They Say Confidence is Key

…and they are right!

Almost every self-help book or website you stumble across will tell you that you need to have confidence in yourself to help you make things happen.

I completely agree. If you don’t believe that you can lose those last 5 pounds or that you can win the promotion at work, who else is supposed to? By having that confidence, you’re letting the Universe know that you’re ready for whatever it throws at you and that you’ll succeed.

I say this because I’ve been watching previous Hells Kitchen episodes over the last week. Each competitor talked about the confidence they have in themselves, which can come across as cocky on occasion, but is still important to helping them succeed! Without believing in themselves, they wouldn’t make it any further in the competition.

It has been truly inspiring because I have been going through a few confidence lapses over the last few months. Things are changing in my life and I’m trying my best to stay positive throughout all of it because I know that will help me come out on top.

I just want my message today to be: believe in yourself! You are worth it and you have so much potential!

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This Will Blow Your Mind

In all my research for motivation, positivity, inspiration, and happiness…this TED Talk was by far the most impressive. It almost brought me to tears, it made me laugh out loud, and it opened my eyes to finding my own happiness.

Recently, I’ve been so convinced that I would be happy if I moved or if my surroundings changed. Shawn Achor tells us this is absolutely false. Simply changing where I am located won’t make me happy. I have to change the way I perceive things and the way I think naturally.

In his talk, he provides you with a “To-Do List” of sorts to help you work on improving your happiness. I won’t spoil them because I want you to actually watch his talk. It’s only a little over 12 minutes long and well worth it!

Let me know what you think of his talk – I’m curious!

What Would You Do If Anything Was Possible?

No, seriously. What would you do?

This question gives you permission to daydream fearlessly and to imagine a world without boundaries or limitations. Would you become President? Would you own your own dive shop in The Bahamas? Or would you direct movies? Your imagination has no limits – it’s logic that hold you (and me) back.

There are a million different things I would do if I just had the courage to take the first huge leap. Instead, I feel like I’m stuck in cement at the bottom of the ocean (…that may be a little dramatic, but it’s not wrong!)

The crazy part is that I put myself in the cement at the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t listen to my heart and got caught up in things that don’t really matter in this life. Now it’s up to me to bring myself out of it and create the positive world I so strongly desire.


Kris Allen’s song (see below) really gets me in the mood to take charge of my life.

So does this song by OneRepublic


They give me goosebumps!

Since I am not following my heart at the moment, I can’t exactly preach to you all about it. But I can tell you it’s worth trying when you find the motivation – even if it’s 5 minutes every week. Something is better than nothing.

…now go listen to those songs!

Giving Everything 100%

I read something today that impacted me in a new way…I have gotten in the bad habit of denying myself happiness basically every day. When I’m in an unpleasant situation, I infect everything else in my life with negative thoughts and think of myself as a victim of my circumstances. But when I read this article by Marie Forleo, I realized things don’t have to be this way!

In order to find my passions in life, I need to bring passion to everything I do.

Whether you’re brushing your teeth, making love or cleaning the kitty litter—do it like you want to do it.     – Marie Forleo

Let’s face it…this isn’t easy to do, especially when you feel down in the dumps! Who likes cleaning the kitty litter? But imagine doing it with a new excitement and energy that will brighten your mood rather than continue to bring you down. That is powerful.

This will be my new goal day-to-day because there are sooo many tasks that I would rather never have to do again. By revamping them, I can bring more excitement and joy in my life and hopefully become a more passionate person.

Another side benefit to proactive passion is kicking life-sucking habits like procrastination, resistance and complaining straight to the curb.     – Marie Forleo

If you never try, you’ll never know…right?

Elle Luna’s 100-Day Project

Today, I stumbled across Elle Luna’s 100-Day Project and I was immediately inspired.

In fact, just yesterday I went and purchased some art supplies to practice watercolor and sketching again. I’m very excited to see where this creative journey takes me.

To participate in this project, which begins in April (but I may start on my own beforehand), you pick an activity that you will commit to for 100 days. Since I’m doing drawing/watercolor, I will be painting & drawing something each day for 100 days. You could do anything from taking a self portrait or writing a letter to someone each day. How amazing does her project sound?!

This is a genius way to develop a passion/habit as well as discipline because it’s not going to be easy to do this every single day. Some days I’m going to want to collapse after work and not touch any drawing materials. But I believe this process will be beneficial to my mind by allowing me to be creative in an accepting environment and motivating me to continue even when it’s hard.

If you are interested in joining this project, check out this post for more details!! It starts April 6th, 2015!