Self-confidence Sunday #8

It feels like a lot of things have fallen apart in about the last 24-48 hours, so I could really use this dose of positivity today. Sometimes I have these days where it seems like I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life (making the choice to go to graduate school feels naive and misguided at times, for example), as though I’m not where I “should” be, and like I’m not as good at anything as I should be by this point.

Today, I have added some images that remind me how very happy cheering and coaching make me, how strong and determined I feel when faced with implicit challenges therein. I am reminded of the above statement: “You grow and thrive by doing what excites you and what scares you every day, not by trying to find your passion.” This week, I am determined not to overlook the day-to-day things that fascinate me and instead commit to doing things that scare me a little bit.

Coed Cheer Partner Stunt Cupie Awesome Handstand Splits Wedge Mat Gymnastics Vanderbilt Cheerleader Smile Tennessee Football

Munchkins, You Are My “Why”

In response to the Daily Post’s  Reason to Believe : “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

When I think back on some of the hardest times I’ve ever experienced, sometimes I’m not even sure I quite remember how I made it through. What I do know is that I have clung to two statements my mother used to repeat when I was a child: “This too shall pass,” and “Sometimes you have to either laugh or cry, and I’d just rather laugh.” This combination of hope, perseverance, and humor in the face of struggle has gotten me through many tough breaks.

In addition to these two principles, it is my life passions–the pursuits that make me feel at peace and as though I am making a difference–that bring me through a plethora of life’s trials. Even on the hard days, returning to coaching was my best choice of 2015, hands down. Those kids bring me a sense of joy and purpose that is unmatched by anything else in the world. Music, writing, lifting, and cheer have always been helpful too, but nothing compares to working with children.

A quite empowering aspect of daily living is the fact that we have the power to make of our life just about anything that we want. Despite difficult circumstances, I always have the power to say, “Today is a good day. I am strong, I am worthy, I am confident, and I am determined. I alone decide who I am and what I can accomplish.” And, if all else fails and the day brings one crisis after another, I can always go to bed resolved to try again tomorrow.