It’s Prime Time

Today we not only celebrate the spending of all of our money on fabulous deals on Amazon Prime. But today I realized I just might be beginning the prime of my life! And I’m ready to start living like I mean it.

Happy Prime day!

In the past year I think I have felt close to every emotion there is. I have experienced love and laughter, loneliness and loss. I have felt happy and silly, and sad and sorry. I felt like I couldn’t breathe… and then I had never breathed easier. My heart was confused… and then it was fuller than ever.

Life has taken me on quite the ride this year and along the way I have found that I have the love of my life by my side, the most caring and supportive parents, a brother whom I’ll always look up to, many other caring family members, best friends that love unconditionally, two wonderfully smart children that I will love and protect as my own and one sweet baby boy on the way.

My job isn’t perfect, our apartment is small, my pregnancy aches and pains are unpredictable but the people that surround me keep me going. They always encourage me to follow my dreams and do what makes me happy. I may be living a life I didn’t quite expect but I have learned so much and have loved finding my new path.

This is the beginning of the prime of my life. I am old enough to know who I am and who I am not and young enough to know I still have a chance to make all of my dreams come alive.

I wasn’t sure when or if I would become a mother and I feel truly blessed to find it was meant to be! As I embark on this crazy journey of motherhood and wife-hood, I only wish to keep learning and growing as a person, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a sound editor, a manager, a reader, a writer, and more. And hence! A blog post!

This blog has always been meant to be a part of my everyday. More than a hobby. Time to be ultimate…time to be prime!

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Life

Hitch your wagon to a star – Quotes for the Dreamer

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.” – Larry Niven

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” – Frank Scully

“A dream is in the mind of the believer, and in the hands of the doer. You are not given a dream, without being given the power to make it come true.” – Anonymous

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Photo by Andreas Wagner on Unsplash

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Dreams)

“If I am really a part of your dream, you’ll come back one day.”
Paulo Coelho

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
Amy Tan (The Hundred Secret Senses)

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
Anaïs Nin

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Taken by Kelli. Panama City Beach, FL. 2010

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” — Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1))

“Follow your bliss.” – Joesph Campbell

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”  — Albert Einstein

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting…” Pablo Coelho, The Alchemist

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

Inspiration Quotes

Thought Exercise: What Makes you Angry About the World?

*My apologies for the ramble below, but that’s what thought exercises are for!*

What makes me angry? Well, I am not usually an angry person, especially in face-to-face situations. I like to keep it civil and avoid confrontation but I’d be lying if I said I was happy with everything in the WORLD.

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I think we can all agree on the following as common triggers of anger towards the world…

Discrimination against race, gender, etc., world hunger, bullies, hate crime, war, people who force their beliefs on others, hypocrites, politics, litterers, the guy who cut you off, the rude catcaller, the violator, the cheater, the gossiper, the liar, the disrupter, the gum popper, the seat kicker, the loud phone talker, the bad car parker, the inappropriate gesturer…

And why? Because most of these are people. People make people angry. People make me angry! I love humans but I hate people.

But more so it makes me angry how angry we get at each other and at ourselves.

We’re all in this together. We live on this amazing planet and we created a way of life that is kind of incredible. The intricate work of our governments and the functionality of our cities, farms, manufacturers, transportation, etc. It’s pretty unbelievable, we all have that in common…we all, for the most part, “follow the rules” of life. We go to school, get jobs, get married, have kids, pay taxes, get new jobs, buy houses, the list goes on.

But, each time a person makes one of these choices there’s an element of uncertainty. Something will go wrong and someone will get angry at someone else. But why?

Because of our EXPECTATIONS. We’re told what is right and what is wrong. Whether it’s by our parents, our teachers, the government, our boss at work or the media. And I’m not talking about the law here necessarily, but our social behavior, our bodies, our relationships, our jobs, our cars, our houses, our possessions, our beliefs.

This is me having a pessimist moment but seriously, it makes me angry that so many people live life in this world either looking for something that they might never find or they’re staying with something or someone because they don’t think they can do, or deserve, any better.

This is not their fault. We look at our friends, strangers, celebrities, and characters and see these fairytales, with what looks like only the happiest of endings. But we never see the whole picture.

I beg of thee to look beyond the surface. It is obviously acceptable to have expectations and goals. Most would encourage the idea. I advocate for the creation of personalized expectations. All things considered; family, friends, career interests, hobbies, capabilities, struggles, beliefs. How do you see your life? Write it down.

I wish for those that desire it to reach for the sky, follow your dreams and take chances. Follow your heart, listen to your gut and experience all that you want and are able. Do it for you and do it for love. Explore the world we live in and explore the make-believe. Expect the unexpected. Acknowledge and appreciate what you already have. Live in the moment, learn from the past. Pay attention to the small things. Learn everything you want about whatever you want.

I must now take my anger and turn it into my passion. And I hope you do the same.

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Learning Thought Exercises

Becoming Ultimate

megan-hodges-96121We all have dreams.

We have goals, aspirations, ideas…keeping these things in mind, we make a move. We get a job, choose a place to live, decide to have a relationship, buy a new gadget, learn a new skill, make a new contact, join a gym, read a recommended book, the list goes on.

All of the choices lead to experiences that define and shape the people we become. Some experiences better than others, but all of them bring something to the table.

I believe that we all want to become the ultimate versions of ourselves. So we keep making these moves until it feels right and that’s okay! That’s called living.

Think about when you go on a date or to an interview, people say, “just be yourself” or “do your best” or “just be honest” or “you do you… if they don’t like it it’s not meant to be.” In the back of my mind, I think to myself, “damn, I wish my best was better” or “If only I knew a little more about that.”

This is when I turn to my resources. I think it’s natural for a lot of people to feel like a little bit of a perfectionist in situations where they want to impress someone. That’s why we prepare for interviews with practice questions. You get online and study the company, study your position and what is expected of you. Deep down, we all want to be our best selves.

The daily conversations we have often include statements like… I wish I knew how to do that. I would love to learn about that. I’ve always wanted to go there. You’re so lucky, I could never do that. I wish I had more time for that.

These sentences are casual but at the same time we’re putting ourselves down, subconsciously believing we can’t do things because we don’t have the time or the money or the self-discipline.  BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE!

When you’re making your next move, do it with gusto. Move in the direction of your interest(s), or your dream(s). It’s not your mom’s move or your spouse’s move. It’s your move. Get the “I’m just not good enough” thoughts out of here and focus.

You can be your best self. You can learn how to play the guitar. You can learn a new language. You can make time for being crafty. You can write a poem. You can try that recipe. You can start your own business. You can lose weight. You can start a blog. You can get that promotion. You can earn the money you need for your dream trip to Europe. You CAN be downright ultimate. And I hope to provide any resources and inspiration I can find to get you one step closer.

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The world has so much to offer, especially with the great strides in technology and our ability to connect with others from all over the world. You get out there and do what makes you come alive. I dare you!

Inspiration

The Dreams, Wishes and Goals of a Thirteen Year Old

I started this list of life goals in 2005, when I was thirteen. I added to it a few times in middle and high school and I’ve checked a few things off that I have accomplished since. The way it’s written below is what it looks like on the first page of this journal, cross throughs, checkmarks, excessive exclamation points and all.

“DREAM — When we take time to dream, we discover the many windows to our soul.” – Isabella Burani

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The reasons I keep journals never diminish, I love seeing the growth in my ideas and thoughts.
Dreams/Wishes AND Goals 

  • Go to college (A university)/get a well paying job that I like ✓
  • Be in band through high school 
  • Become good awesome at the piano
  • Start a family (after I’m 20…maybe 25…at least)
  • Stay in touch with my family and friends even after I start my own family
  • Become Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Go to France ✓
  • Go to Ireland, go to Australia
  • Do whatever I can to stay healthy
  • Never drink any alcohol of any kind or smoke
  • Be in cheerleading through high school ✓
  • Become a really good singer
  • Be the person I want to be!!!!!!!!
  • Always be brave!!!!!
  • Let my voice be heard
  • Never stop taking photographs
  • Finish my scrapbooks
  • Keep writing poetry
  • Graduate high school with a 3.6 or higher ✓
  • Fill this book with my thoughts
  • Have no enemies
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