Motivational Monday: We Can Do Hard Things

Happy Monday, friends! I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post! I guess you can say I had a difficult time finding that school-work-life-blog balance, but I’m getting there! I’ve missed sharing my thoughts and chatting with you, and figured that with the first day of a new month, now is as good of a time as any to reignite that old Kermit Says… flame. As the school year resumes, I’m going to start off with one post a week and slowly increase back to five posts eventually. Feel free to let me know if there are topics you’d like for me to discuss! Without further adieu, let’s get motivated!

A little over a year ago, I embarked on a new journey toward my second graduate degree, this time to become a child and adolescent therapist. I’d spent quite a few years hemming and hawing over what I should do, but it wasn’t until I was encouraged by my students and supported by my colleagues that I mustered enough courage to apply. When I received my acceptance letter, I took a huge gamble on myself. I had a wonderful job doing what I loved. I had enough free time to commit to and grow Kermit Says… I had a life that I enjoyed, one that was stable and comfortable. The truth is, though, that it wasn’t much of a life at all. I was living as if I were on a conveyor belt, just a robot doing the same thing day in and day out. It was predictable, and there was and is great comfort and safety in predictability, but growth and wonderful things don’t happen inside of our comfort zones. Instead, they happen outside of them. When we lean into that discomfort, when we gamble and take risks, we’re often reminded of our own strength and power. That no matter the challenge or difficulty, we can do hard things. And we may experience a rollercoaster of emotions, feel some self-doubt, discouragement, and regret, and might even bruise while doing these hard things, but we won’t break, even if it feels like we might.  Continue reading

Motivational Monday: A Tale of 2 F.E.A.Rs

IMG_8533I have a friend who is so terrified of literally everything, she practically sits at home and hibernates. She’s even rarely willing to engage in serious conversations because she’s afraid of the possible outcome. Sometimes it gets to the point where she sabotages her own relationships. Now, if you’re thinking “this doesn’t sound like much of a life,” then you’re right! It doesn’t! The thing about fear is that it’s totally natural and understandable. We’re all afraid of something, it just looks different. Maybe you’re afraid of scary movies or heights. Maybe you’re afraid to say no. Maybe you’re afraid of rejection or taking risks. Maybe it’s all of the above, and it makes sense! Life can be a pretty scary place and situations may arise that cause us to pause and maybe even retreat, especially when we can’t anticipate the consequence, but when we allow fear to control us to the point where we’re paralyzed, well, that’s when we’ve got to put in some work and decide to either Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.

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Motivational Monday: Embrace the New Moon and Celebrate New Beginnings

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Happy Monday, friends! It has been exactly 101 days since my last post, and while I never intended to take a break, particularly one this long, I need you to know that it was needed in a way I didn’t realize or expect. And it’s probably no surprise that my return is one day after the new moon–a point where we leave behind the old and make way for the new. I don’t think this period of the month or my life could have come at a more perfect time! Now, the break was hard, as are most disruptions and endings. But when we let go of that which does not serve us, when we leave behind the pain and suffering, we make room for peace, love, and joy. I’m feeling empowered and renewed this morning, and I’m so happy to be back, so here’s to this new moon and new beginnings. May goodness abound. And before I share all the goodness and positive changes I’ve encountered over the last three months, I feel like I need to explain my absence. In short, I no longer felt like myself.

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Motivational Monday: Leave Fear Behind

 

 

Happy Motivational Monday, friends! It’s hard to believe this is the last motivational post of 2016, but I’m so thankful we’ve made it to this day. Friends, as I write this post, I have to admit I am EXHAUSTED! Not because I hosted Christmas brunch yesterday (though that might be a tiny contributor), but because I just spent the last three hours or so sitting and working through Lara Casey’s Make it Happen 2017 Powersheets (an intentional goal setting planner) and Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, and Live on Purpose (2014), and I’ve barely made a dent in either. My head is pounding and adrenaline is rushing through my veins. I am pumped up! Casey asks really thought-provoking questions that require you to get real with yourself. I don’t think I was ready to admit somethings, but as taxing as this process was, I found my honest responses reflective, illuminating, and beneficial. I will write and post a proper review of both books later this week, but I just had to stop, take a breath, and share what has stood out to me thus far: fear is a powerful thing.
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Kermit Says: Take A (Study) Break!

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Friends! It’s almost time to celebrate, toss your texts to the side, and kick up your feet. Hopefully, you’ve caught the Hamilton buzz and have been “writing day and night like it’s going out of style.” If you too find yourself just “non-stop,” remember to take a much-needed break between your studies. Breaks are scientifically proven to improve your focus and productivity, but you have to make sure you’re selecting effective study break options that will help you reenergize and refocus. While watching Netflix or playing video games are easy go-to’s, they won’t give your brain the rest it needs to recover. Remember to schedule in five-minute breaks after 30-60 minutes of studying. Here are 10 suggestions to help you optimize your study breaks:

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Wellness Wednesday: Electric Smoothie

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I know this week we’ve been talking all things patience, and I oftentimes feel as though the morning rush is really testing said patience. With sleep still covering my eyes and drool fresh on my pillow, making breakfast is the last thing on my mind. In fact, it’s not even on my radar. If this sounds all too familiar, here’s a quick and easy recipe to get you out of the door in a hop, skip, and jump!

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Motivational Monday: Practice Personal Patience

 

Patience (noun): The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. See also self-restraint, perseverance, and persistence.

I’m not a patient person. In fact, if I think about my life, it’s all just been a series of me failing at exercising patience. When I was younger, I took gymnastics, tennis, and piano. My parents spent a ridiculous amount of money to help me pursue these extracurricular activities, but I just didn’t have the “sticktoitiveness,” as my mom calls it. I also spent eighth-grade through, well, now struggling with my weight. From Weight Watchers to veganism to hiring a personal trainer (or two), I’ve tried diet after diet to permanently shed the weight, but failed for a number of reasons: I’m lazy and food is awesome are two obvious excuses; however, when I really look deeper, when I sit down and truly consider what my weight loss and extracurricular failures have in common it’s patience, or the lack thereof.

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