Daily Prompt

My Fortune is Love

I am not rich in the sense that I have an over-abundance of money in the bank.  Sure, I have a good job and I can pay my bills and help provide for my family, but I am not rich.  My fortune lies in the abundance of love I am surrounded with because of my friends and family.  I have a very close relationship with my parents.  They have been there for me unconditionally, and I would not be who I am today if I didn’t have them.  I also have a loving, caring husband who supports me no matter what kind of crazy idea I come up with.  I am somewhat of a dreamer, but he never says I can’t do it.  He always tells me I can do whatever I put my mind to and he will be there with me 100%.  I have a beautiful, healthy daughter and two amazing step-sons and watching them grow into the little people they have become is a blessing I am so thankful I get to witness every day.  I don’t have a ton of close friends, but the ones I do have are amazing and supportive and loving and I would do anything for any of them.  I am also fortunate to have many acquaintances who add a fresh outlook on life.  I am always learning from the people I meet and get to talk to.

These are the things I am thankful for and I hope never to take for granted.  When I was younger I used to think I had to be wealthy to be happy.  Every day I am further from the person who used to think that way.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone wants to have a good job and be able to buy things and provide, but if you are fortunate enough to be grateful for all the wonderful things you already have in your life, then you my friend, are truly rich.

~lmg

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Daily Prompt

Love Yourself: The True Path To Acceptance


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!

~lmg

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