Here we go… this is a hard pill to swallow for most.
I am going to make this short, sweet, and to the point.
Take a good look around you. Think about who YOU have allowed into your life and who YOU have allowed to stay…
YOU attracted them all and they are your reflection.
I know most of you are saying… No way, i am not as bad as so and so or i dont do this or that but truth is you allowed so and so and this or that around you so… Yea… You allow this In your presence and that’s who you are. That is what you stand for.
You’re only as good as the company you keep.
Detox your life: friends, body, mind, soul. You have complete control. Better yourself. I mean a discipline of trying to be the best version of yourself daily.
Dont give me this im perfect nonsense… No one is perfect. You can always work on your thoughts or the bag of Reese’s you killed last night. (Ughhh, love Reese’s) 🙂
If you are happily content with everything and everyone in your life that is awesome, but never stop working on yourself.
You need to brush your teeth every day or you will get a cavity just like you need to work on yourself everyday or BOOM gravity will be stronger than ever and you will fall in some capacity. Figuratively speaking of course.
Also, the person you are dating, in a commited relationship with, or married to… That is your other half. Your mirror.
I always hear, ” I cant find a good girl or guy?”
It is simple. Start acting like the person you want to be with.
Here is your homework assignment if you truly want a positive change:
(Take out a pen and paper)
Don’t you roll your eyes at me… #justdoit
– Write down 3 people you look up to. Your favorite role models. Write down what you respect most about them.
– Start implementing those traits you admire most into your being, your soul, your life.
– This is a daily discipline and Rome was NOT built in a day so be patient and persevere.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22 NIV)
I´ve never been one to meet a stranger. I find it fairly easy to conversate with a rock if the mood strikes but some rocks (people) that you find stops you in your tracks and alters your perception of life. I truly believe there are no coincidences in life, they are signs, and each person that you meet you can learn something from. Spend a little more time getting to know your new found rock and you´ll find something beautiful if you listen closely just as I discovered…
I ran my very first marathon in Coban, Guatemala this past Sunday and I made a friend while waiting at the start. I was trying to coach and encourage my friend I had coaxed into running with me and cracked a few jokes and this older lady behind us with blonde hair and pretty blue eyes chimed in. She was older, maybe in her late 50´s, and she fit into our conversation quite nicely. Since there weren´t alot of blonde´s in race that spoke English I couldn´t help but to wonder where she came from and what brought her to Coban… of course I asked.
She explained that she worked for the Swedish Embassy and was sent to Guatemala for 1 year 25 years ago. She fell in love with the people and the culture and decided to stay. I understood completely. She was very kind and gave me all sorts of advice on where to go and what to see and where was safe. I then asked how long she had been running marathons and she replied, ¨I just started a year ago.¨ I was very impressed and then asked why she decided only a year ago to do it? ¨My 2 older sons left for University and I needed a hobby so I thought why not try running.¨ She said they call to check in and when they do they talk about their classes, events, and grades. I always ask them though, ¨Are you happy?¨ That is all that matters in the end she explained.
This was so inspiring for me and I immediately thought to myself, ¨I want to be this awesome at her age.¨ <I mean this lady, late 50´s, in great shape (maybe better than me), a great mom> What a motivation and an inspiration!
The race started shortly after and I lost my new friend in the sea of runners.
The streets were colorful and I noticed all the genune smiles of encouragment. There were families that didn´t have much but offered bags of water along the way. I made another friend at the 5k marker that helped push me and motivate my pace. After the half way point was more of a mind game. There were uphill treks that shortened your breathing and added strain to your knees. When I felt my body wearing down this came to mind: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phillipians 4:13) I literally repeated this over and over in my mind and completed the full 21k without stopping once.
After the finish I crossed paths with my new Swiss friend once again. She talked me through some stretches (because I looked liked a flamingo with a cramp). We discussed the race and how amazing it felt to cross the finish line. Then we talked about life…
She explained that her mother passed away 2 years ago but left this world in the best way. She recalled going to visit her in hospice. Her mom would watch TV and say, ¨I´ve been there. I´ve seen that. I´ve done that.¨ Her mom realized she had done it all, seen it all, and was at peace. She then said,¨That is what we should all want…to make it to the end and know we did everything we wanted to with no regrets.¨ All of her brothers and sisters also visited her mom everyday. That also said alot about her mom and how amazing she was.
I want to be like that. I want to make it to the end with no regrets and children that visit everyday. I want to know that I´ve done it all, seen it all, and experienced life the way I wanted to. These are two additional rocks I will add to my collection.
Change your perception and change your wolrd. After watching the trailor for the upcoming feature film, Planetary, those words were true literally and figuratively regarding this new movement. I think it’s genius.
The Overview Effect: A change in perception from a human’s perspective of the earth from space.
This video is so powerful. It explains how the astronauts experienced a psychological shift in their viewpoint of earth and how conflicts that divide nations & separate governments became less important. Everything was now interconnected in their eyes and they saw a need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect our home, our planet.
It concluded a problem that was posed in the end: We (all humans) need a new way to shift our behaviors in such a way that leads to a sustainable approach to our civilization as opposed to a destructive approach.
Ever hear the saying, ” The solution lies within the problem” ?
“We’re going to turn the camera around and show you earth,” The focus had been on the moon and other planets but then they looked back at planet earth and it implied a new kind of self awareness.
So how can (we) find a new way to shift our behavior that will lead us to a more sustainable approach to civilization?
It is simple. It starts with YOU. It starts with self awareness. Instead of looking at the moon and other planets i.e. (getting wrapped up in all that is wrong in the world or passing judgment to others) turn to the earth (the mirror) and look at yourself. Be the change you want to see in the world never rang so true.
I hope this movement opens the eyes of people everywhere. I hope it brings about unity and love to all nations and helps us see that we are all in this together.
Your mom is stronger than you
Your mom listens without judgement
Your mom listens to your problems and puts them above her own
Your mom is right about EVERYTHING
Your mom is beautiful
Your mom is the reason YOU are here
Your mom worries every night about YOU
Your mom loves you unconditionally
Your mom has experienced twice more than you…LISTEN to her
Your mom knows all about YOU
What do you know about your mom?
What is your mom’s favorite food?
What is your mom’s favorite hobby?
What day is your mom’s birthday?
What does your mom need help with?
What did your mom cry about last?
What is worrying your mom?
What does your mom want to do with YOU before it’s too late?
What does your mom want from you?
What is your mom’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations?
After another countless night of me venting to my mom I woke up this morning in gratitude. I realized how selfish I had been. I realized I don’t ask as often as I should, ” Hey mom, how are YOU?”
Do yourself a favor and call YOUR MOM! Right now, no matter where you are or what you are doing. STOP and make time for YOUR MOM. Ask her how she is doing and if there is anything you can do for her.
This post is for my mom, your mom, and your mom’s mom.
Be grateful to have a mom that cares and don’t take her for granted because one day you will look back and realize how much she does for YOU!
A big thank you to my mom! I love you and appreciate you!!!
It’s the most liberating moment when you truly have nothing to hide. You wake up and say, ” I have no regrets!”
Know that through every obstacle you overcame, every tear you cried, every tragedy, every victory you became who you are today. You evolved into the person you are right now. Your character, integrity, morals, values were all lessons learned throughout your life along with experiences.
You can’t truly evolve into a positive entity until you learn from your difficult times and the repetitious cycle has ended. You have to realize that every tough situation in your life you attracted in some way. Once you take full ownership of everything that has happened to you and quit placing the blame on others you will be set free. You will have learned from your past and are ready to live in the moment with clarity and embrace your future!
Sending lots of love from Coban, Guatemala!
This is my story. Use it to guide you to your dreams and the realization that anything is possible with a lot of faith and perserverance. By using the simple equation above and flipping the sign in the middle I moved mountains in my own personal journey and you can too!
Success defined by our society now mainly consists of a college degree, a promising career, and then what?…
I graduated with my BFA in Broadcast Journalism with countless opportunities and grabbed the healthiest paycheck I could find. I had a promising career in one of the fastest growing online marketing companies with endless possibilities and yet It wasn’t enough.
As the hiring manager and front face of the company, SoftRock, I had to present myself daily in a positive light. To keep momentum I would pull up inspirational quotes and blogs off LinkedIn to lift my spirits before starting the day. I came across a book called Into the Wind, by Jake Ducey. The introduction spoke to me and jumped off the computer screen. I purchased it. In the first chapter it spoke of Guatemala and how the country was one of the most spiritual places in the world. I made a promise to myself that I would go there within the next year. I wanted clarity in my life and by going to a third world country I thought it would be the live inspiration I needed.
I had an amazing job, working for an amazing company, with amazing people but knew I was not where I wanted to be. I was unhappy and I couldn’t figure out why.
I then pulled out my investigative journalism tactics and put them to good use. I reached out to every successful business owner on LinkedIn and set up meetings with them to find out how they became so successful and if they were truly happy.
I started attending inspirational meetings like 1 Million Cups. A weekly educational networking program that allowed aspiring entrepreneurs to present. These presentations included their latest projects, goals, and business plans in exchange for credible feedback.
After many months of research I came to a simple solution. I found that the happiest and most successful people I met had figured out how to turn their “Passion” into a career. The “key” to a fulfilling career was implementing their passion through helping others. It was like a lightbulb had went off and I suddenly understood.
I acted fast and changed my motivation in life from money to passion. The hard part was figuring out what I was passionate about. I mean, years of being taught that cash is king had taken it’s toll and I had to re-train my way of thinking and go back to the basics. Asking myself simple questions like, ” What do you enjoy? What are you good at? What makes you happy? How can you use these answers to help others? ”
I started working on the best version of myself everyday by detoxing my life. I had to risk not having anything in hopes of gaining everything. I made some drastic decisions starting with quitting my full-time career to do freelance so I could start exploring other options.
There is a chunk of information that will be missing here because I’m saving it for my book! A daily work in progress.
I am now living my dream. I sold all of my “stuff”, booked a one-way and landed a position as Project Coordinator for the only legal children’s refuge in Coban, Guatemala. You can keep up with my journey and the children of New Hope – Coban at:
The moral of the story is follow your dreams, invest in yourself, and put passion above money. You will lead the successful and happy life that most can only dream about.
Peace and blessings!
Project Coodinator at Misioneros Sin Fronteras
Sold all my things
Packed a bag
Jumped a flight
With little to tag
What I miss the least
Touched soil abroad
Much to see
High dollar a fraud
Opened my eyes
What I miss the least
Families with little
Richer than most
Kids play in puddles
Along the coast
What they miss the least
People help people
A friend on every corner
Heart at the core
What they miss the least
Your soul is important
Protect it my dear
Feeling is intuitive
Lose it in fear
What you miss the least