Give a Little Happy

Yes ❤️ You have the ability every day to make someone feel appreciated and loved. You have the ability to leave them smiling with their heart full. You have the power to give happiness to another. How amazing is that? Try it and you’ll be surprised how the reward in return is greater than the gift 🧡

Have a beautiful day 🧡🦋

Xcel2Fitness – Training with a Purpose

I met Barbara Gederian Muckel, Director of Xcel 2 Fitness, at the Beast Bootcamp race, a local obstacle 5k, a few weeks ago after writing about her amazing program for Hometown Happenings. A program that helps to develop confidence, team mentality and grit in grade school age boys. After an instant connection I was so excited to hear there was a way I could support X2F by doing what I love! X2F has a Dream Maker opportunity where you can support the program and raise money by posting about your training for an upcoming race, and I just so happen to be training for one (well, now 2)!

Signing up to be a Dream Maker while I train for the Spartan Sprint AND the Wonder Woman Half in June allows me to help a great program in the process (and keep me accountable :)). This is a program I know my son would have loved, and brings teamwork, confidence and encouragement to our kids when they need it most!!

Follow me on my journey to the Spartan and 13.1 in support of Xcel 2 Fitness!! If your school has X2F, look into it, if your school doesn’t know about X2F, please inquire, and if you just want to support a fantastic program, please donate!! Thank you from the X2F team and ME!!

To read more about X2F and to check out the fundraiser click here: Xcel2fitness 🧡🦋

Admit When You Are Wrong

Forgiveness, a piece of the journey in the puzzle of life that can be difficult from all angels, but so vital for well being.

While forgiving others and yourself are two very important aspects of forgiveness there is one step beforehand that can potentially throw you for a loop.

Admitting you may have hurt someone you care about in the first place.

I think if you ask my parents what the most stubborn feature of my personality was growing up, admitting that I was wrong is up there high on the list, if not number one. However it had also been one of my biggest lessons in this life, learning to take a good look at my own actions, owning them and then apologizing for them.

Asking for forgiveness is critical, but we must admit we misspoke, misstepped or hurt someone in the first place to do so, intentional or not. And, while it’s a difficult concept to swallow, it’s incredible growth when you realize the bridges it can mend and the peace it can bring into your life and to those around you.

Forgiveness is freeing, but remember to take a good look at yourself and understand that in order to take that jump we must first step into responsibility of our own actions.

Be honest with yourself and others and you will find peace in your heart 🧡 Have an amazing day!

Walk Gentle, Love Deeply & Appreciate Every Moment

Today I am reminded just how precious life is 🧡 walk gently, be kind, love with all of your heart and be grateful for this amazing life 🦋

Define Your Happy and Walk Toward It

Every persons’ definition of happy may hold a different meaning. I feel it’s important that you recognize what that meaning is for you and once you have defined it, understand that it is up to you to walk toward it.

It’s so very easy to blame those around us or circumstances we find ourselves in for our happiness. What we do not always realize is that we have control of nothing but our inner voice and a choice. A choice to make our lives more amazing than we thought possible.

Your happiness depends on you, and while it may not always be clear or it may seem like a dark path to walk, when we realize the light comes from within, the search for it elsewhere is no longer required.

Your happiness resides with you 🧡 have an amazing day 🦋🧡

Lead with Values

I sat in on a call yesterday about how good, successful leaders infuse values into their companies. It resonated and while there were several points I took away there were a few I wish all leaders truly understood. Also, while it was a work related call it was life related advice. 🧡

These are just a few:

“The more good you put out there, the more you receive in return”. Simple but powerful. Make sure your intentions are infused with love and kindness and you will receive it back tenfold;

Humor is important in all areas of life including work. Laughing together in the light moments allows for stronger bonds that make the serious moments more manageable and much more successful; and

Lead by example and allow for those around you to understand you are human too. Simply do what you ask and just because someone is in a leader position doesn’t not mean they become inhuman, superhuman or immortal, they are still human and the more that is seen the more a leader is respected. Remember who you truly are and those around you will be inspired.

Leader, manager, co-worker, teammate, coach or partner, lead with love, compassion, honesty and values and you build a foundation where you can build castles 🦋🧡

Have a successful and gorgeous day!

Tell Them

You can never express too much appreciation or love for those who make you feel like the real authentic you is perfect just the way you are. 🧡

I’m talking about those people in your life who share your energy, laugh at jokes only you find funny, whose patience is never tested when you can’t make a decision, who believe your obsessions or quirks or outlandish ideas about life, love and the pursuit of happiness are what make you a person they want to spend time with and share their heart with, who somehow understand how you are feeling just by the tone of your voice, and who believe in you so much you have no choice but to believe in yourself. 🦋🧡

Those people are the ones that make your soul sing and those people are a gift. Tell them. Tell them how they fill your life with confidence and joy, and tell them how much they mean to you. Your words will not be unheard but cherished, and the feelings I’m sure will be shared.

I’m absolutely blessed to be gifted such people in my life and to all of you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for seeing me, and sharing this beautiful life with me. 🧡

Have an amazing day!