Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Ways To Break a Bad Habit

Most of us, at some point, have found ourselves in a habit that perhaps isn't the best, or leading us in the direction that heads for success. While it's easy to complain about habits as hinderances, it's better to break them, in order that they are replaced with beneficial, success-building actions! Ready to make some changes? Here's a few ideas to get the job done!

1. Change your self-talk.
Our words have such incredible power, and most times we don't give a second thought to the words we speak, let alone the inner dialogue that takes place within our minds. Do your words speak of positivity, success, health, life, and strength? Or do you constantly put yourself down, shackling your spirit? By changing your self-talk to that of encouragement, positive thoughts, and goal-oriented speech, you'll find a major attitude change, and renewed strength to change your habits!
2. Change your environment.
Our environment is a major factor in the habit patterns we choose. Does your environment allow you to grow, learn, create, and achieve? Or does it hold you back, and continue to provide negative input and compromising situations? Be aware of where you are, and if your environment is not benefitting you, change it! You are not a tree; you can get up and move somewhere else.
3. Replace the bad habit with a good habit.
It is not simply enough to break a bad habit; we must replace the old habit with a new, beneficial one. After all, we are creatures of habit, and will create a new routine, so you may as well choose what it looks like. Instead of waiting for something else to come along, choose what you'll do instead of engaging in the previous behavior or attitude. It's amazing to see how little you'll miss that bad habit once your new habit is in place!
4. Be Accountable to Someone. 
Accountability is key to achievement. If you want to grow, succeed, and accomplish anything in this life, you'll realize that you can't do it alone. We need one another, and having someone that can encourage you and ask the right questions along the way, to ensure that you're sticking to your plan, is a winning formula. Be sure to choose someone who you admire, respect, and can keep confidences.
5. Be deliberate, persistent, and consistent.
Honestly, this one is applicable to anything you want to achieve in life. Deliberate action leads to specific reactions. You get what you put into something, and to change a habit, you'll need to become deliberate about change. Sometimes this is uncomfortable...wait, scratch that, it's always uncomfortable, but that's good! Change only takes place outside your comfort zone. Fact of life. Push yourself to be persistent in your actions, consistent in character, and you'll find that your bad habits are soon things of the past.

What habits do you need to change? Challenge yourself to begin the change process today. You can do it! Have a fantastic week ahead!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Just Do It

Things have been a little busy around here lately...and this is why!

Big dreams in life often require three things:
1. Time
2. Hard Work
3. Focus

I don't know what big goals you're in the process of achieving, for me it was my master's degree, but I want you to know that those goals are so worth the achievement process. The feeling of walking onto the field to Pomp & Circumstance, with thousands of others from across the globe, surrounded by a entire stadium packed full of people cheering for you is well worth the late nights, long hours, and months of hard work. Remember that nothing great is ever achieved alone, so don't forget to thank those around you who helped to encourage and support you along the way. Stay the course, persevere, and you will reap the incredible reward of achieving your dream. In the words of Nike, "just do it".
The life you dream of is waiting for you...will you live it?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Island Escape

As soon as the sun comes out, and the weather heats up, I'm all for a weekend escape to the beach. The sound of the surf and swaying palms, and the feeling of the warm sun on your skin is the best kind of combination to make you forget all the cares of the week. I love to wander along the shoreline and hop on a bike to explore the little palm-lined streets. There's something to be said about taking a break from the work week to indulge in a little natural beauty. What do you do to get away and recharge?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Average Is Easy

Average is easy. It's not overly hard to achieve the status quo, and the danger lies in staying there, simply because it's comfortable. The problem with staying in the "average zone" is that we never achieve our potential there. You never know what kind of person you could be or what you could accomplish if you only achieve average results. Allowing your mind to dream and your heart to soar means finding the courage to step out in faith. If we listen to the voices around us, there's often a combination of those who want to hold you back, and those who want to see you succeed. The challenge for you and I is to choose who we listen to. Average may be easy, but extraordinary results await the one who has the courage to allow their heart and mind to dream. Refuse to be average. Don't hold yourself back from greatness any longer; pursue the incredible passions and dreams God placed in your heart. When you operate in your areas of strength and passion, you'll find that the results are absolutely incredible. 

If you want to take the next step toward living a life of greatness, I would suggest checking out the book that my good friend Jenni and I wrote together! We share our experience with finding our purpose, following your dreams, real beauty secrets, and other valuable life lessons. 
To watch the official book trailer or pick up a copy: click here

Monday, April 13, 2015

5 Ways to Become A More Courageous Person

So last week we talked about courage, and I wanted to continue the conversation with this list I came across in my reading. It's taken from a book by John Maxwell (one of my personal favorites) entitled, Beyond Talent. This list is part of a chapter on how courage amplifies talent, and it is so fitting with what I've been discovering in my own life lately. Hopefully you'll be able to identify with it also.

To become a more courageous person:
1. Look for courage inside, not outside, yourself.

2. Grow in courage by doing the right thing instead of the expedient thing.

3. Take small steps of courage to prepare you for greater ones.

4. Recognize that leadership position won't give you courage, but courage can make you a better leader.

5. Watch your horizons expand with each courageous act.

"The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it's conformity. It's not just enough to believe in something. We need to live for something." --John Maxwell

I hope that whatever you are facing in life, you'll find the courage to do the right thing, and know that courage ultimately leads you to the life you desire.
Have a fantastic week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Have Courage

Print by Kat Gaskin for PuraVida

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration! It was such fun to invest some time with family, and to celebrate Christ's incredible act of love for us. What a great weekend.
I recently saw the new Cinderella movie, and was inspired by the thought of having courage. An underlying theme of the film is to "have courage, and be kind".  It's a great thought. What would the world look like if we all decided to embrace that kind of perspective? Courage and kindness are a powerful combination.

Have you ever wanted to do something, but felt like you lacked the courage to do it? Perhaps it was trying something new, moving to a new place, applying for a job, starting a business..etc. We are often faced with opportunities to take risks, and our success is often determined by our measure of courage. I remember the first time I thought about the idea of writing a book. It was something that felt so big, so overwhelming, and the unknown of how to do it felt somewhat scary, but the momentum that happens when you take the first step will create a tidal wave of enthusiasm. Once I decided that it was going to happen, no matter what, and I summed up the courage to get things moving, it was amazing to see the kinds of things that began to move into place!

We must have courage to take the first step, and get beyond whatever limitations or barriers we've set up for ourselves. Most of the time, the obstacles in our lives are there because of our own doing! You've been designed for an incredible life; will you have the courage to live it? I sure hope so! Don't allow the fears, past failures, and limitations keep you back from greatness. Take a deep breath, summon all the courage you can, and be brave enough to take the first step (no matter how big or small) toward your goals and dreams. You will be amazed at how things begin to happen for those who have the courage to begin! Remember you do not go through life alone; God walks with us each step of the way. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Here's to an amazing, courageous week ahead! You can do it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Konfetti Colors

It's officially Spring, everyone! I love this time of the year, as all the trees, flowers, and bushes are blooming with color, days are beginning to get longer, and the skies are often a brilliant shade of blue, illuminated by lots of sunshine. When spring arrives, the first thing I am reminded of is...color! Time to put away all the shades of black and grey, and move toward happy hues. Since the weather has been so nice, it's been great to be outside, and I've done a lot of biking lately. This darling skirt from Shop Konfetti's Spring collection is so perfect for spring days, whether you're running errands, lounging at a fabulous resort, soaking up the sun on spring break, or exploring on a bike. Pink and turquoise are my two favorite colors, so this was an obvious must-have, and it's a light cotton fabric which is breezy and cool when the temperatures start rising. Pick one up here, and shop the whole adorable collection here! Happy Spring!

p.s. It was so fun to create a video lookbook for this post, and the first time I've done something like this for the blog. What are your thoughts? Want to see more of that around here? Let me know!
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