Seize the Day | 9 Empowering Quotes to Inspire Success

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Can you believe we are nearing the end of July already? I’m looking at my calendar as I type this and thinking, “Where has the summer gone?” Between the rain, storms, various appointments.. it’s just flown right by!

Because of the wet weather, in fact it’s raining right now, we haven’t been able to get up to the Lake in awhile… so I’m craving a Lake/beach/picnic/swim day. Hopefully soon. *fingers crossed*

But looking on the bright side of things.. it is the start of a brand new week. New possibilities and opportunities lie ahead. Let’s make the most of it! 🙂

Today I am sharing 9uo of my favorite quotes and affirmations that will empower you to – seize the moment, seize the day, seize the week – and achieve your goals!

Let’s get started!

 

Do what you canwith what you havewhere you are

 

One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.

 

Great Things NeverCame FromComfort Zones.

 

 

Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.

 

Life is a giftwake up everyday and realize that.

 

“Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.”
-Jonathan Mead

 

No matter the situation,neverlet your emotionsoverpoweryour intelligence.

 

You don’t always get what you wish for. You get what you work for!

 

-We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.-

 

Have a wonderful week, friends!

-A

Waking Up to Negativity | Saturday Morning Coffee Chat

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far.

Last week, I woke up to some rude, mean comments on a few of my Instagram pictures. Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced this, nor will it probably be the last time I experience this.

It’s par for the course, right?

Admittedly, I was annoyed for about 5-10 minutes, mostly in trying to figure out who the person was and why he or she was commenting.

But the truth is you’ll never truly know why. And honestly, it doesn’t matter.

“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
-Abraham Hicks

The internet is a great resource and for the most part it’s a pretty great place. There are plenty of people who are kind, supportive, and encouraging. People who are friendly and helpful.

But there is that percentage of the population who feel emboldened and empowered with anonymity. Sitting behind their keyboard, they thrive on negativity,  taking every chance to tear others down.

Cowards.

Negativity is commonplace. It is easy and cheap to be mean. It takes little effort to type out a derogatory, rude comment.

But those words live on forever – both in cyberspace and in the minds of the people affected.

As children we were taught that words can’t hurt us.

But that was a lie.

Words are powerful.

“Words so innocent and powerless as they are standing in the dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is short. We only get so many trips around the sun.

Why waste your time and energy making someone feel bad, when you could spend it lifting people up? It takes the same amount of effort to be decent, but has much better consequences.

There is enough negativity in the world.

Don’t be common.

Be kind.

Be remarkable.

Be a light.

Encourage. Support. Love.

And if you cannot be nice, it’s probably best to just be silent.

 

 

7 Uplifting Quotes to Change Your Life

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s bonus inspo week! Check out Inspiration for the Ages for some timeless wisdom.

I love Sundays because they give us a chance to pause and reflect. Also because they signify the beginning of a brand new week, filled with new opportunities and new possibilities; a fresh start.

It may sound cheesy, or cliché, but it’s true.

So, in honor of the Summer Tone Up Challenge, which starts tomorrow, I wanted to share a little inspiration and motivation for new beginnings.

Let’s go!

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For what it's worth,It's never too lateto be whoeveryou want to be.I hope you live a lifeyou're proud of,And if you findthat you're not,I hope you have the strengthto start over.

 

 

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Don't feel sorry for yourselfif you have chosen the wrong road.Turn around.

 

 

Don't worry about failures,worry about the chances you misswhen you don't even try.

 

 

Start now.Start where you are.Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking.Start with voice trembling, but start.Start and don't stop.Start where you are,

 

 

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Have a fabulous week, friends!

A

 

 

Inspiration for the Ages

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! How was your week?

 

We recently took a spontaneous trip up north and had the best time! It was exactly what I needed! (And get this.. no make-up, no coffee.)

 

Yep. haha! 😉

We ended up visiting the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. It was interesting to learn about the life of our 19th President, as well as a little bit about the history of Ohio, and our government.

Set in the original part of the building, on the main level of the museum is the beautiful Rotunda. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you first enter – awe, impressed, intrigue, humbled – all jumbled up.

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It’s absolutely beautiful, but what really struck me were the quotes on the walls. It’s interesting how relevant those words are today.

This week I wanted to share some of that timeless wisdom with all of you. I’ve added in a few bonus quotes from around the center that I loved, too. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit. It’s well worth your time.

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“He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
-Rutherford B. Hayes

 

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“Our government…is a government founded on the consent of the governed…It is not the government of the native born, or of the foreign born, of the rich man, or of the poor man, of the white man or the colored man— It is the government of the freeman.”
-Address, “Union and Liberty,” Lebanon, O.

 

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“War is a cruel business and there is brutality in it on all sides.”
Rutherford B. Hayes letter to Lucy Webb Hayes

 

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“I disliked news accounts about my attire and that of my guests, so I often would wear the same gown, knowing that society editors would avoid the subject so as not to bore their readers with repetitious descriptions.”
-Lucy Webb Hayes

 

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“When I may appear negligent in writing, recollect, ‘Where the treasure is there will be the heart also.'”
-From Lucy to Rutherford

 

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“Let him, like every good citizen, be willing and prompt to bear his part in every useful work that will promote the welfare and happiness of his family, his town, his state and his country.”
-RBH

A little section where visitors can write words of encouragement and hang them on the wall. My son wrote, “Change your attitude. Change your life.”

 

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Summer Tone Up 2017 | Tone It Up Fitness Challenge for Women | #TIU

Hello Friends!

Happy Thursday! How is your week going so far?

I’ve been a little distracted the past two weeks… between not feeling well and having a bit of an existential crisis, it’s definitely been busy. I’m blaming it on the full moon and the stormy weather. haha!

And that is why I’m so excited about the Summer Tone Up Challenge! Fitness is excellent therapy and can solve many problems. In addition, I have two months until I turn 30, and I am ready to close this chapter and move on to the next one. I know it’s all symbolic, and nothing really changes (except a lower car insurance rate, right?) but I want to enter my 30’s feeling my absolute best!

Much like with the Bikini Series, I will do a weekly check-in post to help keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire you on your fitness journey.

We start on Monday and I would love for you to join us! It’s a completely free, 4 week fitness challenge and it’s going to be amazing! The workouts are challenging and fun, and the TIU community is filled with incredibly loving and supportive women!

I joined Instagram last month and I was blown away by all of the support and inspiration from my fellow TIU girls!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up at ToneItUp.com

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are joining!

And stay in touch! Follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration, laughs, yoga, and lots of coffee!

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See you soon!


A

 

Ignite Your Fire: Fitness Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!

Summer is in full swing and isn’t it fantastic?

Since the Bikini Series wrapped a few weeks ago, I’ve been in full workout mode.

And I’m proud to say that I am not only looking and feeling thinner… but the tape measure reflects my hard work – 2.5 inches down.

Woot Woot!

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As I’ve gotten older, my perspective and my priorities have shifted. Fitness is less about looking good and more about being healthy. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share a little extra fitness inspiration this week. 

Let’s workout!

 

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“You’ve got to block out all distractions when you train. You’re focus has to be 100% into the rep. You’ve got to get into a zone…”
-Mike Matarazzo

Fall in love with taking care of your body.

“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. ”
-Jennifer Freeman

 

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“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
-Dennis Waitley

 

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

 

The difference between your body this week and next week is what you do in the next 7 days to achieve your goal.

 

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“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”
-Jillian Michaels

 

You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.

 

Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.

 

Make progress.Not excuses.

 

I’ll leave you with a little music. Have a wonderful week friends!

9 Timeless Thoughts to Inspire Your Week

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

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There was a beautiful sunrise this morning.

What a week!

Last year, I wrote 29 Life Lessons in 29 Years, and I was blown away by the wonderful feedback I received. 29 has been a whirlwind… numerous events have reminded me of the thought, Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to learn. (-Pema Chodron)

It seems fitting to share some timeless thoughts this week as we relax during this long weekend in the U.S., and as we embark on a brand new month.

Without further ado…

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson

 

“Don_t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each

 

If something is wrong,fix it if you can.But train yourselfnot to worry.Worry never fixes anything.

 

No matter the situation,neverlet your emotionsoverpoweryour intelligence.

 

 

To be beautifulmeans to be yourself.You don't needto be accepted by others.You need to accept yourself.

 

 

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Each of us is herefor a brief sojourn;for what purpose we know not,though sometimes we sense it.But we knowfrom daily lifethat we exist for other people first of all,for whose smiles and

 

Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin,and an antiseptic.

 

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Have a great week friends!

-A

 

June 2017 Favorites

Hello Friends!

It’s time once again for a compilation of favored items and products. Here are a few things that I have been enjoying this month.

Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

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“Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from ‘scrappy little nobody’ to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page-with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).”

After a long wait, I was finally able to sit down and read this book. I was instantly hooked. I first saw Anna in Twilight, but fell in love with her in Pitch Perfect – I’ve been a fan ever since. I loved the insight and peek into her life behind the scenes — spoiler alert: Anna is just like you and me– and there were plenty of laughs along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Haleys Re:Set Liquid Matte Foundation

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It has been a good ten years since I have used a liquid foundation. A friend of mine mentioned this company in a Facebook group, so I requested a sample of this foundation last month. I instantly fell in love with it. The make-up went on smoothly and with just the foundation on, I felt like I had a brand new face. I couldn’t believe the difference it made. The foundation covered everything, but didn’t feel heavy. I was hooked. I put my normal Bare Minerals make-up on top and felt like a million bucks.

I purchased a full-sized foundation online on Friday morning (June23). It was in my mailbox on Monday afternoon (June 26).

WHAT?!?

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I received it, and how pretty the product was wrapped up inside the box. –That’s good business. That’s good customer service.

It speaks volumes about the company. I will definitely be looking into some of their other products.

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Wearing Haleys Re:Set Liquid Matte Foundation

Sinful Colors – Energetic Red – 1122

I love Sinful Colors nail polish. It’s inexpensive ($2 at Wal-Mart), they have a variety of shades to choose from, and it’s quality stuff.  This is my latest favorite – Energetic Red. It’s not red at all. It’s like a pink, coral hue, and it’s perfect for summer! You do need a top coat if you want your polish to last longer than a day. (I found that out the hard way. haha!)

Samsung Official TVC: Ostrich #DoWhatYouCant

This commercial is great.

#1 – Rocket Man – Elton John

#2 – Ostrich

#3 – It’s simply inspiring.

I love it.

Lake Erie – The First Day of Summer

Is it truly a ‘Favorites’ post without Lake Erie? #philosophicalquestions haha!

We spent the first day of summer enjoying the beautiful weather with family. We had a picnic up at East Harbor and it was wonderful. It’s definitely one of my favorite places in the state.

 

Red Bull

 

Once in awhile, I love a Red Bull. These were on sale at Kroger 2 for $5. I had one and my husband had one. It had been a good two years since we had Red Bull… you should have seen our faces when we took the first sip – haha! It was a little sour, but delicious! I had a lot of caffeine that day.. so I was feeling pretty good.

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Those were my favorites this month. What were yours? Leave a comment and let me know!

7 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Ignite Your Spirit and Strengthen Your Focus

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Summer is officially here! We went up north to Lake Erie to celebrate and enjoy the day with family. It was sunny, warm, and absolutely gorgeous – perfect weather for a yummy picnic!

Here’s a little peek at Lake Erie from East Harbor State Park in Northwest Ohio.

I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.

 

Of course we all took a million pictures. If you don’t capture it, it never happened right? haha!

In the words of Jim Gaffigan, “You ever see a photo of yourself… And it kinda ruins your day?”

Well, while it didn’t necessarily ruin my day, a few pictures were snapped of me that were just not flattering…. and definitely had me re-thinking my fitness goals.

This is a good reminder for us all – we should take time to measure our progress, or lack thereof, and revisit our fitness goals. It’s a time for honesty and self-reflection. (Which I did last week for the end of Bikini Series)

And this is also a good reminder to look up a tutorial or two about how to pose in pictures. haha! –if that sort of thing is important to you.

Last week I shared 7 powerful fitness quotes to inspire greatness.

So in the spirit of summer – sand, sun, beach days- and new fitness goals, I thought I would share 7 more powerful fitness quotes to ignite our spirits and keep us focused.

Are you ready to have a kick-ass week?

Let’s do this!

 

If you spendtoo much timethinkingabout a thing,You'll never get it done.Make at least onedefinite movedailytoward your goal.

 

I train like I'm training for the Olympics or for a Mr. America contest,the way I've always trainedmy whole life.You see, life is a battlefield.Life is survival of the fittest.How many h

 

Train tire

 

The purpose of trainingisto tighten up the slack,toughen the body,andpolish the spirit.

 

 

If you ever lack the motivation to trainthen think what happensto your mind and bodywhen you don't.

 

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Don't make training

Focus : Reginald

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Many of you may remember Reginald, my mass cane plant. In April, he started to grow a stem and I was pleasantly surprised to find out he would flower. It took him a few weeks, but he produced an entire stem of beautiful, sweet-smelling white flowers. They opened up at night, and unfortunately, contributed to an ant problem.

Reginald participated in the “cinnamon challenge,” whereby I went absolutely crazy one evening, fed up with the pesky invaders, and sprinkled cinnamon all over the place. It worked!

The flowers lasted a good two to three weeks before dying off. It was a wonderful surprise!

Focus