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Sidelined…

Sidelined“Hey you! You’re out and somebody else is in! Come hit the bench!”

Have you ever played or do you basketball, softball, volleyball, or football? Maybe you played or play soccer, ran track, or was in the band. If you’ve ever been apart of a team sport, then you clearly know what it’s like to have to sit out sometimes. Sitting out doesn’t mean you’re not good enough to be on the team. It may mean you need to regroup; rest for a minute before you go back into the game. Even the best players in a game; the starters, the MVP’s have to take a break from the game. That’s why there’s usually a second string. Everyone can’t go 100% the entire game.

That sometimes applies to the game of life. Let’s say you’re passionately living life and at any given moment it can seem like you’ve been sidelined. Maybe there are some challenges that present themselves that seem to limit you from living passionately to the same capacity you usually do. Don’t be dismayed. Don’t become disgruntled and left to feel inadequate, unappreciated, or out right down on yourself. Just know that you’ll only be pulled out the game for a little while. And remember you’re on the team, so you must be good enough to play. Sometimes when you’re pulled from the game, it could be the best thing for you. Today I just wanted to encourage you to appreciate the moments that you feel sidelined. Embrace the opportunity to rest up so you can come back in and be your best. Know that you’re just prepping for the best that’s on the way. You’ll be revitalized. You’ll be more focused. You’ll be ready to continue taking on the world and living passionately out loud!

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Tie Them Up…

hoes left on the trackHave you ever have one of those days, weeks, or months that you just want to throw your hands up in the air? Maybe you decide to just put your white flag as high in the air as possible? You may have come to the conclusion that you couldn’t deal with the challenges that life was throwing you. Scratch that thought. The truth of the matter is that you can’t NOT deal with them.

You have no choice but to tie your shoe laces really tight and keep running the race.

Since this blog is all about honesty, I have to be honest that this post is more than likely more for me as I sit and type it right now. My shoe laces right now feel pretty loose. It’s lasted for about a week, but even in that, I’m still inspired and know that I’ll be running out of this funk soon. I could mention a few things to complain about. But then I realize that the necessities and most important people and things in my life aren’t apart of those complaints. I have shelter, a job, a car, a healthy family, food, etc. The basics. No less than what I NEED.

I know that if I want to actively pursue my passion, live life passionately, or be passionate about anything, I have to keep running and realize that I CAN get past the very moments that seem to keep making my shoe laces come untied. So what if my shoes are the latest and greatest, they have and are getting me closer to my goals. They are helping me make a difference in my life every day. They are preparing me for the others races I’ll have to run one day.

I wrote this post to remind me how truly blessed I am and how grateful I should be that even this race isn’t as bad as it could be. As I close, I’m tying my shoes tighter, dusting them, and about to take off. I’m still claiming that 2014 will be a grand year and I can’t wait until I finish this race and move on to the next!

Until the next post folks, LIVE PASSIONATELY!

Passion Maintenance

RPMIt’s been a few days since my last post. I’ve been busy gnawing away at my passion and today I told myself I needed to put some my attention back on my blog.This past weekend I participated as a speaker at a women’s conference in a town about an hour away from Memphis. It was a great experience. I was able to share my story, gain some insight from some of the other speakers, and fellowship with some unique women from all walks of life. It was a very empowering moment for me. I hope that I was able to inspire the women to seek out their growth spurts in life and live life passionately.

Now I’m putting on the brakes…

This year has been an overwhelmingly awesome year. I’ve accomplished so much. I’ve been busier than I’ve ever thought possible. And believe me, I love busy, but even busy people need to SLOW DOWN sometimes. From writing and producing my first short film, promoting my novel, staying active in my daughter’s life and trying to keep her balanced, responding to family, etc.; life for me in 2013 has been a whirlwind of busy.

I promised myself after my event on October 5th, I would SLOW it DOWN a bit. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past years, living passionately can keep you going one hundred miles an hour all the time. Even a car needs some maintenance and my physical and mental needs are no different. If I don’t take the time to slow down, put the brakes on, go in for a tune up, I won’t be ready for the next season; the next race. Life is all about cycles and even the most passionate living person experiences seasons. So… starting this past Sunday, I am going to bring the RPM down a few notches. Races are not about who can get to the finish line the fastest, but who can endure the most while getting there. I want to be able to live my passion out loud for the long haul. And I can only do that by taking time outs and pulling into the garage from time to time. I want to spend just a little time not doing anything. I don’t want many obligations outside of my daughter and family until around the first of the year. The holidays are beginning and this is the perfect time to get my maintenance in check for the next season.

What are you doing to maintain a balance? What steps are you taking to ensure you’re ready for your next season?

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