Posts by Shannon

Day 77 / 100 Days to More ~

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Everyone wants to get to the top of the mountain first and shout, “Look at me! Look at me!” But the truth is, all your happiness and growth occur while you’re climbing, not while you’re sitting at the top. Enjoy the journey by paying attention to each step. Don’t rush through your life and miss it. Forget where everyone else is in relation to you. This isn’t a race. You get there a little at a time, not all at once.

Don’t live in Groundhog Day. Don’t do the same routine, become complacent and stay in a comfort zone. Strive to improve and try different things. Be a spark that ignites your life. You won’t learn and grow until you experience uncomfortable times or new things. It’s never too late to be happy. All you have to do is make a change…change your number, change your e-mail, change you circle of friends, but most importantly, change your attitude. Peace comes from within…delete anything or anybody that does not enhance your happiness…why not start today?

Action:  If you’re meant to do something, you’ll end up doing it someday. You may take a while to get there, to reach your destination but eventually if it’s meant to be yours, destiny will eventually catch up with you.

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Day 76 / 100 Days to More ~

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Take a look at your priorities and your goals. Where did they come from? Are they the products of soul-searching, self-analysis and careful planning? Or are they a reaction to pressures from other people? Did you find them within yourself or within the pages of a magazine? The answers to these questions are important because they tell you if the person you’re becoming is someone you want to be. You were made for a purpose and garner specific gifts, talents, characteristics, physical attributes that set you apart from everyone else in the world. You have been called to use your specialties abundantly and do more than survive, to not just drag yourselves over the finish line. No, you were made to do so much more…to thrive. One must ask themselves, “Am I using my gifts? Am I touching lives with what I’ve been blessed? Am I living for the now or am I doing everything I can for my future and to help others in the future? Am I living up to my full potential? Am I settling for mediocrity when I can have abundance?”

Often we don’t try anything in life because then we can’t fail. Many people know they need to make a change in life, but they don’t because they’re terrified that if it doesn’t work out, it will somehow mean the end of the world – that they failed! So, they stay “in the box” comfortably and don’t risk anything. But, is that really living? Ummmmm – NO! In truth, by taking an actual risk in life you are stronger and braver than most. The only true failure in life is you not trying. And, if you try, you are really living, and if you fail, at least you tried. In reality, failing makes you grow.

Action: 3/17 What are your gifts and are you using them?

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Day 75 / 100 Days to More ~

Posted by on Mar 16, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s better to be hurt by the truth and grow from it, than be comforted by a lie. And beware of half-truths too – you may have gotten a hold of the wrong half. Open your eyes. You must see things how they are instead of how you hoped, wished or expected them to be. Sometimes it’s hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to know, but be strong. Life is too short to live a lie.

One of the most toxic behaviors – cruelty which stems from a total lack of empathy, concern or compassion for others. We see it every day online and in the media – people being devastatingly unkind and hurtful to others just because they can. They tear people down online in a cowardly way, using their anonymity as a shield. Cruelty, backstabbing, and hurting others for any reason is toxic, and it hurts you as well. If you find yourself backstabbing and tearing someone else down, stop in your tracks. Dig deep and find compassion in your heart, and realize that we’re all in this together.  Instead, have you ever met a happy, successful person who regularly avoids responsibility, blames and points fingers and makes excuses for their unsatisfying lives? Happy, successful people are mentally strong. They accept responsibility for how their lives unfold. They believe their own happiness and success is a byproduct of their own thinking, beliefs, attitudes, character and behavior.

Action: 3/16 Shine Your Light Bright – Don’t Be Toxic!

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Day 74 / 100 Days to More ~

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

What is Friendship?

You may have a lot of acquaintances, but only a few people are your friends. These are kindred spirits whose souls are “knit together” with yours. Aristotle described friendship of virtue having the following characteristics:

1. A friend is not just sympathetic, they are empathetic. They share your feelings, weeping with you when you weep and rejoicing with you when you rejoice.

2. A friend will hear your side of a story before they tell you what they think you need to hear. They will do it in such a way where you can receive it because they love you more than they love their views.

3. A friend stays in contact with you and communicates fairly regularly. They will make it a point to stay in touch.

4. A friend is someone whom you trust implicitly. They have earned your trust. You don’t doubt that they have your back and you don’t fear that they will stab you in the back. You trust them enough to confide in them about highly private and confidential matters.

5. A friend will stand by you, defend you, and even take a bullet for you when you’re under attack. This is perhaps the highest measure of friendship. The posture of a friend is, “If you hurt my friend, you’ve hurt me.” It is never, “Well, that person never did anything to hurt me, so it’s not my issue.” This attitude is what separates goats from black sheep.

In summary, you need at least one person in your life that is your confidante! If you don’t have a friend, examine why and see if there’s something you need to do to change that. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re blessed. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” S.E. Hinton

Action: 3/15  Are you a good friend?

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Day 73 / 100 Days to More ~

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. The reverse is true too. If you want to be honorable, surround yourself with honorable people. If you want to be creative, talk to some creative types. If you want to get in shape, spend as much time as you can with other people who have the same goals. And so on. To live by what you believe, and to become someone you like, it’s easier when you can borrow from others. Whether you realize it or not, your personality and actions are shaped in part by your surroundings. So if someone is going to “rub off on you”, make sure it’s someone you like, respect and can learn from.

We strive for materialistic ends, such as lucrative income, status, a big house, an expensive car, jewelry and so on, because we believe these things will make us happy. Seldom do we give attention to our mind and soul, which the time and resources we spend in trying to fulfill our physical needs and desire, we are still unable to achieve lasting peace and happiness through satisfaction of bodily needs. This is because we have not learned how to listen to our mind and soul. It’s all together, mind, body, and soul for good health.

Action: 3/14  What do you want for your life?

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