Share the Love in 2018

Another year has passed and it is time for a new chapter. I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. I have been talking to friends and between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s they feel bloated. I am hearing all the comments about getting back on the diet wagon and cleansing after the last couple months.

I am starting the new year with a few changes again. I will be doing taxes again, this time at Block Advisors (a division of H&R Block). I am looking for my annual adventure as I do every year. For new years I hosted trivia for a neighborhood party. It was a fun time and had about twenty teams. I am looking for big things to happen in 2018.

I am still talking with a couple other venues to host trivia. There are still a couple places talking to me about positions. I seem to live in the world of hurry up and wait! I know I am not the only person who feels that way, but everything will happen in time. There is always something testing my patience and it keeps me humble.

Over the past year I have noticed how life is so busy. The unfortunate part of the observation it has started up conversations with people asking if life is that busy or are we just filling our lives to look important. I find it a very interesting question and I apply it to my own life. Am I trying to look busy or am I really fulfilling my life. I have more downtime than most people realize and I use that to try and inspire others. Something I have come to understand over the past few years is how important it is to treat others.

I believe my purpose and I think the purpose for all of us is to build up one another. It is our responsibility to help other be better in their lives. I ask myself every day how I shared a smile, opened a door, or shared kindness daily. It is important to understand that our small act of kindness can mean the world to someone else.

I now for my 2017 has turned my life upside down and I have failed in many areas, but I am still pressing on. I know I will still be picking up pieces in the new year, yet I cannot allow it to hold me back. No matter what happens in my life I will always do my best to share love and kindness to others. Life is not meant to fight and live in a constant argument. Unfortunately, I lived a lot of my life doing just that and realizing that we need to embrace others and lift them up has been a huge chip taken off my shoulder.

I want to thank all the kind words from others sharing with me how I have inspired them and impacted their life through a smile or helping hand. Let us go into 2018 with a smile and a hand ready to help other up when they fall. Do not tear them down because it only makes it worse. I have been there and I remember what it did to me and my emotions.

Make 2018 the year we learn to love each other and challenge ourselves to help other become better people.


No Shave November Week One

I am a week into No Shave November. Have you taken the challenge? This has been a interesting week for me so far. I am constantly astounded about every one listening to my podcast every week and I continue to add more chapters to my book I am writing. I also am enjoying the weather this week and getting in as much as I can before it turns colder. While I am enjoying the outdoors and getting in my exercise I meditate and evaluate what I need to do next. I cannot believe the comments I receive for my Facebook posts, blogs, and podcast. It is encouraging to know that what I am doing is inspiring others and that helps inspire me.

What are you doing to inspire others? From a smile or a hello to a stranger and friends. I believe the purpose is to lift up one another and help them become a better person. Both personally and professionally how are you helping others grow. As I keep making new steps in my life I am looking for who I can take with me. I decided a few years ago it was time to take control of my life and not let it happen.

I have been talking to a friend and we were discussing what I am doing for myself with working out and taking time out for me. This was something I was not good with for years and while I was evaluating my life I chose that I need to start taking care of myself. If I do not take care of me then who will. I have had people tell me I am being selfish and there is a little selfishness to it, but looking at the big picture I am also helping myself to be here longer for family and friends.

What are you doing to keep yourself health physically and mentally? We are important and though it is hard to understand our importance to others. It is something to think about. What legacy are you leaving behind and how are you influencing others? I want people to remember me as one who encouraged. Take time for yourself daily and during that time take care of yourself and look for ways to make you grow.


Winds of Change

Are you the same person you were a couple years ago? Even a couple months ago? We are go through changes, some are good and some are not so good. It will depend on how we react to things that happen in our life. I was talking a friend yesterday and they made a comment about how I have changed compared to when I first met them. That was not the only comment I have received claiming that in the past couple weeks.

I will agree that I have changed and I believe it is for the better. I remember my actions and thoughts through my life and I was a jerk. I had love and compassion for others, but I was also opinionated and shared it no matter if it was welcome or not. I am not saying it still does not happen, but I feel it is not as overbearing as it used to be. I know there are others that do not agree with how I am think today because we do not think the same. I am ok with that because I am an individual and that is how I was made. We were given a brain and are expected to use it. 

I know I am not perfect and the reality is I will never be perfect, but am I giving into my imperfection or am I striving to be a better person? It is how we deal with our daily lives and deal with situations in life. This is not an easy task and sometimes is feels better to give up rather than pushing forward. If we press on we will be better in the long run for us and for those around us. 

Are you welcoming the change in your life or are you fighting it? I encourage the change and allowing it to engulf my heart and mind. I agree it can be overwhelming at times and not every one will understand what is happening in your life. The reality is either they will understand and accept the change or they will decide to move on. I am still true to my beliefs, but I understand my beliefs better than I every have and understand how I should deal with my beliefs with others.

We all believe what we believe, but we need to understand these are personal beliefs. It is our purpose to help each other and not force feed them what we believe. Daily we need to think what we have done to help better the life of another individual.