Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Count Your Blessings and Live Life to the FULLEST!

This week has been incredibly bittersweet for me.  I turned 25, graduated from university, and got myself a sexy little car!  On the other hand, a dear family friend was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and a co-workers father-in-law was in a serious car accident.  Bittersweet, right?  But I have learned something VERY important from all of the events this week.  You need to be thankful for every blessing!  Even if you aren’t religious, you can still be thankful for things, just replace “God” with whatever you believe in, or just omit it completely.  I have begun thanking God for just about everything.  When I hop in the shower I thank God for hot water and the fact that I even have clean water to shower with.  I always park at the back of parking lots, but now I thank God for two working legs that are able to carry me from the back of the parking lot to the front door and I thank him for the blessing of being able to drive a car.  You get the point. 

I saw this quote and it really hit home… “What if you woke up only with the things you thanked God for yesterday?”  WOW!  Makes you think, right!   I’m not saying everyone has to adopt this way of thinking, but it’s an eye opener, that’s for sure. 

I’m a believer in living your life to the fullest.  You only have one life to live, so you might as well make the best of it!  It is times like this that really remind me that life is WAY TOO SHORT and it can be taken from you suddenly.  You should make every second count!

My neighbours’ father is an incredibly wise old man.  He was telling my mother and I that whatever you put out into the universe is what you’ll get back.  If you choose to focus on your problems or constantly fear that you aren’t good enough, or not talented enough… That is what you’ll get.  But if you put positive energy into the universe and decide that you are going to work as hard as you possibly can to achieve your dreams and goals, you will succeed!  Success begins with you believing in yourself.  You can have people telling you “you can do it!” but until you believe it yourself, they are just words. 

Let’s say you want to compete in an event this year but you are nervous or wondering if you should bother… “maybe next year?”.  Shake your head and say I CAN DO THIS!  You might not even place or you might win the darn thing!

Or maybe you have decided that enough is enough and you want to get healthy.  Then you walk into the gym and feel intimidated.  Shake it off and say I AM GOING TO OWNNNNNN THAT TREADMILL!!!!!

No matter what it is, believe in yourself and push yourself harder than you’ve ever pushed yourself!

This past week I have realized that I haven’t been pushing myself as hard as I can.  *Now that’s not to say that you have to run yourself into the ground… I mean push yourself in a HEALTHY way!*  I did legs on Monday and I decided “OK! You are going to push it and work your ASS OFF!”.  Let’s just say the workout ended with my head in a toilet bowl *yuck I know* but I was determined to really push myself hard and guess what… I’m still feeling the effects of that workout and I LOVE IT!

SO… What I hope you get out of this blog post is that I want you to reach for your dreams, don’t be afraid of failure, be thankful for your blessings and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.  Failure can only teach you lessons and help prepare you for the success you will find in the future.  Put positive energy into the universe and envision yourself reaching your goals and blowing past them!

~ Kayla