I Want To Quit

The Temptation to Quit Will Become Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed

-Chinese proverb

When I heard this quote from my business mentor, my mind immediately thought of childbirth. Right before a mom has to push her baby out, she goes through a stage called TRANSITION. This is a very intense stage of labor when moms feel out of control and want to quit. According to my Bradley birth instructor, this is when a lot of moms opt for pain medication.

When I first learned about this stage of childbirth, I was really scared of it. But when I was in the midst of it, I was relieved because I knew that I would soon hold my baby and I knew that moment would be worth the diet restrictions, stretched out clothes, waddling, constant need to pee, consistent congestion, frequent visits to the midwife, skin rashes, (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) stares from strangers, (is it just me or does everyone stare at the pregnant lady?) stretch marks, intolerable morning sickness that lasted all day for seven plus weeks, and physical pain of childbirth.

My mentor also said that if you haven’t felt like quitting yet, you probably aren’t working hard enough. So, if you have any goals–health, business, financial, or any other kinds of goals–and you feel like quitting, congratulations! Your efforts are moving you in the right direction. It is almost time to hold your metaphorical baby. Just don’t give up!

Who Are You?

No more labeling of children’s charactersEvery child needs to be seen as a multifaceted being-now shy and withdrawn, now boisterous and outgoing; now slow and thoughtful, now swift and purposeful; now stubborn and uncooperative, now flexible. But never the same, always in process, always with the capacity for change and growth…Every child needs to be seen as a “learner” and encouraged to experience the joy of intellectual discovery and the satisfaction of making progress-however fast or slow…Every child needs to be encouraged to experience the pleasures of sports, song, dance, theater, and art without worrying about having to be the star athlete or a musical genius or the class actress or the family artist. No more imprisoning of children’s hopes and dreams and possibilities by locking them in with labels. Who knows what any of us might become if just one person believed in us enough to help us explore our unexplored selves.”

This is an excerpt from the book, “How to Talk So Kids Can Learn at Home and in School” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Do you ever feel like people slap labels on you? I know that I am guilty of labeling myself and others. This is not always done with malicious intent. Unfortunately, the label that we slap onto ourselves or someone else is incomplete and sometimes even inaccurate. Here’s my challenge to you–scrape off the labels that have been slapped onto you. You don’t have to live by those labels! Go out and join a Meetup group to make some new friends, pick up a fun hobby, volunteer for an important cause, read some stimulating books or travel to an inspiring location. As the author puts it, I challenge you to explore your unexplored self.

This post was originally published on February 14, 2019 and was updated on November 18, 2019.

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Entrepreneurship, Side Gigs, and Side Hustles

Remember the days when companies would pay for your healthcare at 100%? Remember the days when it was easy to buy a house? Remember the days when substantial pay raises and generous bonuses were commonplace? I don’t really remember those days because I was a kid. I’m no financial expert, but I think those financial golden years are gone and I’m not sure if they are coming back. That’s why it is important to diversify your career. To me, this is a fairly new concept. I started learning more about this concept from radio shows and I recently read a book entitled 10% Entrepreneur by Patrick McGinnis. It was a pretty good read.

Have you ever considered entrepreneurship or a Side Gig/Side Hustle? It seems that more people than ever have Side Gigs. These people include Uber drivers, Network Marketing Professionals, craftspeople, inventors, writers, dog walkers, social media pros, etc. I have a Side Gig and have some ideas for new ones. If I lose my 9 to 5 job, at least I will have something to fall back on. Side Hustles are often more fun than 9 to 5’s as well!

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This post was originally published on January 5, 2019; it was updated on September 30, 2019.

It’s Time For A Lifestyle Cleanse

Hello Friends! Do you need a healthy RESET button? In October, (coming up really soon!) I will be joining a Lifestyle Cleanse with my business partner and I would love for you to join us!

Week 1: Nutrition + Exercise

Week 2: Reducing Toxic Load

Week 3: Green Cleaning

Week 4: Stress + Mindset

My business partner will be providing you with free training and product giveaways! Email me today at contact@inspirationforwellness.com so that I can get you the products that you need. Let’s work on our health together!

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I Missed the Music

When I was growing up, music was very inspirational and therapeutic for me. I played the piano and violin and also sang at church and in the school choir. I grew up watching classical musicals with Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley. I memorized almost every Disney movie song. Remember cassette tapes? I used to wait for my favorite songs to play on the radio so that I could record them on cassette tapes.

In 2012, after I had my first child, music was somehow replaced by daily tasks and the TV. Four years later, I had the privilege of viewing a live performance of “The King and I.” When the actor started to sing “Hello Young Lovers,” I was surprised that I had to suppress tears from falling down my face. The melody of the song and the voice of the singer was so incredibly beautiful and moving. I felt like a part of me came alive again! It was then that I realized how much I missed music and it was then that I decided to make more of a conscious effort to bring music back into my everyday life.

Nowadays, I enjoy teaching my daughter how to play the piano. If I find that the kids have been watching TV for too long, I turn it off and switch to some of our favorite songs on Spotify. I love watching my daughters sing and dance around the living room as they enjoy music as much as I did when I was a kid. My husband and I also had a couple of impromptu music date nights in our living room. On one occasion, we listened to old school R & B and reminisced about the 90’s until we fell asleep. It was so much fun! I love how music can bring people together and uplift the spirit.

What did you love to do as a kid? Do you still find the time to do what you love?

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This post was originally published on October 22, 2018 and updated on September 19, 2019.