~Obstacles don’t have to stop you…



QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan


The above quote is inspired from by this song that I heard while I was in a spin class on Friday.

Sia- The Greatest

Some of the song lyrics are below:
Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

So stop today for a brief moment or minute or two and reflect on some ways you are not going to give up on your dreams and your desires for this life.  Maybe let the song play and listen to the lyrics.  Maybe journal about something and let your thoughts go on the paper.  Maybe meditate on the meaning of your brief life.

May you find peace.
May you find laughter.
May you find strength for your journey.


1) I am being sculpted into the best version of myself.
2) I don’t give up on my happiness or my growth.


~Maya Angelou Quote~



QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.  ~ Maya Angelou

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This quote simply reminds me to be myself.  I am unique and so are you.  Everyone else is already taken so you might as well be you, because you are amazing.  If you tell yourself you are amazing you will be amazing.  God does not create junk.  He created you with special talents and abilities that no one else has.  Go celebrate the gift of today and go out into the world and be your amazing self. 

Does anyone have any more thoughts on this quote?


1) My life is a gift. I will use this gift with confidence, joy and exuberance.

2) I approve of myself. I love myself deeply and fully.

Vincent Van Gogh Quote


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.  ~ Vincent Van Gogh 


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you remember last week I was looking for this quote and I could not find it because I was looking for a quote from Picasso.  This week I found this quote on my wall at work and said oh that’s why I could not find it – it’s from Vincent Van Gogh. 

Typically when I am training for say a half marathon race, I never run the full 13.1 miles in my training.  I save that for race day.  But the specific miles and runs I do in the 12 weeks leading up the race are strategic and purposeful both in their mile lengths and in their efforts.  Therefore, great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. This is not to say that someone could on a whim run a 13.1 mile race, but is more to say things that are worth doing are worth doing right.  And they come together slowly.

Great things take practice.  It has been said that to master a craft it takes 10,000 hours of practice.

So in other words, don’t give up.  Keep planning.  Keep running.  Keep doing that thing and one day things will come together and your life can become a masterpiece. 


1)  I find and enjoy the simple pleasures life is offering right now.
2) I am STRONG!
3) I love myself and who I am.

Give it away….



QUOTE OF THE DAY: The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.  ~Pablo Picasso 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I was searching for a quote that I have in my office from Picasso but I could not find it.  Instead, I stumbled upon this one which might or might not be attributed to Picasso, but none the less will work for today’s TGIM email.  When I find the quote I was looking for back at the office, I will use it for next week’s TGIM.

One of my gifts is the gift of encouragement.  I can generally encourage people pretty easily and in a way that they specifically need it.  I try to generally do this every time I send out an e-mail.  And it is my hope that you are encouraged when you read this every Monday.  If you need some additional encouragement send me an email.

Do you know what your gifting is?  Do you try and give it away?  Let me know your thoughts on this quote or any of the others I send out. 


1) Every day I expand and share my special talents with others.
2) I acknowledge my strengths and use these daily to my best ability.
3) I am incredibly grateful for all my talents and abilities.