Empowering Tip: Time enjoyed is not wasted

This week’s quote is from the wonderful singer/songwriter John Lennon from that wonderful group, The Beatles. He says, “Time that you enjoy wasting was not wasted.”

If you are doing something that you enjoy, then you can’t be wasting your time. Life is about enjoyment, finding things you like – living life. If you’re enjoying what you’re doing, don’t say you’re wasting time … and maybe you should do whatever you’re doing more often!

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Empowering Tip: Dream more

This week’s quote is from Dick Enberg, a famous sportcaster: “The saddest thing that can happen in a life is to under dream.” As it seems I always say, this is so true – but then, I pick these quotes for reasons; they have meaning, and they are worth taking advantage of.

Many people won’t dream big, they feel it’s not worth it – but what’s the harm in dreams? Nothing’s impossible. People may think that a lot of things are impossible; but really, are they? We’ve walked on the moon; and symbolic of tomorrow, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream – a big one, and it came true.

Don’t let fears bring you down or keep you from doing something. Don’t live your life sadly; don’t look back years from now and wish you would have gone after your dreams. Take that risk now – dream a little bit more.

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Empowering Tip: Embrace change

This week’s quote is from Socrates, a Greek philosopher who was born almost 2,500 years ago – that’s right, 2,500!  He was really amazing and has said all kinds of great things. But for today, the quote I’m going to talk about is, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

This is really inspirational – think about it. If you spend all your energy on resisting change, thinking things are going to be awful, you’ll have a much harder transition. But, if instead you focus on finding the positives in what’s happening, on looking for what can make that change easier to accept, it’ll be more fun and an easier process than if you resist.

That’s it – pretty simple, but pretty deep, and definitely food for thought.

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Empowering Tip: People decorate your life

Hi everyone!  It’s the last day of my winter break, and it’s been wonderful.  I’ve gotten to spend so much time with my family and friends, and I really got to relax and rejuvenate!  I also got my first college acceptance letter – to University of Iowa – hurray!  So yeah, it’s been a good couple of weeks.

That brings me to today’s quote, which is truly beautiful and so true:  “The most treasured gifts are the meaningful moments we create with the people we love.  They become priceless memories decorating our lives.”  This was said by author Dodinsky (and here is a video of his writings you might like, too). Continue reading

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Empowering Tip: 365 opportunities

It’s 2015! Wow! We were up late & celebrating with Cheerwine (don’t worry – it’s just wild cherry-flavored pop – have you ever tried it? Delicious!) so I’m a bit tired …

And this week, a special treat: my cousin Emily is joining me! You may remember her from previous videos – and she’s going to be helping out with some of our Empowering Tips coming up, since I’m going to be really busy with getting ready for college and all.

So anyway … this week’s quote is actually a New Year’s Resolution I found on my friend Hunter’s Tumblr. Shout out to Hunter, he’s great!

He says, “My resolution is to treat 2015 as 365 opportunities rather than a year.” Isn’t that a great resolution? You can’t expect to have 365 great days. That’s just not how life works.  You need to take each day as it comes.

Why should you make one resolution when you have 365 days to have new opportunities? Everyone has some fails … you can’t ruin your whole year when a day goes wrong – you need to just keep going.

So remember that as you start 2015 – lots of opportunities to make it a great year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Empowering Tip: Believe your life can be better

This week’s quote is pretty straightforward and simple:  “If you want your life to be better, you have to believe it can be.”

Negativity brings you down.  If you think negatively all the time, you’ll draw negative energy to you and bad things will happen.  However, if you’re positive, you’ll draw positivity to you.

Simple, right?

So if you want your life to be better, just believe that it can be – and it will be.  You’ll start to see the positive changes.  But if you think life will never get better, it won’t.

Be positive.  And believe that life is going to be just dandy.

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Empowering Tip: Follow … you

Today’s quote is a little long, but it’s great. It was written by an amazing poet named Mia Hollow, and I found it on a site called Raging Rhetoric, which also has a Facebook page.  Mia & Raging Rhetoric are both really cool, you should check them out!

But on to the quote: “Every now and again, you will feel a dull ache in your soul. A gentle humming around your heart. A longing for something without a name. If I ever told you to obey anything, this would be it. Listen to the call of your authentic self; that part of you that lives just outside of your own skin. Let it have its way with you. I have died a hundred times trying to ignore it.” Continue reading

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Fear can become a habit

Fear habitWhen we do something over & over, consciously or not, it becomes habit. Believe it or not, a fear reaction can become habit – when we react with fear to certain situations, our minds and bodies become trained to respond with fear whenever that situation arises.

I learned this oh-so-first-hand recently. For those of you who follow our blog, you may remember a post from last winter where I detailed our journey with our daughter, Natalie, through the fear of undiagnosed sickness. Continue reading

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Empowering Tip: Live life for you

Hi guys! Once again, I don’t have a quote, but more of a concept: “Live your life for you.”

I know this seems pretty basic, but actually, how many of us really do this? Society tells us we need to be a certain way, look a certain way, act a certain way or we won’t fit in, we won’t get jobs, and so on. People take that and change so others will like them … and it becomes a vicious cycle of humanity, and it just needs to stop.

How is it going to stop? By one person at a time accepting who they are, living their lives for themselves… and then accepting others around them. The stereotypes have to stop. We all need to accept each other, no matter how we’re “labeled.”

We’re teaching the “little ones” – the next generation – that to be yourself is not OK. We tell our kids they have to meet society’s standards, when in reality, WE are society! We can change this!

I have very intense feelings about this subject; it’s not easy to change, but it can be for the little ones who do not yet know what’s going on. We’re being selfish, subjecting the generation to come to what we feel is right. We need to fix it, now! It’s time to start trying.

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Empowering Tip: It’s OK to not be perfect

Hi guys! Today’s quote is sort of a quote … it’s one of those going around the Internet these days. It says, “Remind yourself that it’s OK to not be perfect.”

I feel like a lot of people can really connect with this one. Society today seems to be holding us to the standard that we at least have to look like we’re doing everything perfectly.

That’s a pretty high standard – and we have to realize it’s OK to not be perfect! This makes me a bit of a hypocrite, because I often feel this way … but remember, living a life of not being perfect means living a life of never being satisfied. If you’re always trying to be perfect, you’ll never be happy with yourself.

Instead, try to find something to be happy about with yourself and your life. It sounds simple, but I know it’s not. So just keep telling yourself: It’s OK to not be perfect. It’s OK to not be perfect.

So go and live a life that’s not perfect. Make mistakes. Live life.

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