Lent

the season is upon us

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The Lenten season is upon us and thankfully, we’re given the freedom to choose what to give up for Lent each year. Although it would be interesting to see what others would have us give up, but that would be an entirely new blog post. Some people choose to give up a certain TV show or a particularly favorite dessert. For others, Twitter or that always faithful Diet Coke. During Lent, we are encouraged to sacrifice.

A little background for those of you who are unfamiliar with Lent. Starting Ash Wednesday (March 5th) to Easter Sunday – people will soon be discerning how this years 40 day penitential season will be impacting their lives. The season of Lent developed very early in Christian history as a period of preparatory fasting. People would refrain from certain meals and the eating of meat and cheese. They would often stick to a diet of raw fruits and vegetables throughout the 40-day season.

As you can see, Lent is about sacrifice and discipline.  Look at any successful person, the ones who have excelled in their fields, do so because of passion, endurance, and discipline. While each may exhibit unique styles and individual elements, their success ultimately runs parallel to their dedication to the defining disciplines of their field. Discipline, not individual freedom of choice, brings out the most success.

After telling my mom what I’m giving up this year, the snooze button and cheese (sorry about it, Wisconsin!), she informed me that cheese runs in our Wisconsin veins, but that is EXACTLY why I am giving it up. Lent is suppose to be about challenge, sacrifice, and discipline.  Like me, Ann Maire is going to participate in Lent. I asked her what she was giving up, and this is how she responded,

I’m not giving anything up…I’m going to try to find good in everyone I come across each day. It may not seem like a penance but each day we encounter difficult people and people we just plain don’t like so I’m going to try to see these people in a certain light and pass a smile on to them.

I admire her courage and determination to do this. This would be a huge challenge for me. If you are still looking for things to give up or take on this Lenten season, here are a few suggestions

-don’t sleep with pillows
-hot sauce
-alcohol
-meat
-no shoes
-don’t listen to music in the car, rather reflect on the beauty around us
-find the good in people, compliment one person every day
-don’t say no
-have a positive attitude

Sure, you have a few days left to prepare for the 40 days of Lent that are ahead of us, but remember you will encounter discipline along the way.

believe in yourself

bet on yourself

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After listening to The Snap Judgement 2013 Look Back Special, it all dawned on me. If I want people to believe in me, I have to believe in myself. That also means you need to bet on yourself by going all in.  Believing in yourself isn’t something that should be taken with a light heart, believing in yourself is a full-time commitment.

One segment in particular, How ‘Going For Broke’, Launched Homeboy Sandman’s Career talked about how Homeboy Sandman finally decided to take his music career full-time. First, his rhymes weren’t coming that expensive NYC rent, so he found himself staring down five grand in debt with an eviction a possibility. Homebody Sandman talks about how going for broke is all about believing in yourself before anybody else does.

millennials

why are we always being bashed?

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Often, I google: “Millennial”. I want to see what’s up with my generation. More often than not, there is bad news with the small search of one simple word. Today, I found an article entitled: A Survial Guide to Working with Millennials. This article was published on The Wall Street Jorunal’s website.

Frankly, I’m fed up.

I don’t understand how my generation can generate so much negative energy. There There are so many negative connotations about Millennials out there, it’s mind-blowing. Truly, I don’t understand what my generation did to get such a bad rep. Is this something all generations face from the precednets?

The aritcle starts off by saying:  What’s the hardest part about working with younger employees, and what’s the best way to deal with it? “The kids today…” That’s the phrase used in one form or another by every generation looking at the “new kids” joining the workforce. Here are three tips for older employees to survive and thrive in a multigenerational workplace. 

It goes into telling you what to expect and how to deal with “us.” Their advice? “Take a New Look at Work,” “Teach and be Taught” and “Stay Flexible.” Overall, this advice can be used for anyone going into a workplace, not just people who will be working directly with Millennials.

I am tired of Millennials being pinned as the bad person. The worst part is, as the saying goes, one person ruins it for everyone.  After reading the comments on this article, one from Grumpy Boomer reads, About those Millennials…the ones I’ve met (and there are quite a few of them) are smart, mentally agile, and capable. And some of their approaches are superior – the meetings mentioned in the article being one example. I find it amazing how my fellow boomers have transitioned from being rude and rowdy (yes, we were, in the eyes of the previous generations) into models of staid propriety – while we find issue with the Millennials for all manner of supposed shortcomings (the same ones we were guilty of a few decades ago). The Millennials will do fine. And their creativity just might lead to a golden age that’s better than has ever been seen before.

These are the types of people we, Millennials, need on our side. Shout out to Grumpy Boomer for respecting a yonger generation!

this is your life

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This is your life

I have this beautiful card sitting on my desk. This card is a reminder to do great things. It’s a reminder that life is short and a beautiful thing.

 

“This is your life. Do what you want and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analysing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.”

Holstee Manifesto, The Wedding Day

magic

will happen

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If you read one thing today, I hope it is this. I hope the following picture really hits you hard. I hope this photo grabs you at the shoulder and shakes you. I hope this is your wake up call.

comfortzone1

We are given the opportunity at one life, make it magical. Remember, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

worth noting

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I opened an email this morning that was entitled: Meet 3 successful women in fields dominated by men. That alone made me want to read this article. I had so many questions: who are these women, what fields did they work in, and what made them successful? Check it out, it’s well worth the read. Let me leave you with the opening lines, if this doesn’t make you want to read this– nothing will.

Following a dream often takes a healthy dose of courage—and a giant leap of faith. These three women have broken down barriers and rattled glass ceilings in fields typically run by the boys. They have a secret to share: You can do it, too!

that perfect fit

church

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For those of you who know me, know I am rather strong in my faith and firm in my convictions. For those of you who don’t it’s something you now know, and something you will come to admire about me.  After officially moving to DC (for good) I have been testing out different Parishes. It’s really hard. Trying something should be fun and an enjoyable experience, but to me this is stressful and the opposite of fun.

Cat’s out of the bag, I’m Catholic. I like going to mass. I enjoy the camaraderie that mass and the church brings you. I went to Catholic school until I was in the 6th grade. IN 6th grade I began public schooling and I transitioned into going to CCD (Continuing Catholic Development) classes until Confirmation (in the 11th grade). It was really hard to make this transition, until I realized that now as a public school kid I don’t go to mass two times a week, and all of my Wednesday nights will be booked. It was an easy change to get use to, but looking for a church on your own is not.

Looking for a church is really hard. I have been to so many churches in my day that I want all of the aspects that I like to be bundled up together, and put in one. I understand that is a really far-fetched idea, and probably will never happen. I understand that everything won’t always turn out how we want it to.  I’ve realized I am asking too much, but now after making a list my expectations are not too high. I don’t want to feel like a tourist and not welcome when I go to mass to celebrate. I want to feel at home and at ease.

I made a list of things that are important to me when finding a church, and hopefully I will find the perfect fit soon. I have three to-go and I have a great feeling about this.

Things that matter to me:

1. the size of the church
2. the type of worship/mass and the service structure (I know this seems like a strange one because Catholics are Catholic— well sort of, but everyone chooses to worship differently. I was raised in a very traditional setting and most churches are going the modern route.)
3. Outreach to parishioners

Sure, it’s a hard quest especially when you are in it “alone”. But along the way I have learned, there is no perfect church. I usually need to visit a church a few times before making a solid decision. And above all, I cant give up. I know I have to keep searching until I find the right fit.  Sidebar, if there are any Catholics in the DC area reading this, I would love to hear where you attend mass.

cheer up, buttercup

don’t be glum, sugar plum

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Some days, for no reason at all we just get in a weird mood and we get ourselves in a funk. Those moods are never fun, and never a good time. They are unexplainable and just down right terrible. Even worse, sometimes we get in funks and we know why.

Today I’m in a funk and it’s not fun.

Even though I am in my funk, I remember all of the awesome things. I remember all of the opportunities that I have. I remember that I am the 7%. I remember what kick-ass friends I have, what a stellar family I have. I remember I have good health, I can pay my bills, and I even have enough in my bank account to go on adventures with my friends every so often.

Maybe there is a reason for my particular funk, but maybe there isn’t a reason for yours. photoIt sucks, but don’t let it hold you back. Get out there. Easier said than done I know. Maybe you need to go buy that PSL, walk around the block–get some sunshine, call up your mom or your best friend. Maybe you need to “do-you” and watch your favorite team tonight rather than going to an event; so do it! Maybe you need to jam out to your favorite band. Whatever you can do for that little pep in your step, do it. You won’t be sorry afterwards.

Overall, always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined!

Today is yours, go get ’em, Tiger!

take it or leave it

“We cannot change the hand we are dealt, just how we play the game.”- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

that reassuring advice

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Sometimes you seek advice just to reassure yourself. Let’s admit it we are hard on ourselves and it is always easier to accept the truth from someone else. Getting that outsider perspective, that new angle is exactly what we are looking for. When we seek advice, I would argue that most of the time our mind is already made up. When seeking advice, we are trying to reassure ourselves. We are trying to make it right with our conscience.

I have three go-to people who I consider to be my guide. These individuals there there through thick and thin. They tell me how it is; no sugar coating. Without these enchanting individuals I would be a mess. Listen, I like making decisions on my own–as I am sure you do, but sometimes, we need to hear what we are afraid to hear. We need that other opinion regardless if it agree its ours or not.

When faced with a challenge, lately, I’ve been making the bold leap of faith to make my decisions based off of gut and not listen to my heart. Putting yourself into a situation where you don’t bring the element of emotion makes all the difference. Next time you’re faced with a decision, I challenge you to leave your heart out of the equation. Go with your gut. Know that this is best done by making the decision almost immediately when you are faced it. Good luck and may the force be with you.