In light of the recent tragedy that has struck our community, I know we’ve all been thinking and feeling a lot. I have seen many beautiful acts of solidarity to honor and remember the lives we lost, but I have also observed that everyone grieves differently. We all must find a way to cope with what has happened, and rebuild ourselves from it. This might be done through thinking deeply, spending time with close friends and family, rallying together for a cause, or even going on a nice long run to settle the mind. For me, the best way to work through all of these emotions is to write. I thought I’d share these thoughts in the hopes that someone out there could benefit from reading them, if only just by knowing that although we’re all vulnerable and emotional, we’re all together.
This Tuesday, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder gave a tear-jerking MVP acceptance speech. Speaking for over twenty minutes, Durant revealed the personal struggle he overcame on the road to success. With humble graciousness, the athlete shared his truest strength on and off the court–those who support him and inspire him everyday. From his veteran teammates like Derek Fisher, who encourage him to continuously pursue improvement, to the younger players who motivate him to set a good example, each player received a personalized thank you from the team’s leader.
April showers bring May flowers–even in always-sunny Santa Barbara. The new month has brought us BEAUTIFUL weather, and I just don’t know if anything I could possibly say would be more inspirational than being outside on a day like today.
You’re sitting at work, or in your car, or on your couch–but it doesn’t matter where, because you aren’t really there. Instead, you’re running away with a thought that has teased you out of reality. Catch yourself: day dream lucidly. Your truest desires will present themselves to you in this form. Before you blink them away, weigh them in your heart and acknowledge the lightness they bring you.
Giving yourself simple rules can help you stay on track and feel accomplished. Here are four easy rules to start with: never miss a monday, never go 3 days without exercise, workout at least 3 days a week, and never give up.
This week I thought I’d share this article written by Cynthia Kane. The article outlines “7 ways to be more optimistic (but still see things how they are).” I highly recommend checking it out–it’s got a great message and tons of research to support it, with links for further reading strewn within. In summary, Cynthia asks us to learn to believe, focus on the good, be flexible, see events as temporary, expect the best, watch how we respond to bad events, and know when to be pessimists. Check it out & get those happy thoughts flowing!
I am all about the power of positive mindsets, but when it comes down to it, wishing, hoping, dreaming, planning, or fantasizing cannot take you to your goals.
One small thing today can mean big things for your future! Take the time to do something nice for your future-self, and be grateful for all