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I Need Motivation...4 Things that will keep you GOING!

FOUR THINGS TO HELP YOU STAY MOTIVATED

What’s the theme of the month for a lot of my friends?..."I just don't feel like it...I am not motivated to do anything". What's funny about hearing this...I feel the same way too and I am the person who motivates others!! YIKES!

Look, I get it. The year is coming to a close A L R E A D Y and we have that last leg of the year to finish. Thanksgiving, Christmas and you know it’s true…FAMILY…URGGGG! So, starting a workout is probably the last thing on your mind. Well, I put together 4 things that MIGHT motivate you to keep going and start your day off on the right foot! Just like the quote above, “Awe SH!T, they’re UP!”…get up, piss off the negative people, spread some good around the world (we need it) and let’s finish this year strong.

1. Surround yourself with positive people. Sometimes it is hard to be positive when the people around you are not so positive. You may think you are helping by listening to all of their problems but you’re not…it’s just bringing you down. That's not healthy. Stay away and change it up, even if you have to "go it alone" for a little while. #selfcare

2. Post pictures and quotes that really make your heart JuMp! It’s time to be “Being Mary Jane” and add a few post-its to your mirrors and doors. There are so many inspirational quotes and motivational sayings out there. Grab about 5 of them and post them, share them on social media and really soak in all those positive words and phrases.

3. Sign up for a local, small event. Wait? I haven’t started training yet, Nicol! Relax, it’s OK. Find an event you enjoy doing that is small and local. You don’t have to fully participate but being around others who are doing what you love might spark a little motivation to get back into the game! That’s what happened to me this year. I was surrounded by so many duathletes, runners and triathletes, their energy was so infectious, I started training consistently and preparing for a new event every month!

4. Meditate and Pray. I truly believe in prayer and meditation. Why? It's my quiet time to relax, recharge and get ready for a new day. Take 10-15 minutes to pray, breathe and be thankful for the things you have RIGHT NOW. If you start to think about the good things that are happening in your life (no matter how big or small), you will forget about the bad stuff and start to put things in perspective.

Alright...let's get out there and do this!

Monday MOJO

Surround yourself with Greatness

 
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As we move through January and push through our resolutions, I want to remind you not to forget about the people you surround yourself with. There will be times when you might want to give up or not even try to move closer to your goals. That's when you call on others to push you through. 

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I have built a VERY SMALL team of women to encourage me to push through things in my life that seem absolutely impossible. I know DEEP DOWN I can do it but when I over think my goals, it's too much for me to soak in. So, I call on my team to help me through. Encourage me to keep going and REMIND me of how awesome I can be! 

 

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO to GET TO GREATNESS

  1. Find your crew. Encouraging, Trustworthy and Strong People who can carry and push you.
  2. Keep it small. You don't need an MC Hammer entourage, 2 or 3 peeps will do.
  3. Share your goals. You have to speak your goals out load, put it in the universe with people you trust.
  4. Start moving RIGHT NOW! Stop reading this blog and NIKE up! Just DO IT.

Soleful Sunday

I pray a lot. When I am happy, sad and even upset...that's what keeps me going. It keeps a smile on my face and a hopeful heart in my body. Continue to grind, continue to pray and continue to live. Whether you know what your purpose is or if you have no idea, keep grinding because your path will definitely redefine and show you the way. 

TRUTH

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When I was a little girl, I often lied to my parents to get out of trouble. In my young mind, they were little lies. Some worked and some didn't. Yet, after a few too many little lies and a several spankings to follow, I started to learn lying wasn't getting me anywhere. I had to be about 10 or 11 years old and my Dad caught me in a lie. I mean he literally watched the whole thing unfold and now that I am older with kids, he had to be shocked at how easy it was for me to NOT tell the truth! I had never seen him so upset and I didn't see the outside of my room for quite some time after that one.

I remember sitting there, PISSED thinking..."how dare he keep me in this room for so long! What the heck?...and he won't talk to me!". Yeah, I was young and stupid. LOL!  Looking back, he did the right thing because being my room for hours with nothing to do, I finally realized that lying wasn't helping me. I was always getting into trouble and missing out on all the fun things with the neighborhood kids. So, I decided THAT DAY, no more lying

Fast forward to today...right now, I don't lie and it's hard for me to lie about anything. I am a very truthful person and for some, too truthful. I don't like to be lied to and I know a lie when I see one. One thing I didn't realize is that I was living a lie and I didn't see it the same as telling a lie. Living a lie was different, right?...it's not. I didn't have a perfect marriage, raising my girls was hard and finding that perfect job was even tougher. Being who I am in a world where everyone else is exactly the same was/is TOUGH and it was tough because it was all a lie. I was lying to myself and didn't know it.

Today, my truth is the most important thing in my life. It is literally saving me and keeping me sane. Unfortunately, I have learned what it feels like to be lied to by people I put trust in. It's truly disappointing and heartbreaking.  Yet, the truth, like they say, will absolutely set you free. I never really understood what that meant until I started to tell MYSELF the truth about my life. The truth can be painful and surprising, but at the same time, it is so much more. The truth is freedom, strength, power, stability and a muscle that continues to grow. Truth IS growth, happiness and progression. It's everything and when you see it, you know it because it scares you and makes your heart sing at the same time. 

Are you living your truth?

I am definitely living mine and let me tell you, it's a journey and it is scary but I love every minute of it. I keep those who I trust close to me and I listen to learn. There are definitely some things I need to work on D A I L Y and I do, even when I don't want to. If I can't tackle a untruthful situation right away, I write it down and pray, why? What I can not control God/the Universe (whatever you believe in) will take care of it. Let me tell you, God ALWAYS takes care of it.

Today's exercise. 

  • Write down your truths
  • Stop lying to yourself about yourself right now.
  • Pray / Meditate on the things you do not have control over
  • Start walking in your truth one step at a time
  • Be prepared for your life to change

ALLOW YOUR LIGHT TO SHINE...

 
 

Last week... 

...I had a little extra time to get out, do something a little different and meet new people. I ran with a new running group on Tuesday night, met with a  new group of women from a local San Diego Volunteer group and ended the week with a very charismatic UBER driver! My goal was to make sure EVERY DAY was a good day, no matter what was going on in my life and I have to say, it worked!

Now, don't get me wrong, there were a number of things that went wrong this past week. Things that would make a person go a little nuts but I refused to go there! Once I slowed down and took a different approach, I came to the conclusion that every problem has a solution. Staying calm, thinking it out and making rational decisions without all the emotion saved a lot of time and frustration.

How are you feeling today? Where is your spirit?

How are you facing your challenges in life? Whether it's work, family, a co-worker or simply improving your lifestyle, how does it effect YOU? How does it effect your spirit? If your spirit is not positive, usually your day is not positive. Only you control how you feel, so let's try a few things to be positive and stay there.

5 things to stay focused and stay positive...

  • Pray and Meditate

  • Talk it out with a good, friend

  • WORKOUT (Dancing your troubles away can be very effective)

  • Write it out

  • Simply make the decision to STAY POSITIVE right NOW.

No Bad Days

In the past year and half, if not more, I have had my share of bad days. The dynamic of my family has changed, my environment has changed and I have changed. Can I tell you, change is extremely uncomfortable yet, at the same time, the best thing that could have happened to me.

One thing I have learned over the years, "the choice is yours". No one should dictate your mood, attitude or life. If you want a care-free day...HAVE ONE! If you find yourself still in a slump, surround yourself with people who are THERE for your. People who don't mind listening, supporting and pulling you up when you are down.  

If there are things I could change, I want to immediately say, YES, I want to change this, this and that but looking back at EVERY THING AS A WHOLE...I wouldn't. There are things I wished didn't have to happen to me or to those around me but it did and it's all part of a bigger plan God and the universe have for me. It's scary and frustrating at times but I am realizing this is all a lesson. Sometimes I am not willing to learn but I come to the "Lesson Party" anyway. I sit down, shut my mouth and listen. 

Whatever you are going through, be present and learn. Stay positive and have NO MORE BAD DAYS! Those days are a waste of time and energy. I do believe in allowing yourself a few minutes or an hour to sit in your frustration, to have that moment...to feel...but after that, brush your shoulders off, strap on your big girl panties and keep going! If I can do it, I know you can. Trust me!

Exercising my Faith

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To my family and friends who face incredible odds today or any old day, I'm praying for you. Whether you are a believer or not, I am thinking about you and pushing good vibes your way.

The challenges you face has an ending. It may work in your favor or feel like it did just the opposite. You may walk away happy or sad or even angry but there is a reason for it all. I have been on both sides of the spectrum and in between.

One things for sure, when I look back at all the challenges I have faced, there was always a lesson to be learned. There was always a process and many times things would go terribly wrong before they felt right. There were days when everything would suck and days when the blessings kept coming! 

Those days of endless blessings is what I live for. Blessings, big or small, keeps my heart warm and a smile on my face. So, when you think you are weak, read this prayer and know God will give you strength and take care of you!

 

What Motivates You?

Get Your Game Face ON and Tackle Monday!

Oh my G O O D N E S S! It's Monday again already. It seems like yesterday you had a turkey leg hanging out of your mouth and in-laws watching your every move...or was that just me? Hmmm. Seriously, I think that Thanksgiving break is the best holiday break but the fastest break we get...then Monday hits and we gotta start all over! U G H! Here are three things you can do to get Monday started off right and stay focused. 

1. Write down all the things that have to get done TODAY: Make a priority list. Start with the most important and work your way to "not so important things" that have to get done. Check off each thing as you complete them and move on. 

2. Listen to your favorite music throughout your day: When I drag myself out of the bed, it's hard to get PUMPED for the day especially if it's so routine but music gets my little hips moving and singing...very badly throughout my house. 

3. Keep your eyes on the prize:  Whether you are working to get a new house, just pay rent or buy a brand new pair of shoes, keep going! There will be moments throughout the day where you want to give up or pop someone in the face for challenging you but DON'T DO IT! LOL! You've got plans, goals and things to DO...don't let anything or anyone get in your way.

Ready? Set. GO!

Happy Monday

#MotivationMonday

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

 
 
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The day after Christmas

I went for a nice, medium size run in Los Angeles. I was there visiting my sister. I lived in Los Angeles 10 years ago for nearly 14 years and it's nice to go back from time to time. On this particular run, right before I hit my last mile, I happened to look down and see the words "You are Beautiful". Of course, I had to stop, take a picture, soak it in and then share! This little painted circle with one little phrase really made day.

This past year hasn't been so beautiful for me. In fact, for the past year I have been told in several different ways that I am not so beautiful through conversations, texts and emails. There were days where it hurt and other days where it was just a Tuesday...because I had become so use to the negativity.

Now, as you know, beauty is not just skin deep...it's all about how you feel inside. Your personality, your presence and what you show to others; that's what makes you beautiful. Some days are not so great but that doesn't mean the beauty from within YOU has to die.

To be beautiful...

  • Take care of yourself from the inside out. Eat the right foods, fuel your mind with positive and encouraging books, music and words. Keep your body at it's best and remember, everybody bodies is different so...
  • Be YOU! Embrace who you are and live with a purpose. Allow your purpose to change and grow with you. Know who you are and what you want out of life and...
  • Don't let anyone dictate who you are. Social media, friends or even family members. You are the only person who holds your happiness in the palm of your hands. You happiness is not in half of someone else, that's ALL YOU, BOO! So own it.
  • Surround yourself with beauty. Art, words, scenery or a beautiful environment. The beach is the ULTIMATE for me. Scared to get in it and live near it but I absolutely love going to the beach and soaking in all of it's beauty, mainly because the beach is also so POWERFUL. 

Whatever beautiful is to you, make sure it is a part of your life. Welcome beauty into your life, no matter how big or small it may be. The light from a candle, a small detail in a painting or the beauty of laughter...they can all bring the love for beauty deep into your heart and make life better and more beautiful.  

 

Better Yourself Now!

How can you do better for yourself RIGHT NOW?

What is stopping you from doing better RIGHT NOW?

Your goals...are they attainable?

What, in your mind, is your biggest hurdle RIGHT NOW?

These are basic questions that you need to ask yourself in order to move forward. I am answering these questions, RIGHT NOW! I talk a lot about training, running and being physically fit but exercising your mind and spirit is just as important. 

No matter what you may be going through in life, no matter how tough your situation may seem, you will move forward and do better for yourself. How am I so sure? I have faced a lot of challenges in my life. Not one of them were easy to face, but I have had to swallow my pride, face them and push forward. 

What if you had NO RESTRICTIONS to make yourself better RIGHT NOW?

How motivated would you be to improve your life with no restrictions?

It is NEVER feels good when life literally throws lemons at you but I guarantee you, if you pray, stand strong and believe in yourself, you will make lemonade...even if it is just a cup at a time!

WRITE these questions down. Think hard and dig deep. Answer each one truthfully and start moving forward RIGHT NOW