Happy New Year!


“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”


Welcome to your last email of 2019. 

I hope that in 2020 you can find some hope.  I hope that in 2020 you can find community.  I hope that in 2020 you can make new friends and strengthen your own support network.  In 2020 I hope that you can find love and that you can love yourself.  Because in the end, it’s all about love. 

I am cheering you on in 2020! I am routing for you to do amazing things!


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.

Happy New Year to all you amazing people. Thanks again.  Thanks for reading my blogs every week. Thanks for being here. Thanks for being you. Happy new Year!


Do you have any plans to celebrate the New Year?  

Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

Let me know!

From Matt

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: I am full of peace and gratitude for this past year.  Thanks so much for being part of Matt’s Motivational Monday.  I appreciate you reading this email or blog and spreading the joy.  I hope to have an even bigger impact in 2020.  So feel free to share the good news this Christmas and throughout the year about Jesus and about how the God of the universe loves you and has a plan for your life.  And feel free to tell your friends, family, co-workers about my website and my email list. 

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season. 

Dale Carnegie was once quoted as saying “Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.”


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.

Do not play small….

Matt’s Motivational Monday 12-16-2019


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Your playing small does not serve the world.  Who are you not to be great?” ~ Nelson Mandela   

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 it, then every day you don’t do that, you are selling yourself short. 
Don’t play small.  You have greatness within you.  You are amazing. 
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.  You have greatness within you.  You are amazing!
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.  You have greatness within you.  You are AH MAZE ING!
Maybe someone is watching you and waiting for you to do that thing so that they can go do that thing or they can do their own thing. 
Don’t play small.  You have greatness within you. 
Here are some goal races I am doing in 2020. 
3M Half Marathon – January 19th, 2020
Austin Full Marathon – February 16th, 2020

Over the two years, 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.

How to win in life…

Matt’s Motivational Monday 12-09-2019



How to win in life:
1 work hard
2 complain less
3 listen more
4 try, learn, grow
5 don’t let people tell you it can’t be done
6 make no excuses
~ Germany Kent

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  So sometimes in life, hard decisions come your way.  You have control of some things, but do not control other things.  You have to make the decisions that are right for you and your family and your life.  You have to set up some things in your life that work or else you are just going to get blown away with all the constant noise of life. 

You have to have a center to come back to.  You have to have a personal compass or ground yourself back to home base so to speak.  I try as much as possible to listen to the voice inside of me.  The still small voice.  The voice that guides me.  I hope you can find that voice.  Search for it.  It’s there. 

Your only limit is you.  

Let’s continue our good habits.  Let’s do some awesome things.  I am training for a half marathon on January 19th, 2020 and also training for the Austin Full Marathon on February 16th, 2020.  Fun times ahead.  Let’s get some goals together and crush them.

There are 23 days till we end this decade and start a new one.

Are you waiting to do something?  Let’s get after it. 

Go out and be awesome. 
Keep searching for what you are looking for. 
Be the light in the darkness. 
Look for the Christ child this Christmas Season. 


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. 
4) Within and without, I feel balanced and healthy.
5) I enjoy radiant energy from within.
6) I am open to healthy choices.

Your plan…meets reality….

Matt’s Motivational Monday 12-02-2019


“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 and to de-clutter. 

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.

Silence is the language of God…


Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. ~ Rumi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s Thanksgiving week.  I should probably write a post about giving thanks and being thankful and grateful.  I am of course thankful for a lot of things.  I do a mostly daily practice of naming three things I am thankful for. 

1) I am thankful for being alive and for breathing
2) I am thankful for nature and it’s healing power
3) I am thankful for my family and friends who I will be spending time with this week as part of our Thanksgiving celebration. 

There that’s done.  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.  

This week I have continued to find myself listening to the silence.  Listening to the calm.  Listening for God.  Listening to the messages the universe is sending me.  And that has led to more calm and more clarity and more focus.  I did a couple of really good meditations on Insight Timer. 

One of them was interesting enough to write about and it was a theme around winning at the game of life.  The meditation teacher said that if you can focus on 3 seconds and hold your attention at that moment then you win.  So you could right now count 1, 2, 3 and then say WIN.  And so I have been trying to be more present and focus on the daily moments of my life with my children and with my family and while I am driving or while I am running. 

The game is to see how many times you can say in your mind 1, 2, 3, WIN in each day.  How many times can you win at the game of life this week?

Happy Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful and grateful you are part of Matt’s Motivational Monday!

Namaste.  Peace be with you.

From Matt


1) I will listen to the silence and learn from what it teaches me
2) I will look forward to what God is doing in my life
3) My body and mind are a temple of the Holy Spirit and I will treat them that way.  

Nature itself is the best physician…


“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This past week I had a couple of healing experiences in nature.  On Wednesday after reading with my reading buddy John Paul at Alison Elementary school, I went to the Roy G. Guerrero Park.  I usually ride my bike and then do a run but this particular Wednesday I was pretty tired so I just laid in the car and looked out at the trees.  I just admired their beauty.  I just stared at them.  I just sat in complete silence.  Then I took a walk to a spot where I felt like God speaks to me and listened to what God had to say and listened to what nature might be saying to me.  It was very different than speeding by nature on my bike or a run.  

Then additionally on Friday, I was running on my lunch break on the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail and I felt the urge to stop and sit and absorb nature again.  There is something grounding about being in nature.  There is something healing about being in nature. 

It’s a good thing.  Here are a few more quotes that ring true to me this week:

Nature can bring you to stillness, that is its gift to you.” – Eckhart Tolle

Walk in nature and feel the healing power of the trees.” – Anthony William

This week may you find some time to spend in nature.  May you find that it is healing to be in the beautiful natural uncluttered beauty of it all.  May you know that nature has healing power and is grounding for your soul.  

Happy Monday!  


1) Spending time in nature heals my soul. 
2) I love the feeling of being in nature.
3) This week I will cherish my experiences that nature provides for me.