Inspiration Tuesday – Choose Today

Summer is just around the bend and school is almost out. It’s the best time of the year to make memories and go on adventures.

Today my three-year-old asked me to dance. I could not have embraced the moment and told him I didn’t have the time or gone to do the dishes, but he is only little for so long. A trip to a theme park is magical but so is dancing with my adorable little man in my own living room.

Be sure to breathe in those moments between the trips, the perfect seconds, and the not so perfect hours. Our human experiences are all wrapped up in the good the bad, the sweet and the sour.

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Shout out to Brainy Quote– for all their awesome inspirational quotes they provide on their site.

 

 

Inspiration Tuesday- Self Acceptance

This week for Inspiration Tuesday we are touching briefly (for today) on self acceptance. Something I know everyone struggles with and I am no stranger to it.

I am a tall person, 5′ 10″ to be exact and I was so much taller than everyone else during my teen years. I hated being as tall as I was, until I watched a 90’s classic; Clueless. The line “I want to be 5′ 10″ like Cindy Crawford” struck a cord with this tall and very boyish figured girl. I wanted so much to be short and to “fit in” but I couldn’t do anything about how tall I was going to be. When I heard that line I was more inclined to accept my above average height. I decided to use my  height to my advantage; enter swimming and water polo. I was good in the water and I liked being an athlete.

It was a little easier to accept things back then.  Facebook didn’t exist, Instagram and smart phones were a thing of the future and the only place where air brushed photographs existed was in the magazines.

Fast forward 18 years. Here we are blasted with get the perfect body, get the perfect kid, get the perfect house,  and so much more. Self acceptance is hard in a world touting perfection. Last week I wrote about embracing my hot mess mom-ness. I wanted to empower ALL moms, whether you are a hot mess mom, a put together mom, a single mom, military mom; whatever mom you are, you are doing the best you can and you are awesome.

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Let’s embrace our motherhood in all it’s shapes and forms. Let’s embrace ourselves in all our shapes and forms. Self acceptance is contagious, if our children see us believe in ourselves and how we can do hard things; then they will believe they are capable of hard things. We don’t have to be perfect to be good examples.

What does your self acceptance look like?

 

 

Inspiration Tuesday- Hope & Heartache

A trending theme here on Inspiration Tuesday has been chasing your dreams and finding the fire within. This week is a little different. I am featuring words from Lexi Behrndt.

I stumbled upon her page last year just weeks after our son passed away. I referenced her in my New Year Without You post. One of her quotes I shared last year on my personal Facebook page popped up in my memories and I was inspired to share her words again.

Sifting through ashes of a former self is not an easy task. Looking in the mirror and feeling as though a stranger is looking back, this is the reality after loss. You are changed in so many ways and many  are difficult to put into words.

The quote featured today is so perfect. There is hope with heartache and it looks different for everyone but it’s there. I see it in my children’s eyes and the rising sun.  This week, whatever your heartache may be, I challenge you to find the hope and to do your part in spreading hope and love.

Inspiration Tuesday- Success is No Accident

I had a small melt down this week regarding my own goals for 2017 and stumbled upon the featured quote for this week’s Inspiration Tuesday.

We are officially passed the half way point of January. People have begun to form new habits with their New Year’s Resolutions, perhaps stumbling through them (like me!) or may have given up completely. Last week I wrote on rocking health and fitness goals.  Today, on Inspiration Tuesday is a quick bit of tough love.

This world is full of sources for instant gratification; screen time, ready made treats, TV on demand and so on. Many times people want a magic pill for weight loss or the promotion without extra work.  The majority of people who are (seemingly) on top of the world, worked to get to where they are. Oprah didn’t become a sensation over night, she has been very candid about her struggles towards success, both in the work force and with her health.

If you have started a new venture with your health, travel, dream chasing or whatever else it may be, and feels like an obstacle course to your goals,  keep going! Success doesn’t just land in our laps and it doesn’t happen overnight. I always try to tell myself, I can do hard things, I have done hard things, and I will continue to do hard things.  Cheers to success and the hard times which lead us there!

What are YOU willing to do for your success?

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Tuesday-Kindness Creates Love

 

This week was tough! I was searching my brain for inspiration. I was racking every thought I had hoping for a tiny light that would guide me into what I was going to write for this weeks Inspiration Tuesday . I have been struggling with getting writing time for the full length posts which is why I haven’t posted this week yet. But I must continue Inspiration Tuesday! (Even though this was technically posted early Wednesday morning. 🙂 )

Inspiration seemed to sneak up on me. Just when I was about to give up, my oldest son calls me and says we received a package from the International Star Registry . I wasn’t sure where this package came from so I told him I would open it when I got home from work.  To say I was shocked at the contents would be an understatement. Laid out in front of me were coordinates for a star named after my son who passed away last year, a map of the star constellation his star is a part of and a heart felt note from a dear friend. The star pictured above is the special ornament with his name and coordinates engraved upon the star. He is in kindness creates love - inspiration the Pegasus formation and I couldn’t have been more emotional. A friend whom I don’t see much but have always enjoyed her company and cheerful demeanor, decided Owen needed to have a star. His very own place in heaven where I can see him whenever I need. I cried! I cried joy and I cried sadness, I miss him every day but the way he has touched people and the kindness we have been shown helps ease the ache for him. This was a special birthday present and it arrived on the perfect day. A day where I felt I didn’t have any inspiration; her special and unexpected gift reminded me that I carry inspiration in my heart. I carry a piece of my sweet boy with me everywhere and when I look into his brothers’ eyes I know there is good in this world and hope for more kindness.

So this week is dedicated to the kind souls who have been in my life. Those who have shown sincere sweetness towards my family and I.  This post is also dedicated to those who make love and kindness their mission. To those who make sure to keep the hope and faith alive in this crazy messed up world we call home. Kindness really does create love. The more love and kindness we can spread, the better this world could be for all of us.

What was a form of kindness you found to inspire you? What do you do to help create kindness and love?

 

Inspiration Tuesday-Dreams Vs. Fear

It’s Tuesday again! I honestly don’t think I will ever tire of #inspirationtuesday. I LOVE IT! It’s the part of the week where I get to focus on a short topic and give a little taste of positive vibes to the universe. I wrote a new page yesterday regarding chasing a portion of my dream. A dream to be more comfortable in my skin. A dream where I take better care of my body while I keep feeding my mind and soul. These short blips of inspirational quotes help me re-center. They help me stay on track for my goals and aspirations. My fear was putting myself out there, this blog was a little nerve racking for me to start, but here I am plugging along and joining this amazing online community.

What are your dreams? What fears do you have that could be holding you back?

Feed those dreams! Focus on the miracles you want to have happen in your life and find the path that leads you closest to your wishes. You got this!

 

Inspiration Tuesday- Explore, Discover, Dream

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Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is only four short weeks away. (I know I am not ready either!) This week’s Inspirational Tuesday features the classic author Mark Twain. I love his writing and his quotes are always so whimsical. This is one of my favorites, it reminds you to live your life. Take risks and find something you love.

This blog is still new, I have almost a dozen posts. (yahoo! big leagues 😉 ) But this is site is the key to my passion. This place, this voice I have begun to build is my dream. It’s me exploring my own capabilities and limitations. I am discovering my excitement for life again and finding a place in my soul that has been dormant for many years. It’s a small place in this vast world but it’s a place I get to share and I look forward to watching it grow. I look forward to the many journeys in chasing this dream of mine. So chase your dreams! Life is far to short to wake up, pay bills, and repeat (pretty sure I read that somewhere).  Obviously we all have some sort of responsibilities and can’t just run wild, although I wish. But if you feel stuck, I highly encourage you to find something, anything that you are passionate about. Then light that fire within and chase that dream!

First Inspiration Tuesday

I wanted to create something that promoted kindness, humility, love and healing without writing a long winded post on how you can create or find all of these things. This birthed the idea of Inspiration Tuesday. I chose the day primarily because there is enough going on during Monday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday just seemed like they were too far in the week (plus it had it’s own hashtag already!). Tuesday is that weekday where you have found your groove for the week (hopefully) and it’s still early enough in the week that maybe something I post here will stick with you and inspire you to move head on into anything in your path.

Each Tuesday I will post a graphic with an inspirational quote of some sort, however depending on my mood these may have some sass to them as well. There will be a short paragraph as to why something spoke to me and then it will be your turn to post your inspiration in the feed below. I look forward to watching this grow and see what happens each week.

Without further delay- The first of the inspiration Tuesday!

Reflection on Inspiration TuesdayI love this quote because I feel it’s so true. If you take quiet steps, then you have more effective action. I have been quietly pondering this blog for a better part of this year. But in that time I was doing research and really feeling out how I wanted to approach this new adventure. I feel that because I was quiet and reflecting that this blog means so much more to me than just a mom who decided to start a blog. What is your favorite inspiration this week? I love the ideas of growing my inspirational quotes mental library! 🙂 Cheers to a successful week!