Watch This: Step into Your Personal Power

I watched this 50-minute video interview of Abby Wambach on Marie Forleo’s MarieT and got so much out of it that I absolutely had to share!

P.S. Abby Wambach’s name came up in The Passion Paradox and it was interesting to hear her talk about her new book, Wolfpack, and the book is definitely going on my reading list. Here were some of the things that stood out and got me thinking.

Celebrate the good habits

What were the values that brought me to success?

Abby Wambach via MarieTV

This struck me because we tend to underestimate the good habits we already have and overestimate the bad habits that we’re working to eliminate. But for you to be at a point in life where you can afford the luxury of time to read a blog post, or in my case write one, something must have gone right.

In my case, the values of:

  • hardwork
  • maintaining integrity
  • continuous improvement

Have gotten me from where I was, a bright eyed 16 year-old who hopped on a plane with everything she owned in a single suitcase…to where I am today—a married mom of two with a thriving family life, careers that contribute to a positive net worth, and assets that make that suitcase look like a paper towel.

Something’s going right, and I invite you to think about the values and the good habits that contribute to the beauty in your life right now. Yes you need to make progress, but don’t forget to acknowledge what you’re already doing right.

You only fail if you quit the game

A champion never allows short-term failure take her out of the long-term game.

Abby Wambach via MarieTV

Oy! This quote can stand on its own. Sometimes we think that the people who succeed are the ones who go big or go home, who make the bold choices, and who knock down every obstacle in their way.

The truth is very different.

Those who succeed are the ones who:

  • take small steps in the direction of their dreams no matter how hard it is to take those steps.
  • avoid shiny objects that masquerade as bold choices. Instead, choose the unglamorous actions that’ll get them the progress they desire.
  • keep chiseling away at the walls when it makes sense to do so. And pivot in a different path, but in the same direction, when it no longer makes sense.

This was a powerful reminder that it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about staying in the game. You don’t have to go hard all the time and it’s okay to pause or pivot, but you only lose when you quit altogether.

Make your asks worth it

If you’re going to ask for something you gotta do everything you can to make sure your demand was worth it.

Abby Wambach via MarieTV

All the YESSES to this one!!! This is so relevant for me because I recently had a new role added to my plate at work. It involves doing work that I enjoy…writing.

As an engineer, putting together writing projects isn’t something that I have the opportunity to do all the time. But as soon as I got my current role and saw the opportunity to do content development, I raised my hand every chance I got.

And raising my hand paid off big time. This quote is going next to my monitor at work to remind me on the days it gets hard that I wanted this, that I asked for it, and I have to make sure that ask was worth it.

And finally…

You can sit down and take a nap because I got this.

Marie Forleo

This quote makes me smile because I think it all time when it comes to what I do as a content development lead. I enjoy the fact that what I do makes my boss’s life easier and my company better because EJ’s got it. I know neither my boss nor the company will be taking a nap, but it feels good to be:

  • lightening the load,
  • contributing to the broader team,
  • and getting paid for the pleasure of doing work I love.

What did you get out of the video?

I tend to watch these videos when I’m working or cleaning or cooking…bottom line, I’m multitasking and pausing when a gem cracks my consciousness. Not the best thing, but hey, I’m a busy mom.

So I’d like your help…if you watched the video, what did you learn from it? Click here to send me a message and share. And don’t forget to check out other awesome content that Marie Forleo does, she’s amazing at doing the work and being consistent.

Planning 2019 with a Bullet Journal

Planning 2019 with the a Bullet Journal

With the New Year comes resolutions, plans, planners, and the works…and this year, I’m trying something new and wanted to share with you.

The Bullet Journal first came into my life via my best friend Peace. She has the most beautiful bullet journal filled with art, shapes, and gorgeous calligraphy…but more importantly, the evolution of her life shows that it’s helped her achieve her goals.

So I decided to give it a go for myself this year.

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What If You’re Doing Everything Right 😇, But then…Weight Gain 😭?

What If You're Doing Everything Right, But then...Weight Gain?

You workout consistently, eat healthy, manage your stress well, and your sleep game is on fleek…but you’re starting to experience unwanted weight gain? How do you deal with this?

Let’s start with the fact that there’s no simple answer to the unwanted weight gain question. Your next step isn’t as simple as cutting more carbs, or going on a juice cleanse. Those types of steps might result in a temporary move in the scale, but the move is just that…temporary. Plus, it’ll cost you Continue reading “What If You’re Doing Everything Right 😇, But then…Weight Gain 😭?”

My favorite free resource to be accountable when life gets busy

My favorite free resource to be accountable when life gets busy

We all have a busy season…whether you’re like me and you have a full-time job, a marriage to nurture, and two kids underfoot or you have a different set of pressing priorities…it’s hard to stay accountable and avoid the temptation to put healthy living on the backburner.

That’s why I keep the resource I’m about to share with you in my back pocket. I reference it quite often especially when Continue reading “My favorite free resource to be accountable when life gets busy”

How to Create a Meal Plan that Fuels Your Life

How to create a meal plan that fuels your life

You want to eat healthy. You can tell the difference in the energy you have to do the work to build the dreams you have for your life when you fill up on crap vs. when you give your body the fuel it needs to run to it’s full potential. But the challenge you have right now is finding a meal plan that you can actually stick to help you do this.

You’ve tried a lot of things, and my guess is that you’ve dealt with one of these scenarios:

  • you’ve looked to other people to make the meal plans for you but it all looks like french when it comes time for you to use it
  • when you decide to take your meal planning into your own hands,  you don’t even know where to begin
  • or when you do try your hand at planning your meals, you find yourself still scrambling especially when you’re in no mood for what you had planned

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How to Crush Your Weight Loss Goal without Dieting

How to crush your weight loss goal without dieting

If you’re done with using diets to lose weight only to gain it back and you’re looking for a lasting solution that won’t cost you time solving the same problem over and over, this is the post for you. In this post I’m going to break down how to lose weight without dieting.

You’ll discover:

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Take Advantage of the Simple Reason Low-Carb Diets Work

Take advantage of the simple reason low-carb diets work

This post isn’t about how to go on a strict low-carb diet, instead:

What qualifies as a low-carb diet?

There are many different low-carb Continue reading “Take Advantage of the Simple Reason Low-Carb Diets Work”