Saturday, December 1, 2012

Super Exciting News!!

Hello Everyone!  Happy December 1st!

It's been a while since I've written and so much has happened!  Many things have come together and we've finally gotten into the swing of this kindergarten thing!  We've adjusted to our new life and our new schedule and now I'm ready to take the next step in making some more dreams come true!






Soooo....I'm happy to announce that now, 
starting today, 
I'm officially offering coaching!!!


It's been a goal of mine for a while and it's something I really wanted to get going this year.  With only 31 days left in the year, I'm feeling the fire under my butt to get going!  Since many people use this time of year to reflect, take stock, and refocus their direction on their goals, I thought it would be such a fun time to get started in helping people make their dreams come true!



 


If you follow my facebook page, Kristie Just BEing, (now called BE. Inspired Coaching!) you already know that I participated in Deepak Chopra's FREE 21 day meditation.  (If you're interested, follow the link.  There may be a few days still available!)  I have to say, it's one of the most amazing things I've ever participated in.  It was just what I needed to catapult me to the next level of being the best I can be.  I've gotten so much out of it and I'm ready to let the abundance flow and share it all with you!!




Imagine this...

What if you could feel better, happier, lighter, and freer?

What if you could DO less, have lots of fun, and have more time to enjoy the things that are most important to you?

What if you could let go of the things that hold you back, that block you from living the beautiful, abundant life that you crave, and help others, simply by being yourself?

What if life really was magical?  What if you could be, do, and have all of the things that you really wanted in your life?  What would that feel like?



I've spent the last 6 years of my life immersing myself in self development and personal growth.  I've been practicing and living the things I've learned and I'm gonna tell ya, I'm amazed!  When I look back at where I was and how I felt back then... I'm a different person!  My life has always been blessed but now I know how to fully enjoy it and appreciate it and with that, it just keeps getting better!

Coaching with me will be a lot like having a conversation with your best friend.  I will listen to you, encourage you, and support you.  We'll get started with where you're at and where you want to go and from there, everything will be individualized. This is not a program.  I believe that I'm doing my best as a coach when I use your feedback to directly connect to where you are in your journey and assist you in moving forward.  I know that life is not a one size fits all!  I'll give you specific activities and tools that will assist you in taking your next few steps and then we'll spend time reflecting, analyzing,  removing blocks, and creating exactly what you want in your life!





I believe that people are amazing!  We all have incredible power and potential that often times we're not even aware of.  I believe that when you connect with like-minded people that give you hope, that inspire you, and that motivate you, you achieve things that you thought were only a part of some fairy tale dream.  I know that focusing on what you want helps you get what you want, but without loving support, daily reminders, and help getting to the next level, it can be a very difficult thing to do!  I believe that when you connect to the divine in you, and know that you were created with special talents and gifts to share with the world, life begins to have more meaning and purpose.  Life is meant to be awesome!  Fun!  Exciting!  Thrilling!!




So what do you think?  Are you ready to stop wishing and hoping things will get better?  Are you close to making things happen but you just need an extra boost?  Does your life feel like a complete mess and you're tired of feeling like a victim?

Email me at: kristie.ignash@gmail.com 
and let me know you're ready! 

We'll set up a time for a FREE 15 minute call and I'll send you a short Q and A to help me get to know you a little so we can best utilize our time.  At the conclusion of the call, I'll give you a next step activity.  Once completing the activity, if you would like to continue with more coaching, you can choose to do another call.  I'm offering 30 minute calls for $30 and 60 minute calls for $60.  Payments are made per call and there's no obligation to continue.  It's all up to you!




So do yourself a favor, give your self a treat!  Take time to get the guidance and support you need to live a life you love and be the best you can be!  I'm so excited and I can't wait to hear from you!!!!!  :)

So much love to you!

Kristie  

For FREE resources, daily inspiration, and thought provoking conversations about creating the life of your dreams, please head on over to my facebook page, BE. Inspired Coaching, and click "like".   

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Been Thinking Too Much...

So the last couple weeks have felt very heavy to me.  I finally had to sit with it for awhile 
and think about why I was feeling this way.  So many things are happening all around me. 

There's been lots of changes.  Allison transitioning into kindergarten 
has meant a transition for the whole family.  

It seems so ordinary because almost everyone goes through it, but if you pick it apart, 
there are so many changes!  A new schedule, changes in our sleeping, our eating, 
our interaction time, our down time, our shopping, our just about everything!  

Not to mention, the new attitude, the new behaviors, the new tests of my parenting!  Whew!  
I need a glass of wine just thinking about it!  :)  But everyone goes through it, right?  
So I just keep doing my best and moving right along.





Then there's the big election that's coming up.  I AM NOT political.  However, 
I want to be informed.  I want to be educated.  I want to stay in touch with what's going on 
in my country and I want to use my voice as an American and a woman to stand up 
for what I believe in.  So I've allowed a lot more time for articles, 
and tv time, and things that are helping me to be informed.  

Since I've exposed myself to this bombarding of so many negative messages, 
I've felt a little disconnected from the light.  And the truth.





I've never been able to see in black and white.  
To me, it's always a shade of gray. (or is it grey?  :)  
I actually prefer to see things in rainbow colors.  Makes more sense to me that 
things fall somewhere along the spectrum.  My brain can't rest in trying to believe that 
there's only one "right" way of doing and being.  It's just not true.  

There's exceptions to almost all of it because so much of it is opinion and perspective.  





My dream is that we could all start to focus on how we're connected, 
how we're the same, and the common goals we all share.  
Even if you're a die hard lefty or righty, could we give up trying to prove 
to the other how much they're wrong and how much we're right?  
Don't we have a common core that we could all focus on?






Oh, and have you heard of GMO's?  
I can't even get started on this one because it gets me so... so.... 
disturbed?  disgusted?  frustrated?  So many emotions!  
Isn't this what government is for?  
To protect it's people?





All this heaviness, all this seriousness, 
is starting to feel like too much burden.  

If I'm feeling this way, I know others must be too!  
Are you feeling this way?  

Being educated, being informed, and being called to take action is one thing.  
Feeling anxiety, worry, overwhelm, and fear is when you know 
you've shifted away from the truth.  

So it's time to lighten up!  





Take a break!  Have some fun!  Have a drink!  Blow something off!  




Do something spontaneous!  Or crazy!  Or both!!!  

Call an old friend!  Take a dance class!  Take an art class!  

Go buy a new book!  Try on some new clothes!  

Go for a walk!  Ride your bike!  Do some YOGA!!!  





Laugh with friends!  Enjoy your family!  Go for a drive!  Go to the beach!  

Sit in the park.  Listen to the sound of life all around you!

Let go of the clutter!  Connect to the stillness.  Trust in yourself!  Trust in mankind.






Restore your faith.  Remember your truth.  Allow peace to envelope you.



~HDR Photography of Doyle Lake, Midforest Lodge - Michigan




Let it all FALL AWAY!!!!!!  Isn't that what fall is for?  
To shed the exterior, get to the core, and prepare for new life?

Ahhhh.....I'm feeling better already!


Love to You!

Kristie




Tuesday, September 4, 2012

39 Things I've Learned in 39 Years and How They Help Me Live My Best Life Now!

I turned 39 a couple of weeks ago and I've had so many thoughts about my life running through my head.  For one, I can't believe I'm 39, because I feel at least 10 years younger!  It seems like just yesterday my friends and I were all turning 30 and we were excited to move out of our 20's and into a more stable 30's kind- of- life!  For me, the 30's have been awesome!  Lots of dreams coming true, lots of realizations, and finally feeling like I've become the person I set out to be.  I've learned so many things about myself and so many great lessons about life.  I have one more year left in the 30's and I'll be consciously practicing each one of these 39, making this year the best one yet!!!!  :)




Here are my 39 things in 39 years in random order:  


1. The Golden Rule.  Treat people the way you want to be treated.  This one is easy when people are nice to you but when they're not... well, you should still do it!  :)  If you want respect, be respectful.  If you want people to listen to you, be a good listener.  If you want love, give love.  I have watched the crankiest, moodiest people transform by getting a random compliment or an unexpected gesture of kindness.  BE the change you wish to see...

2. Thoughts are things.  When you think about something, different areas of your brain fire up.  This can actually be observed and measured during a brain scan.  When you think of something good, you feel good.  When you think of something bad, you feel bad.  When you become conscious of your thoughts, you have the power to change your thinking for the better and when you do that, it changes your life for the better!

3. You can have everything you want, just not at the same time, and it's better that way!   What if all of the sudden you got everything you ever wanted all at once?  Do you think you'd be happy?  How long would that last before there was something else you wanted?  Enjoy the things you have in your life today and look forward to more great things in the future.  Learn to prioritize.  Ask yourself questions, what do I want more?  What do I want now?  We don't really want it "all" anyway, it's just a saying!  We want everything that would make our lives feel happy, full, satisfying, and inspired!  Find out what that means to you and you will have your own version of having it all!

4. Letting go is hard, but let it be easy.  This applies to everything.  People, places, stages in our lives, our stories, houses, relationships, feelings, guilt, worry, everything!  In order to make room for something new, we have to let go of something.  Learning that letting go is a necessary part of living and growing can be tough.  Let it be as easy as possible and keep moving forward!  I'm experiencing this now as my first baby goes off to kindergarten to create a life of her own!

5. Babies and children are magical, like fairies.  They're beautiful, sparkling little miracles, full of pure potentiality!  They need to be loved, they need to be cherished, they need to be respected, they need to be loved!  They remind us everyday how to live life in wonder and excitement!  Let's remember to nourish that spark.  Let's learn from them, while also teaching them to believe in themselves and in the good of the world.

 sweeties
                                     


6. Marriage is a choice.  It's so awesome to have a sizzling falling in love story with lots of romance and fun, but after time goes on and life gets real, what really matters is that the two of you are in it together.  And by in it together, I mean you keep loving each other, listening to each other, supporting each other, and growing together.  It's "I've got your back," and "I'm here for you."  It's "We can do this," and  "We're a team."  It's "I love and accept you for who you really are," and "I will help you be the best you can be!"  It is NOT always perfect, but there are many magical, beautiful, perfect moments to enjoy and to look forward to creating in the future!

7. There's nothing like a good girl's night!  Us girls need time to get together and just be girls!  We need to get all dolled up, talk about everything, eat fantastic food, drink lots of drinks, laugh til we cry and/or pee our pants, dance like we're Britney, and do really embarrassing things that we'd probably never do in the daylight but it's totally acceptable and in fact, encouraged on girl's night!!!  I love love love them and now that I'm thinking about it, I need one soon!

channel your inner britney!


8. It's your show and you're the star!  This is your life.  You write the script.  You can be the lead in a fun, exciting, adventurous and fulfilling romantic comedy, or you can be the lead in a dreadfully sad horror/drama where the hits keep coming.  Most of us live somewhere in between.  Sometimes it doesn't feel like it, but we always have a choice.  We are responsible for ourselves and our lives.  We all have the power to create the life of our dreams.  The question is, will you go for it?  :)

9. Sleep is your friend.  I have always felt better, performed better, and achieved more when I've had enough sleep.  I'm not talking about everyday having to be 8 hours because I know some days it's impossible  especially when you're excited for something happening in the morning, but getting a good nights sleep most days is ideal.  Not only do you feel like smiling more and doing more, there are many health benefits associated with getting enough sleep.  I hate when people say, "You'll sleep when you're dead!"  Um, no you won't!  You'll be dead!  I appreciate having a zest for life but living it like a zombie or a cranky b*#$%  isn't cool.  Try to get the sleep you need to be your best as much as possible!

10. Dogs are awesome!  I love dogs.  My dog, Peanut, is my first baby.  She's been in costumes and hats and sweaters and sleeps in our bed under the covers.  She wakes up every morning excited to start the day (and get her treats).  She is always happy to see me and has been there for me through so much in the last 14 years.  She's faithful to our family and loves the babies.  I've cried in her fur and she's licked my tears.  She never judges me, even when I'm wrong.  She doesn't even care if I haven't showered yet.  Dogs are the best!  I'm so lucky to have her in my life!


our angel and lil devil


11. Sometimes life hurts.  If you want to better yourself, you need to open yourself to the possibility of it and when you open yourself up, you may get hurt.  Being vulnerable and allowing yourself to fall, make mistakes, and even fail, offer you some of the greatest opportunities for growth.  Don't let your fear of getting hurt hold you back and don't let the fear of hurting someone's feelings keep you from doing what you need to do to be your best self!

12.  "Up North" Michigan is one of the greatest places on earth!  Anyone who's from Michigan or has visited Michigan knows that "Up North" is a little piece of heaven!  Michigan is, of course, surrounded by the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Great Lakes and it's also full of many inland lakes, rivers, and creeks. You can find fresh water just about everywhere in Michigan which means up north could be a lot of different places to a lot of different people!  As a child, I wished I could live up north and I feel so happy and blessed that I was able to make that dream come true!  Up north is permanently engraved in my heart!


  lake michigan near petoskey
                                                       

13.  It's not all about getting "there," you're already there!  At one point in my life I realized, when am I going to feel satisfied?  When do I get to feel good about what I've accomplished and where I'm at?  Then the answer came...anytime I choose!  Celebrate the steps!  We tend to ignore how great right now is and wait to be happy when we do this and accomplish that.  Celebrate each step on the way and once you do reach a goal celebrate even more!  Celebrating the steps also helps you to keep going when things get tough and when you're trying to do something great, there's always going to be at least a few (or many!) shaky spots!

14. Take life seriously, but not that seriously.  I used to worry, A LOT!!!  I used to try so hard to plan and control everything and be perfect.  I thought I should be able to do everything and anything I thought of and that I could always do better.  I felt like I was slowly torturing myself with this incredibly high standard of perfection that I could never live up to.  I was taking life too seriously and I had to stop because it was affecting my happiness and my health.  The good news is, I did stop!  It's great to have goals and high standards but if you're spending too much of your life worrying instead of enjoying it's time to reflect, refocus, and redirect!  Life is good!  Life is fun!  Don't worry, be happy!

15. Three words that changed my life:  small - frequent - meals When I was in college I met a person who had lost over 100 pounds doing one simple thing.  He ate 5-6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 (or 2) big meals. At the time I was skipping breakfast, eating a small to regular lunch and eating a huge dinner because I was so hungry by the end of the day.  Instead, I started eating a small breakfast, a snack, a small lunch, another snack, and then dinner.  I would have a small snack in the evening if I needed it but I didn't always need it.  I lost 15 pounds in a month doing this and now it's become my lifestyle.  Whenever I get off track and need to lose a few, I always turn to this and it works every time!

16. Quitting my job to stay home and raise my daughters was the scariest, riskiest thing I've ever done but it allowed for priceless, immeasurable rewards!  It was a dream I needed to fulfill but I had no idea how it was going to work out.  I still don't know how we've managed to pull it all together but we have and we're so much happier for it!  Not only have I been able to spend this precious time with my daughters, I've learned so much about faith, love, trusting myself, being open to help, enjoying the simple life, and stretching every penny!  And there is no doubt, even when it's gotten really really hard, for sure, it has all been worth it!

 proud big sister!
                                       
                                                    
17. YOGA is one of the best things that has ever happened to me!  I tried my first yoga video about 15 years ago.  It was way too advanced and I didn't really get it.  I tried again a couple years later, using a yoga routine printed in Shape magazine.  This was a little more my speed, just enough of a challenge, but totally doable.  By the time I went to my first class a year later I was already in love.  The benefits of yoga go on and on.  It's calming, it's strengthening, it's challenging, it's grounding, it's centering, it's exhilarating!  It reminds me to stay open and present during my practice and in life.  I'm a stronger, more confident, open and flexible person.  It has taught me focus and has helped calm my busy mind.  What I love about it most is that anyone can do it!  There are variations to every pose so you can always honor your body.  I could go on and on but I'll save it for another post!  :)

18. I have the best family and friends a girl could ever ask for!  My family and friends are so supportive and loving.  I grew up with a family who constantly encouraged me and helped me become the person I am today.  I'm grateful that I always have someone to turn to when I need it and I know that I've been blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing, giving people.  I realize that not everyone has been born into the kind of family I have, but I believe that if you seek out people that are loving, kind, and supportive, you will find them!  

19. Perfect is a matter of perspective.  This was another big one for me!  I used to be such a perfectionist that I felt super stressed, had frequent migraines, and feelings of depression.  I still have high standards for myself and my life, but since I've broadened my horizons, I've learned that everyone's idea of perfect is different.  This really surprised me!  I don't know why but somehow knowing that perfect is in the eye of the beholder really allowed me to let go of some of the anxiety I had about doing everything so perfectly.  Now I just do the best I can do in the moment and let any worries about doing more go.  As a result I'm rarely over-stressed, have very few headaches, and only have blue moments when I don't get enough time to myself.  (which I take care of asap!)

20. Never give up!  Sometimes you gotta do things you don't want to do so you can get what you want in life.  This means pushing yourself through when things get tough.  It means having faith even when others may have doubt.  It means taking a break when you need one and getting back up as soon as possible.  Whatever you do, don't ever ever ever EVER give up!  EVER!  :)  Your dreams coming true may be closer than you think!


ever!


21. Value yourself!  People might not see the value in what you do and how you see things.  You have to do that for yourself!  Don't look to others for validation.  Validate yourself.  You do matter!  What you think, say, and do matters!  Instead of trying to convince others that you are valuable, value yourself.  You'll feel more confident because of it and others will respect that in you!

22. Being a Mom is harder than I thought.  I love being a Mom more than any other role I have and I knew that being a Mom wasn't going to be easy.  But let's be honest here, until you know, you just don't know what being a mom is like!  The love you have for these beautiful babes is unbelievably huge and in all of that loving and giving and caring, you can so easily forget all about yourself.  Taking time to be myself outside of being a Mom has been an important part of my staying a happy, healthy person and it's definitely made me a much better Mom!  And of course, I appreciate my Mom even more now and am so grateful to her for all she has done for us and still does!  Thanks Mom!!!

happy moms!


23. Living in the Now  It took me a while to understand living in "The Now."  I thought it was a way for people to be irresponsible and ignore that their actions were affecting other people.  Then I read a book called, "The Power of Now," by Eckart Tolle.  When I opened my mind to what it really meant, I realized that it's a simple truth.  The past is gone, the future has yet to arrive.  Be the best you can be and enjoy the beauty of life right now.  Someday, you'll be gone.  Everybody dies and we don't know when. Don't let another minute pass without saying I love you.  Don't let another minute pass without doing what you can to make the most of your life.  You never know what's going to happen tomorrow.  Live your life now!

24. I'm more of a beach bunny than a snow bird.  So there's a saying up in Northern Michigan, "It's never too cold, you're just not wearing the right clothes!"  So I've done my fair share of layering up (and sucking it up) and investing in cold weather gear so I could be somewhat comfortable when there's 2 feet of snow and a windchill of -15* and I will admit, it does help.  But I LOVE my new outfit of a t-shirt, shorts/skirt, and flip flops!  I can wear this 85% of the year, maybe more!  My feet and hands are hardly ever cold anymore and I get to enjoy seeing the sun so much since it's out most days!  I will always have a special place in my heart for my gorgeous home state of Michigan,  but I LOVE living in Texas and the weather is just one of the many reasons!    

25. I love pink.  I can't help it.  I just do.  There was a short time in my life when I tried to toughen myself up a bit and I kind of denied my "pink-ness."  I wanted to be taken seriously and didn't want people to think I was too soft.  It didn't last long though and now I fully embrace it!  I love being feminine and I love doing things that are considered tough and if I can wear pink doing something tough, even better!  I'm not one of those moms who decorates their house with Hello Kitty or anything like that, but if something comes in pink, I probably like it!


allison's pretty pink big girl room


26. Breathe  When in doubt, when you're stressed, when you're scared, when you need help, when it gets to be too much, when you're running, when you're happy, when you're frustrated, when you're meditating, when you're praying, when you're loving, when you're appreciating.  Breathe.  Just breathe.

27. Listen to your body.  I can do the things I put my mind to but it's important to listen to my body and how it's reacting to it!  This is a big one!  It's great to push past limitations, but it's important to be respectful of your body and where you are physically.  I'm talking about how your body feels in daily life as well as how it's reacting to exercise.  If you have headaches, backaches, digestion problems, or other pains, your body is signaling a problem.  I used to have all of the above on a regular basis.  Now I have an occasional headache, but that's about it.  Don't accept that your fate is to live a life of pain!  Changing your diet, changing your stress level, having fun, living a life of purpose, doing things that are good for you and feel good to you, are all ways to relieve pain.  Listen.  What is your body trying to tell you?

28. Sometimes you just gotta dance!  I love to dance!  I think it would do everyone good if they did it more in their lives!  My favorites are: dancing with my besties at girl's night, dancing in the living room with my two girls (and sometimes 4 if my nieces are over!), dancing with hubby - anywhere!, dancing at someone's wedding, dancing in the classroom, dancing in the kitchen, dancing while cleaning the house, dancing at parties, dancing on stage, dancing on the couch (that was back in the CMU days!), dancing in my best friend's basement, dancing on the table, dancing on the bar (though it's been a long time!), spontaneous dancing, dancing where you're not supposed to dance, and dancing to forget it all for a while!  Oh, and don't forget to sing too!  :)

29. Be.  Just Be.  Sometimes, I get really caught up in the doing.  I used to feel like I always had to keep going, keep moving, keep thinking, keep doing, always always always, without stopping.  I really wanted to enjoy my life and I knew in order to do this, I had to slow down.  Moving up north and being in nature, being near so much breathtaking beauty allowed me the perfect opportunity to do it.  I would lay in my bed at night and gaze out the window at all the magnificent stars, amazed that there were so many more stars there than any other place I'd ever been!  I saw more shooting stars and made more wishes in those 5 years than in my whole life combined!  We would take long peaceful walks through the woods and along the beaches of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay.  I learned to let go of the to do list, the pressures, the chores, everything, for at least a while and long enough to appreciate and thank God for the magnificence of the moment.  When I learned to do that, to just be, I learned what freedom felt like.  That's where the name for my business was born.  I felt happier and more at peace than I had been since I was a child when I learned how to Be.  Just Be.  

my bestie and I in our "be" shirts
(right before we went wine tasting!)


30. You must make time/space for what you want.  If there's something you want to accomplish and your life is already full, then there's no room for it, is there?  It's important to carve out time in your life to do the things you need to do to get what you want.  I'm still mastering this since I have a million things I want to do everyday, but I've learned how to prioritize better and I'm able to accomplish the things I feel are the most important.  This also applies to other things.  If you want to renew your life, clear out the clutter!  Let go of things that aren't helping you meet your goals and make room for new blessings to arrive.  If you want to have loving, supportive people in your life, let go of toxic relationships and focus on allowing great people in.  Make room for what you want in your life.

31.Teachers are amazing people!   I'm so over people blaming teachers for what's wrong in education today!  Are you kidding me?  Anyone who thinks that has NO IDEA what teachers are really all about!  I have met hundreds of teachers who give so much of themselves to make sure that our children are loved, encouraged, and prepared with as many of the skills they need to be successful in life.  Teachers sacrifice their time, money, health, sleep, and general sanity in order to give big to our children!  Teachers are always working, even on vacation!  I have met so many amazing teachers that teach me, inspire me, humble me, and make me a better person.  Even the ones that people think are crappy, often have done lots of awesome things too!  Let's give our teachers a break and support them.  Without them, where would we be?

32. Big dreams+ Faith + Inspired Action = Amazing Life  Once you stop limiting yourself and allow your dreams to get bigger, things start to change.  When you start to really believe that your dreams can come true and you take that leap, and you trust yourself, and you trust that you'll be guided by something much bigger than you, things begin to manifest.  In some ways I can't even believe all the dreams that I've made come true in the last few years but then again, I can!!!  It wasn't just me, it was many things coming together and an ultimate faith that dreams can and do come true!  Try it!  You'll see!  :)

33. The quickest way to my heart is through my funny bone!  I love people and things that make me laugh!  I love that kids find so many things in life hilarious and a person with a big hearty laugh is always my friend!  Laughter eases stress, releases endorphins, changes your state, and just plain feels good.  I get a great dose of it everyday from my funny man Brad and his two silly sidekicks.  One of my favorite things to do is go to comedy shows and my hubby surprised me on my birthday with tickets to the beautiful Majestic Theater in San Antonio to go see Brian Regan.  (He was super funny, if you get the chance, check him out!)

34. Guilt and worry won't change anything!  Guilt and worry are two things that indicate you're not living in the present moment.  Instead of wasting your time feeling this way, take action!  Do something about it.  Sometimes, the only thing to "do" is to let it go because nothing really can be done.  Remind yourself that you're here now and all any of us can really do is make the best of right now.  I've become a lot better at letting these thoughts drift right out when they pop in.  Practice letting go and keep moving forward!


  truth
                                                                            


35. Pushing my body past limitations has strengthened every part of my life.  The biggest examples I have of this are having my babies and running the half marathon.  When you challenge your body physically, you learn what you're made of.  So much of what's happening in our physical body is related to what's going on in our minds.  If you can push past your mind's nonsense..."I can't do this, this is too hard, I can't breathe, this hurts too much," you can achieve a greater physical strength and endurance than you ever thought possible.  There's no way that I would've thought that I could run 13.1 miles, IN A ROW, ten years ago.  Now that I have, I know I can do so much more!  I'm empowered by that accomplishment and my body looks and feels the best when I'm taking good care of it.  This empowered feeling trickles into all other aspects of my life.  I know that I can accomplish other things that are challenging if I set my mind right and just do it!

36. Writing and Reflection are two of the most effective tools for personal development.  I started journaling when I was about 10.  I wish I still had some of those journals.  The journals I do have begin in 1997.  Through reflection, I have been able to identify some key areas in my life that I needed to improve.  I also have documentation of personal growth.  It's weird to read some of the things I wrote 14 years ago.  I've learned so much.  I've changed so much.  It almost doesn't even sound like me, yet I remember feeling that way.  Writing and reflection has been a really important part of my transformation into a healthier, happier person.

37. Gratitude and Appreciation  I have always appreciated the people and things in my life but about 4 years ago, I started writing in a gratitude journal.  Every night I would write 5 things I was grateful for.  I did that faithfully for a year.  That could have been one of the most difficult years of my life because so many crazy things were going on, yet it wasn't.  It was a great year and I think a big part of that was because I was very focused on my blessings and the things that I appreciated in my life.  Take time to appreciate what you have. Be grateful for all the wonder and beauty in your life and your life will begin to feel beautiful even through the hard times.  I still keep a gratitude journal though I'm not as consistent in writing, but I do take time every morning and every night for thanks and gratitude.  


i love jack canfield

38. God is everywhere.  God is love.  God is peace.  God is light.  God is good.  God is infinite.  God is the Creator.  God is in all of us.  God has many names... Spirit, Universal Oneness, Source, The Universe, Father, Infinite Wisdom, etc.  A super big A-ha for me:  God is NOT an elderly Santa Claus looking man lurking around everywhere, waiting for me to screw up, judging me, so he can write it down in his giant book of the life of Kristie and hold it against me.  This was a conflicting limiting belief that I held since I was nine and had my first confession.  The sinning thing really got to a sensitive girl like me and letting go of worrying about sinning all the time has transformed me!  It's allowed me to be so much more connected, so much more in spirit, and so much happier and freer in my life!  And no, it doesn't mean that I feel free to run around and do a bunch of bad things now but it means that I live my life consciously and free of all that guilt and worry.

39. Happiness is a choice.  If you truly want to be happy, it's simple, be happy.  If you're unhappy, try to figure out why.  What are you missing?  What do you need?  What do you want?  Focus on the good things around you, dream big, love much, and know that you can make a positive difference in your life if you decide to Just Do It!!!!


Love to You!

Kristie

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Some Randoms

Lots of things are happening these days.  I'm having a hard time focusing on anything for too long at the moment, so here are some randoms!

Yesterday we celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday.  My mom turned 60 on August 1st.  (and yes, after all these years, my dad still teases her for being an "older woman" even if it's only 11 days!)  This is crazy because I still think of my parents as being forever in their 30's.  Since 39 is creeping around the corner for me, I guess I can't be older than my parents!  How did this happen?  When did we all get so old?  :)

Happy Birthday Dad!


Two weeks from today I'll be anxiously awaiting the end of the long, long school day so I can see Allison and find out all about her first day of kindergarten.  I know I'll be emotional but I also know she's ready.  So am I.  I'm so proud of her!  This will be good for her.  It will be good for me.  It's just that the last five years went by so fast.  How did the time go so fast?

I thought I had the perfect location picked out for my new class for women, "Living Your Life Inspired!"  Unfortunately, it's not going to work out there and I'm back to square one on location.  I'm trying not to be too disappointed because I know that this means a better place is out there, but I was really looking forward to checking some more things off my TO DO list!  Oh well, time to find a new location.

My sister-in-law, Sharon, makes these awesome cupcakes.  They're so moist they melt in your mouth.  She stuffs them with some yummy creamy awesomeness and then tops them with perfection!  I seriously need to start working out more because it's too hard to say no to her cupcakes!
Check her out:  http://ladycupcake.vpweb.com

There are dishes that need to be done and closets to clean and laundry to do and yard work to do and general cleaning and organizing to do and I don't feel like doing any of it!  I know it will be waiting for me when I get around to it later...or tomorrow!  Some days are just like that.

I really like sitting at my desk, working on my computer, in my home with all my fun office stuff!  I'm so glad I finally set up my work space and I'm so glad I finally have space for my work space!  I love that I can be working and my kids can be in the kitchen doing an art project and I'm still with them.  I love that Peanut curls up by my feet and naps.  Lots to be grateful for...





My friend, Tracie, just wrapped up her first fine art show.  I'm so proud of her and all that she's done to take her business to the next level.  Not to mention, she is an incredible artist!  Her paintings are so vivid and detailed.  She does originals as well as prints:  www.tinybydesign.com

It's Monday so that means it's hot yoga night!  If you haven't tried a hot yoga class (or Bikram which is the original hot yoga) you have got to try it!  Maybe the hot part isn't your thing, but I love a good sweat!  And believe me, you will sweat!  It's so good for releasing the toxins in your body.  I love the strength and focus of the poses and I leave there feeling like a million bucks!  This is one of the reasons why I love Mondays!

Times up!  Sabrina's awake!  Why does everyone else's baby sleep for 3 hours and I'm lucky if mine sleeps for an hour and a half?  I know, I know.  Enjoy this time, for it too shall pass.  Didn't somebody just say something about five years going by so fast?


I was just starting to miss her anyway!  :)



Love to you!

Kristie














Monday, August 6, 2012

Being a Champion

     Amazing things have been happening recently!  Have you been watching The Olympics?  How exciting!  World Records have been broken and bodies have been pushed past limitations.  I sit there and watch in wonder at these amazing athletes and think, "Wow!  I could never do that!"  Lol!  I know, I know, it sounds pessimistic, but really, there's no way!  You really have to make a commitment and dedicate to your sport and nothing ever really grabbed me like that.  Sure I had dreams of doing tricks on the uneven bars or completing a fabulous floor routine when I was a little girl.  They made it look so easy!  So graceful!  So cool!  I used to wish that I was better at gymnastics, or volleyball, or the high jump, or something, but I was just okay at most things.

I just love gymnastics, don't you?


     I was an A student until high school, then I was a B student.  My grades weren't always a reflection of what I knew or what I was learning, rather a reflection of what I was interested in and talented in naturally.  In college, it was pretty much the same.  I did great in my teaching classes but unfortunately had to take PSC 105 (Intro to Government) twice.  Oops!  I guess that means I'm not very political.  I guess I could've tried to work harder but I felt like I was doing my best.  Juggling my time with classes and studying, working, and my busy social life was enough for me.  I was enjoying my life and didn't have any regrets that I didn't have that one special thing that I was really good at, a winner, a champion.

     I did start to wonder if there was anything that I was good at, I mean really really good, like award winning good.  I noticed that many people were very competitive and being the "best" at something seems to get a lot of people's attention, but I'm not very competitive at most things.  Some may label this as not having passion or drive or whatever, but for me, I'd rather have fun playing and doing rather than worrying about trying to beat everyone.  (Yes, I'm one of those.)   It's probably because when I'm trying something new, or even when I'm just doing something that I'm only mediocre, I don't need that added extra pressure.  It's not enjoyable to me to try to learn to get better at something while in the back of my mind thinking, I must beat someone at this!  I appreciate that other people have this drive, this competitiveness, but what if I just want to have fun?  What if I just want to do something because I like it and I don't even care if I'm super good at it or I win?

     When I became a teacher, I decided that was my niche.  I was going to be the best teacher!  I worked hard, did everything I could to be organized, created engaging lessons, encouraged and motivated my students, and loved them like they were my own.  But like most teachers, I didn't get any awards.  Sure I got lots of love notes from my students and even some parents wrote me letters of appreciation (which honestly is even better than winning an award and I still have many of them in a box in my closet!), but I never won teacher of the year or anything like that.

It would've been cool though!  :)


     I guess you could say I'm pretty mediocre at almost everything!  I don't have any awards.  (Except for maybe one in art and oh, ya, one in writing from high school... or was it junior high?)  I don't have any trophies.  (Although I did have a bowling trophy or two from 4th/5th grade)   I don't have any medals.  (Well, I do have a medal from my half marathon last fall, but everyone got one, so does it count?)  I could sit here and feel bad about myself, and act like I suck, and whine about how I didn't win this or that, and pretend I'm not good enough.  But what good would that do me?

     I know that hands down, I'm the best Kristie Ignash that I can possibly be!  That means that some days I am like Superwoman and I do five hundred things before noon and there might not be a single shred of evidence to prove it!  Hahaha!  My house might not look any cleaner, my kids might still look the same, and even I might look all disheveled and out of order!  Some days I can't keep up with it all and just need to take a break, refocus, and refresh.  That's usually when I go outside and clean the garage or trim the hedges or work on my website.  For me, doing something different, like working on a new project is refreshing!  My daughters and I play and laugh and read and dance and create and clean up and start all over again.  No trophy for all of that, but the spontaneous, "I Love You Mommy!" and "You're the Best Mom Ever!" and "I'm so glad God picked you to be my Mom!" are better than any trophy I could ever receive!  Sometimes one person's "mediocre" is another person's "livin' the dream!"  Maybe I'm really really good at something after all!

The best reward I could ever receive!


     I love that The Olympics are a time for the world to join together and celebrate in the victories of our countries.  I love that we get to watch the power, grace, determination, and focus of the men and women competing, as well as their coaches and families.  I love that children and adults watching will be inspired to work toward making their dreams come true!  I also love that this is an opportunity for all of us to ask ourselves, are we bringing our best to our lives everyday?  Do we push ourselves to learn, grow, and develop?  Do we have fun, work hard, play hard?  Or do we hold back, afraid we won't be good enough, afraid to try for fear of not being enough?  We might not all be made to be Olympians or award winners or considered the "best" in what we do, but we always have the opportunity to be our best selves.  Take advantage of every moment, every day, to be your best, whatever that means and you can be a champion too.  A champion of your life!

Happy Monday!  Make today a great day!

Love to You!

Kristie
   

P.S. Check back soon for information about my new class for women, "Living Your Life Inspired!"
I'm so excited!!!

   
   

   


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Want to be Inspired?

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend filled with fun and inspiration!  I had a particularly good weekend with my little family.  We spent the day getting stuff done during the day on Saturday and in the evening we went to The Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.





If you've never been there, I highly recommend it!  It's a great place to stroll along the San Antonio River, enjoy the locals as well as the people visiting San Antonio, eat dinner along the river at one of the many fantastic restaurants, and enjoy some live music!  It's so much fun!


There was an Arts and Crafts show so there were lots of vendors with cool and creative items for sale.  I love that kind of thing!  Not just because of all the cool things you can find but because I know that somebody put a lot of time, effort, love, and creativity into their art.  I love that people are creating and sharing things that make them happy!


                                       Us girls at The Riverwalk!


On Sunday we were a little lazy and did a lot of lounging.  This rarely happens so it felt wonderful!  I spent 3 hours watching pure inspiration on the OWN channel.  You're probably thinking it looked like this...



Well... not exactly!  It ended up being more than 3 hours since I paused it often to eat pretend Play Doh pizzas, refill drinks, make meals and snacks, and chase my naked 2 year old around (she's become a nudist recently and we are now officially potty training!)  


Anyway, have you caught Super Soul Sunday on the OWN channel yet? Wow!  That show feeds my soul, inspires me, and fires me up so much that I can hardly even sit down when I watch it!  Which works out well for me, all things considered!  :)


Yesterday (Sunday, July 1st) Oprah had on Bishop T. D. Jakes and Deepak Chopra.  Then she followed it up with an Oprah show from 1993 with Dr. Deepak Chopra and another show from 1994 with Dr. Larry Dossey on The Power of Prayer.  All three shows were AMAZING and if you have them on DVR you're going to want to watch them asap and if you don't, you can watch this episode of Super Soul Sunday online


There are so many things that I loved about all of these shows but for now, I really want to focus on the message that Bishop T.D. Jakes brought to the Lifeclass crowd in Toronto.  (Yes, it's the one that @Erica Diamond  from Women on The Fence was on!)  


First of all, I think he's an awesome speaker!  He gets the crowd involved and speaks with such passion and enthusiasm.  He had so many messages that brought chills to my body because he touched on so many of the thoughts that I have been thinking about, especially most recently.


The first thing he had everyone repeat was:


       "I am no greater than the thoughts I think!"


I've heard this message many times but every time I hear it again and say it to myself, I have a deeper understanding of what this really means.  
                                               
I am creating my life with the thoughts that I think.  First... before anything else...comes the thought.  The idea.  Thought is literally the beginning of creation.  We all do this.  Sometimes we're conscious of it, sometimes not.


He went on to explain that we have our "ideal self" and our "real self." The ideal self is the one we try to get everyone to think we are but it's really just our representative.  For some, there may be a huge discrepancy between the two.  You may be smiling on the outside but feel miserable on the inside.  You have the power to change that! Through practice and personal development, 


"you can close the distance 
between your real self and your ideal self 
so you can live in your real life 
according to your ideals 
without conflict." 
~Bishop T.D. Jakes

I love this!  Imagine how much happier everyone would be if they were more themselves!  


The biggest idea I came away with though, is this:  


Statistics say that we're busier 
than any other generation 
has been in the last 300-400 years, 
but scientists have discovered that 
80% of the things we do 
are busy things we do in an area 
that's not effective!!!!!!!!!

YIKES!

Please read that one again and let it soak in for a moment.


Okay.  Are you back?  Have you ever felt this?  Have you ever sat through a long, depressing work meeting or filled out yet another form or created yet another form that others would have to fill out?  Or maybe you've watched another mindless tv show marathon, or farted around for hours on facebook or twitter or playing games on your phone?  Or maybe you spent way too much time being a perfectionist, or being a couch potato, or a procrastinator, or a jump-the-gunner, or went through and did some other rig-a-ma-roll something or other, horse and pony show and thought well, that sure was a waste of my time!?!  


We tend to say:  Life is too busy!  There's not enough time in the day!  I wish I had more time!  How in the world can I get everything done that I need to get done?  I don't have time to be creative!  I don't have time to exercise!  I don't have time to have fun!  I need to work hard to make ends meet!   We must have another staff meeting, another conference call, work more, lots of kid's activities, more work, blah, blah, phone calls, emails, busyness, blah, blah, forms, must make more forms, busyness, more, more, more to do, clean house, must do more, sparkling, sanitized house....  


AHHHHH!!!!!


I know some of these things are necessary in life.  Maybe not the mindless tv show marathon, but well, maybe!  :)  This is where the other 20% comes in.  The point is, doing too much of any of that sucks our time away and keeps us from getting to do the things that we are gifted in and passionate about.

What if we started to value our time more?  What if we really started to realize that we are here now, but tomorrow?  Maybe not.  We really don't know.  So what if we started to make each moment count?

What would happen 
if we started spending 80% of our time 
doing things that we were excited about
that felt fun and creative
that were thrilling and exhilarating 
and loving and giving 
and what we were actually born to do... 
AND... EFFECTIVE???!!!

And just 20% of our time doing those things that we have to do?

Would people feel happier?  Would we get more done?  Would we be able to change our selves, our lives, and our world for the better? Would we achieve our dreams and help others do the same?  Would we leave a greater earth for future generations and greater people for the earth to continue to thrive?

I know what I think!

Where do you fall in this 80/20?  Have you checked your schedule recently?  Do you get the feeling you need a little more fun, a little more excitement, a little more creative time in your life? (or maybe a lot more?) I firmly believe that when we take the time to do things that refresh our spirit, nurture our strengths, ease our fears, and inspire our beings, that we can give back in a much more EFFECTIVE way to our jobs, our families, our friends, the Universe, etc.  

Value yourself.  Value your time.  Allow yourself to be your best self and you're also allowing the Universe (which to me, means everything that is including people, animals, nature... everything!) to receive the benefits of your best self!  Let go of the clutter, let go of the busyness and embrace effectiveness over busyness!

Love to you!

Kristie

Are you inspired?  Do you want more?  :)

Watch this 3 minute video for my thoughts on action steps you can take right now to start making the 80/20 shift!



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Super Important Post

I purposefully carved out time to write today and although I usually have so many ideas on what I want to write about all I can think about today is...my hair.  So, here it is, just what you've been waiting for, a post about my hair!  :)

I got a haircut yesterday.  I was long overdue and wanted to try something different so I brought this picture to the girl who has been cutting my hair for the past year.


So cute, right?  It's a little daring, but I really wanted a change.  I also showed her a picture of my friend Jen who has a similar looking cut.  I told her how I wanted to keep the length in the front, a little length in the back.  I told her how I knew it was quite a bit shorter than what I had but I wasn't afraid.  I just didn't want it to be so short in the back that I looked like a boy.  I told her how I had that once and didn't like it.  Pretty clear, right?

Well, I look like a boy!  Or at least I feel like I do!  From the first few snips I thought, uh-oh, it's going to be shorter than I want it to be.  I told myself to trust, it was going to be okay.  What was I going to do anyway?  She started in the back and just cut cut cut and goodbye hair!  She's very detailed in her work and does lots of texturizing.  Once she got to the front I was getting nervous.  Ahhh!  Did she really just cut all of my hair off?

I still thanked her.  Still tipped her.  Didn't make any mention of how she just cut it way way shorter than the picture and now I was going to go home and cry.  Really, I just tried to block it all out and pretend that it was going to look a lot better once I washed and styled it at home.

Luckily I have the kind of husband who says things like, "it doesn't matter what your hair looks like, you're still hot,"  and "it's not like you're trying to go out and pick up other dudes or anything."  Seriously, I can't tell if he really likes it or not and I guess that's a good thing.  He even offered to shave his head.  Maybe I should've said yes just for fun.

My mom went on and on about how cute it was and my best friend said she loved it.  I guess it's nice to have people around you to say the right things to make you feel better even if they are completely biased and possibly lying!  :)  The haircut itself is cute, she did a good job.  It's just not what I wanted and I just don't feel like it looks like me.  It's so different.  I feel kind of naked and exposed.  It's weird.  I know.  Or is it?

I've been working on being my most authentic self and I know that has very little (or nothing) to do with how my hair looks.  I am not my hair.  It really shouldn't matter.  Still, I need some time and a little venting to get over it!

I guess for now I'm just going to focus on the positive.  It's really going to cut down on my get ready time which is nice and since it's summer it will feel cooler to have almost no hair.  And of course, being me, I can't help but look for some lessons here.  Should I have stopped her when I first suspected it was too short?  Should I have been more assertive and at least let her know that I didn't like it or think it looked like the picture at all?  I don't know.  Maybe none of it matters.  Maybe it's just another way to let go of the outer layer, the identification with my outside appearance.  A way to free myself from the bondage that being overly concerned with how I look creates.

So this is the last minute I'm going to be a baby!  It's time to go figure out how to rock my new do!  And after all, it's not like I'm trying to go pick up other dudes or anything, right?  :)


What do you think?  Do you have any haircut disaster stories?  Do tell!

Love to You!
Kristie
 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Never Good Enough

It's been awhile since I've written, but I've had a million posts run through my head!  So many things have happened in the last couple of months and it feels like finally, after throwing all the glitter in the air and taking another leap, the pieces are slowly falling beautifully into place.  Or something like that, depending on how I'm choosing to look at things in the moment!

Remember how happy and perfect everything fell into place in my last post?  I was literally walking on sunshine!  I was so totally excited!  When we first moved in, it was perfect.  I put everything in the room it needed to be in and the move was pretty easy.  I scrubbed and cleaned and organized.  I was in heaven.  But it didn't last.

The girls got sick for a couple of days so I had to slow down to take care of everybody.  Then Peanut, our little dog who will be 14 in August, followed me up and down the stairs too many times and started limping.  She needed to be carried up and down the stairs, outside, etc.  She lost her appetite and I seriously had some moments where I thought, "Oh No!  Don't die now!  We just moved into our new house!  I can't lose you now!"  Allison didn't help with her questions.  "Is Peanut going to heaven soon?  Should we give Peanut a bath to get her ready for heaven?"  Seriously, I am NOT ready for Peanut to go to heaven yet so can we please talk about something else?  

Then I noticed how the windows needed to be cleaned and the blinds looked dingy and the weeds needed to be pulled.  I needed to go shopping, do the laundry, and clean out everybody's drawers.  I had to steam clean the carpets, wash all the floors, and the bathrooms needed cleaning again.  Oh and there were birthday presents to buy, and Brad went out of town a few times and this is all in addition to normal everyday life which includes crafts, books, songs, nagging (me: get dressed, brush your teeth, eat your lunch, be nice to your sister, etc.), playing (we had some fun too!) and all the other stuff that we do everyday.  Not to mention the challenges of having a five year old and an almost two year old who are both in their own stages of learning, growing, whining, and testing!  :)  In normal everyday life the days are pretty full.  In "we just moved into a new house" life, there's a million extra things to do and well, the days don't get any longer just because I have more to do!

I kept going but was starting to feel stressed.  I skipped yoga a few times.  Okay, I actually skipped it more than a few times.  I just didn't have anything left in me to do it.  At night my feet were feeling sore and a couple of my toes felt numb and tingly.  Finally the day came where I just couldn't keep the tears at bay anymore.  So I cried.  Then I cried some more.  This doesn't happen too often but when it does, I know I've gone over the edge and I thought, what am I doing to myself?  Where in the hell did all my happiness go?  Why am I letting myself get all whacked out?

I decided I needed some clarity and took some time for reflection.  I grabbed a glass of wine and read some old journal entries.  I love how this happens!  I opened a notebook and found just what I needed.  I came across an entry from 2002.  At the time I felt overwhelmed by life.  I felt like I could do my best all day everyday and it would never be enough.  I could always do more.  I could always do better.  Which led me to feel like I could never do enough and I would never be enough.  This, of course, wasn't good.  It scared me.  It made me wonder if this was what being an adult was going to be like forever.  I definitely didn't want that!

Although I believe that sometimes you need to push yourself to do things in life in order to achieve success, I know now that there's a line that can be crossed.  There's a fine line between motivation and self- sabotage.  I didn't even realize it until I found this book called, Never Good Enough:  How to use Perfectionism to Your Advantage Without Letting it Ruin Your Life, by Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco.

This book was the first "self help" book that I purchased and it really helped me!  I learned how the thoughts I was having about myself and my life were connected to how I was feeling and how I could change.  It helped me to understand where these feelings were coming from and also led me to seek out a deeper connection to the bigger picture in life, to God, The Universe, and spirituality.  Obviously, I'm continuing to learn this because here I am, ten years later, revisiting these lessons yet again!

Why am I suddenly struggling when I was just so happy?  I'm striving for perfection.  I still hold onto the thought that if my house is super clean, and everybody eats perfectly well balanced yummy meals, and my kids are super smart and creative, loving people, and I blog regularly and grow my business, and I see my friends and family regularly, and I pursue my passions, and I do everything PERFECTLY, then I will be satisfied.  I will feel complete.  People will see me as successful and I will see myself as successful.  But I know better than that!  I know life is about the journey!  I know it's about the process!  I know perfection is really a matter of perspective.  I know this stuff!  Hello!  UGH!  Relapse!

My life is what I make it everyday.  I get to choose which lens I will view my life through each day, each moment.  The windows need cleaning, yes, and they will be dirty again as soon as they are clean.  They are windows.  Accept it.  It's not a big deal.  The dishes need to be done, yep, they are dishes.  As soon as they're clean we will eat again and they will need to be washed again.  It doesn't mean I'm a horrible mother, homemaker, person.  Whatever.  If someone comes over and I have a sink full of dishes then they will know we eat.  (How awful!  Really?)  If they judge me, I can't do anything about it.  I probably won't even know!  So I didn't blog for a couple of months, this is true, but my mind is overflowing with ideas and insights.  I'm excited to let them take on a life of their own and here I am, taking the time.  It's all going to happen, it just can't ALL happen at the SAME TIME!!!  It's all good.  No worries!  Things could be so much worse...

When I take away all the self- induced pressure, I feel free.  When I let myself enjoy the process, I do.  When I celebrate the steps, it feels awesome!  When I appreciate my blessings, I see more things to appreciate.  When I let go of the negative judgement, I feel like I can do anything!  This includes my own negative judgements and any judgement I think others may impose on me.  Remember, what other people think about you is none of your business!  Nobody's life is perfect, even if it seems that way from your perspective.  It's all in how we choose to think about our life and it's circumstances that make life wonderful or overwhelming.  It's hard to see sometimes but it really is a choice.

So instead of spending any more time being annoyed with myself for these transgressions, I choose to celebrate the steps.  We really have gotten so much done around the house and had a great birthday party for Allison!  I made it to yoga and have been out for a couple of runs this past week.  I've spent quality time with family and look forward to spending some time with friends.  I have major plans for this blog and my new website that will be coming soon!  We have come so far in the last few years and life keeps getting better.  Now that I know better, I'm doing better.  I'm doing the best that I can.  I am good enough.  I am doing enough.  I am enough.  Period.  And so are you!

Can you relate?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed in your life?  Do you fall into this trap where you feel like you're never doing enough?  I encourage you to take some time for yourself to see what's up.  Be still.  Meditate.  Write.  Read.  Pray.  Reflect.  Seek.  Whatever it takes.  Life is meant to be beautiful!  You might find you want to do a complete overhaul in your life or maybe all you need is a simple shift in perspective.  Allow your life to get better and it will!  Know that you are worth it and that it's never too late to make a positive change!  :)  You can do it!

Love to you!
Kristie

P.S.  Peanut is doing much better now!  She has almost stopped limping and is her normal happy self again.  I'm grateful she's not ready for heaven quite yet!  :)