Monday, January 23, 2012

Mamavation Monday : Light Bulb Moments

This is the battle inside my head on a daily basis. I know that I'm not alone in this battle. There are very few people who don't have that niggling little negative voice that pops up from time to time. Yet, over top of that voice, we hear a stronger voice that says I can do it. I can and I will and I am.

I'm going to confess right off of the top. This post isn't about weight loss by itself. It's about life. It's about your life. It's about my life. It's about a life of I can instead of a life of I can't. It's about how I, average girl, suddenly realized that I'm not just average, I'm amazing. I am me.

I've spent a lot of this new year in self exploration mode. I've sat back and I've looked at my life and heard all those little voices saying, "You can't have any better. This is what you have." I then looked at them and said you know what? To hell with you. I can do what I want. I can be what I want.

At the first of the year, I started a Facebook group. I never thought this group would be anything. It was just a group for a few people to work on cleaning and organizing challenges over the course of the year. As of this morning, that group has 78 members. We grew to that many in less than a month? Why? Well, there's the obvious that people need support and people can be messy and unorganized. There's another really good reason though. I believed enough in myself and my system that people signed on. Then, those people believed enough in me that they invited their friends. Now, 78 of us are putting our homes together one yay spot at a time. All because I said to myself I can.

Today, I had another of those moments. In May, I plan on attending a comic con in Phoenix. In February, I intend on applying for media passes to attend that event. I planned on this yet thought, "There's no way they'll accept me." Today, I said, "Why the heck not? I write reviews regarding comic books and other things. If I wanted, I could go on air at any point and share about this event."  I am on the media list for not one, but 4 different comic book companies. I may not be Barbara Walters, but I am media.  I can do interviews. I can take pictures. I can use my words.

A month ago, Ben had hamstring surgery on his legs. Last week, he kept complaining that his thighs hurt. It was a mystery until I realized he was having I Can't moments. He can stand up straight now where before he couldn't. In his head, he was still hearing, "I can't stand up tall." This was causing him to crouch which was pulling on those thigh muscles more than need be. I reminded him that he can now stand tall..and you know what? No more hurt thighs.

Our minds are powerful things and too often, we let those negative niggling little voices overwhelm us and we stop. We stop believing in ourselves. We stop moving forward. We just plain stop.

Today, I challenge myself and I challenge all of you. Tell yourself, "I can." I can stand tall. I can lose weight. I can be the best me there is because I am the only me that there is. I can be good enough. More than that, tell yourself, "I am."  I am an amazing and incredible person. I am.

For myself, I will be telling my negative niggling voice to take a hike while I fill my mind with:

I am awesome. I will go to this con. I will look amazing dressed in my costumes. Raven and Kate and Ross and others will be excited to see me and will invite me to events to hang out together. I may not color like Kate or write like Raven, but I am an amazing artist and writer in my own style. They are amazing and I am amazing and amazing should be together.

Edit: For the record, I am still amazing and so is Ross. He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and draws one of my favorite characters. He's incredibly talented and I didn't mean to leave him out above. Since I did, I'm making it up by telling all of you, if you have kids...go buy his comic. You won't regret it and your kids will love it. He's so amazing that I have a surprise coming up for him at the above mentioned con.


Marie "aka Shorty"

You are awesome. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise and don't let anyone stand in your way no matter what. That's how i look at life. This year was going to be different. This is my year of no regrets. I want to at least say i've tried it at least once. Have a great week.


I love reading the comments people are leaving for you in the 52 week challenge. It is a great I can do it boost for the week. You are an inspiration and motivator to many. Great start to page 3 :)

You can do this and we are here for you.'s that water ;)

Laura Lohr | My Beautiful Life

I love how you used Ben's story for inspiration. You have no idea how much I needed this inspiring post today! It was a tough week and I was realizing some limitations. Our minds are very powerful.


Janice- The Fitness Cheerleader

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! So much so that I've pinned it to my pinterest board - thank you for inspiring us all today!


Thank you so much for posting this. You are a great inspiration to me and i'm glad to see you back around!


You are amazing and such an inspiration! I hope that Ben continues to heal and you bask in your awesomeness.


I completely love you so much and you are inspirational to me. I am so glad we have connected. You are stronger than you know and you are amazing and totally awesome!

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