Quotes: Work For It...

It's Monday, everyone! Time to rise and shine and make strides towards your best life. What simple actions can you take today to move the ball forward? What call are you putting off? What conversation is crucial to unblocking your path? What decision are you deliberating? The smallest steps are often the key to significant change. Be bold in your tiny actions and relish in the fact that they add up to major shifts in your life. 

Don't wish for it... work for it! 

Quotes: There Are No Shortcuts...

Loved this one so much I made it into a pretty little graphic. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” is so spot on true. Much love to legendary opera signer Beverly Sills for this gem of wisdom. It's Monday, everyone... now is the time to rise and hustle and work for what you want. It can be yours if you are willing to work for it.  

 

Quotes: Optimism = Achievement...

Life isn't nearly as complex as it's made out to be. Expect marvelous things, wonderful things, happy things, positive things and watch those results come to fruition. I assure you, negative people don't often discover wonderful surprises. And when they do, they don't recognize them. 

Want to live an extraordinary life filled with wonder and awe? Of course you do. How does that happen? By waking up each day expecting marvelous things to happen to you, to your family, to your friends. You've got to believe it so fiercely that you radiate good vibes and excitement. Something great is indeed going to happen because you're open to the magic the world has to offer. For me, this ties directly into faith. Faith that my God wants me to flourish and be a beacon of light for those around me. For you it might be driven by other foundations. Whatever your reason or driving force, tap into your childlike expectation of wonder. Expect the awesome to wow you and delight the desires of your heart. 

Expect great things. Believe great things are happening. Receive that amazing goodness into your life. Then be grateful for it and share the love with those around you... thus creating a circle of loving joy.

Happy Monday!  

Quotes: Be Led By Your Dreams...

If ever a quote was apropos of my "moment" in life, this is it. Leave it to Ralph Waldo Emerson to craft such a meaningful passage of text. It is timelessly relevant to most everyone's life at all levels of success and maturity.

"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."

Amen to that. This is a skill so many need to master: directing your own thoughts and being in control of your focus. Yoga has certainly helped me in this area. Finding quiet time uninterrupted by external distractions is key. For you it might be a moment of quiet meditation, for me the sweat-inducing solo workout is my favorite method of getting my "mental center" back. With a busy life I relish those quiet early morning moments where I'm in full command of my time and my thoughts. 

My yoga practice not only gives my body a great workout, it sets my mind free. The solutions I've been seeking all bubble up and come into focus. The bits of worry or stress can be laid to rest and squelched. It's amazing, this mind-body connection. A good solid walk early in the morning and watching that special pinkish-orange glow in ths sky is another great way to clear my head and get on top of your thoughts. 

These are simple things, but for me they are essential. Carving out that dedicated time to regain perspective is key. Even better? Travel. Nothing truly puts daily life in perspective like phyiscal distance and a dramatic change of scenery. 

What about you? How do you get clarity and perspective? Are you a runner? A yogi? A weight lifter? 

Quotes: Impossible...

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Never let anything stand in your way. Not fear, not past failures, not lack of experience. You must be bold and do everything within you to draw yourself closer and closer to your goals each day. You'll wake up one day and realize you've done it. But you'll never get there with limiting self talk and an "it's impossible" attitude. You must expect to accomplish your goals and realize your dreams. You must see it, smell it, taste it, feel it as though it is happening. You must see yourself as a success. See the goal as happening. See the future as now. {via}

Quotes: Faith...

Fear not, friends. Fear not. Have you ever faced a challenge that didn't ultimately lead you to your new better life? I believe life's hiccups all drive us toward a better version of our life and ourselves. Growth is not without discomfort or moments of uncertainty, but we mustn't worry or be afraid. It is your opportunity to rise to the occasion with a smile on your face knowing that this, too, is leading you to a better life. 

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