. in a journal so that you can reflect on them and push forward towards actually accomplishing them?

Does this mean rekindling important relationships that need mending, but you haven’t taken the time to do so?

Does this mean changing your perception of what your every day is?

Does this mean letting go of something bitter that’s been holding you back from reaching your true potential or no longer aligns with what you need?

Whatever it may be – CHANGE IT!

You have all the power in the world to say yes to what will benefit you!

You have all the power in the world to stop the harmful cycle that makes you want to sleep versus live!

You have all the power in the world to be the change you need to be your best you!

As Dr. Seuss said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.”

So go find love – love isn’t necessarily a material object or a person. Love is a feeling. It’s a feeling that drives you forward every single day.

I challenge you to make the change that’s preventing you from loving your reality and preventing your reality from being better than your dreams.

And it may be multiple changes that need to be made. That’s okay! As long as you don’t lose sight of what will turn your dreams into a reality.

You can do it! I know you can say yes to the changes that need to be made no matter how daunting they may seem. The question is, will you?

 

12 February 2018 – Surrender to What Is

“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.”

Eckhart Tolle

Too often we get wrapped up in what was or could be instead of enjoying what is.

We run so fast and work so hard that sometimes we don’t even stop think about the present.

We’re  constantly thinking about what we need to do in order to succeed… what we could’ve done better… where we would be if

Let those thoughts and fears leave your mind if for no longer than at least 5 minutes. Take time to yourself to just feel you in the present moment.

Are you outside? Can you hear the birds chirping? Can you smell the fresh air? Can you feel the warmth of the sunshine?

Are you at home? Can you hear the dishwasher running? Can you smell the fresh cut flowers in the vase on the counter? Can you feel the soft beating of the water from the shower head?

Are you in the car? Can you hear the radio playing your favorite song? Can you smell that new car smell after having your car detailed? Can you feel the car accelerate each time you lower your foot on the pedal?

Are you at the office? Can you hear the footsteps of coworkers running around? Can you smell the freshly made coffee in the kitchen? Can you feel the smooth texture of the desk surface?

Take the next 5 minutes or so to think about yourself, and where you’re at right now in this moment. Don’t let your mind wander to what happened yesterday, or what you need to accomplish in the next hour. Simply stop, take a deep meditative breath, and reflect on this moment.

Surrender to what is so that you can enjoy what will come.