Business · Soul thoughts · Time

Are you ready?

Are you getting ready for your big moment or are you still planning on it coming? There’s a big difference.

While on a call with my mentor recently, she said, “Are you ready, Amy? The money will be there, that shouldn’t be a concern at all. You’ve got to BE READY!” Me, my mind, my knowledge, my skills, my character, me. I need to be ready. And I need to be busy about being ready for that now.

Be busy with your goals and dreams as if they’re imminent.

Business · Soul thoughts

It happened. It really happened.

My microwave popped an absolutely perfect bag of popcorn leaving no kernel unpopped.

What?? No stray kernels hitting the bottom of my bowl? No. Not one.

This sensor on my microwave is nearly magical in my world now. (Nevermind the fruit that I baked to the point of shriveled and thought I was thawing it a week ago. It has risen to new heights.)

Life isn’t perfect pretty much ever, but when it happens, and every so often you’ll have that perfect moment, take it all in.

Business · Fitness · Soul thoughts

“Whatever works, right?”

I was in the locker room at my gym and it was peak Silver Sneaker hour.

The women were rocking their typical hen clucking; stories of their kids, husbands, weddings, medications, aches, and pains, newly discovered lotions and the status of their next haircut.

I was in my own groove and my thoughts came to an abrupt halt when I heard someone say, “whatever works, right?” I understand the context so I’m not cracking down on the use of this phrase in all forms, but what struck me in that moment was that we deviate from what is right, true, good, ideal, desired and better because it “works.”

What’s “working” in your life that could be better, oh so much better?

Business · Soul thoughts

The “worst” moments are the ones worth telling.

Everyone wants a perfect wedding. No one is hoping for unplanned bloopers. Ironically, the best stories to tell after a wedding are the stories about the bloopers.

I had a beautiful wedding; perfect weather, fabulous photos, great food, but somehow, I ended up walking down the aisle in silence. No music. Just, well, just me and Papa walking down the aisle. It was epic.

We had a gorgeous fruit board at our wedding but I never talk about that. The fun story to tell is that I walked down the aisle in silence, which would have been horrifying to think of the day prior to my wedding.

Life is full of these moments that seem to go awry, but those are the ones of which we tell our stories.

Next time that “worst” moment of the event happens – just remember, you’ve got your story now.

Business · Soul thoughts

What does fear feel like to you?

What does fear feel like?

What does fear feel like for you?

What might fear feel like for you that you’ve not considered?

I once heard someone say, “hesitation is fear.” I’m not sure I fully agree with that statement, but it got me thinking about what things I experience that could be fear wearing a sneaky mask.

I think curiosity can be fear. Even wonder.

Someone could beautifully wonder what it would be like to be world-class tango dancer, all the while keeping the dream at bay…wondering. FEAR. Not always, but sometimes.

Curiosity is a close kin to that.

How much has curiosity kept you from moving ahead? Could that be fear?

Take a few minutes to think about how fear is lurking around your life.

Then kick it to the curb. 🙂

Business · Soul thoughts

How do you handle tough circumstances?

How do you handle tough circumstances?

Do you melt?
Crumble?
Explode?
Fade?
Get aggressive?
Walk away?
Drive away?
Stomp around?
Sing?
Pray?
Breathe?
Exercise?
Scream in a pillow?
Clean your kitchen?
Clean your garage?

Whatever you’ve identified that you’re doing – is it serving you? Your spouse? Your kids?

Although circumstances get tough, it’s not a right to handle them however we feel like it. Make sure it’s healing, helpful and constructive for everyone.

Business · Soul thoughts

Sand in my daughter’s eyes

My daughter informed me that someone threw sand in her eyes today and that’s why she got sick.

She lacks cause and effect correlation at age 2 which is obvious by this story.

I hope age brings about maturity for her in this area, but I’ve heard many adults with poor cause/effect correlation. Growth and adulthood aren’t guarantees for a proper understanding between cause and effect.

What do I mean?

When women say they’re exhausted after chasing a two-year-old around all day… chasing a two-year-old isn’t what makes parenting a two-year-old exhausting, it’s the mental game of constant evaluation, decision-making, and intrinsic awareness of another human being that is exhausting.

When someone doesn’t bundle up when they go outside to get the mail, come down with a cold two days later and blame their two-minute waltz down the driveway for the illness. Sickness comes from viruses or bacteria – not from the cold air.

I think you get the point.

Until we understand cause and effect, we’ll have a hard time fixing something that’s wrong because we will associate the wrong effect with the wrong cause and aim to fix an effect for which we haven’t identified the correct cause.

We need to understand what effect comes from what cause in order to properly and effectively fix it.