How Does Your Garden Grow?

Happy Monday! This Motivation Monday is dedicated to anyone who feels like they are falling behind, can’t keep up, or feels like they are struggling while everyone else is all sunshine and roses. I am here to tell you, the grass isn’t always greener — often it’s not.

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It’s really easy to feel like you have to work twice as hard as others for the same results. It can also be easy to feel like your accomplishments are celebrated with a whisper while other’s are trumpeted with resounding excitement. I think everyone wants love, support, and achievement in their lives and I think it takes a lot of hard work to earn those things. So, if you don’t have those and are giving it your all, while others have it made in the shade with half of the effort, just know their grass isn’t necessarily greener. It could be fake.

It’s really easy to be the center of attention, can-do-no-wrong champ when you put 100% of your effort into maintaining that. At the end of they day, it’s exhausting and it isn’t real. The real grass…it’s imperfect, patchy, maybe it looks like it’s been tilled, but guess what? That’s your investment and that’s where you’ll see the most flowers grow. Flowers are better than boring patches of grass anyways.

Happy Monday! xox

Hustle Hard, Girls.

Start the grind, it’s Monday y’all and I. am. excited! This week, I am signing a contract for a really amazing new position. It’s a HUGE step up in every way possible; compensation, work-life balance, benefits, opportunities, everything. It’s been a really long process; multiple interviews, a 15 page marketing plan, presentation, group interviews, the list goes on.

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And…I’m batting 100–I’ve still never gone in for an interview and not received an offer for the position. So, keep at it…whatever you’re working on and you’ll get there, just hustle hard and run wild with success. Happy Monday. ❤

Here’s A Freebie For Your Monday!

I know it’s not Freebie Friday, but I needed to share this…mostly because everyone needs a pick-me-up on a Monday. The past week has felt kind of like a game of dodgeball, except I am on a team of 2 (my husband is my favorite teammate) vs 10 and the balls are hiccups in plans, passive aggressiveness, and exhausting amounts of work.

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This week, I need to be incredibly focused. I have a potentially life changing opportunity that I have to be fully prepared for and I can do without curve balls, comments from the peanut gallery, and probably just Facebook all together. It gets super negative, super fast, especially if you are reading political articles.

So, as I prepared for this week I decided to create some Monday Motivation after listening to my second favorite JEW album. I mean, if it’s good enough for Taylor Swift, it’s good enough for us all right?

Click here to open and save/print the poster. Hang it next to your vanity because you do everything you can…and don’t you worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say. ❤

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Mixtape Monday: Ain’t It Fun?

I’m super ready and motivated for Monday! Wake up, work out, then off to my busy work day. Whether I’m working out, driving to/from work, or just need to simmer down, music is always a cathartic thing for me—kind of a way to detox. This is especially true for when I get supremely annoyed/angry/frustrated, so dedicate this week’s Mixtape Monday to all the people out there who through their words, actions, or lack there of, put you down and out.

More than once this past week I wanted to say some not very nice, but well deserved things to people who were less than nice to me. However, it’s always better to take a breath, listen to some music, simmer down, and take the high road. Throw on some music in your headphones and dedicate it to everyone who is bothering you and trust me, you’ll feel better.

Consequently, this is also an awesome mix to work out to.

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  • “Ain’t it Fun” – Paramore (Side note: Hayley’s basically telling everyone to grow heck up and get over themselves…and I LOVE it!)
  • “The Sweet Life” – Every Time I Die (Side note: I feel like Keith Buckley wrote this song about (some) Millenials.)
  • “Ignorance” – Paramore
  • “Interlude: Moving On” – Paramore (Side note: Ukulele, a total no-brainer)
  • “Bad Blood” – Ryan Adams (Side note: An awesome cover.)
  • “Surprise, Surprise” – The Starting Line
  • “Outsider” Remix – A Perfect Circle
  • “Hate on Me” – Jill Scott (Side note: Jill Scott’s voice is amaaaazing)
  • “Big Brat” – Phantom Planet (Side note: The song is self explanitory and also features an actor from one of my fav. Wes Anderson movies.)

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Anything Could Happen on a Monday

Because who doesn’t need some motivation and music to tackle a Monday? I certainly do…because it’s going to be 6 straight days of 10-12 hour work days.

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I’ve listened to all of these songs at some point in time in the last month, which has been a rollercoaster—from infuriating to amazing and back again. However, music is a cure-all right?

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  1. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  2. Ophelia – The Lumineers
  3. Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
  4. Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Rolodex Propaganda – At the Drive In
  6. The Outsider – A Perfect Circle
  7. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  8. Upside Down and Inside Out – OK Go
  9. Slow Hands – Interpol
  10. Holiday From Real – Jack’s Mannequin

Also…a little Monday Motivation never hurts, so here’s something to chew on…

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I love this mostly because, C.S. Lewis–and the sentiment is 100% true. All the terrible days, situations, things said about you, cruel chatter, cruel people, superficiality. All the stressful projects, family…everything; leave it behind…dump it.

Be a one man army if you have to…and march on to way better things because they are there. Just keep being you, do generous things, shrug off the BS, show gratitude, give love, and you’ll find that the people and situations that were marching all over you, can’t keep up with YOU anymore because they are far in the distance. Leave the rest to karma and look ahead.

I’m really lucky I have a lot of things that give me a reason to look ahead…and it’s just going to be me and my little wolfpack family. ❤

Happy Monday!

 

 

Chin Up Buttercup, Monday Motivation.

It’s been awhile, but bare with me—I’ve been migrating our website at work which has given me about zero time to breathe. Hopefully I will go back to 9 hour days and two day weekends soon, but for now—here’s a little #MondayMotivation.

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Everyone’s got situations, things, and circumstances that get them down—most of the time this revolves around people who are less than kind. Just when I thought that I was reaching the height of what I could handle when it came to people being downright mean, I came to a realization. Just because other people have zero consequences and accountability and sometimes have their bad behavior encouraged, doesn’t mean that’s a way to live. I believe in karma. I believe full hearts can’t lose and good things happen to good people.

Then, boom. Mr. JD and I had an amazing week. Raises, bonuses, great performance reviews, awesome things in our careers and the elimination of some hurtles. This made me realize digesting negativity with your head held high can turn into blessings and karma takes care of the rest. So, chin up buttercup, don’t let the haters get you down because the negativity they put out, you will receive back in positivity ten fold.

Also, Broncos are going to the Super Bowl and I plan on doing so much yoga this week! Life’s awesome sometimes, you guys.