Valentines Day

Not having a significant other on Valentine’s Day sucks.  The older I get, the more it sucks.  I am not stating this to get attention.  I am not stating this to get sympathy.  I am stating this because I know there are a lot of people out there who can relate.  I am always happy for others who are happy.  When I have the opportunity to see people who are loving life, it puts a smile on my face.  When I see couples holding hands, showing each other affection, my heart smiles.  But the reality for me, and I know the reality for a lot of others out there, is the fact that life can be very lonely.  Even when we are surrounded by others, even when we have deep, connected fellowship with other humans, such as friends, family, co-workers etc., the truth is, there is nothing that can replace the fulfillment, love, joy, and security of a significant other.  There is nothing more beautiful then loving and being loved, deeply, intimately, and securely by a significant other.  If you find yourself alone today in the midst of those you are surrounded by, if you find yourself yearning for the beauty of a life shared with a significant other, if you find yourself frustrated today, let me encourage you with this…….Life unfolds as life unfolds.  Use this season of life you are in right now to refine yourself, improve yourself, and prepare yourself for the time when your significant other appears.  Be the best version of yourself today, tomorrow, and in all the days to come.  Continue to be a leader.  An example.  Someone to follow.  Continue to serve.  Continue to learn.  Continue to love.  Continue to be someone that someone else would want to be with.  No matter what you are feeling today, no matter how overwhelming your emotions may be today, today is a gift, today is an opportunity, and today is beautiful.  Open your heart, and allow your light to shine.

Please and Thank You

Please and thank you. Simple words. Powerful words. Kind words. Words of manner. Words that seem to have been lost. When I was growing up, I was instructed to use my manners. I was instructed to say please, to say thank you. Today, I rarely hear anyone, young or old, use please and thank you. Why? As a teacher, I am appalled at how often I don’t hear my students using please and thank you in their speech. Sometimes, I am blown away when a student of mine doesn’t even know what using your manners means. I believe the loss of these words, please and thank you, are a direct reflection on the entitled culture we live in. It is also a direct reflection of the arrogant culture we live in. So many people, young and old, have this idea that they have it all together, and have it all figured out. They get what they want, when they want, how they want. Using your manners, please and thank you specifically, is an indication of humility, kindness, and respect. When someone is entitled, arrogant, and disrespectful, their speech will reflect this. Even though I grew up learning to use my manners, I am far from perfect. At times in my life, I have failed to use my manners to the fullest. At times in my life, I have been the entitled, arrogant, and disrespectful individual. But now as an adult, a teacher, and having the burning desire deep with my soul to be someone to follow, I have been focusing lately on using my manners, please and thank you as much as possible. I find using my manners especially valuable when interacting, speaking, and asking my student to do or not to do something. I am finding when my speech is full of please and thank you, I have greater self-control and a stronger hold on my emotions. These are very important when you are a teacher, parent, or coach. Please and thank you. There is always room for improvement, growth, and maturity, no matter your educational background, age, or financial status. Let’s stay focused on the little things. The simple things. Let’s start small. Let’s start with our words. Let’s start with please and thank you. Let’s see where this will take us.

Amy Morrison: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wellness Coach, XPT Trainer, and Owner of True Core Health

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Amy is a well-rounded individual.  She not only has her Master’s degree in counseling, she also is an XPT certified trainer, wellness coach, and owner of True Core Health.  Amy is a wealth of knowledge.  Her and I cover a variety of topics in our conversation, but we focus mainly on her counseling practice.  We cover counseling topics such as anxiety, body image, and the importance of knowing that you are worthy.  Amy and I met up in Denver, CO at Just BE Kitchen.  Our conversation takes place outside, on the back patio of Just BE, it was a bit windy and chilly that day, so be mindful of that as you listen.  You may also hear a few side conversations or side laughter during our chat, there were other customers on the patio with us:)  Thank you Just BE Kitchen for allowing us to record the podcast at your beautiful location!

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You Never Know…….

You never know the impact you may have on the life of a child. A rightly spoken word or a timely action, could literally, alter a child’s life. As we shift from adolescent to adult, as the years go by, most of us tend to lose the innocence, the beauty, and the purity of childhood. We tend to lose sight of the most important things, the most valuable things in life. A lot of us, lose sight of reality, the older we get. We forget childhood. We forget innocence. We forget the beauty. We forget the purity, of youth. We forget the dreams of yesteryear. We become negative, hurried, busied, stressed, and frustrated adults. People who live life going through the motions, because that’s what we “have” to do. Take a step back with me. Take a look back with me. Remember. Reflect. Step back to your younger years. Look back to who you were. Remember the excitement, the anticipation, the joy, of a life as a child. Reflect on your childhood dreams. So innocent. So beautiful. So pure. AMAZING. You are still that child. The innocence, beauty, and purity still exist, no matter what you have gone through, no matter how hurt you have been, no matter what you have suffered. You are still a child. There is still excitement. Still anticipation. There is still joy deep within your soul. Your dreams are still available. Attainable. You never know, until you try. You never know, until you take that step of faith. You never know, who you could be. You never know, how much you matter to the children around you. YOU MATTER. God has bestowed gifts, talents, and abilities to you. You are loved! The kids, the youth, the children in your life, they want you. They need you. They are starving for your love, affection, and attention. YOU MATTER. THEY MATTER. Let love flow. Let kindness flow. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Accessible. Real. Allow yourself to dream, once again. Allow yourself to feel, once again. Allow yourself to matter, once again. Allow yourself to be a child, once again. Extend your hand to the hurting. The hurting child, children, in your life. Be a servant. A servant to the least of these. Boldly. Relentlessly. Fearlessly. Allow your life to be transformed by a child. Allow your life to transform a child. Be strong. Be open. Be an example. Be someone to follow. Today, tomorrow, and until you have breathed your last. Live life fully. Live life for the children. For the next generation. Be the reason. The reason a child has hope for a brighter tomorrow. You never know…….

Sean Sewell: Owner of Colorado Personal Fitness, Mountain Fitness School, & Engearment.com

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Sean Sewell is a professional dirt-bag.  Sean also happens to be the owner of Colorado Personal Fitness, Mountain Fitness School, & Engearment.com.  Sean is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado.  Sean and I have a great conversation about life’s struggles, fitness, nutrition, and a host of other topics.  Sean is an awesome dude!  You will really enjoy this episode!  Please subscribe, like, share, and review the episode!

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Peter Maksimow: USA Mountain Runner

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Peter Maksimow is a sponsored athlete.  He has run for team USA.  Peter’s forte is mountain and trail running.  In our conversation, we cover Peter’s struggle through recovery from an injury, his love for traveling, and a lot of other fun, interesting, and challenging topics.

They Don’t Understand

It’s ok if they don’t understand.  It’s understandable.  Understandable that they don’t get it.  They don’t grasp it.  They can’t wrap their mind around it.  You are walking down a different path.  You are walking down the less-traveled path.  The difficult path.  You have been created and called to live a different life.  You have chosen to live this life.  Each day, you continue to choose this life.  This is who you are.  This is who you want to be.  You can walk away from this life at any time.  You can quit.  You can choose to live another life, someone else’s life.  You can choose another path.  But you know deep within your soul, you can’t, you won’t, and you honestly don’t want to.  This less-traveled path you are walking down, the difficult path you have chosen to take, it drives you.  It burns within you.  It separates you.  It gives you meaning.  Purpose.  Focus.  Although at times this life is lonely, and at times exhausting, it is worth it.  It will be worth it.  Eventually, people will see.  People will be encouraged.  People will follow.  Eventually, your time will come to an end.  You will pass the baton to another.  The example you have set, will continue.   Today, you continue on.  Quietly, humbly, aggressively.  Your light is shining brightly.