Perseverance is the only P I know


Keep Trying

It’s the only way to succeed

If you have been following my story, which I know some have been, you know that it takes a lot for me to give up. It has been a dream of mine to get my CrossFit Certification and Personal Training Certification. I attempted almost a year ago to get my CrossFit Certification and well…I didn’t pass. I kept putting off the retake because I wanted to make sure that I was better prepared the second time around and Sunday I attempted it for the second time. I was so excited because I had reread the information several times (actually felt like thousands of times) and I wrote down and answered all of the questions the booklet had recommended that I should know after reading the content. I thought I had it nailed!

The moment I opened the booklet for the exam and read the first question, I felt the positive energy drain out of me faster than a beer can on a hot day in Wisconsin (that right there was a great analogy…hahaha). With the reading of the first question, I had already felt defeated. I took a deep breath, did some self talk:

“Oh my God, I’m so stupid.”…”Why am I even doing this? I am not smart enough to do this!”…”Oh my God, we drove all this way and I’m going to fail this test!”…”I’m never going to reach my goals!"

Yep, the self talk started to eat me alive. I took a deep breath, pushed the negative ideas and thoughts out of my head and just continued to focus on doing my best. I finished the test and while I didn’t feel that great about it, I was relieved that this attempt was over!

The instructor dismissed us and as I was walking to the car with the eight other people that were in the same situation that I was, I wasn’t upset that “maybe” I didn’t pass this time, I was proud!  I was proud that even though I failed the first time, I was brave enough to try again. While my gut is telling me that I didn’t do so well this time around, my heart and soul will keep me going until I succeed!

Dreams aren’t meant to be easy. They aren’t meant for you to succeed on the first attempt or maybe even second or possibly even third attempt. Dreams are hard sometimes because they are testing you to see how bad you want them! I am thankful beyond words for the people that stand behind me, that push me and who believe in me because with all of them, I have the courage, the strength and the belief that I can do and be anything that I want to be…even if it takes several attempts to get there!

Chase your dreams! Remember if you fall short, it’s just testing it’s worth to you and uncovering a layer in you that you never knew you had! “You are never given a dream without the power to make it come true.”…always, no matter what, keep trying…at the end of one of those tries is success and a better you waiting for you!!




I always wonder, during the day, if this cat misses me as much as I miss him! This right here clearly says that he does!!!


Celebrating Great Music

It’s officially summer, no matter what the calendar says or what mother nature throws at us!!! That means I’m loving the songs that just give me the good feels and I’m in the country loving feeling!!! These two songs make me so happy!! I hope you enjoy them too!!

Who Said it Best…

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”


The one where Shea makes a change


The self love tour is a long ride! If we don’t take the time to understand it, we will never fully appreciate it! Last week I took a jump and decided to pursue a different career path, it wasn’t an easy decision because I knew it would be a financial risk, but I knew in order to become what I’ve always wanted to be, I have to do things that make me uncomfortable.

Side note:I’m forever thankful for my husband (Mr. Fun Filter) for always allowing me to live my life to the fullest!

I am excited about this new path I chose to take as I know that it will bring me closer to the goals and aspirations that I have. I think too long I just existed. Too long I didn’t think about my day or where I wanted to go…I just did the same thing day in and day out and never thought that life could be any better. I was so stuck in the negative mindset or the just not even really thinking about anything mindset that I didn’t know that life could get any better than the mundane that I was stuck in. It was when I started to look at myself, to start to love the person that I am, that everything started to get exciting! Self love…blah..blah..blah (I know, I've thought the same thing), but it really is true, when you love yourself, you find your purpose, you find your meaning and life becomes better!

While I am a little nervous about where this path is going to take me, I am grateful for the door of opportunity it has provided me with! Take a look at your life, take a look at your daily routine; have you really thought about it becoming better? Have you really thought about it at all? Life is too short to not experience it to the fullest! Make a change if you need to, keep making changes until you find out what it is that you want! Stop existing and start living, I for one, wish I would have done it sooner…because God…life…life is beautiful!

‘“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.’ —Tuesdays with Morrie

Nothing Butta love for you all!