TGIM! ~ A Hero Quote ~



QUOTE OF THE DAY:  A hero is one who has healed their own wounds and shows others how to do the same”. – Yung Pueblo

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Lately I have been learning about this quote more and more.  I have my own wounds just like anyone else.  I have my own wounds from the way I was raised and the way my parents showed me love and shaped my world view.  I have my own wounds from my parent’s divorce.  There is still healing to be done there and as I become more healed I feel more alive.  And as I feel more alive I feel like I can help more people with Matt’s Motivational Monday’s messages.  I feel like I can help more people at work and with everything in my life.  I am enjoying life to the fullest and doing a lot of things to heal and to make myself the best version of myself.  Is life always unicorns and rainbows?  No definitely not.  Life is a mix of good and bad things.  But if you can list the things you are thankful for and keep chasing after your dreams, life can be pretty interesting.

Happy Monday.  TGIM!

May you find your purpose in 2019.
May there be an opening up for your voice.
May you proclaim your truth
May you honor yourself
May you be the light in the darkness.
And be the change you want to see in this world.
Because the world is waiting for your uniqueness.

In 2019 will you take that chance?
Will you do that thing that scares you?
Will you get the help you need to be a better parent, employee or friend?  Will you?

Because on the other side of your fear is greatness.  They say it won’t be easy because if it was easy, everybody would do it.  But it will be worth it.

It’s time to change your life and step up and be the person you were meant to be and there is no better time than now to get started on that.

So take some chances in 2019.

Get in touch with your crazy side and let’s make this the best year of your life.


1) I have the power to overcome hardships.
2) I am being sculpted into the best version of myself
3) I choose to stay strong, stay positive, and never give up

Feed the Right Wolf




A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second, then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed


You have been given new life today.  You have been given the gift of today.  Which wolf will you feed today?

In this new year will you choose to do more things that bring you joy, peace, and hope?  What if you did say 10% or 15% more of the things that brought you joy this week?  Or in this month or in this year?

I think that could be a real game changer.

Our family took a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park this past weekend.  It was so amazing to spend about 5 and a half hours in nature.  We hiked around with our kids and two other families and had lunch.  It was really cool.  It was healing for the soul.  It was adventurous.  It was fun. I think it was great for everyone who went.  There is something healing to get out in nature and being unplugged and not having cell phone service.

So this week may you feed the good wolf.  May you fill your life and soul with a couple of awesome and amazing things.

Happy New Year 2019!  Let’s make this a great year!

AFFIRMATION OF THE DAY: I will show more love to the people in my life whether they deserve this love or not.  And I will expect nothing in return. 

Happy New Year!



QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I hope that in 2019 you can find some hope.  I hope that in 2019 you can find community.  I hope that in 2019 you can make new friends and strengthen your own support network.  In 2019 I hope that you can find love and that you can love yourself.  Because in the end, it’s all about love.


1) I love those around me and I love myself
2) I happily give and receive love each day.
3) Each day I am so grateful for how loved I am and how much people care about me.

I just want to take a minute to say I sincerely thank you for your love and support for Matt’s Motivational Monday in 2018.  It was a new thing I tried out of the abundance of my heart and out of something I thought I was supposed to do.  I hope you found it helpful in your lives in some small way.

Happy New Year to all you amazing people. Thanks again.  I love you all.


Merry Christmas!



QUOTE OF THE DAY: It’s not what is under the tree that matters, it’s who’s gathered around it.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season. 


1) I allow the joy of this season to fill my heart and propel me into a prosperous new year!
2) When I make Christmas about sharing rather than getting, I always feel better.
3) Today I feel the joy of the season. Today I feel the peace of the season. Today I feel the love of the season.

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God Bless,

From Matt

Don’t play small



QUOTE OF THE DAY: Don’t play small.

I think that if there is anything in your life that you think you were meant to do, any dream or goal you have for your life and you are not going after it, and you are not making small steps towards, then every day you don’t do that, you are selling yourself short.

Don’t play small.

If you have a goal or a vision, go do it.  Do something about it today right now.  Because maybe you are the person that needs to get that thing done.

Don’t play small.

I mean if you have a purpose in this life, if your heart is beating then go out and do that thing.  Listen, life is short and goes by way too fast to be wasting on just existing or just getting through the day.

Don’t play small.

Maybe someone is watching you and waiting for you to do that thing so that they can go do that thing.

Don’t play small.

Here are some goal races I am doing in 2019.

3M Half Marathon – January 20th
Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri – January 27th – COME JOIN ME!

Over the past year, I have been doing Camp Gladiator and Camp Gladiator has some free codes to get camp for free for the month of January.  But you can start now if you want.  I have free codes.  Let me know if you would like one to try out a great workout for free with great trainers and to make some new friends.  Camp Gladiator has helped me get into the best shape of my life.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

~ Wayne Dyer

1) Success is internal. Not external.
2) Pursuit is everything. Enjoy the journey.
3) We need not so much more answers, but rather, more imagination.

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Your only limit is you



QUOTE OF THE DAY: Your only limit is you.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You never know what someone is going through so give someone a high five or a hug today.  Or give someone you have been thinking about a call.  It’s the holidays and this can be a hard time for many people.  Let’s celebrate that we get to live life together with our friends and family this season.

Let’s continue our habits.  Let’s do some awesome things.  I am training for a half marathon on January 20th and also training for a mini indoor TRI at the same time on January 27th.  Fun times ahead.  Let’s get some goals together and crush them.


These affirmations are from a meditation I listened to on insight timer,  which I highly recommended you check out.

1) Today is a gift I cherish
2) I accept my flaws as part of my beauty
3) Today I will nourish and love my body by feeding it healthy foods. 

Lasting change



QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “The secret of making lasting change is to acknowledge and accept that real change takes time and patience. We didn’t get chronically ill overnight. We didn’t gain weight in one week or even one month. Good chance, it may take us longer than twenty-one days to overcome whatever we’re facing. Whether it’s something physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination, we may need to be realistic in our goals for meaningful change to happen. The first step is getting started!”
― Dana Arcuri

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Well the holiday season is upon us and for part of me this is my favorite part of the year – the reflection, the joy, the peace.  For the other part of me it’s the craziest busiest part of the year with so many extra things to do.  I enjoy having a little bit more time to do things and clean out my closet and the extra stuff in my bedroom.

There are a lot of ways to restart your diet or your fitness routine etc.  And a lot of people try to make changes during this time.  I have found myself saying this year is going to be different.  Or this year is going to be better and I think in some ways it can be.  But like this quote says real change takes time and patience.

Doing small things every day to make change is the key.  You have to be in it for the long haul and understand that life has ups and downs and everyone experiences set backs and obstacles along the way.


1) I love and accept myself unconditionally in this moment.
2) Life loves me. 
3) This moment is perfect and exactly how it’s supposed to be.





QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To be precise, there are three gems for healthy life: sufficient workouts, healthy food, and enough sleep.”
– Girdhar Joshi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Well today we are going back to the basics folks.  Every time something is off with me I can link it back to one of these gems.  If I am eating junk foods a lot, I can tell that makes me more moody.   If I am not getting my workouts, in well then I feel off too. And oh boy if I don’t have enough sleep, you can expect a little bit more grouchy and emotional Matt right there.

So as we go into this holiday season, don’t let those good habits that you have built up all year go to waste.  Yes take time for family and friends and eat some good tasty and delicious food.  But after Thanksgiving is over get back in the game.

You are worth it.
Your body and health are worth it.
You can do this.

Happy Thanksgiving!


1. I release today.

I let go of fear, worry, anger, and blame. I release anxieties and stress. I release the heaviness of today and the weight on my shoulders. I let go of negative thoughts, and keep the happy ones. In my sleep will I find the freedom to know joy and peace again.

2. I now enter a place of deep and restful sleep.

My bedroom is a place of peace and relaxation. When I enter this room, and crawl into bed at night, today’s thoughts naturally begin to soften. My burden lightens and sleep is coming.

3. I am grateful.

I am grateful for this life. I am grateful for the people who have been my teachers. I am grateful for the lessons life has brought. I am grateful for love that I receive, give, and share. I am grateful for the light of day. I am grateful for the darkness of night, in which I will sleep peacefully tonight.
I thought a lot of these affirmations were helpful.  See this link to check it out:

A birthday reflection



Today’s quote of the day is from Jamie Varon.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s a long quote but it says a lot.  I turned 40 this weekend.  Birthdays make me feel special.  I enjoyed celebrating with my friends and family.  I received love and attention as people shared gifts with me, and gave me hugs, and high fives.  I enjoyed all of that.  I hope you can find ways to get that in your life as well this week.


1) I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.

Birthday Day Quotes:

“Life isn’t about your age. Life is about living. So when your birthday comes be thankful for the year that has just past and anticipate with a happy heart what the coming year will bring.” Catherine Pulsifer

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay

“The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday.” Paris Hilton


It’s Your Park Day Recap



QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “You can’t tell a kid that it’s time to exercise; that’s a turn-off…you have to say, “Let’s go to the park and have some fun! Then you get them to do some running, play on the swings, practice on the balance beam, and basically get a full workout disguised as play.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  My family and I participated in “It’s Your Park Day” this past week and it was a good experience.  We picked up trash at our local Balcones Park. We basically just hiked around the park area and picked up trash as we went.  It was a fun adventure for all of us.  We got outside in the beautiful weather.  We got a hike in.  And we cleaned up the area and left it cleaner and more beautiful than we started with.

So I hope you get to spend some time outdoors this week and reap the wonderful rewards of time in nature.


1) I am renewed by time spent outside.
2) I am filled with wonder by nature’s designs.
3) Outdoors, I feel renewed vitality—I am truly alive.

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