August 2

On this day, I give thanks and am so cheerful thinking back on the wonderful Mom I was granted. On this day, she entered her heavenly home way too soon, but her time on earth was so plentiful and continues to be as we carry her in our hearts. Roberta Elsie left her mark on many. An imprint that was everlasting with her loving, kind, understanding, honest, fun, down to earth spirit and so much more.

A good friend once told me when in doubt think about it, “what would Bert do?” Bert, never needed the spotlight, she worked hard and when in her presence you were met with joy and realism. She spoke the truth fairly, honestly and respectfully. Impeccably organized and impeccable with her word. Roberta could always be trusted and even if she was annoyed, you would never know, well maybe, sometimes I knew because she would say, ha “I need you to stop talking for just 5 minutes.” She never raised her voice in anger, but instead would tell you exactly how she felt and she was always right, sometimes so much so!

Bert, I’m grateful for August 2 because it reminds me of you and always leaves me with,”what would Bert do?” The answer that lingers is…. it is what it is and do the best you can and have faith everything works out for the best. We can’t control everything and everything happens for a reason. Don’t waste your time worrying, but do what you can and move on.

Time and Talent

If you are going to do something do it right and do it well through effort, being mindful and diligent. Make it worth your time and honor your talent.

How many days?

I realized the other day as embrassing as it is, I have to stop and really think about how many days are in a month. Just when I remember we are on to a new month. February, February, forget it, are we in the leap year or not? Seriously, it is the little things in life that you just have to laugh at. Yes, I know there is a song and poem, but honestly, I may of been absent the day that was taught because I can’t remember that either. My Mom would joke that I was dropped as a baby on my head, maybe that’s true! I can remember a lot, but the months, forget it. I practice, but rely on my calendar. Did this ever happen to you? My favorite pizza shop closes for a week in the summer, I glanced at the date and thought, that can’t be right because it’s a Wednesday, then I thought that’s right there is 31 days in July. I even said it aloud, I started laughing and thank goodness the cashier laughed too.

My point is, laugh at yourself because you are not perfect, keep your sense of humor and be genuine because the days run short even if we forget how many there are, be grateful for them.

Did you ever think….why not?

Yesterday was a fun day of swimming with my 10 year old niece doing a lot of fun pool activities like I was a 10 year old; handstands, jumps, flips, volleyball. So fun. In the water, it’s like we can do it all, suddenly I am Olympic gymnast, not even thinking or afraid of twisting and turning. Just having fun. On the land, it’s a different story. There is something about the water, sun and kids, just being an Olympian in the pool, having fun and not making excuses; I can’t, should I, does this bathing suit fit? Just have fun and be positive even I am ok with not being a gymnast on land, I don’t want to outshine Simone Biles!

I’ll be honest, people tell me “you are so positive”. I try to be, but in my head, there are some crazy conversations going on, ” I don’t know, should I, will it work”? The answer is yes. Yes, if you make up your mind it will and you work at it. Maybe not how you thought, but for the best. Surround yourself with good people, supportive and keep your attitude genuine. Our attitude determines our success. If you keep saying you can’t, you won’t. I said that yesterday trying to get out of a wet bathing suit, I mean the only option was to walk around with my arm in the boob strap, that wasn’t happening.

I remember when I was in elementary school, my teachers would always says positive comments at conference time, but it was always “needs to work on confidence”. How do you do that? It’s not like multiplication that can be practiced. Confidence comes in time, experience and practice. Confidence comes in ignoring negative, selfish comments and believing in yourself. Embracing the moment and believing in what you are doing and aligning it with your passion and values.

As I got out the pool, closing out my Olympic routine for the day, I remembered I signed up for an hour long bootcamp class. What in the world am I thinking? I dragged myself there, did it and left feeling better. It’s not always pretty, but you too can pull yourself out of that wet bathing suit or at least get a work out trying and come through it better.

Sometimes….

Our hardest prayers are the most important that guide our most pivotal decisions into light! Dig into your darkest moments to seek and surrender to your brightest light. Beauty comes from our darkest moments, seeing it is hard, but look into the distance and you’ll see shimmers of the light. JRS ❤