Successful Monday Mornings: My how-to guide

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It’s easy to let Monday, or any day for that matter, get the best of us. Any day of the week can quickly drain us, but there is something about Monday’s that people dread, fear, and hate like none else.

Quite frankly, a few years back I got sick of it and realized that it was just a day, like all the rest. I slowly adapted more and more ways to endure and embrace this dreadful day and soon it became my favorite day of the week. Some call me crazy, but I promise you it’s possible for you, too! Continue reading…

Success or Failure: Critics and Haters Await

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For the most part, I’ve always been against New Year’s resolutions. This probably stems from seeing 90% of resolutions being tied to dieting and exercise, and 90% of those engaging in resolutions quitting and or failing after two weeks.  Same goes for all of the smokers who quit on January 1st, and start back up on January 10th. I know it’s got to be hard to quit smoking but hey, maybe next time, just wait two weeks before telling people you quit?

That being said, it IS January 1st, 2013. There IS a blank slate in front of you. While the difference between yesterday and today is no different than any other pair of days, there’s that little bit of freshness and newness in the air that you should 100% use to your advantage. Sure, it ties into the placebo effect, but be that as it may… (Thanks David J. for bringing that phrase into relevance) Continue reading…

If you think you’re alone – think again.

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My heart is so heavy lately towards those that are suffering.

Everywhere I turn it seems as if people are depressed, anxious, miserable, and just plain discouraged. I think the reason it resonates so much with me is because I’ve been there.

I was watching a show last night as I was falling asleep that I absolutely love (Married to Jonas) and someone was suffering from some real anxiety, I had the news on a bit earlier and they were talking about a girl who was bullied so much that she ended up killing herself, and it goes on and on. Continue reading…

Performance Under Pressure

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Let’s start with a confession: I’ve been paying $6 every morning for a protein shake at the gym since last January. Stupid right? I know.

The problem? Laziness. I broke the last blender I had years ago and never bought a new one. The convenience of simply getting a shake at the gym just seemed easy. The fact that I could just bill it to my account and not even think about the $6 until the end of the month didn’t help either.

Now, to my defense, for over a year I’ve been saying that I need to go buy a blender and start making shakes at home. Not only will it save me money, but if I can make shakes when I’m in a jam and can’t get to lunch or just need a snack, it’d be great. The problem is – I was never in a situation where I really needed one, so I didn’t feel like randomly going to the store and buying a blender, a tub of protein, etc. etc. (see picture above). Continue reading…

Humbled to Join TMCI’s Board of Directors

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As I stated on my Facebook and Twitter Thursday morning, I am humbled and honored to say that I will now be sitting on the Board of Directors for Teen Mother Choices International (TCMInternational).

TMCInternational, from their official website (that will more than likely be redone now that I’m on board *grin*) describes the organization as follows:

Since 1989, churches throughout northern Illinois have been assisting teen mothers to become independent functioning members of society.  Teen Mother Choices International (TMCInternational) is taking the successful model created in those churches and is using it to train other churches and existing organizations around the world to serve teen mothers in their own communities.  TMCInternational is striving to be … THE MINISTRY OF CHOICE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO SERVE TEEN MOTHERS! Continue reading…

Positivity: Happiness is addicting, isn’t it?

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Everywhere you look is something negative. The news, the paper, your friends, even possibly your family – it doesn’t matter. It’s everywhere.

Prime example – right now we’re about to head into election time. What’s that mean? It means that we have one self-proclaimed “leader” from each political party crushing each other with negative traits and characteristics with the end goal of proving to you that they are the better leader. Simon Sinek offered a good piece of advice to both Obama and Romney: Continue reading…

20lbs in 30 Days: What Worked for ME.

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Over the last six years of being dedicated to working out and maintaining consistent gym attendance, I’ve had a lot of people ask me “what do you do”, “how’d you do it”, and (without knowing) “what works for YOU?”

I say what works for ME because you can ask 20 people about working out and/or a healthy lifestyle and you can get 20 responses with completely different answers. Rightfully so, what works for someone else might not work for you. In addition to that, I am by no means a fitness professional. What I do might not be the absolute best way to do it or politically correct way – it’s what work’s for me. Continue reading…

Dancing in the Rain – Go ahead, get wet.

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Watch the next time someone gets in a pool or a hot tub – not in a creepy way, please. I’d bet about 8 out of every 10 people you see are going to slowly stick one or two feet in the water, and slowly get in. They’ll play this game until they get to about the waist. Once someone is waist deep, is when they usually end up going all in.

What am I talking about? Life. Getting wet. Dancing in the rain.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Continue reading…

Following Through With Things In Life

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In the midst of a high-energy, instructional workout video, Greg Plitt (arguably the world’s greatest fitness model) uttered a few sentences that ended up inspiring me on a different level than working out – though it’s tie ins to working out are obvious:

“For one time in your life, one time, follow through with what you say. You will feel a high that you’ve never felt before. When you follow through with things in life guys, you achieve the confidence, the mentality, that anything’s possible.”

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The Blog of an Internet Entrepreneur

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The past 8 years have been a journey that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. I figure if I’m going to start a blog and share this life I enjoy so much, now would be a good time to start.

I’ve been blessed beyond measure with opportunities and experiences that just shouldn’t go unshared. I strongly urge you to read the preface to this blog, and to comment along on the blog posts as I bring you with me through the journey I’m on, sharing with you experiences, thoughts, and stories that inspire(d) me and motivate(d) me, that will hopefully in turn inspire and motivate you. This is my blog. Enjoy.