Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Motivation


Just like that it's the start of my third academic year on the campus that I work at. How did that happen? I can still remember my first day, and the first day of classes that we had students back just like it was yesterday. And I hear it only keeps going faster each year. Yikes!

With some new responsibilities at work this year I must admit that I've succumbed to a bit of self doubt about my knowledge and abilities to succeed. I am excited to dive in, but y'all--just a bit nervous! A twinge of imposter syndrome has given me a few moments where I've felt that I'm not sure that I'm up for the challenge, even though I'm certainly more than capable.

This quote has been one that I've always kept close to me, knowing that it is all too true. There have been many things I haven't pursued in life because of the challenge and I know at this point I would have been able to succeed in all of those if I had gotten past the fear of failing. Today and this year I'm going to be reaching into the light and pulling out everything that I've got as I pursue these new responsibilities and tackle some side dreams that I have.

After a good pep talk from Mr. Young yesterday, this week's Monday Motivation will hopefully bring power to all of y'all reading out there. While I've seen Mr. Young coaching, I've never been a part of his huddles or pep talks and I can certainly see why his players appreciate him so much. I am lucky to have him around to challenge and inspire me for the rest of my days.

So as you encounter that task today that you don't think you can handle--go for it. Self doubt will get you nowhere y'all!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

T. G. I. F. friends! Is anyone else as excited to see Friday this week as me? We have students back on campus this week and after having a day full of back to back appointments yesterday I'm feeling a bit out shape from the summer. Seriously, I came home and fell asleep on the couch after work which is something I never do. With the weekend kicking off at 5pm, my bestie coming to town this weekend, and throwing a party here tomorrow there are many reasons getting me jazzed about today!

Another one of those would be getting to take this sweet new mug to work today:


I can't even remember how I first stumbled upon Ashley Brooke Designs, but I have been obsessed with her items ever since. Whenever I'm on a site where I love the design or see stationary that makes me drool I always try and find where it came from and I'm pretty sure that's how I landed on ABD a few months ago. Since then I've followed her on Instagram and after a few flash sales I finally gave in and got myself that mug that I've been lusting after.

All of the mugs are adorable, I would love to have the whole collection but this one is my favorite for obvious reasons. What better motivation at work each morning than having my coffee from that sweet mug? Should also be a good convo starter with students!


As if I wasn't excited enough to see a little package when I got home yesterday, I really appreciated how ABD puts thought into their packaging. That polka dot tissue paper...swoon! The extra touches that so many companies are branding their packing with these days really make me smile.


I just have a feeling that I'll end up with another one of her mugs in my collection so soon. It's tempting to just click the button and put all of them in my cart. In addition to having the most clever sayings and an awesome handwritten font I love how they are so classic--just a plain white mug with the text. Haven't quite decided but I think this might my next pick:

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Even if you're starting your day with coffee in a boring mug this morning, I hope this can bring some brightness and cheer! Seriously, go check out ABD right now--you won't regret it. Happy weekend friends!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Motivation

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After spotting this on Pinterest ages ago it's become one of my favorite pieces of motivation. We are so often searching for the next big thing in our lives or thinking "If only lived here..." or "If I only worked there..." thinking that big changes would make us more happy or successful. Life is truly lived when you work with what you've got and focus on how to be your best self in that situation.

Maybe you're living a life you've never imagined or stuck in a situation that is not the most ideal, but think about how you make the best of it and truly bloom. You can't always choose the hand you are dealt in life, but you can certainly strategize on how to play. So take some time this week to think about how you can make the best of what you've got--if not, all of that negative energy will just turn you into a weed!

ps. I love this little saying so much I painted a little canvas with it for me office that I'll be sharing soon and possibly more for my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Every Mile With a Purpose

While everyone has been taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I have decided to accept a different philanthropic challenge. It was no easy journey to finally completing my first half marathon last October, but once I crossed that finish line I knew that it wouldn't be the last time. For that first half I would meet up with friends occasionally for longer runs, but mostly trained solo and at my own pace. As I started to feel ready for my next half I wanted to change things up a bit this time.

Read more about my first half marathon here!
At this time in exactly three months from today I will be running the streets of Richmond in the American Family Fitness Half Marathon with Team in Training (TNT) to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

There are several people within my online social circles who I've seen participating in TNT and I've been intrigued about the organization for a while. Everyone gets so into it--I knew that would be a kind of energy that I could get behind! In addition to going through my training with a team I was really interested in also blending my training with philanthropy and so TNT was a perfect option for me.

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TNT raises both funds and awareness for the LLS and while I do not have a direct personal connection to either disease, I've had friends who have had to lose loved ones too soon to blood cancers. I am so incredibly grateful for my good health and able body and I hope to be able to put it use for something greater than my own personal gains. Not only will I have that awesome feeling crossing the finish line again, but I'll know that I have helped the effort of curing blood cancers.

Let's look at the facts...

Did you know that in 2013 there were an estimated 48,610 new cases of Leukemia? 
Approximately every four minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. 
Over 1 million Americans are living with or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
About every 10 minutes we lose someone in the US from blood cancers.
Leukemia causes almost 1/3 of all cancer deaths for children under 15.
Sources: Dosomething.org & LLS

Here's where we can get together and help to fight blood cancers together. As you get up tomorrow morning and maybe plan to go grab a leisurely Saturday morning latte, skip out for just one day and instead donate to LLS. The next time you're in Target, skip The Dollar Spot and instead send a few dollars over to LLS. Fundraising is so much about engagement and participation, each amount and every dollar counts no matter how large or small.

After my first TNT training run!
So join me as I train for 13.1 miles and also work towards a goal of raising $1200 for LLS. If you're interested in donating, you can learn more on my personal fundraising page (thank you!). I hold myself accountable to blog weekly updates of my training to keep you in touch with my progress and also share more information about the blood cancers we're working to fight and the unreasonable amount of lives that they take from us each year.

GO TEAM!