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Motivational Monday!

24 Mar

I feel like I have said this a million times, but how is it possible that it was 60 yesterday and this week we may get snow…??!? Come on spring….

Anyway, I was looking through Tumblr for a good quote for today. If you ever want some inspiration, look up “inspirational quotes” or something related and you’ll find a lot of great stuff. I love Tumblr in general for discovering funny things, news, GIFs, etc. Here’s the quote I found:

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I read it and it immediately got me thinking. I mean, I think no matter what…even if you followed all of your dreams and gut instincts, you’d always regret something or wish you had done something else, BUT I like the message here. Pursue your goals and see what happens. You might regret it, or it may not work out, but it’s better to try. I think it would be scary to see “the person you could have become.”

Even now I think back to when I was a teenage and how I thought my life would be by now…and it’s totally not! Sometimes it is disappointing to think about but it also makes me want to work harder to get to where I want to be, so that when I’m 45 I’m not looking back to now and remembering how I wanted to accomplish X,Y,Z. Did that make sense? I feel like I just started rambling… 😛

What do you think about this quote?

What did you think you would accomplish by now when you were a teen? It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you haven’t done those things! Some of those desires were totally unrealistic 🙂

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Motivational Monday!

2 Dec

Can you believe it is now December? Less than a month left in 2013! Wow…

Today’s motivational quote inspired me this weekend. As you know, I launched my own social media consulting business after grad school. I’ve been working part-time while trying to get more clients. It’s been going well, but it’s has had its ups and downs, which is expected. Some days I really feel like giving up on that dream…but then I see things like this and rally:

I’m taking a chance, but it’s a chance I can take right now, as opposed to when I’m older and need more financial security. It’s hard and stressful, but I want to continue to work on this goal and see where it takes me. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out-but at least I tried.

What chances have you taken recently? 

If you own a small business, what tips can you give me? 😉

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Motivational Monday!

28 Oct

October is over already…my friend and I were talking about New Year’s dresses the other day…where is time going??? I don’t want it to be 2014!

Anyway, last week, I found this quote on Instagram on a fellow runner’s account (@blonde_bun_runner). I totally could relate:

This can relate to anyone. How often do you get caught up with worrying and stressing out? We don’t even realize how much we worry sometimes. I saw this and immediately related it to my marathon training. I haven’t had the best last 3 weeks of running and I’m really nervous. Then I saw this and thought, I’m running a marathon. I have the ability to RUN, period. I have an able body, and 2 legs that will take me through 26.2 miles (hopefully). Time doesn’t matter. I should be thankful for the opportunity…because there are many people out there who wish they could walk or run. Something I need to remember whenever I start worrying this week…

What are you currently worrying about? How will you change your point of view on this and instead of thankful? Tell me in the comments!

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Motivational Monday!

21 Oct

Happy Monday! Another new week…and less than 2 weeks until the New York City Marathon! =O

I decided to go with this quote today:

Once again, this quote is one I can relate to, especially while marathon training. As you may know, recently I’ve had to take multiple days off due to some shin pain. It has made me nervous, paranoid, and doubting myself. But I love this quote and need to remember it!

I need to “rid my mind of can’t” and think of everything I have accomplished and will accomplish on Nov. 3.

Sometimes it’s so easy for us to get down on ourselves and believe we will not do well enough (in whatever it may be), but if we just change our mindset, we could excel and potentially surprise ourselves….something I should write down on my hand or something on race day!

Have you read any good books on building mental strength? I need tips and help!

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Motivational Monday!

14 Oct

Happy Monday! I’m working 7am-3pm today so I was up at the crack of dawn literally…and feeling it. After running 16 miles yesterday, all I wanted to do was sleep this morning. Hopefully I can take a nap later this afternoon 😉

I found this quote and loved it.

 

I’ve been a little stressed recently. Obviously, starting your own business isn’t easy, but at the same time, I have student loans plus a ton of other bills to pay currently, so that’s been stressing me out. I’m in the process of applying to some full time jobs in order to have more of an income. Thankfully my parents are supporting and help me out when I need it.

Sometimes, I let stress get to me and I have a little pity party. But then I stop and realize the great things about my life, and that these things will all work out. I know I will work through it and be successful.

I don’t like to stress about things for a long period of time. I give myself a short amount of time to be angry, cry, whatever…then move on. Because will those emotions help fix things? No.

Stress sucks…but it’s Monday – new week to make things happen!

How do you handle stress? Do you get stressed easily or let things roll off your back?

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Motivational Monday!

7 Oct

Happy Monday!

Today’s quote really resonates with me, especially with where I am at in marathon training:

I fear…not getting to the starting line because of my shin issues

I fearnot being able to run 26.2 miles

I fear…bonking around mile 18 again like I did in 2011

I fear…the Queensboro Bridge…because it’s a 1 mile long incline

I fear…being disappointed with my performance and time.

All of these things are going through my mind right now…and I know I should remain positive. Only 4 weeks left but I really, really want to do so much better in this race.

Of course I have a time goal, but honestly, I just don’t want to feel completely miserable like I did in 2011. I don’t want to have to basically walk the last 5 miles, and be angry when I cross the finish line. I want to be happy and celebrate with my mom…not end up in the medical tent.

But I have to let go of these fears! This quote is so true…and I experienced it first hand. When my mom and I ran the course 2 weeks ago, when we got to the Queensboro Bridge my heart rate went up. I was scared. This was where (in 2011) my downfall started…and I ended up having to walk part of the bridge, and then most of the rest of the way.

As we started running up it, I told myself to control my breathing and my heart rate would go down. Just take it one step at a time. People watch to make the time go by. Then…we made it over! I didn’t have to stop, and I felt fine most of the way.

That is an example of how fear holds you back, not a physical limitation. My legs and body could go up this bridge…but fear caused me to be afraid and have a mini anxiety attack. Now I just need to remember this instance when I am on the bridge in the actual race!

Whatever it is you do, when you find you are doubting yourself, ask yourself if it is just fear. Perhaps you do have a limitation, and you have to slowly work towards a goal. But sometimes it is your mind you need to overcome.

Do you have an example of how fear has held you back in the past?

Do you get nervous before a marathon even though you have already done one before? Help!

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Motivational Monday!

23 Sep

I had a great weekend, and will be writing a race recap of the Fifth Avenue Mile for tomorrow (though if you follow me on Instagram you saw all my pics). Now it’s time for a big week of training…This is supposed to be the second highest mileage in 1 week that I will hit in this training round. Ahhhhh!! I hope everything goes smoothly, especially because my shin has been acting up…

Anyway, I found this quote and can really relate to this right now, especially as a lot of people I follow are also in the midst of marathon training:

How many times have you compared yourself to someone else? Whether it’s lifting, running, cycling…whatever. I do it all the time. I read about runners hitting their long run races in 8-9 minute miles and know I am still way far off from that. Sometimes it gets to me, and I get negative…but then…(going along with my recent How I Met Your Mother Addiction)

I remember the awesome things that I have accomplished. Sure, I may not be the fastest runner in the world (but I’m working on it and hope to get there eventually, cough BQ cough)…but I am training for a marathon. My body is running day in and day out to run a 26.2 race.

I know a lot of other runners who have been caught in the comparison trap…and we all need to stop! We are all doing amazing things. We get up to run, we run late, we miss things because we need to run the next day…it doesn’t matter how fast or how far you can run, you are getting out there.

Same thing can apply to anything. When I was lifting regularly, I was frustrated that I couldn’t bench as heavy as other people, or squat as heavy as other people…but again, I was in the gym…my body was lifting more than it ever has, and I should be happy with that.

One of my friends recently pointed out that we should stop saying, “Oh, I only did ______”. For example, “Hey how long did you run today?” “Oh, just 4 miles.” She said, stop saying “just!” you RAN. That’s what matters. (Thanks for this Alicia, if you’re reading).

So this week, I encourage you all to stop comparing yourself. When you catch yourself, think of the above Barney Stinson quote 😉 Seriously though, just think of how awesome you are!

Do you compare yourself to others?

How do you remind yourself that you’re awesome? Leave me some tips!

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