Imagine


This is one of my favorite quotes to reflect on. I read it every time my heart breaks, every time I was so sure of “the one” but I think we can broaden the quote…or narrow it. Make it specific to you.

If you can put that much work into a painting that didn’t turn out right, imagine how much you can put into one that turns out perfectly?

If you can have that much compassion for a stranger, imagine how much you can have for a loved one?

Things don’t always turn out how we want, but it’s our reactions to those things that matter most, isn’t it?

You may be hurting now, but something is coming. Something big. Something you’re going to get so excited about. Just imagine…what that could be.

It’s Going to Get Better

I wish I could tell you how and when.

I wish I could wrap you in my arms and give you every ounce of my strength.

I wish I could dive into your heart and mind and let you know that you are loved, that you belong, and that you deserve to take up space in this world.

Since I can’t do any of that, you may not believe me when I tell you it’s going to get better, but please, try to believe that.

We’re here for a reason. All of this can’t be for nothing, it can’t.

Think of everything you’ve been through… everything you’ve learned… everything you’ve survived.

It. Will. Get. Better.

It will get better because it has to.

Because you deserve it.

You are not alone. I am here. We are here. We will get through this.

Mark Your Progress but Forget the Past

When it comes to goal setting, many of us struggle with setbacks. 

It happens to everyone. Sometimes we just don’t progress at the rate we anticipated, and we get discouraged.

My strategy to combat this is to mark the progress, but forget the past. 

When you measure how far you’ve come and note your improvement, pause and take that as your success. Look at the next day as if you’re starting again, rather than continuing from the previous day. 

We all need some kind of marker to track how we’re doing, but be careful that tracking your progress isn’t harming you. 

For example, maybe you were sober for 30 days and then had a drink. Instead of saying, “I just ruined everything, I made it 30 days and now it’s a waste” say “I made it 30 days. That’s amazing” and start again.

One of my resolutions last year was to read the Bible in a year. Through September, I missed at most 2 days, and I would always do 3 readings on the 3rd day to catch up. Then I moved, things were chaotic, I was stressed, and I didn’t read for a week. I kept trying to catch up, but it was too much reading for me to find time to do in a day, and I was always 5-7 days behind. It became too much of a chore, I was reading too fast just to complete the task rather than actually reading and taking in what was written. 

I spoke with a friend about it who asked me, “Who said you can’t skip a week?”

It was simple…but it never occurred to me. 

Instead of looking at the bigger picture, working to spend time with God daily, I looked at my task in its entirety for the year. If I missed a week, I failed my task. 

I should have skipped the week. God wouldn’t be angry at me for skipping a week, He would commend me for reading the word at all.

You can apply this to anything – maybe it’s fitness. If you want to workout 5 days a week and you only work out 2 days this week, that doesn’t mean you failed. 2 days was your progress. 

Now forget about it. 

If you look at the month saying, “I need to work out 20 days this month and I already lost 3 for not doing it this week” you’re beating yourself up and not allowing yourself to progress. 

Be kind to yourself. Don’t look at the month. Look at the week. Your goal was 5 days and you did 2. Great! Now it’s a new week. Work on your 5 days. 

You don’t have to wait until the first to create a new habit. Start today – and think of every day like your first day. You’ll get there! 

Believe Something Wonderful


No matter what you’re going through, know that it will end, and it will get better.

When and how I cannot say, but think of all the terrible things you thought would last forever that you made it through and have since left behind.

For there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Merry Christmas šŸ˜Š

New Years’ Resolutions

Whether you want to rid your life of toxic people, learn a new skill, or complete a project, it never hurts to set goals and make a plan. 

There is no need to wait until the new year to begin. 

Start your gym membership today. 

Sign up for that class today. 

There’s a lot of talk about how pointless resolutions are, because if you really want to change you’ll do it now – which I agree with, but cynics are missing the point of the resolutions. 

There is value in reflecting on this year – what went wrong, what went right, what you learned, how you can improve – and writing down goals for next year. 

Make an action plan and do your best to stick to it. 

I wish you  all the best, today, tomorrow, and every day in your endeavors.

Take a deep breath. You’re doing fine. You’re exactly where you need to be. 

Vision Boarding

I read about vision boarding a while ago, but didn’t make mine until yesterday and I’m pretty excited about it so wanted to share the idea! 

The point of a vision board is for you to visualize your goals. Dreaming it is the first step, but you’ve got to visualize it to make it happen. 

You can draw you vision board, use magazine clippings, print out images from the web – whatever you feel like. 

Do you want to be a chef? Add a picture of a chef’s hat or kitchen. 

Dream of the olympics? Print out that goal medal! 

Once your board is complete, take a look at it each day. 

I’m planning to choose one picture each day to focus on – stare at the image and then close my eyes meditate on the image of me with that thing and what that looks like. 

This is a great way to motivate you to keep going to that job you don’t like – and having the board in front of you makes it more than a dream – it’s a goal, it’s a plan. 

Have a wonderful Friday everyone! 

Battles

Think of the battles you’re fighting. The big ones and the small ones. 

How many of those do you talk about? 

Think of the ones that only you know about. 

Still a lot, right?

Now imagine every single person on this planet having just as many battles and feeling just as alone. 

You never know what someone else is going through – be kind. 

You’re never alone – believe.