Here are a few insights I learned to be of absolute truth over my journey the past few years… 1. “If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence.” ~Unknown Growing up in small town Georgia everyone I knew was basically the same and basically had the same goal in life. It’s been hard for me having these extreme goals throughout my life, I’ve had the cut throats, the wanna be’s the you shouldn’t do that’s, the shame on you’s. But I preach to every one the same thing as I have the day I began any of my journeys hold the head high baby! I could care less what you think of me I see my destinations very clear! 2. “If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda This was very hard for me to learn. I honestly think it took me stepping outside of my zone of complete comfort to traveling the world and seeing all the different diversities and knowing that the judgments and limitations placed on people and things were pure ignorance and unknowing…. All of life is absolutely beautiful! See it all and you experience things you thought you would never in your wildest dreams encounter… Drop the judgments… 3. “If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.” ~Chinese Proverb I remember SO SO very vividly falling on that hospital floor in 1993! Here I am today 35 years old walking, running, and I have many honors under my belt from only trying over and over again! Let the falls guide you through life not hinder you. 4. “Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman Your passions are given to you for a purpose. I remember going through my divorce and my husband never wanted me running,
he hated me to run. I had a choice, I could have given it up and sat at home or walked away from my beautiful home and living a safe secure lifestyle… I chose my passion and gave up the security… Today I am most thankful I let these passions guide me. This is the most essential advice I give anyone, when you have a choice in life go with the your passions… 5. “Believe nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.” ~Buddha This is another lesson life taught me the hard way through some nasty friends and family. Keep your life simple and your mind clean by eliminating things and people who gossip or talk about you or others. Who really cares anyway… 6. “Our obligation is to give meaning to life, and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.” ~Elie Wiesel Over 2013 I had a few awakenings to life that made me actually wake up to my calling to life I had ignored for so long. Realize we are here only to add value to life, when you think of it are we here just to take and make the earth around us shit and make other peoples lives miserable??? How much sense does that make? Add value and instill it in children and other people. A philosophy I live by and give to everyone is “What you give you RECEIVE, so give good! I know this one only from experience baby! Lol SHARE YOUR STRENGHT!!! 7. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ~Dalai Lama My journey over the past few years lead me down some emotional detours with massive roadblocks named fatigue, injury, heartbreak, illness, and on and on but I found the best place in the world it is inner peace and it’s the most amazing place to be in life… 8. “Above all things to LOVE, love your life completely and fully” Every beautifully painstaking moment… This is our life and its short, and we only live it once, so live out loud and with full passion and focus on what lights you up inside…. Be completely and fully in love with this life!