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 🧡🦋

Be the Pebble

I’ve been telling my mom since I was a kid that I was going to be on Oprah and change the world. I was always the dreamer and she knew it. She’d laugh, shake her head and smile and say “you know if anyone can, it’s you.”

Back then I thought in order to do that I’d have to find fame, recognition, and do something huge that everyone could see. I had big plans in my head, big goals I could see, but could never quite find the path to get there.

While there are many lessons in this journey of mine, the one I almost missed and I would say, most important, was that to change the world, all you need is a smile, a kind word, a grateful heart and an open mind.

The ripple effect…one pebble can change the water, one small act can change a moment, a mindset or even a life. You have the ability to cause that effect everyday the second you open your eyes. It’s a beautiful realization and a beautiful way to live 🧡🦋

Choose to be the pebble and choose to change the world. Have an amazing 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 🧡🦋

Don’t Pass an Opportunity to Hear Their Story

Today proved once again that faith and love always win. Even in darkness there is always light, if you just look within 🧡 I am incredibly grateful for the people in my life, those I have known for years and those who I’ve only just met.

I met a wonderful man this weekend who braved the nasty weather to run, not because he loves to run (although I’m sure he does) but because of the friendships he makes along the way. “Sometimes peoples’ stories are ones you can’t even imagine. Don’t ever pass up opportunities to hear them”. David Ralston, 74, superhuman and amazing person.

I am forever thankful to all those stories and wonderful hearts I have gotten to know along the way and look forward to those I have not heard or met yet. 🦋🧡

Open your mind to those around you and you will learn more than you ever thought possible🧡

Don’t Wait. Live Now.

There is no question that life can throw some serious unexpected curve balls, sometimes at your face, that make you truly think about everything that deeply matters to you. Its times like these that have the potential to shatter your plan and make you take a good hard look at your life in a way you never imagined you would have to.

You know the moments, the ones that scare you, humble you and have you bracing for the next pitch. They take your breath away and have your mind racing at a speed that makes your head spin.

Ironically, its in these moments when we feel it’s time to profess our feelings, plan that trip, chase our dream or take that leap of faith we’ve been mulling over for longer than we can remember.

I’ve sat in those moments, one just recently, and I’ve had those thoughts and contemplated my life and all that it has been and all that it could be. My biggest take away from it, was why do we wait until these moments to choose to be the person we long to be?

We can overthink, overanalyze, over dramatize and pretend like we have forever and a day to do or say what’s in our heart, but the truth is, we have these moments, right now, Why wait?

Don’t wait to tell those you love what they mean to you, don’t wait to take that trip with your kids, or follow that dream you’ve carried with you since the first grade. Don’t wait to hit the road for your next adventure, or write that book or screenplay, or go back to school, open a business or learn to sail.

Don’t wait, do it now. We are not promised tomorrow and there is no room for regret. Say I love you, plan the vacation, step out of your bubble, and make that dream a reality. Now.

You have the choice to live this life while you live this life. Don’t wait for the curve ball, live it now and laugh til your stomach hurts, dance til the music stops, sing so the world can hear you and live every second you have – because you can.

Don’t wait to love the beautiful, exciting, incredible life you are meant to live. Live now, live every moment you have, and live it with love in your heart, grace in your step and fire in your soul.

And of course, Have an awesome day!

Take a Step Back

Many times in life we get so wrapped up in a situation, a project or relationship we forget why we began. Sometimes we are so blinded by making whatever we are doing work we lose sight of who we truly are or what we are truly trying to accomplish.

This can be in our work or personal life and sometimes taking a step back is exactly what we need to be successful. We are driven by timelines, smooth roads and wins and can easily become overwhelmed if there is a hiccup along the way. This can lead to overthinking and hyper analyzing and before you know it you are stuck in a mindset that won’t allow you to move forward.

Take a step back so you can breath, look at things from a different perspective, or just for a moment stop the madness in your head to find your heart. Then, when you’re ready you can step back in with fresh eyes and renewed sense of self.

Take a moment for you and for whatever or whoever may be involved. That time may allow you to see things differently and give you the strength to move forward in a way that is good for everyone.

Have a beautiful day!

Appreciate the Little Things

Appreciate the little things in this life. A laugh with a friend, smile from a stranger, hug from a loved one, quiet drive to work, warm covers in the morning, fresh coffee, long conversations, sunshine on you face and the opportunity to choose how you see things. 🧡

Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and the love that guides you. It’s the little things that fill your heart and show you just how incredible this life can be. 🦋🧡

Have an amazing day!