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Hype Through Media Is the Best Medicine

Growing up, Fall and Winter brought about a whole host of feelings and hype. Things like temperatures dropping and slipping on warmer boots and jackets; indulging in warm hot chocolate at night (and egg nog as I got older); watching graying skies as freezing rain or flurries fell down; and depending on where I lived, sometimes snow.

Passing Thanksgiving and moving into December meant Christmas was approaching. As a kid, no holiday got you excited more than Christmas. The television specials, the opportunity to hopefully get something you wanted, and even getting days off from school. We all remember those simpler times with a warm fondness. As an adult, we think back on those times as ‘what used to be’ and sometimes forget that we can still kindle those memories today.

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The Distinction of Motivation Versus Discipline

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Every now and then, the internet reminds me of just why it’s undefeated. Look long enough and there are amazing things you will find that completely articulate a feeling or thought that’s been mulling around in your head for the longest. A feeling that you couldn’t 100% put into words to apply. About a week ago, I had one of those moments.

Through a post on Facebook, an interaction between an anonymous user on Tumblr with a violinist produced an amazing bit of dialogue. Unfortunately the post didn’t include the names of the two people talking.

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The Power of Positive Affirmation

Face it, we all have those things in our lives that we want to accomplish. It could be something as basic as just getting up enough motivation to exercise at the gym consistently. Maybe you want to avoid one less donut in the company break room in the morning. Do you have a coworker who continues to stir up drama involving you? Perhaps you consider it a personal accomplishment to not cuss them out and stay professional on a weekly basis.

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The Fear of Stagnation

Stagnation is the dream killer.

I typically save these type of blog posts for my Monday Morning Musings series that I do from time to time. But it’s no longer Monday and the lingering feeling to write this up still persists, so here I am.

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve written my last blog post (one that I’m INSANELY proud of through a collaboration with FoKAS photography). It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve really read anything toward my 2017 Reading Challenge; and it’s been about a week since I’ve written anything towards my novel and shared it in my Attacking the Novel series. Needless to say, in my mind, I feel like I’ve fallen off to some degree. For a number of reasons. But I’m not here to actually talk about any of those excuses. Instead, I want to briefly talk about avoiding the same pitfalls once you realize that you’re not living up to your potential.

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Not Letting Fear Get in the Way

There’s no such thing as living life on the edge if you have no fear in the first place.

As I head back home and proceed back into day-to-day reality again, I was reminded of why I do this again… 

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