After experiencing a devasting and extremely difficult divorce. I was really depressed, unemployed and stressed. I had been married for 12 years and really didn’t feel like I had control over my life and the thought of starting over pained me, I was physically and emotionally in pain. I had a girlfriends who provided support through inspirational and humorous gifts. The gifts helped, but the support changed my life's trajectory. We would check on each other with quarterly goal-setting conference calls. It created guidance, personal accountability and motivation to regain control over my life. I am forever grateful to my tribe! . When you receive a #fortunatelyinspired Box, I hope it guides your path in a positive direction with passion, compassion, humor and style. More importantly, may it help you to thrive! --- ❤ Patrice
Do you read personal development books? I do, and I love them. I've read PD for years, each book helping me learn and grow in a different area of my life, for what pertained to me at the moment. They are also usually the only books that highlight things and write in, and the only books I re-read, because I learn something new from them each time. For some reason, personal development books have gotten a bad rep. People have made fun of them, made negative comments about "those self-help books", and generally just put them down. Why? Some do it because they're not ready to improve their own lives, so they make fun of others who do. Anything that seems out of the ordinary is fair game to poke fun at. Maybe some do it just because it seems "cool" to do. And I used to take those comments to heart. I used to only want to read PD books at home or in my car if I had a few minutes before work. I used to hide the covers of my PD books if reading in public to avoid those comments or judgmental looks. But now? I don't care. Go ahead and judge or make fun. Negative comments aren't going to stop me from reading personal development. They aren't going to stop me from learning, and growing, and making small improvements in my life a little bit at a time. I've learned a lot from personal development over the years, and I've applied it to my life in multiple areas. They've helped me improve my finances, skills I want to work on, and my relationships. They've taught me many useful lessons that I still remember and tap into today. One of those lessons I've learned is to NOT be one of those judgmental people. Whatever a person enjoys, is passionate about, or loves doing is fine by me as long as they are not hurting anyone. I've also learned to appreciate what I have when I have it, how to be a better person to those I love, and how to save and spend money wisely. And, PD has helped me in my health and wellness business with Arbonne as well. It's been a while, so I'm diving back
This book is definitely my type of book 😅 Who else cusses like a sailer? 🙋🏻♀️ . I HATED reading growing up. I’ve never enjoyed reading until I started reading personal development books. I’ve only gotten a chapter into the book and the message so far is no matter what your circumstances are, you are the determining factor of your outcome. We always have so many excuses and reasons as to why we can’t do something. Life will never slow down for you and you don’t get to choose your circumstances. But you do get to decide how you handle whatever situation you’re in. . Instead of seeing your situation working against you, see it as an opportunity for you to grow and learn.
So I caught myself getting in the way again. Not getting out of bed until 10 Wanting to go back to sleep to avoid responsibility Only doing the bare minimum to keep things running Not making the big moves I know I need to make Sliding backwards towards complacency And it sucks. We’re our own worst enemy Is this burnout? Is this self sabotage? Is this depression? Is it fear? Am I getting lazy? Do I think I don’t deserve it? Does it not line up with my values? Do I just not want it enough? Maybe it’s all of those. Or maybe I’m being a little bitch 😂 Everyone romanticizes quitting your job. Being your own boss. But it’s one hell of a responsibility. If you don’t master yourself, if you don’t keep moving, then you might not eat tomorrow. Sometimes it would nice to just work a normal job. Have less control. Be a slave to someone else but me. And clock out at the end of the day. But I’m not wired that way. So I’ve gotta get my shit together, hop out of the back seat, and push this rollercoaster out of the tunnel.
Any other type A personalities out there?! 🙋🏻♀️ . I tend to live off my calendar and have lists floating all over the house and my desk at school. I like to have a plan and stick to it. I found myself in a vicious cycle then of starting things over every Monday. I would create a plan on Sundays after I realized I had fallen off the wagon over the weekend again and say I would start fresh on Monday. It would last a week or so then I would start all over again. How many times can we go through that cycle before enough is enough? It may have taken me a while to learn how to break it and it was extremely difficult at first. But when I look back at pictures and see that my smile was not truly joyful it makes every hard day worth it. It makes me never want to have to start over again.
This weekend @jessica_venables & I decided to show up for ourselves. We decided to go first and be the example we set out to be. So grateful to both be moving into new homes and still showing up for ourselves amongst the busy busyness. Now, we get to be grateful for the growth, both personally and in our business, we’ve experienced with the amazing @davidtswood •In short, wouldn’t have traded the 8hr drive, twice, in the middle of moving for the amount of development I’ve experienced in just 2 days.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins 🔥 - 📸: @thearetemind - “𝗠𝘆 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱.” 😤 - When I first listened to this Audiobook, it motivated me to the point I started running home everyday rather than walking…🏃🏿♂️💨 - Which is the opposite of Goggins mission. He doesn’t want you to be motivated with reaching your full potential. He wants you to be obsessed. 🔑 - “Motivation is crap. Motivation comes and goes. When you’re driven, whatever is in front of you will get destroyed.” 💥 - “Who hasn’t dreamed up a possibility for themselves only to have friends, colleagues, or family shit all over it? Most of us are motivated as hell to do anything to pursue our dreams until those around us remind us of the danger, the downside, our own limitations, & all the people before us that didn’t make it. Sometimes the advice comes from a well intentioned place. They really believe they are doing it for our own good but if you let them, these same people will talk you out of your dreams, & your governor will help them do it. That’s one reason I invented the Cookie Jar. We must create a system that constantly reminds us who the fuck we are when we are at our best, because life is not going to pick us up when we fall. There will be forks in the road, knives in your fucking back, mountains to climb, & we are only capable of living up to the image we create for ourselves.” 💯 - This is a book on developing that mental toughness we need to reach our highest potential. Like Goggins says “Even when we feel like we’ve reached our absolute limit, we still have 60 percent more to give!”🏋🏾♀️ - TIP: The audiobook has some powerful commentary that’s not in the physical book & will get you ready hit beast mode on anything in your way. A must listen.
The Countdown is On!!! We are on our way to Atlanta for the @fearlessbrand_ Authors Marketplace Event! You don’t want to miss this event it is FREE and open to the public! Meet me at 75 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-2431, United States.
𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘢𝘺! 😎I still can’t believe this is my life! Yearssss ago I was 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐜𝐤! Stuck in my own anxious head doing the stay at home mom life wondering if this is it for me! I was that typical stay at home Mom who just did what she was supposed to do! Keep the house clean, do the laundry, cook the dinner, wipe the butts, pick up the Cheerios. lose the sleep! 𝐈 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐒𝐄𝐓𝐓𝐋𝐄𝐃! 🙈 But what I didn’t know is that I lost my MIND & body along the way! Felt like a robot in a way! Those years were worth it, but I noticed that I didn’t grow as a person I just…got older! It’s incredible what happens when you realize there’s so much more outside your four walls when you follow your own damn heart! 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭! 🥰 My passion is to help anyone that feels 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐂𝐊 too! What have you always wanted to do, but never thought it was possible? Well guess what? IT IS! If you’re interested in learning more my inbox is always open and so is my 𝘏𝘌𝘈𝘙𝘛! #teamselfmade @teamselfmadebabes
✨ Yes or No? ✨ • 1️⃣ If you fuel your body well and exercise it regularly, will your life improve? 2️⃣ If you take a little time each day to build up skills, grow, and engage in some form of personal development, will your life improve? 3️⃣ If you have a coach, family, friends, or an entire community helping to hold you accountable to your goals and who you strive to be, will your life improve? 4️⃣ If you focus more on others, on responding to others’ needs, on giving generously, on building others’ up, and holding others’ to their own goals, will your life improve? • Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. • THIS is what my workouts do for me. THIS is what fueling my body well does for me. THIS is what personal development does for me. THIS is what challenging myself does for me. THIS is what my coach does for me. THIS is what my tribe does for me. THIS is what coaching, leading, loving, and pouring into others does for me. THIS is what my God does for me. • I have struggles. I have dark days. I have painful and really scary moments. But my life has improved DRASTICALLY in the past year and a half, and is continuing to improve little by little each and every day, by the grace of God. . It’s my job. It’s my tribe. It’s my lifestyle. It’s my hobby. It’s my passion. It’s my purpose. It’s my journey. It’s my God, who orchestrates these things and carries me every step of the way. • • We are imperfect people living imperfect life, and that’s okay. There can be great beauty and even excitement in the fact that there’s always room for improvement. . Where could your life improve? If you could use guidance in any of the four things I mentioned above, please do not hesitate to reach out. . My life has been changed in the most beautiful, unexpected ways. It would be a huge joy and a great honor to pass that gift along to you. 💖