Archive for March, 2014

Do You Share Your Story?

March 13, 2014

What story you might ask?  Everyone has a story — the story of you, your life, your experiences.  Think about what influences you or motivates you to do something.  Whether it be the television, a friend, a family member, an acquaintance or something you read  in social media — a personal story motivates us to take action.  Think about your parents and grandparents — How much did you learn from their experiences?  How cool did you think it was to be a kid and listen to them share about how they grew up or what they did for fun as a kid?

In today’s society of constant busy, we rarely take time to listen and share stories.  If you have children, take time to share your stories and listen to theirs.  Sometimes its good to hear that someone else struggled with the same thing, that we may all seem so different yet share similar experiences.  Sharing your story helps you to feel part of a group, a community, to feel self acceptance and to build trust in other people.  It helps to create amazing relationships with other adults and kids … It’s freeing!  You never know who you will impact by sharing a little piece of yourself.

Being Proud

March 6, 2014

Proud:  feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievement, qualities or possessions.

When’s the last time you remember being proud of yourself or something you accomplished?  I mean, really proud.  How did it feel?  Often being proud of yourself feels awkward, strange and uncomfortable.  Sometimes we downplay an achievement to avoid feeling that way.  Sometimes we avoid talking about it all together.  Sometimes we compare to someone else who accomplished something “greater”.  Sometimes we even avoid taking credit.  Why?  Is it easier to be proud of someone else or for someone else to be proud of you?

Sometimes we might feel like that line between being boastful or egotistical and proud is hard to determine … so again we avoid pride.  The feeling of pride in accomplishments goes a long way.  Yes, be proud of small achievements — You work hard, give yourself credit where credit is due — It helps keep the journey moving forward!