Stress vs Attention. It is easier than you think.

I thought that this is most appropriate now considering finals are around the corner. yesterday I spoke about stress. Today, this picture really calmed me and made incredible sense.  My energy goes wherever I want it to go.  It said “Attention” not “Stress.” Stress, sucks all the positive energy out of you and leaves you exhausted. Attention means focus, and when you are focused, it creates positive energy. GEEZ, WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG TO REALIZE THAT!  🙂

When you look at this picture, what do you see? Stare at it for a minute or two. How does it make you feel? Look at all the power surrounding his head and body. Notice how relaxed he is. Print this out and put it wherever you can see it all the time. Let it be a reminder to you that staying focused is important, not staying stressed.

This is true is all aspects of our lives, not just school. Our jobs, our families, our friends and so on. Try changing the word “Stress” to “Attention.” That sounds less harsh. I am going to do the same. Instead of saying “I am so stressed, or this really stresses me out,” say, “I need to focus my attention more on this or I need to channel my attention to the task at hand.” When you say the word stress, it causes your body to tense up but when you say the word attention, it does not bring on such reactions.

Place your “ATTENTION” where it needs to be and you are going to get through the next couple of weeks easily. Now I’m not saying that it won’t be difficult from time to time. I am saying that how we approach it does make all the difference.

While you are at it, remember to pay “ATTENTION” to your needs as well. Take care of yourself too. Eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water and meditate. Go out with the girls/guys and cut loose a little bit. Get a massage or just take a nap. You will feel so much better. Be good to yourself.

Enjoy this beautiful day.

Peace.

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Integrity

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I was talking to a fellow student last night before class and he said something profound to me. He was talking about how his two daughters were emulating him by “studying”  when when daddy studies. The profound part was the were 4&2!  They would grab their books when he had to study and sit on his office floor and read and color. The two year old would mumble as though she was reading too. What an incredible example he was setting for his children and he didn’t even know it. 🙂

This doesn’t have to pertain to young children only. I have spoken to so many older adults who have returned to school to be an example to their older children that it’s never too late. They talk about the pride they feel when their grown children say “I can’t do this,” and they now have the ability to say “look at me, sure you can.”

Some feel they disappointed their children because they waited so long and  didn’t make education an important aspect of life. Now they can look in the mirror and say they did it.

I’m one of those people too. I was so busy raising a family and trying to survive day to day that I didn’t place importance where it needed to be. I taught my children how to survive but not how to use education to live. Now I have. When people look at me from my past they now see a successful person with integrity. My children can be proud of me. My son talks about how he felt at my graduation and the  pride was overwhelming. “My moms a college graduate!”

It’s never to late. Whether they’re babies or adults they look up to you. Make them and yourself PROUD! 🙂

You’ve worked hard~CONGRATS!

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Most of us are getting ready for that dreaded word FINALS! The end is near. For some it’s the end of journey, for others it’s the end of our first quarter/semester. For some it’s the end of our undergraduate work and the beginning of graduate school. Wherever you are at take a moment to pat yourself on the back-Go ahead pat yourself and say GOOD JOB! 🙂 . You deserve it.  You worked hard, studied hard, slept very little. You made it.

Some of you are preparing for GRADUATION! 🙂  YES! You may have your cap and gown, your invitations are out and you are EXCITED! Be proud hold your had up high. Picture Graduation day. Imagine yourself all dressed up standing in line with the other graduates and hearing those words LET’S GO GRADUATES! (I just got goosebumps). Then you hear that music and you begin the procession of walking in front of all those people cheering. Some of you will year up and some of you will smile so much your mouth will hurt. 🙂

Rejoice in whatever stage you are at. YOU EARNED IT! 🙂

KEEP MOVING FORWARD………..

PEACE

Rise Above – NO EXCUSES!! YOU ARE NOT COMMON!!!

Rise Above – NO EXCUSES!! YOU ARE NOT COMMON!!!.

Rise Above – NO EXCUSES!! YOU ARE NOT COMMON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I read this I thought about all of us college students. Think about it, you rise above the rest to obtain your degrees when others say it’s too much.  You are NOT a quitter, you are NOT the person you were before. You are BETTER! You have CHARACTER and a PURPOSE!

I think so often about my past; growing up in a severely abusive home, alcoholism and drug addiction, to my disastrous first marriage. I was called a loser back then and I never thought that I would ever amount to anything. I struggled every day with low self-worth and constantly trying to PROVE that wasn’t me. That I had a good heart and good soul. That I was indeed smart.

It wasn’t until I walked in to Strayer University and started my very first class that it changed.  As each year completed, my self-worth and confidence grew. It grows stronger and stronger each year.

Now picture yourself. Do you remember the first time you walked into class? The overwhelming fear? The questioning of your sanity? 🙂 But here you are~ Another quarter down and closer to graduation if not graduating yet. You know why? ou DIDN’T QUIT! YOU DIDN’T MAKE EXCUSES! You continue to push forward. YOU ARE A CHAMPION! A Champion in your own right! You deserve the accolades.  Enjoy them, let them re-energize you. ALLOW yourself to experience them. You are not the person you used to be, you are becoming an awesome person. It doesn’t matter anymore if you had a rough start and made some serious mistakes. It’s all about who you are NOW! 

Finally you can hold your head up high and look people in the eyes. Smile with dignity and know the obstacles you have overcome. BE PROUD!

Eliminate EXCUSES from your vocabulary, that’s NOT who you are anymore. You are a SUCCESS! YOU ARE DRIVEN! YOU ARE AWESOME!

Enjoy!

Are you willing to get your hands dirty? YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS!

Are you willing to gedt your hands dirty? YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS!.

Accomplish Great Things ~ GET YOUR DEGREE!

Accomplish Great Things ~ GET YOUR DEGREE!.

The Art of Visualization ~ Keep Graduation in your sights!

The Art of Visualization ~ Keep Graduation in your sights!.

The Art of Visualization ~ Keep Graduation in your sights!

When you look at this picture, what do you see?  Calmness? Serenity? A place where you would love to be? It creates a sense of peace.

Now, when you look at the picture below, what do you feel?

It makes me smile, feel excited.It creates a sense of accomplishment and pride. I couldn’t say  it better than myself. I walked both my Associates and my Bachelors degrees. I am glad that I did. It was exhilaration! Like it says above, “The tassel was worth the hassle.  ABSOLUTLEY!  I have notes everywhere. My screen savers on my computer and cellphone says “GRADUATION.” There are sticky notes on my refrigerator, front door in my car and office. This is what visualization is all about. It reminds you when it gets tough what your goal is. The words GRADUATION is re-energizing and pumps me up to keep going on.

Visualize graduation day. Picture yourself in you cap & gown. Visualize all the people in the crowd, your family, friends and peers. Picture yourself walking across the stage to get your degree. Imagine the words of your name being called and the type of degree that you earned. Go ahead, sit back and visualize it. It will give you the desire to continue. Watch a virtual graduation online. It’s not cheesy, it’s what you are working for. Don’t deny yourself.

Share your graduation stories if you like. Talk to students who have graduated, ask them what it did for them. Go to one of your schools graduations and experience what it is like.

KEEP IN MIND ~ THE TASSEL IS WORTH THE HASSLE~~~!!!!

Enjoy the beautiful day God gave you!

PEACE~~~~

Just Stop ~ Be Still ~ Believe and Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human beings have to control everything. Isn’t that true? We are afraid to let go and allow things to happen as their supposed to. My favorite saying is “Let Go, Get God.” Here is where the problem comes in. He never, and I reiterate, does what I “want” when I want him to. Ugggg. Then I get impatient and take control back. That never works out good 😦 for me. It drives me nuts! I feel that if I give up complete control then it won’t get done right. WHAT? Am I saying I don’t trust God and the universe to do the right thing? SHAME ON ME

It’s hard for human beings to, well almost impossible, to let go and just let it be. I don’t know about you, but I go into a panic mode. I say to myself “what if he’s not listening at this very moment, he might miss what I am saying. REALLY?! WOW, that’s pretty narcissistic of me. I should be ashamed of myself and I am. How could I possibly think that I know what I need more than God. WHAT WAS I THINKING!

I have been assessing this over the last year and I am beginning to grasp that concept. I am not 100% trusting yet I am sorry to say. I am doing tons better than this time last year. I have had a great deal of trials and tribulations lately and sometimes I even told God that I was really mad at him. It seemed at first that the further I went in school, the more tests that were given to me. Tests, that is the word I decided to use. It helps me tremendously to understand what and why something is happening.

Tests are designed to determine how much we want something. How badly do I want my education? Am I willing to make sacrifices to accomplish that? Can I handle the stress going to college brings? My answer is YES! YES! YES! If I cannot handle the stress that comes along with going to college, working full-time and having a family, then how am I going to manage the stress that will come with my chosen field? I will still have family and work issues. Even more stress if you are starting a new career.

I have become calmer in the last year and not wiggling out at every obstacle. I stop and take a deep breath and trust that everything happens for a reason. As it say above – JUST BE.

LET THE LIGHTS SPARKLE AND SHOW YOU THE WAY!  Let go and let your life unfold as it is supposed to be. Trust in yourself that you are doing the right things. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.

BE OPEN TO FINDING YOUR PATH AND DON’T BE AFRAID, IT’S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL SURPRISE! Enjoy the journey! 🙂

Enjoy this beautiful day God gave you!

PEACE..