trick or treat!

happy halloween friends!

i’ve never been a huge fan of halloween — not sure why, maybe it’s because i’m kinda over seeing girls try so hard to wear less and less clothing each year and expose their bodies (i think it’s sad how EVERYONE knows halloween is a time for girls to find THE sluttiest costume…gross ladies, let’s maintain SOME class?! it’s literally a running joke in society…isn’t that kind of sad that when someone says “Halloween” people automatically think “slutty women?!” i think it’s sad, but that’s just the feminist in me!) and halloween is just another excuse for people to forget who they are and drink too much, party too hard, and make stupid decisions…but despite all that, i decided to embrace the holiday and add a little spice to everyone’s lives and dressed up this morning for my bootcamp workout.

gotta admit, it can be fun to step out of your own skin for a bit and try something else on for size. let’s use that metaphor for our own lives…

what is it that you want to be or do that you aren’t being or doing? why don’t you try that mask on for a while? who do you want to be that you aren’t? put yourself out there. do something you’ve never done. be the change you wish to see. it takes guts to dress up on halloween…at least i think it does! what if you look like an idiot? what if no one really dresses up? what will they think? WHOOOO CARES!! own that costume and make everyone jealous that they aren’t as fun as you! 😉

And the same with our lives…what if we did that thing we’ve always wanted to do…and it doesn’t work? or we fail? or we don’t like it? or people judge me?

Take a chance. Do one thing a day that scares you. Make a positive change. LEAD your dreams, don’t follow them. If your dreams don’t scare you, maybe they aren’t big enough. Don’t live your life being afraid to fail.

So on this Hallow’s Eve, I leave you with this…November starts tomorrow, take a chance and do something positive and new. Add a healthy habit. Be kinder. Accomplish that goal you’ve always had in the back of your head. better yet, SET GOALS! and don’t be afraid to change for the better, let it change you and make you the person you’ve always dreamed of being!

Hope everyone enjoys their Halloween. Be safe and smart! Don’t eat too much candy!

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Discipline.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve gotten the kick in the butt and have decided to get more disciplined with my health. I’m proud of myself for working out so much, but with lack of ‘big’ results, I realize I need to reign myself back in, take a look at what I’m actually eating and be more disciplined.

Thanks to the stomach flu for giving me a five pound head start 😉 I’ve made a personal goal to hit by thanksgiving which will require very disciplined eating and extra training. I’m excited about it. I love attainable goals and know I can get there and it’s just another positive thing to focus on.

I have a bit of an obsessive personality, so I know I may throw myself into this and obsess over it, but I think that’s ok! I’m in search of fun, healthy snacks and meal ideas and extra ways to burn some extra calories.

So get excited for some motivating fit chats, healthy recipes, and motivating quotes to keep the results coming!

Lets do this!

the definition of ‘strong’

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strong
/strôNG/
Adjective
Having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.
Able to perform a specified action well and powerfully: “he was not a strong swimmer”.
Synonyms
powerful – sturdy – firm – robust – hard – solid – lusty

so i’ve been struggling as to how to get going with what i’m trying to accomplish here. i’m seeing this blog as something “too big” and just need to narrow my mind down and keep it simple. speak from life experiences and stories that have made me feel strong, weak, vulnerable, independent, dependent, sassy, and beautiful.

so let’s dive in.

strong women. who conveys strength in society? sadly, often, strong women are still looked down upon — they are judged harsher than supermodels — strength still seems to be a negative connotation sometimes. we call strong women bitches or say they have no need for men, or make other comments that often degrate and downgrade a woman.

Strong, to me, is beautiful. Strong is something that comes from within. Strong are people who are innovative and break the mold and push the limits. I gravitate toward strong women and want to be as badass as they are.

so let’s see…who do i consider strong women role models. For me, my Mom is definitely one of the strongest women i know — she has made the most of her life and has come out of hard situations as a stronger, more graceful woman. Elizabeth Gilbert is an amazingly strong woman who i admire, i feel like her words come from my soul and i hope that one day i can do things as amazing as her. Other people I consider a great pillar of strength — Hilary Clinton; Martina Navartolova; Condoleeza Rice; Maria Shriver; Kelly Cutrone; Betsy Johnson; my sister; my neighbor; I could go on and on.

Strength shows itself in so many different ways. I say my neighbor is strong because she is an absolutely amazing woman — mother of two, always smiling and positive, and battling cancer. She maintains a successful marriage, is raising 2 balanced, smart, talented young women and always has something positive to say.

Hilary Clinton embodies strength to me. She works in a man’s world and does her job better than most. She isn’t afraid of confrontation, isn’t afraid to speak her mind, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. So, she isn’t a supermodel, but why should that take away from her inner beauty? She’s dealt with a rocky marriage, raised a successful daughter, and to me is working harder than most employed in the White House.

So what makes me strong? Good question 😉 I am always working on building my inner and outer strength. Maybe the fact that Somedays I feel so weak, but I get up and keep trying – makes me strong? I try to stay positive when the world is falling down — and even if I don’t maintain that image on the inside, I sure do on the outside. I’ve fallen on challenging times and am working on letting this make me a stronger woman. I’m strong because I speak my mind, because I believe no one is better than me, because I know I can accomplish anything i want to accomplish. Because I help build people up instead of breaking them down. Becuase I spend an hour a day working on my physical strength. Because I’m not afraid of life or change. Because I’m not afraid of being alone, and I enjoy it. Because being “strong” often comes from fooling everyone else and just believing you are. 😉

so what makes you strong? and how can we keep building our inner strength?

words…

i’m inspired daily by words…here are just a few that convey strong, sassy, independence to me…

str0ng is the NEW beautiful!

Inspired by life events and other amazing blogs (www.thebettermanprojects.wordpress.com), I decided I wanted to start something of my own.  And if I can make an impact on one life out there, it will be a success.  I was raised to be a Strong, Independent, and Sassy (well, I added my own sass along the way!) Woman.  To this day I try my best to be a young woman full of morals and virtues and dreams and strength.  Life isn’t always easy, some days we all just want to break down and give up.  This blog is to help encourage women to be strong, find independence, and add a little sass and fun into your lives.  I’m hoping to use this as a place to help lift you ladies up; make you smile; be your shoulder to lean on; share my own life stories; etc.

Let’s get going!!