Had a great time at the Holiday Pops Program! Thank you @justinlhopkins
for returning!! We met you 2 years ago after the 2016 Pop Concert & were thrilled you came back! Great show as always @grsymphony
Value yourself. When you know your value, you don't have to beg people to like you, to be your friend, to spend time with you, or to love you. Be confident in who you are. Not everyone can afford the luxury of your friendship.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately... "Is the life you're living numbing you, or is awakening you? Look around at your life. The people, habits, & thoughts, & ask yourself: Do these things numb me, do they numb us, or do they awaken me, do they awaken us? Now let's look at each one of those. The people, the conversations you're having, are they numbing you, are they making you quiet & down & stay in the same average mindset that you or in, or are they awakening you? Your habits, are you continually spending & wasting hours on your newsfeed, the games that you have, the Xbox that you have? Are those things taking up your time & attention, & are you allowing yourself to be numbed by the endless distractions? And then let's move over to your thoughts. Are you spending more time complaining, bitching, whining, & moaning about things- your job, your boss, your weight, your gym routine that doesn't exist? Or are you focusing on different things- new habits, new thoughts, choosing a different reality entirely? If you want different results, you need to behave & become somebody different. A large part of that is you taking responsibility, meaning, the ability for you to respond, to new results, new environments, & owning those things. In order to do that, you're going to have to be around people who present you a different reality. The people who challenge & awaken you are going to be the kind of individuals who ask you: "What are you doing today to help the team finish the sprint? What did you achieve yesterday? How did that help you move forward?" Compare that to the kind of person that's going to say, "Did you hear this thing about this person?" Are you spending time numbing yourself with gossiping conversations, where you're focusing on chilling versus challenging yourself to get out of your comfort zone? Satisfaction comes from the activation of who you really are, & life is about the continual reemergence & awakening of that real version." -Keshav Bhatt
Cherishing yourself means doing the things that are good for your mind, body & soul. Being proud of the way you live should be your ultimate goal day-to-day. Taking wise decisions that bring about long-term peace to your mind & long-term wellness to your body should be the guiding principles of your everyday actions. I firmly believe that discipline in every area of life makes for a proud & happy life. For me it's just doing the daily tasks I write down saying I'm going to do, or things I tell myself I'm not going to do if it will take away from accomplishing what I need to for the day. When I feel accomplished, I'm proud of myself & it makes me confident & overall just happy. Doing the little daily goals also eventually leads to accomplishing big goals I have set for myself, which is such an awesome feeling when you realize all your hard work & sacrifices paid off. Will Smith talks about self discipline that directly correlates to loving yourself & I couldn't agree more.
"Self discipline IS the definition of self love. When you say you love yourself, that means that you have behavior towards yourself that is loving. And I think the word discipline has kinda gotten a bad name, we think about it in terms of punishment. I'm not talking about discipline in that way, I'm talking about discipline in the sense that you forego immediate pleasure, for the exchange of long term self respect. If you want to be happy, you have to love yourself, which means you have to discipline your behavior. The road to sustained happiness is through disciplining your behavior."
I was really reflecting today about our mantra at HFBBC this week, proud, & how people & society turn being proud of yourself, genuinely just proud, into a negative & vain thing. I was outraged at first earlier today when I first heard a comment said about me by someone that does not know me, has never much spoken to me, only knows me really from in passing. "She is obsessed about her body.... which she doesn't have." But after really thinking about it, this person is right about me being obsessed about my body, but not in the vain, self righteous way in which they meant it. I have learned I absolutely love exercise & pushing my body, which is something I always knew through sports, but it has taken another level. I have learned that I like how my body feels when I eat good, wholesome foods, things that I know are fueling my body in a positive way. And yes, I worked my ass off to get all of the goals & accomplishments physically AND mentally that I am proud of, & am finally starting to feel good about myself in my own skin.
So instead of taking this as a an insult, which it was clearly meant to be, I will take this as a compliment. A compliment that says that yes, I am more confident. I am more happy. I do have more respect for myself. I have found something I love doing & am obsessed about, & no one has the right to take that from me, I won't let them. I have made huge accomplishments that I don't often enough let myself be proud of, & it boggles my mind something like that would come outta someone's mouth who has literally no clue all of the progress I've made to my physical body & mental character.
#proud #obsessed #goalcrusher #dontbeahater
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing & appreciating what we do have.
Coastguard 2018 ⚓
(side note- I FINALLY got him to take a picture! 🤗👏😜)
🎶Yeah, they told us that time flies, didn't know what it means
Now I feel like we just running around tryna
Catch it and hoping to cut up its wings🎶
Once in a while, go somewhere you've never been before. 🏙
May all you wonderful Dad's enjoy a Happy Father's Day💙
We don’t all have equal opportunity, but we all have the opportunity to be better than what we currently are. We ALL have the opportunity to be, and do better than we did yesterday.
Never stop believing. Your faith, your energy, will bring about constant magic. Multiply magic and you have a special life.
A life worth living, a life you deserve!
"You want to live life with energy, and passion. You want to make a conscious effort to be lively. You want to be happy. You have a lot to be GRATEFUL for." -Les Brown
A year in the books... and I'm falling even more in love with you. I can't express how grateful I am to have you in my in my life, you're not just my boyfriend but my bestfriend. I can't wait for what the future holds❤
Had fun walking around town with @laurenkamphuis
because it was gorgeous out, but I'm still not sure what to think about the whole mermaid festival though...
Your comfort zone is your enemy.
One of the biggest ironies I can think of is when people live life trying to stay comfortable, that's when life will send you more and more discomfort.
And because people are so concerned about staying comfortable instead of growing and reaching higher, because people don’t want to address their limitations and move beyond them, they keep struggling.
Either you commit to constant growth and feeling discomfort upon your own accord and you become the master of your own destiny, or you hand over the keys and you let life happen to you be default.
Well guess what? The only way for you to develop knowledge and awareness is to try things you have not yet tried. To do things you have not yet done, to create things you have not yet created, to go to places you have not yet explored.
This is how you grow!
#outsideyourcomfortzone #grow #lovelife
Vision is not just something you see with your 2 eyes, vision is what you feel in your heart when you think about your dream. That desire that pumps through you, that pumps through your whole being, the reason why your heart beats for you. You must understand how powerful your thoughts and emotions are. You may not be able to touch your vision, you may not be able to see your vision in reality. But your mind, body, and soul is manifesting your vision, based on the energy you give to that vision.