15 June 2020 – Unleash Yourself

Weekly YES Quote!

“Each of us was born to bring forth something that has never existed: a way of being, a family, an idea, art, a community – something brand-new. We are here to fully introduce ourselves, to impose ourselves and ideas and thoughts and dreams onto the world, leaving it changed forever by who we are and what we bring forth from our depths. So we cannot contort ourselves to fit into the visible order. We must unleash ourselves and watch the world reorder itself in front of our eyes.

Glennon Doyle from her amazingly empowering book, Untamed

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Weekly Reflection

The past two weeks have been a lot to say the least.

They’ve made me question whether or not I’m doing enough for my community and others around the world. They’ve made me question whether or not I’m being a strong enough woman when I cannot humor with the pain others are unfairly enduring. They’ve made me question whether or not I’m enough as I am to help move our society forward.

I’ve been so wrapped up in how others must be feeling that I started to lose sight of how I feel.

As such, I decided I needed to refocus.

I spent a lot of time at the beach over the course of the past week.

The sight of the ocean, the warmth of the sun on my skin, and the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline help me to recenter and reset my intentions.

I set my phone aside (no music thank you while Mother Nature is graciously singing to me), crack open my book (I’m currently reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle thanks to a beautiful friend gifting it to me as a birthday present), and set to relaxing while nourishing my mind.

I let go of the tension in my face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and legs.

I allowed myself to inhale deeply and exhale even more deeply.

With each breath I felt the tension further release from every part of my being.

We each have a lot to offer. Of this fact I have zero doubt. But we cannot present the world with that offer unless we’re fully centered and restored as ourselves. We have to be at our strongest, most committed to self in order to make waves of change for others.

We are each here for a reason. 

As Glennon Doyle says in this week’s yes quote,

“Each of us was born to bring forth something that has never existed: a way of being, a family, an idea, art, a community – something brand-new. We are here to fully introduce ourselves, to impose ourselves and ideas and thoughts and dreams onto the world, leaving it changed forever by who we are and what we bring forth from our depths.”

The world is waiting for you!

The world wants to see what you can do!

The world is yearning for the unique contribution that only you can bring to it!

Whether you needed to recenter in the midst of all this chaos and forward progression as I did (for amazing change, just like I said in last week’s yes post, “Use Your Voice,” is coming and will inspire change for other areas where the system isn’t working for us), or you’re feeling grand as you are (and darn tootin’ I think you’re grand even if you needed to recenter as I did!), think about what you have to bring forth.

Weekly Challenge

I cannot say it better than Glennon Doyle does in the latter portion of today’s yes quote,

“So we cannot contort ourselves to fit into the visible order. We must unleash ourselves and watch the world reorder itself in front of our eyes.”

Glennon held herself back from unleashing her true potential.

She wrote Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life and then Love Warrior: A Memoir before truly opening herself up to the world in her book, which brings us this week’s yes quote, Untamed.

She now has a beautiful wife, and three lovely children with her ex-husband. But, had she embraced her love for women over men despite societal pressure to be a good mother, wife… you name it, she wouldn’t have started to truly live and embrace her existence at age 40.

Here she is now truly living as herself.

So I challenge you this week to embrace your unique self and determine why you exist.

What sparks joy into your life?

What makes you feel whole?

What brings a massive smile to your beautiful face?

Don’t wait until you’re 40 to determine why you exist. Don’t wait another minute!

Unleash yourself upon the world this week by embracing the reason you’re here, and showing it what you have to offer.

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 links to Glennon Doyle’s books, Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, Love Warrior: A Memoir, and Untamed, are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books following my links I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! Although I’m in the middle of her book, Untamed, it is already among my favorites.
Glennon Doyle struggled to fit into society all the while defying who she was as a woman. She hid her true self, her amazingly beautiful self, from the world until one day she said to herself, “No more.”
I cannot recommend the book, Untamed, enough to those of you who are yearning for some empowerment to shine in today’s society or if you’re simply in the mood to continue your awesome journey.

I’d love it if you shared some of the ways this week’s quote has made you feel, and what you think your unique purpose is.

8 June 2020 – Use Your Voice

Weekly YES Quote!

“We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, ‘We, the people.’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(Pocket RBG Wisdom: Supreme Quotes and Inspired Musings from Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

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Weekly Reflection

This past Saturday marked one full week of consistent protests since Sunday, May 31.

I’ve been thinking a lot this week since posting last week’s weekly Yes quote (if you haven’t read last week’s yes post, please do so by following this link: Power and Unity in Numbers).

Our world and the systems we’ve setup to support it aren’t perfect by any means. There are flaws left and right that are becoming more and more apparent.

The death of George Floyd is only one of many tragic events that have horribly taken place.

Three officers stood by and watched as Mr Floyd begged for his life until he took his last breath. THREE!

I won’t dwell on the facts of what happened because you can research them on your own and you should if you haven’t already.

I will focus on the fact that it took a man dying before his time to bring attention to a major flaw in our law enforcement system.

This system as well as many others deserve our attention, and we should rise up, use our voices, and stand for what we believe in before the system we’re passionate about fixing takes another life. 

No one deserves to die like Mr Floyd did.

No family deserves to lose a loved one as Mr Floyd’s family has had to struggle with.

No person should ever have to walk in fear of succumbing to the same fate.

We are a beautiful group of people.

We can make a change. We can make a difference. 

But we can only move mountains if we use our voices.

I’m not saying you should join the protests, rallies, or marches.

I’m not saying you should post to your social media accounts, call/text people, or go door to door verbally expressing your opinions.

I’m not saying you should post signage in your windows for all your neighbors to see.

We each have a unique voice, and we should use it for the betterment of our society.

So whatever that voice is for you… please, use it.

This afternoon I walked around downtown San Diego with a friend to see how the area was reacting to all of the protests, and I was pleasantly surprised by the way the community was handling businesses boarding up their doors and windows: with art.

Beautiful people were expressing their feelings towards the horrific event through art via painting murals on the boards.

Better yet, when I stopped to applaud them, the first ladies I spoke with, Alex and Mo, welcomed me to pick up a brush and join them. Ladies, I will be joining you again later on this week as we make these boards a canvas towards systemic change (I’ll also post pictures down below that I snapped while on my walk for reference).

These people, who care immensely about a topic dear to them, are using their voices to drive systemic change.

Don’t let fear or laziness or any other procrastination adjective get in the way of you using your voice. And remember, a voice isn’t necessarily a sound your mouth makes. Your voice is a form of communication.

As the notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been quoted saying,

We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, ‘We, the people.’

Together we can do anything we set our minds to.

Weekly Challenge

What causes have you been wanting to support, but have been dragging your feet to finally pull the trigger and take part?

Think on it.

There’s always something dear to our hearts no matter our race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, backgrounds, cultures…

Maybe Black Lives Matter is your passion, and you’re barreling in head first to drive systemic change! Good for you if so! Your hard work is paying off: the world is seeing the numbers of people coming together over this shared passion and change is coming.

Maybe animal cruelty is your passion, and the thought of laboratories using them for science experiments or butcher shops chopping away without a second thought regarding that creature’s life really gets under your skin.

Maybe gay rights is your passion, and seeing people you love or being unable yourself to legally wed a member of the same sex is infuriating to you. Love is love! I’m an advocate for that, and anyone who loves someone should be able to express their love however he or she wants.

I could list off so many more maybes, and it ails me at how long that list is.

We are a society that should be accepting and not repressing.

We are a society that should be forward not backward thinking.

We are a society that should be represented by a stronger system than we’ve proven it to be.

So do something about it before more lives suffer.

Your voice needs to be heard however you’re comfortable expressing your voice.

It’s your voice! It’s your society! It’s your time to use your voice to improve your society.

Without expressing your voice nothing will change and the status quo will remain the same. Of this I sadly have no doubt.

But, if we band together over issues that require attention, I know we can make positive change happen.

I challenge you to dig deep this week and think about what your passions in life are.

I challenge you to use your voice to address positive change for your passions.

You can make a difference if you believe in something strongly enough. You just have to use your voice.

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 where I grabbed this week’s yes quote from, Pocket RBG Wisdom: Supreme Quotes and Inspired Musings from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 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 – RBG is an amazing woman making huge leaps for our society, and having her book in my collection has helped to inspired me in my daily tasks.

I’d love it if you shared some of your passions with me and ways you’ve made advancements towards furthering your passions by commenting below!

Or, if you’re stuck with a huge heart ready to give, I’d love it if you commented below to reach out to myself and other readers to help you further your journey! 

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)

 (You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life is an affiliate link)

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! 

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