Tuesday, April 10, 2012


We all need it. At least from time to time. Motivation comes through many different facets, but sometimes it’s those little words of encouragement that push us to that level we thought we couldn’t reach.

Yesterday, I came across this video. It’s about 4 minutes and I think everyone needs to watch it. It’s called Make It Count. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxfZkMm3wcg&feature=share

Did you watch it?

I’m serious. Watch it.

Right now.

Do it.

I’m waiting…

Did you watch it?

It’s awesome right?

So motiving and encouraging!

Right now, at this very moment, I’m climbing 2 very challenging, very rewarding mountains in my life. Both are equally important for me, so I’m not labeling them 1 and 2.

A -I’m trying to lose weight and get fit. 46 pounds to be exact (only 35 more to go).
1 - I’m building my photography and design business so that I can one day realize my dream of doing what I love, my passion, my heart and soul, for a living – solely.

I told you those are both challenging mountains to climb. But guess what?! I’m doing it and freaking LOVING IT!

Last night I had boot camp (to reach goal A I’m doing weight watchers, boot camp twice a week, and working with a personal trainer once a week). Last night’s boot camp was one of the most challenging work outs I have done in the past 2 years (probably since my last race). My trainer could see it on my face and his encouragement helped me realize that I could do what I thought was impossible. I completed the workout and didn’t stop for more than 20 seconds at a time. And even then, I only stopped a few times. Later that night, he sent me a text message:

Hey, girl! You worked really hard tonight, Jen! I can tell you really want it! Showed a lot of heart and I appreciate that more than you know! Have a great night!

That one text message. Those 31 little words. They were the most encouraging words I’ve read in a long time. It feels so good, working your ass off towards a goal and having someone recognize it, commend it, and encourage you to do it again.

Goal 1 is quickly turning into one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Being able to pursue my passion is amazing. Photography is one of the most challenging, rewarding, exciting things in the world. Every day I’m growing. Learning more. Seeing more. Experiencing more. It’s amazing. And I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to help create memories in people’s lives!

So, go out there and tackle your dreams.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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