What is it to be ordinary? Is it normal, mediocre or common? Yes, it is all of those things. Am I ordinary? Sure, but not by anyone’s standards but my own. I am my own version of ordinary and it suits me just fine. I don’t want to compare myself to others and I don’t want to compete with anyone. I want to exist in my own skin and be happy there. Being extraordinary can be ordinary if that is your definition of normal. So, I think I’ll be extraordinary today. Happy Friday!
via Daily Prompt: Ordinary
Practice what you preach. This old adage rings true every day of our lives. Part of my job as a fitness instructor is to help empower women and show them that they can be beautiful and strong just by being themselves. Don’t listen to the criticisms of others, and especially do not listen to the criticisms in your own head. You should speak to yourself as though you are speaking to your best friend. You would never tell your best friend that he or she is overweight, unattractive, or anything less than what they truly are. So why do this to yourself?
I struggle daily to keep the forefront of my existence focused on self-love and self-acceptance. I am far from perfect, but that’s only because I don’t match up to someone’s idea of perfect, including my own. I take steps every day to make healthy choices, stay physically fit and to live with integrity and love. I don’t think I should ask myself for more than that! But it is hard. We beat ourselves up for bad food choices or skipping workouts, or drinking too much wine sometimes. We beat ourselves up for not being the perfect parent or the perfect husband or wife. But the truth is, if you go after each day knowing you are doing your best, then I say give yourself a great big hug at the end of the day. You deserve it for being yourself. Your truly beautiful, wonderful, amazing self!
via Daily Prompt: Acceptance
I have let myself go. I came into a very stressful situation in my life and I used food and drink as a way to cope. I also slacked off on my workouts because I was feeling depressed and let myself skip them. I didn’t think the situation would last as long as it has, so I let myself indulge hoping I could find some comfort. Well I didn’t find any comfort, I only found myself feeling sluggish and filled with more anxiety.
I woke up this morning at 9am feeling worse than I have in a very long time. I had a headache and I slept until 9 because I just didn’t feel like getting up to face the world. I knew it was time to make a change. I cannot control the outcome of my current situation, but I can control how I am dealing with it. Today is day one. I will conquer the urge to indulge as a way to cope with my problems. I will instead drink plenty of water and make healthier food choices. I am also going to stop drinking for 30 days. I need to reset my mind and my body and get myself back to a healthier place mentally and physically.
This is not going to be easy. Once you get yourself stuck in a rut, taking the first step to get out is always the hardest. I know I can do this, because I have to do this. If I keep going down this road I will only become sadder and unhealthier.
Feel free to post a motivational comment to help get me started on my road back to happiness.
via Daily Prompt: Conquer
This is not my home. However when I saw this old run down place I couldn’t help but wonder about the memories it holds. This was someone’s home one day long ago. Who lived here? What was their life like? Why did they abandon this beautiful place and leave it to crumble around itself?
I wish I could go back in time and peek into the life that was once here. What would I learn? What secrets does this place hold? Are they the same secrets all homes have after years of life lived by a family?
Oh this beautiful old home. Still standing tall despite the years of being beat down by the elements of life. In a way this home represents my own soul. Still standing proudly after years of turmoil and inner neglect. Hanging on to whatever it can of this beautiful life.
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