Tuesday, February 4, 2014

First Things First

"Put first things first."

Now this is a piece of advice that we hear frequently.  And I tell you, it used to confuse me to no end.  

How could you not put the first thing first?  How do you put the the third thing first?  What kind of sense would that make?

However, as I have become more experienced, I have learned that you can, in fact, attempt to put the second thing before the first thing and have an ineffective, non-productive mess on your hands.  

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Raise the bar.

What do you do when you are not getting what you believe that you deserve from life?  From the person that you are in a relationship with?  From your job? From your business?  From your fitness plan?

Raise the bar.

Take your expectations to another level.  Be more committed to being a better you.  Become less willing to accept less than.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Intention creates reality.

Last week, one of my gfs told me that for 2014, she is determined to live intentionally.

That makes so much sense to me.

Living intentionally is another way of exerting control over your life - not leaving your reality up to chance.

Instead of always just going with the flow and letting our lives happen to us, we should be the architects of our lives, building a reality that is the result of a well laid plans.

Yes, the ubiquitous *they* often say that thing about the best laid plans going to waste and all.  It is a saying that has merit.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Think Good Things.

The way that you think about your life is what your life is.

If your natural tendency is to respond to things with positive reactions, you will live a life that is mostly positive - filled with goodness and light.

If you are naturally predisposed to react negatively, life won't be as happy for you.

The most interesting thing is whether or not you recognize which tendency you naturally swing towards.  If you are negative, do you think of yourself that way?  Or...do you just believe that you are "keeping it real"?

Either way, you choose your thought pattern consciously or unconsciously - intentionally or unintentionally.  You are in control and I need you to realize that.

Make it a point to intentionally think good things.


Miracles and Blessings
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Refuse To Lose

M and I saw the Kings of the Mic Tour last night. 

De La Soul came out and gave a solid performance.  I mean really - nothing less was expected.

Public Enemy came to the stage next - Chuck D in gym shorts - PE TOTALLY wrecked shop - as usual.  The energy that these guys give in a performance is CRAZY!  Congratulations to them for their recognition by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Flavor Flav's retiring of "the Clock Necklace."

Next up was Ice Cube with his West Coast vibe.  I loved his use of the video screen showing throwback NWA photos with Easy E prominently featured. 

And of course, the headliner was LL Cool J.  And you know I love me some lip-licking, bare-chested LL (except that he kept his shirt on.)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Remember their sacrifice.

Today is Memorial Day.

We pause in remembrance of the sacrifices of the military service members of our great nation.

In the words of Lee Greenwood,

"And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me."

Miracles and Blessings
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Enjoy Your Weekends.

It's the weekeeeeennnndddd, baby!
Thank God it's Friday.
It's Friday and it's my Friday.

Regardless of what days your weekend falls on, please enjoy them.  Life is to short to not enjoy your days off.  Whether it just be two days of rest or two days of adventure, make sure you find a way to bring enjoyment to the end of your week.

Miracles and Blessings...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Set SMART Goals

The information included in this entry comes largely from an article written by Duncan Haughey, PMP and is a good breakdown of the acronym of setting SMART Goals.

Once you have determined what direction you want your life to take, turn your attention to developing several goals that will enable you to be successful.

Goals should be SMART - specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Live. Laugh. Love.

Live life to its fullest.

Laugh at all the things that don’t matter.

Love with all that you have and more.
 
Miracles and Blessings.
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Embrace The NOW!

I live in the NOW.   I live right here in this moment, in this breath, in this exact space in the time of my existence.

We so often get caught up in nostalgic remembrences of the past or eagerly, excitedly anticipate things to come in a tomorrow that is not promised.

And while that has its time, place and even purpose, I continually strive to remain present.  Seizing this moment.  Living life fully on this day.  Because I know that each day could be the last day of my life, I truly want to live each day as if it's the best day of my life.  And it is, right here, right now.

Miracles and Blessings
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