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Failure cannot be an option for me..

I have been so crazy busy lately that I haven’t really been able to think. I’m surprised I made it out of my front door with the same shoes on and/ or didn’t lose anything major( If you know me, I tend to lose things a lot, i.e.- keys, cell phones, etc..) When life gets stressful, insanely busy, or crazy, I tend to make list. I list things so I wont forget what I need to do, or what I want (need) to accomplish.

In other words, I make goals. “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.”  Goals are my road map in life. Some of my major goals are pretty much the cliché goals that everyone has….Lose that last 20 pounds, exercise 5 to 6 days a week, stick to my budget, etc…some of my more fun goals for this year are to attend at least 5 concerts (because I love live music), go whitewater rafting or tubing, walk Belle (my puppy) almost every day, make someone smile every day and to continue to believe in myself…and many more of course.

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think of only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you”  This quote is one of my favorites and  probably my biggest goal for this year. I have it hanging on my wall at work so that I will remember this is how I want to live daily!

Memories……

Sometimes in life we all get down and discouraged from our day to day routine. Bad hair day, spilled coffee on my favorite dress, alarm didn’t go off, forgot to return the movie at the Redbox machine, wore my shirt inside out for half of the day…..These are just a few little things that could add up to ruin my great day…if I let them…

One thing that helps to not let these types of situations spoil my day is to think of good memories and remember that there are still good times to be had! Instead of remembering my failures and my disappointments, I try and remember everything that I have accomplished and my great memories.

There are certain days, certain memories that I like to replay over in my head, may be just a random day with a friend or a huge accomplishment…either way they make me smile. Here are just a few:

  • The day I got my letter of acceptance into college (It was a miracle from god that I got in!).
  • The day I got my puppy—Anna Belle.
  • Driving around with Christina in Cullowhee singing “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne at the top of our lungs.
  • Sunset at the Santa Monica Pier with my Seth…
  • The day I hit 50 pounds lost on the scale (Literally jumping for joy).
  • Learning how to make homemade pesto with Dad…
  • Dancing with mom (That woman can dance!—Cupid Shuffle is her favorite).
  • Spring Break 2004…From what I remember (just kidding Mom!).
  • EVERY single beach trip with my family at Ocean Isle…
  • Singing Karaoke with Natalie (first time ever singing karaoke).
  • Shooting a shotgun with my little brother, Kyle…
  • Learning to play Roulette in Vegas.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~ The Wonder Years

Life’s a Beach….

I just got back from the beach yesterday,visiting my Mom, and it got me to thinking….Everyone should have a “happy place” in their mind. You know, that place you can go to where you feel completely relaxed. For me, it’s the beach. Any beach does it for me, really. The sounds of the waves crashing, little children giggling at being splashed, the way the sand feels between my toes.

Just the simple thought of the beach puts my mind at peace. I adore lying on my towel, salt in my wavy hair, with my book. Just sitting in my beach chair, people watching is amazing to me as well. It’s like once someone steps on the beach, all of their troubles are cast out to sea and people are just joyful. It’s a great feeling and it’s a wonderful thing to watch.

Maybe this is my most happy place because some of my greatest memories are involving the beach. Building sandcastles, finding the most perfect seashells, doing endless cartwheels, girls vs. boys’ water gun/balloon fights, family time, walking to the pier are just to name a few…

Where is your “Happy Place?”  If you haven’t thought about it…maybe you should. If I’m having a particular hectic day….I’ll just close my eyes for a few seconds and you’ll know where I’ll be…on a beach somewhere…

Good Morning, Lauren..Playlist # 2

Here it comes…Playlist # 2 to help get your week started off the best that it can! These are the songs that will be helping me hop up out the bed and turn my swag on… 🙂

1. Forever- Chris Brown

2. Just the Way You Are- Bruno Mars

3. Sistamamalover- Lenny Kravitz

4. Boogie Shoes- KC and the Sunshine Band

5. Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

6. Since You’ve Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson

7.Pretty Young Thing- Micheal Jackson

8. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic- The Police

9. Wild Night- Van Morrison

10. My Baby- Jessee McCartney

Enjoy!

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