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

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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. ❤

I’m the Hero of This Story on a Monday.

HeroHappy Monday! Here’s some motivation for you because it’s going to be a longggg week!:

Often times, I think that people are way harder than themselves than anyone else, which is crazy because why pile on top of what your critics already say/think about you? People will paint you in a negative light—there’s no reason for you to add to what people who aren’t your friends think and there’s certainly no reason why your biggest critic should be yourself.

It’s taken me a long time, the majority of my life, to get to the point when I don’t care what people say and I don’t participate in the criticism of myself. In fact, the only time I ever get blindly furious is when people make assumptions about my family and my childhood (and adulthood, really) — which is something my mother, sisters, and I currently struggle with, with regards to my father. Sounds really crappy of someone to bring up, right? Also, name an “ism” and it probably really angers me, because duh.

The hardest part of being kind to yourself is realizing that nobody can make you feel comfortable about your character and capabilities except for you. So, be your own hero…be your own Batman…Superman…Beatrix KiddoWednesday Addams…whoever, because at the end of the day you have to save yourself.

Also, let’s get some more awesome female superheroes please?

 

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.

 

 

Freebie Friday: Happiness Is… Print!

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I needed a serious pick me up today. Everyone has those weeks and this has certainly been one of them, at least for me. However, we always have Fridays to look forward to, right? I decided to celebrate the weekend by creating a printable pick-me-up. I saw a movie once (the name escapes me) where Tina Fey leaves herself post-its with positive affirmations on her vanity. I love that idea almost as much as I LOVE Tina Fey, however, I think we can do slightly better than a post-it.

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I think sometimes we all need a reminder of what happiness is, especially when we are bummed because it’s easy to forget all the gifts we have when the world, people, or circumstances are clouding our minds. For me to feel happy, I have to look no further than the people (and puppies) I love, throwing myself into creative projects—whether at work or on this blog, and just trying to be the best version of me—and really not worrying about the rest.

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Luckily I have access to a very nice printer at work that my graphics team uses–I can pay to use it when I need personal things printed (yay Marketing work perks). However, this can also be printed in a standard printer. I have some cheap Ikea frames laying around, but I also recommend stopping by your local thrift store and snagging a frame for .60 cents.

Sand it up, and paint it, and prop it up on your dresser as a daily reminder to love passionately, express yourself creatively, and be authentically you—because you’re awesome and don’t let anyone tell you/make you feel any different!

Also…did I mention that I LOVE Tina Fey? She’s hilarious.

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