Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Motivation - Are You Having a Hard Day?

There are days in which everything seems to be conspiring to overwhelm us.  A step back in our finances.  Kids who just WON'T cooperate.  A frustrating day at work.  A fender-bender on the way to the grocery store.  An oven that decided to stop heating just as you were putting in the dinner you had spent an hour putting together.

These days are hard.  I know, I've had a lot of them lately.  These days seem to sit on top of you, and threaten to suffocate.  The pile of problems and annoyances start to feel much larger and heavier than the sum of its parts.

How do we overcome days like this and keep moving toward our goals?  Sometimes, it helps to hear the story of someone who has overcome much, much more. 

I was so inspired by this story about 64-year-old Ruby Chaucer.  I can't imagine the hardships and pain she must push through every day in order to pursue her dream.  It puts into perspective all of the little problems that have made me feel so bogged down.  I have been trying to work and grow while fighting with appliances, kids, and angry drivers.  She has been trying to work and grow while fighting for her life.

"What she cared about was school. She took tests for her classes online from her hospital bed. She wrote essays on a cramped little desk at home. She did her homework while her hair was falling out, and she did her homework when her kidneys were shutting down.

Sometimes, she would cry. But she never let anyone see.

She did it for herself. But she also did it for her son, Brian, who died in 2010, when he was 35. She said Brian worried about her when he was alive, worried about whether she’d be able to take care of herself.

Brian is her guardian angel, she says. By returning to school, she’s shown him that he doesn’t have to worry anymore.

'I just want him to know that his mama’s happy and she’s goin’ on with her life,' she says."

You can read the entire story from the Dallas Morning News here.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Awe-Inspiring Photography

Occasionally, I love to share things I have found on the internet that I think are especially inspiring.  Today, I had to share these National Geographic Award-winning photographs -  the almost unbelievable natural beauty is awe-inspiring and soul-touching.

These photos are from this year's "2015 Traveler Photo Contest," and were judged among the overall winners.

Check out the artists' website links below the photos for more breathtaking photography.
All rights reserved by original artist.
All rights reserved by original artist.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom - Today is More Important Than Yesterday

It's the truth!

The more time, energy and emotion we spend thinking about YESTERDAY, the less we can devote to making TODAY what we want.

Whenever you feel yourself being drawn into the past and reliving its mistakes, repeat this mantra: 
Put all of your energy into TODAY, and you might just be amazed at what TOMORROW brings you!! 

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