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This chapter of my life is called Happiness. This is my Soul Space…

I smile. I sweat. I motivate. I live. Realistically and Beautifully.

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April 2015

With the journey, don’t forget the reward. 

  

When will all we do in a day be enough? Wake up earlier. Eat better. Sweat more. Make more money. Smile more. Be the BEST parent. Friend. Husband. Wife. Did you get all of your water in today? Did you help someone else? Maybe you were barely getting by today. Maybe you feel lucky you made it out of bed, and showered. 

When will you feel like you completed your day in goals and wants and needs? Do you ever go to bed saying, “Today was perfect…” I will guess, not very often. 

So, my question to you is this. When will what you did today be enough? If your answer is never, then keep scrolling. I’m challenging you to open your mind. Open up to the possibility that if one day out of the week is good, then that should be good enough.

You try hard. You wake up wanting to look the best, smell good, work hard, live the fullest and at the end of the day YOU want to lay your head down knowing you tried your best. But…. Do you? Do you appreciate all you’ve done that day? Do you pat yourself on the back? Do you go to sleep with a smile? Doubtful. Why? Because we are always trying to keep up with the Jones’ or the most popular on Facebook or your best friend or a celebrity. Well, new flash…. That isn’t you. They aren’t you. They will never be you. 

Live your life. Every day, do your best. If you don’t appreciate all you do and REWARD yourself, you will continue to dig that never ending hole with no end in sight. 

Set your own goals. Reward yourself when you achieve them. Pat yourself on the damn back!! Smile at yourself in the mirror. Look at your life, your kids, your spouse. Do you contribute a large part of yourself to them every day? Yes you do. Pat yourself on the damn back. Give to you. Give to them. Give all you can. Appreciate. Reward yourself… Then, keep going.  ~A

~Our souls can become tired, very weary, of striving to grow, to do things well, to do our best at life, love, work if there is no reward. Our passion can wane if good is never good enough, and if the rewards and pleasure are always at bay- somewhere out in the distant future. If you find yourself beginning to resist working hard, doing well, striving for spiritual growth, maybe it’s because you’re neglecting to reward yourself for all you’ve already done. If you feel like the world offers no reward to you, maybe it’s because you’re not cooperating by rewarding yourself.~    -Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart

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Feel your power. Appreciate your health. 

 

We are so lucky. Do we realize every morning how damn lucky we are to…

A. Live in the United States. Protected and filled with amazing lattes, great shopping and gyms everywhere. Let’s be realistic here. Your odds of being born in America to healthy parents who can provide for you and get you to adulthood is, well, very low. We are lucky my friends. Hear it. Live it. 

B. Have health. Even those struggling with health challenges, we are surrounded by knowledge and the ability to gain health. If you are given the challenge, you have the ability to fight back. Something not everyone can claim…

C. A home. Whatever type of home it may be, a large percent of anyone sitting on their phone/computer at this moment has a roof over their head, heat, food, a bed, clothing and a shower. Guess what? Those are all things you should be thankful for. 

So, with that 👆being said. I give you this. I challenge you to not complain tomorrow about a headache or a lack of energy. You have the ability to stay healthy and strong EVERY DAY. Live with that blessing and get your ass to the gym or the track or the trail or the pool. Whatever it is that gets your glow, go do it. If you have the ability to choose chicken salad over a cheeseburger, for God’s sake….. Choose it!!! A chicken salad stocked with veggies is a BLESSING!!! *sigh*

We forget. We get caught up in ourselves and forget how darn lucky we are. Don’t waste these moments. Don’t waste this ability to be truly Healthy! 

Live it. Appreciate it. Exude it. BE IT. 

If you are the person who continues to find excuses or live with a victim mentality, I don’t have much to say to you. If you are the person who finds the positive in your life and uses it to nourish and strengthen your soul, then you are my people. Band together. Share positive. Glow. Let other powers strengthen your power. Let other positives grow your positives. 

Just be appreciative. Use what you have been given and make the best of it. There will always be others who have less than you and they still do more. Use that thought to motivate you. Now. Tomorrow. Forever. 

A.

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