On Being Average

Say YES Today

How many times have you shied away from saying YES to you? 

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Say YES today! I challenge you all to say YES to 5 things that will bring you joy today. When we say YES we acknowledge ourselves in a way that no one else can. We honor our truth and we step fully into our power. Stop putting your needs and desires on the back burner. When we say yes to ourselves we honor our needs and values. Let go of the notion that saying yes is self-serving.  How we treat ourselves sets the tone for how others treat us. Love yourself enough to say YES! Stop dreaming about a better life. Act upon it today.

Ambition In The City

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When Did We Stop Believing ?

tumblr_m452hoaydy1qcusifo1_5001A few months back I came across this adorable picture. I was instantly transported to my childhood days when I used to play make-believe with my older brothers. Always tagging along behind them as they pretended to be super heroes, I would offer myself up to be the victim in need of rescuing. The beauty and innocence of those days is something I always treasure. It was a time when it was OK to dream, to create, and just explore possibilities. Whether we were digging for buried treasure in our backyard, or contemplating if there were people living beyond the stars, we lived in a time of wonder and intense curiosity. Our minds were wild with thoughts of our future and how the world was going to be when we were grown up. Our parents had encouraged every dream, every desire, and ever ambition we could come up with during this time. No matter how many times I changed my career ambition, I knew the possibility for success was there, because I believed it!

When did we stop believing?

At what point in our lives  did we lose sight of our childlike spirit? When did that little person that once looked at life with excitement and curiosity begin to fade from view? I’d like to think that child slowly lost its power when fear, competition, doubt, and various other outside influences began to get too loud for us to ignore. Where we once approached life with a sense of fearlessness, we now approach life taking into consideration how others might view our decisions and actions. We fear failure and we doubt our own abilities and potential for greatness. What happened to those days where we felt invincible? It was during these days that nothing stood in our way because we believed in our ability to reach for the stars and change the world. We replaced those once wild thoughts that used to bring us alive with those that keep us small and comfortable. We’ve silenced that exuberant child that is our authentic self and traded our authenticity for fear and conformity.

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

Never stop believing in your ability to reach new heights. You are entitled to attain each and every dream you create for yourself. You believed this once before and can no doubt believe it again. Dream, believe and unlock all the doors to a better future. It was said by one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, that when you want something, the universe conspires to help you achieve it. Call forth your inner childlike spirit and get reacquainted with that fearlessness and unstoppable ambition you once had. Anything is within your grasp if you just believe.

 Ambition In The City

Liebster Award: Thank You For This Nomination

I’d like to thank PermacultureProcess for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award. I feel so humbled by this sweet gesture. I enjoyed answering your fun questions and also appreciate having this opportunity to nominate blogs that I have been admiring for the past few months. I am so proud of my blog and hope that it continues to touch people in a positive way. Thank you again.

Rules of the Liebster Award:

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1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 bloggers who you feel deserve to be noticed. These blogs must have 200 followers or less. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated by you.

4. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog. Post all the items listed in item 2 on your blog also.

My Responses to PermacultureProcess:

1. Do you have a  Bucket List… and why?

I do have a bucket list. I have a great many ambitions in life and I hope to work towards each and every one of them. It’s always nice to have your dreams and hopes written down. They serve as a friendly reminder of what holds value for you. Sometimes we need to be reminded of these types of things. It’s very easy to get lost in ones fast paced life and I find my bucket list helps to keep me grounded.  I like to look it over every once in a while to bring me back to the things I want to experience most in life. Whether the items on my list are small or large the feeling one gets from crossing something off of their bucket list is amazing! This year ill be crossing two items off and that’s a beautiful thing.

2. (if YES to no. 1) – What’s the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?

The last thing I crossed off my bucket list was to visit Paris. This came off the list about a year and a half ago. Paris was a place I had wanted to visit since childhood, so it was amazing to finally have the opportunity to go. Since this trip I have added several new destinations I would like to someday see. Anything is possible you just have to believe it. 222721_591009929522_3610874_n

3. What personality trait do you love the most about yourself?

I have to say my ambition is a personality trait I love most. It has pushed me to strive towards making a difference in this world and  it empowers me each and everyday to work at becoming the best possible version of myself that I can be.

4. Do you like where you work right now?

I enjoy where I work very much. No day is the same, which I love, and I get to help children and families to experience positive changes in their lives. No matter where life takes me career wise I will be content as long as the position enables me to help others.

5. What’s the last thing you photographed? (With iPhone or otherwise)

The last thing I photographed was my dog/son Samuel. He turned 12 on February 26th and I just love him to bits. I have had Sam since he was a puppy. He has been by my side through some very tough times. He is just one of those little men that will always have a special place in my heart. 2006_752578380052_555266810_n

6. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to explore my new-found passion for writing and for sharing my thoughts and life experiences with others. While I aspire to someday be an impactful transformational coach, I have come to realization that my writing may in someway help to coach people whom I may never meet. Whether they are impacted by the content of my blog or by a few comments we might share with one another,  is my lives goal to help others look at life with wonder and curiosity.

7. What’s your favorite hobby?

Writing has become my all time favorite thing in the last few months. I can write just about anywhere so I try to take advantage when inspiration strikes. Throughout my day you can be sure that I always have a notebook and pen handy. I have really come to enjoy this hobby over the last few months and cannot wait to see where this new found passion takes me.

8. How would you “spiritually” describe yourself?

I’m slowly coming into my own when it comes to spirituality. I believe there is power in all of us and that it should be cherished and nurtured. As I begin to dive deeper and deeper into myself I am uncovering a new-found interest in spirituality and wonder. This curiosity is all very new to me but I am embracing it and letting it guide me to unchartered territory. Where the journey will lead me I do not know, but I am excited to find out.

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9. What did you eat for breakfast? 

Oatmeal with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas with a cup of chai tea. It was delicious!

10. What are your minor addictions? (ie. coffee, foodm bloggin…lol)

BREAD!! It’s so bad, but its so good at the same time. 🙂

11. Who is currently your favorite singer/band?

John Legend is my favorite singer. I adore his music. His lyrics are just so beautiful and honest. I can listen to him everyday.

11 Random Facts about me:

1. I will be learning how to swim this summer. (An item that has been on my bucket list for  a while now.)

2. I will be traveling to the Amalfi Coast this coming May. (Another item that has been on my bucket list for almost 10 years now.)

3. I have a 12 year old Bichon Frise named Samuel that I absolutely adore.(Picture above. My little cutie! )

4. I prefer summer to winter. The cold drives me crazy and I dislike wearing layers very much.

5. I am currently reading 6 books. I have never done this before but it feels great! I’m learning a lot.

6. I am a mommys girl all the way. I love you mom!

7. I am the baby in my family. I have two older brothers that I couldn’t live without.

8. I recently celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Love you!

9. I love cycling and cannot wait for spring so I can ride my bike along the West Side Highway again.

10. I love all things Disney. I have visited Disney World at least once a year for the last 28 years.

11. I have a Masters of Science in Psychology and am a certified Child Life Specialist.

My 11 Questions for my nominees are:

1.Whats the best book you’ve read recently?

2.Why do you blog?

3. What have you learned recently that you would like to share with others?

4.If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

5.What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in life thus far?

6.What is your favorite childhood toy?

7.What’s your favorite season?

8.What’s one or your favorite family traditions?

9. What’s one of your favorite guilty pleasures?

10. What did you have for dinner?

11.What do you want to be when you grow up?

My 11 Nominees Are:

1. http://stephaniedunn86.wordpress.com from My Universe Within

2.http://jaymoli.wordpress.com from Echoes of the Heart

3.http://awesomeelo.wordpress.com from Awesome Elo Life, Hope and The Pursuit of Happiness

4.http://bloggingonthebrightside.wordpress.com from Blogging on The Brightside

5.http://inspirationenergy.wordpress.com from Inspirationenergy

6.http://kashaglazebrook.com from The Divine Daily

7.http://thinkrainbows.com from Think Rainbows

8. http://mysteriouslyquiet.wordpress.com from It’s My Life Step By Step Toward Happiness

9.http://marinixwriter.wordpress.com/page/2/ from Marinixwriter

10.http://implicitjoy.wordpress.com from Implicit Joy

11.http://relaxedsoulhappymind.wordpress.com from Relaxed Soul, Happy Mind

I’m Not Lost Just Undiscovered

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Growing up I was always told I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. I was instructed to work hard, go to school, and above all always give 110% to the things I was passionate about. As I got older and slowly started to check the various boxes off of my list of things I had to do to be successful,  I realized that all I had amassed was a significant amount of school debt and  a 40 hour a week job that only helped to pay the bills. The years had passed me by and my days began to seem redundant. Was this success? Was this all there was?

I wondered if I had missed a step somewhere.  What had I gotten wrong? I looked to place the blame on someone. To attribute my dissatisfaction to someone or something. I did everything I was told to do and I thought these steps would surely secure that successful life I had envisioned for myself. As I took time to ponder these thoughts and questions I slowly came to the realization that all my efforts hadn’t secured my success, but had in fact succeeded in making me just another average member of society.

All those years spent jumping through hoops, taking out loans, over extending myself just to fit into a mold that just about everyone else fits into.  I always aspired to be different. To be an agent of change.  Perhaps I had lost sight of what success should look like for me. Blinded by the endless reminders that success meant a 40 hour work week sitting behind a desk. That it meant obtaining the biggest mortgage I could qualify for to spend the greater portion of my life paying for it. This wasn’t what I had imagined for myself. If this was success I wanted no part of it. I felt lost.

For a short while I felt angry. Why had I wasted so much time? What could I do to make my situation different? When I finally got over the initial feelings of anger and regret, I tried to make a conscious effort to let those feelings go once and for all. I still have a major portion of my life ahead of me and for this I should be grateful. There are a great many people who go through life questioning if this is all there is and they never stop to change their course in life. I had identified the problem and was motivated to be an agent of change in my own life. I could finally take a step towards what I really wanted.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau

I for one refuse to go through life in quiet desperation. Although I have spent the greater part of my 20’s living life the way others expected me to,  I have decided to break away from this destructive pattern of living. To change my course and to forge ahead with a new set of expectations. Success cannot be defined by anyone other than you. Only you can create your own happiness.

Be open to new ideas. Acknowledge where your actions have taken you and decide to be an agent of change in your own life. If you are willing to accept personal responsibility and are open to making the necessary shifts in life to ensure your happiness and success then the world will truly be within your grasp. Where I once felt lost and misguided I know see an opportunity to begin a life filled with self discovery. I am no longer lost just undiscovered. -Ambition In The City