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.

Find your gift


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: 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 post on this blog.  And it is my hope that you are encouraged when you read this every Monday.  If you need some additional encouragement let me know. I would be happy send you so more encouragement.

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 on this blog.  Feel free to comment below.


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.

Don’t be discouraged…


Don’t become discouraged when things get hard or are taking longer than you thought to make happen. Most of the time it’s the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Believe in yourself, embrace discomfort, crush your goals and be happy! ~Camp Gladiator Trainer Tanner Smith

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It has been so hot out lately and I am longing for some cooler temperatures.  Is anyone with me?  The other day I didn’t even feel like going on a run.  I was a little tired and it was so hot out.  But I went out anyway.  I heard one time that no matter how slow you are running you are still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.  Ha.  That was my mantra that slow afternoon.  It’s hot and I can’t wait for fall temperatures to come.  Here in Texas that might not happen until maybe November if we are lucky.  But we still are here and in my early morning workouts, I do get a little relief.  We are still alive and so we might as well celebrate the miracle of our existence.  We can be thankful for another Monday.  Don’t take today for granted.  Say to yourself, today is a gift that I cherish.  Be thankful always and go have a great day!


1) Today is a gift that I cherish
2) I experience gratitude for everything I have in my life.
3) I am so grateful for supportive friends and a loving family

Today you are you, that is truer than true.


“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you. Shout aloud, I am glad to be what I am. Thank goodness I’m not a ham, or a clam, or a dusty old jar of gooseberry jam. I am what I am, what a great thing to be. If I say so myself, happy everyday to me!” ― Dr. Seuss


I am excited about the adventure that awaits you in this new day.

You can enter this day unafraid.
You can shine your own light into the darkness.
You can chose to show up today and honor this day with what you have been given.

Today you have been given life and can be courageous and step into the life that you have been called to live.
Today is going to be a really really awesome and amazing day because you can chose to have a great day no matter what happens.
Your attitude about today or this moment can make a difference.

Step into this day with joy.
Step into this day with love.
Step into this day with peace.
Step into this day with a smile on your face.

Today is a gift, go celebrate it today!

Thank God it’s Monday!


I allow myself to be who I am without judgment.
2) I listen to my intuition and trust my inner guide.
3) I accept my emotions and let them serve their purpose.

Do it anyway



People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered;
        Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
        Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;
        Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
        Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight;
        Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
        Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten;
        Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
        Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
        It was never between you and them anyway.

— Mother Teresa

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sometimes in life you don’t want to do things but you have to do things anyway.  

For example, sometimes working out is hard.  Do it anyway
Sometimes loving other people is hard.  Do it anyway.
Sometimes working on yourself is hard.  Do it anyway.  
Sometimes being a parent is hard.  Do it the best you can and do it anyway.

Sometimes eating healthy can be a challenge.  Plan your meals.  Follow the plan and do your best.  Do it anyway.  

Sometimes life is not going to work out the way you want it to.  Don’t give up and do it anyway.  Get up the next day and give it your best shot.  Make changes and get help when you need it.  

If at first you don’t succeed.  Try, try, again.  

You have love and light inside of you.  
You are worth it.  
Take the next best step in your life and let’s have a great Monday.   


1) Feel the fear and do it anyway
2) I am so grateful for my life and all its blessings.

3) I love and accept myself just the way I am.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.


“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.  Your voice, your vision, your mind, your story, your vision.  So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This past weekend (over Labor Day) I volunteered to be a weekend camp counselor for Kingdom Kamp at Cathedral Oaks near Wiemar, Texas.  Kingdom Kamp is a weekend camp experience for adults with disabilities.  I drove up there on Friday afternoon and gathered with the other counselors for the weekend.  On Saturday the campers arrived.  We went swimming and hung out and did some arts and crafts.  On Saturday night I helped be the MC with the talent show.  Sunday we got up and did church and then had swimming again and Sunday night is the dance.  I got to DJ the dance and that is super fun because the campers arrive ready to dance the night away.  Monday we ate breakfast and then had a closing ceremony and the campers left.   

Kingdom Kamp is a very rewarding weekend.  As I left, my soul felt a sense of peace.  My soul felt a deep sense of peace and calm.  When was the last time you cared for your soul?  

Caring for your soul is important.  

What are some things you do regularly, monthly, quarterly or yearly to care for your soul? 


1) I love and believe in myself unconditionally, I have limitless confidence in my abilities
2) I let go of my worries and stress
3) I attract wonderful people into my life



QUOTE OF THE DAY: Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.  
~Barbara Kingsolver

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Here are some things that I hope for you on this amazing Monday.

1) I hope that you start off your day in an amazing way with maybe some meditation or exercise or both!
2) I hope that you get some high fives or hugs or both. 
3) I hope that you are doing well.
4) I hope that you are living true to yourself.
5) I hope that you can listen to some really good music, maybe your favorite song and are inspired or are in a better mood afterward.
6) I hope you have a great day.
7) I hope that you can find peace and happiness day.
8) I hope that you can list 5 things you are thankful for today.
9) I hope that you can find the courage to do the things in your life that you want to do.
10) I hope that you eat a lot of good healthy foods today.

I hope that if you have a bad day that tomorrow it will be a little better. 


1) Hope will always be my closest companion.
2) The light at the end of my tunnel is my new beginning. 
3) I am headed in the right direction.