Mother's Day {2017}

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all the women out there that have the honored distinction of being called Mom or Grandmother. Today we celebrate you and the amazing gift of life, love, and support you bestow upon the children in your life. Thank you Moms for all you do!!!!

Special thanks to my mother, Karen!  We may not be the closest but I am still grateful for a mother of her caliber. Happy Mother's Day to her!

Monday Motto: Hustle and Heart

Monday, April 24, 2017

I am officially address-less (homeless seems in accurate) after moving out of my house. I managed to move out of my residence of 4 years in the span of 2 weeks. It seemed impossible while working full time and while suffering from a sinus infection. Bad timing was an understatement but I had a task and goal so I made it happen, amazingly smooth if I may toot my own horn a bit. I am very grateful that I was able to have movers, friends, and family help me condense my life into a POD.  After selling, donating, and purging the items without value I have closed the chapter on my first home. The house is sold and in the hands of a lovely new owner (I hope she treats you well sir). This means I'm now on the hunt for a new place to lay my head. Thank you to those that offered me space, celebrated my life change, and helped me make my crazy deadlines!!!!

In the course of uprooting my former life, I also managed to have some major work accomplishments. I presented then facilitated round tables at a major national conference, I premiered an amazing product, I’m approved to move forward on a major production project, and I received kudos from my leadership. The actual joy inside me is sitting right below the surface of exhaustion (I promise).

Despite the euphoria, the indefinite guest room crashing, and the chaos of living out of suitcases my mind immediately went to, what next.  Hustle hard is a motto I have lived by for a long time but I didn't realize how ingrained it was in my mind. I was immediately think on to the next, but my hustle has changed over the years. I am more and more focused on the greater good (mainly for my family) and I realized my heart was driving my thoughts. My passion and motivation for changing my/the world (macro and micro level) is on 1000. I want to do more!  I want to work harder! I want my hustle to benefit my nephew and nieces. So my new motto is hustle +heart and today I'm embracing that!!! So this hustler with heart is about to shake some things up! Happy Monday!

hard work and hustle with a good heart

Wednesday Wisdom: Mindfulness Exercise 5

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stop and Look

Today’s mindfulness exercise is all about taking a moment to really see what is around you.

Focus on one thing (it could be in front of you or in your mind). Just pick, one object. Then really look at it.  If you can, pick it up, hold it, and really look at all the details. Think about what you like about the object. Why did you pick it (what made it stand out)? How did it come to be? What is it made of? What was involved in its creation?  How did it end up in your possession? How does it work? How do you use it? Can you use it better? Think about all those questions and possible answers for 2-3 minutes and then go back to what you were doing (or not).

The point is to just take a moment to appreciate, reflect, and ultimately focus your thoughts.
“Find your focus and seek simplicity” – Dan Millman

Focus and Simplicity Quote

Wednesday Wisdom: Mindfulness Exercise 4

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Positive Sharing

I recently had a very crappy work week. The kind that makes you question your entire path and career decision. In an effort to turn the tide on my feelings, I took a page from The Five-Minute Journal, which I still use from time to time.  Today’s mindfulness exercise is focused on reframing and appreciation. Take a minute at the end of your day and practice positive sharing.

At the end of your work day, tell your spouse, partner, significant other, lover, friend, Facebook (whomever) the best thing that happened that day.  Yes it is that simple share 1 good thing that happened but do it before you vent!

Lead off with a positive, no complaining. Just share the best thing that happened during your day, even if it was simply leaving work.  Reflect on it and dwell on it for a bit. End your day on a positive note.

You can find this quote and few others here.

For more info about the Five-Minute Journal check out the Intelligent Change website.

Wednesday Wisdom: Mindfulness Exercise 3

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Today’s mindfulness exercise will focus on self-compassion. First come up with a mantra for yourself, a positive and impactful affirmation.

Then, throughout your day take moments to practice self-compassion.  When you find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed, pause a few times a day. While paused, put your hand over your heart, take a few deep breaths, and then repeat your mantra out loud (3 times) and in your mind(3 more times).

That is it! Simple and easy! Here are some of my favorite mantras on repeat
  • My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is at peace.
  • Happiness is a choice. 
  • Keep your head up and your heart open.
  • Be Better, not bitter
  • I Am Enough.
  • Be the energy you want to attract.

Happiness is a choice quote

keep your head up and your heart open quote

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