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The Payoff for Perseverance

Why You Should Never Give Up – Especially When Things get Tough!
By: Angela Joy

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After a recent incredibly discouraging situation in my life I learned a valuable lesson that I hope I never forget (and you won’t either).

For me, it was integral that I took the time needed to be angry, upset, and stressed. I tried everything in my power to try and ‘fix’ the situation (I think we all fall guilty to this). In return, my efforts left me discouraged, empty, angry and bitter. I wanted to give up. In fact many times I did give up.

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I took this valuable time to consider what my options were. My situation involved a career decision. I could go an alternate route, pursue other licensure, go back to my previous academic degree field of study, or keep going!

If I wanted to get to where I dreamt, hoped, prayed and desired to go – then I needed to do what was required to get there. Yes – I have come a long way. Yes – I thought I would be there by now. Yes – this would cost more money. Yes – this will cost more time. Yes – this would be incredibly difficult. Yes, yes, yes. Regardless – this is my option. And if I am one hundred percent dedicated to achieving my goal – then this is the option I am going to pursue.

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Most people around me don’t understand. My parents think my decision is ridiculous. I am sure if explained many would question, critique and criticize. But in the end, does what other people think about your life and your decisions ultimately matter? No. No, it does not.

They are not the ones waking up every day and living your life … you are! Therefore, you owe it to yourself to give your goals your ALL (regardless of what others may say). And, even if that means doing more, working extra, spending more money, dedicating more time, and going the extra mile. Even if you think you can’t, you likely CAN!

Things worth having, are things worth working for. Don’t forget that.

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One thing God has made clear to me, I will 110% appreciate the things that I work harder for over the things that have just fell into my life.

The things that are handed to me seem to be easily forgotten, less appreciated and less important.

However, the things I worked hard for, those are the things that I never forget! These are the things I greatly value and hold close to my heart. These are the things that define you.

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BUT it’s going to be so hard! Well, yes it is. Isn’t that why we need God? (For that and many other reasons of course) This is why we call on Him. We need Him for the things that are too difficult for us to handle. The things that seem impossible. Because in fact, they are impossible – in our own strength. That is why we give it to Him. When we put our life in His hands – He will take care of everything.

He places us into positions where we are unqualified, the work appears to be too difficult, the bills are too high, the expectations are too high – ultimately the circumstances are without our control. And – just when you think you can’t go any longer – He shows up. He swoops in and does His work. In His perfect timing.

In summary, I urge you not to give up when things get hard in this life. Hard work and difficult situations are inevitable!!!! We were made for difficult. We should expect difficult. No matter what you do in life there are going to be difficulties. There is even a scripture in the Bible to prove it!

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

So, do the work, trust in God, ask Him for help, and have faith! It will ALL work out – for His good, His purpose

And all of that hard work, long hours, lost brain cells, and lost hours of sleep – will all pay off!!!!! 😉  J

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What Really Matters in Life: What will You Talk About When You are 90-years-old?

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By: Angela Joy

Today I was working with a client of mine who is 90-years-old.

He is a fantastic man who is able to do many exercises that people half of his age cannot do.

Each time we work together he amazes me.

He said something today that struck me.

While he was walking on the treadmill he shared a story from his past. He expressed how happy he was to be married to his wife and how lucky he was to have her by his side. This was not something new that he had shared. We have worked together for about a year now. He happens to have dementia and does not always remember the things that he has told me.

Nevertheless, as he expressed his appreciation for his beloved wife he began to reflect on one of his memories. “Right after we were married and she and I went on a trip. We went a trip around the world,” he said with a smile.

He had told me this story several times before. Today, however, I realized something. This story must have been a significant experience in life. Each time we talk about his past he tends to bring it up. This one seemingly unimportant event to some must be one of his favorite memories from his life.

Amidst everything else over the course of his entire 90 years of life he recalls this trip.

I thought to myself as he continued on with his story, “What will I talk about when I am 90? What memories from my life will be carried with me throughout the course of my life? What will be so significant to me that if I happen to lose my memory I will be able to look back and smile?”

For me personally, I am not sure. Maybe I will remember my study abroad trip to Europe during college. Or maybe a favorite race that I ran. Or maybe, and most likely, my memory will be one that I have yet experienced, which I hope!

One thing that I do know for sure was that my memory most likely will not be from the jobs that I have worked, the degrees that I achieved, or the awards that I received.

These accomplishments are all wonderful. However, they do not stand a chance to a trip around the world with your newly married spouse, or the birth of your first child, what it feels like to fall is love, the love that you receive from your parents, or the relationship that you have with a grandparents.

It can be so easy to get caught up in life – our goals, our jobs, our studies –we tend to lose focus on the things that are truly important in our lives. We forget the value of the moments that we hold in our memory and never forget. The refreshing smiles, the warm hugs, the contagious laughter – these are the moments we want to remember. These are the moment we want to value, appreciate and take notice of. These are the moments in our lives that we will want to reflect on when we reach 70, 80 and 90-years-old.

Therefore, I urge you to stop, take a moment, and appreciate these moments. Don’t wait until you grow old to appreciate and value all that you have today. The degrees, grades, awards, and belongings, they likely will hold little value to love that you shared, the friendships that you made, and experiences that you created.

 

Take a few moment and ask yourself;
What will you remember from your life when you are 90-years-old??

Transform Your Dreams Into Reality – One Step At a Time

New Year’s Resolutions – they are so cliche, aren’t they?

Or, are they actually a great idea! There are so many things in our lives that we wan’t to achieve, but we are often faced with unexpected commitments, tasks and obligations.

Goals become dreams, and dreams become distant memories in our minds. Why is this? Because we are TOO busy? If we are TOO busy, what are we doing with our time?

Watching a movie, taking a nap, going shopping – sounds very busy! If something is your goal, you will make time for it.

Therefore, this 2017 New Year I am challenging you to make your New Year’s Resolutions something worth making time for.

Transform your thoughts into dreams, and from dreams to wishes, and from wishes – to goals.

Let us take this opportunity of a new beginning to make things happen in our life. To stop and say, “This is not how I want this story to end.” Take charge of your life. Dump that excuse, “too busy.” Recognize that you do have the power to make whatever it is that you truly want to achieve – possible.

My New Year’s Resolution? I didn’t create a resolution per se, I created a list of 2017 goals ranging from; personal, career, financial, fitness, spiritual, and more. My favorite goal is to finish the USAT National Age Group Triathlon in a specific time. ❤

This will involve a lot of work – hard work. Therefore, there will be no time for, “I am too busy.”

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

I would love to hear the wonderful resolutions you have in mind! Share below!
Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year ❤

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❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

<Angela Joy

 

Why I Eat Healthy & Exercise?

Over the weekend I took the time and questioned myself, “Why do I live my current lifestyle?”

“Why do I choose to eat healthy food, refrain from eating unhealthy foods, exercise daily, express positive emotions and acts, surround myself with positive and supportive people? Why do I do these things?”

It is so easy to just eat whatever you want. It is easy to hang out with people who have been in your life for years, regardless of how they make you feel. It is easy to stay in that relationship. It is easy to stay in your current job, even though it sucks all of your energy. It is easy to just go to the school close by. It is easy to not exercise. Most importantly, it is easy to stay here. Here in this comfort zone that we are living in every day — afraid of change, growth and development.

BUT, should life really be easy? Are we helping ourselves?
Or, are we actually putting our lives on hold and preventing our real life
from happening?

Grateful heart

I live a every day with gratefulness.

Growing up in a hardworking, middle class family nothing was handed to us. Everything that I received my dad would ask me, “Is this something that you need?” Early on I distinguished the difference between a need and a want.

I watched every morning as my father went out to work in the wee hours of the day, returning late at night — tired, hungry, lacking ambition and full of frustration.

He gave his job his all – every day. There wasn’t a day he stayed home, no matter how sick or hurt he was. Even as a young child I realized this. We needed the money and he worked his butt off to provide it for us. He wanted us to live good lives. He wanted us to have what we needed. And for that I was grateful.

In addition, my family taught me the love of God, instilling values of gratefulness, appreciation, love, honesty and purity within me.

They taught me these beautiful values through their actions. Growing up I watched as they took in strangers needing a place to stay, donated food to the poor, donated money to children overseas, given rides to homeless and poor people, and basically given the shirts off their backs to anyone in need whenever possible even if they did not have it to give.

I have witnessed people who have nothing, and their gratefulness for so little, therefore I spend my days remembering that for any “bad” thing that happens there is always someone who has it worse and they are getting through it with less.
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As a result I wake up every single day with gratefulness.

No matter what is going on every single morning I remind myself that:

I am grateful.

  • I am grateful for my parents
  • grateful for our house
  • grateful for food
  • grateful for a bed
  • grateful for a job
  • grateful for clothes
  • grateful for my health, body and mind
  • and grateful to be alive

Therefore, as my connection to this mindset heightened over the years I became more and more conscious of the foods I eat, the people I surround myself with, the activities that I do, the movies I watch, the words I say – and overall the way that I live.

Grateful for body

I make every effort that I can to live the best,healthiest, happiest life that I possibly can.

Not because I want to be skinny, or look good, or feel good – really because I am so grateful for this life and I want to show God and the world that I am appreciative.

My body is a gift. I love my body. Every ounce of it. I am thankful for all that is does for me each and every day — regardless of how it looks.

As a result I make every effort to treat my body well giving it healthy nutritious food, love, support, care and exercise. ❤ 

This is my reasoning. It was incredibly eye opening to come to this realization. And, hopefully it was inspiring for you as well. ❤

*Every single life on this Earth is precious.

*Every single person has a specific purpose and plan.

*We were all placed on this Earth for a reason.

*It is your responsibility to live your life the best that you can in an effort to discover your purpose and live it out.

Reflection:

Take some time to ponder these questions and feel free to share below. I would LOVE to hear from you. You are also welcome to email me any time at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

  • Why do you live the way that you do?
    • Could a positive outlook improve your lifestyle and choices?
  • What is your purpose on this Earth?
    • What are your strengths and passions?

Please share your thoughts and reactions below! Sending you positive thoughts and actions today ❤

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❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

 

Angela Joy xo

You Have The Opportunity To Do Whatever You Want: Will You?

Have you ever stopped and realized that when you wake up in the morning you have the opportunity to do whatever you want to do?

Now, we all have jobs, families, friends, sometimes second jobs, bills, and much, much more — I know this.

However, what I want you to realize is this: Just because what there are several things you have to do today, you do not HAVE to do them. 

Each morning when we make up we make a choice. We either think about the tasks of the day, schedule them in our phones, write them down in planners, or, we just do them.

Regardless, we wake up each day with a set agenda planned, completely forgoing creativity, free expression, down time, or really any thought at all.

Living in such a fast-paced world, full of “things to do” we are never able to STOP and consider what we WANT to do.

Try This Today:

In the midst of you day, take 15 minutes, just 15 minutes (you do have the time, especially if you cut out 15 minutes of social media use).

  1. Use the first five minutes to meditate in silence. Allow all of your stressful and damaging thoughts to free your mind.
  2. After the first five minutes, take the remaining 10 and write whatever is on your mind. Your thoughts, dreams, hopes, interests, favorite songs, etc. Write only the positive thoughts — free yourself of the negative thoughts (Those should be addressed separately in another exercise).

Try this exercise and learn some of the things that you actually WANT to do with your day/life, rather than what you have to do.

EVERY single day of our lives matter. Stop telling yourself “one more day” or “it is almost over” or “this will only take a day.” Because, the truth is, it is only a matter of time until you have to do another task that you do not enjoy doing.

Life was not created for us to live this way!

We were created to enjoy life and every single beautiful day that we are given!

Start living your life today! Stop allowing your “have to’s” and “need to’s” overpower the things you “WANT to” actually do 🙂

You call te shots

Be spontaneous, be adventurous, BE YOU!

You only get one life to live, start living it!

Share with me: What will you do today that you actually WANT to do?

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

For more information about creativity breakthroughs, visit author Julia Cameron’s site: http://juliacameronlive.com/

Julia Cameron is a wonderful author who teaches others how to start their day with Morning Pages. She is very influential and knowledgeable.

Build Your life, Not your resume

By: Angela Joy

As I am transitioning between career paths I recognized that my entire time spent in college I focused on building a resume.

Now that I am doing a complete shift my previous resume is not very relevant to my future work — and all of that time spent working is gone.

Throughout the entire time that I worked and worked to build my resume I was missing out on LIFE.

I missed birthday parties, family get-togethers, lunches with friends, and so much more!

Now, I have finally come to realize that experiences on my resume do not bring me joy, fulfill me, or allow me to be who I was created to be.

Most of the things I completed on my resume I didn’t even like/enjoy. I only did them to add the experience to my resume.

It is the small things such as the quality time you spend with family and friends that allow you to experience and enjoy life — ultimately allowing you to learn to be the person that you were created to be.

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So take some time and, “Build a life, not a resume” 🙂

Building a life can mean a variety of things to you.

It may mean spending more time with your spouse, children, parents or friends.

It may mean spending time with yourself, your goals and dreams.

It may mean going on vacation or an adventure.

Whatever it may be I encourage you to go out and do it.

Instead of focusing on what your resume looks like, focus on what your memories look like, on what your passport looks pages look like, on what the dirt on your shoes or tires look like, on what the smiles of others around you look like — and most importantly what your heart looks and feels like!!

Treat every day as if it is a gift and you will be sure to create a new and improved outlook on your life!

Angela Joy

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