Happy Tweets Monday!

Happy Monday, Happy People!

Honesty time: Are these Happy Tweets Mondays still capturing your attention and affecting you positively?!

I started reposting positive/happy/motivating tweets over a year ago to kick my butt into high gear on dreaded Monday mornings. I realize that I haven’t kept up my end of the bargain as of late, and I feel like not posting them and having them in front of me has affected me in a negative way. When I don’t post, I feel like there is at least a little something missing. Like my Mondays fly by and I get nothing done.

Is there a more diverse way that you would like to be receiving inspiration and happiness? Know that I am developing so much more down the pipeline, and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Other than that, I hope you can find your tenacity within these posts, and that it inspires you to pass the positive vibes along to others!

Enjoy!

 
“The only person who is truly holding you back is you. No more excuses, it’s time to change. It’s time to live life at a new level.”
If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something with the answers. – Bo Bennett
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
Falling Off The Wagon…and getting back up because I CAN Thank YOU

Are YOU Afraid of the Dark?

No, the title of this post does not mean it is about the Nickelodeon TV show from the 90s. Instead, it is about your fears and my fears, and how we should all handle them.

This weekend, I learned everything I ever wanted or needed (or didn’t want or didn’t need) to know about airplanes and flight history. OK, not everything, but more recently it has been the main topic of conversation for Timmykins and myself as we plan a pretty packed summer for travel. I learned about an airline merger, the amount of seats on a specific plane, what mechanism controls what, how many “incidents” the airline we flew has had in it’s HISTORY, and much much more…

Why would I now have all of this knowledge in my brain? Because Timmykins told me. And why would he have all of this seemingly useless (but pretty darn fascinating) knowledge pooling in his brain? Because he is scared of flying.

I can’t blame him, really. After watching an episode of All My Children that has a plane crash in it with my mom when I was 7, I was nervous about flying for a few years. But, that didn’t stop my family from going on trips, and eventually I realized that soap operas are over-dramatic, and that incidents are very few and far-between.

When he and I first started dating – in the dark ages – he had a business trip where multiple flights were involved. They put him on a tiny plane, and halfway through his connecting flight from Atlanta to Pennsylvania, they turned the plane around. It was cold, and the defrosters on the engines stopped working. So, in order to defrost the plane and land it safely, they needed to turn around to warmer climate. About an hour after they landed, they told everyone to re board. THE. SAME. PLANE.

I would have said: Heck no, techno! And I am not afraid of flying!

Amongst all of the facts and figures Timmykins threw at me regarding flight throughout the weekend, this is the lesson that stuck with me:

It’s time for me to face my fears head on.

My husband flies planes because he knows that on the other side of that flight, an adventure awaits. He faces one of his biggest fears every time he boards a plane! And, as I mentioned before, there is no lack of airline travel for us in the coming months!

If I could make an all-encompassing fear made public to you all, it would be the fear of failing. So, with Timmykins as an example, it is time for me to take more chances to reach my dreams.

And, ultimately, my happiness depends on it.

What fears are YOU ready to stare down?

❤ The RoaminTwin
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Intimidation vs. Motivation

What intimidates you?

That was probably an easy question to answer. Everyone has at least ONE thing that intimidates them. Is it motorcycles? Your work/school rival? The mere idea of CrossFit?

Now, answer me this: WHY does this thing/things intimidate you?

Fear? Jealousy? Inadequacy?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, yesterday I decided to take something that has always intimidated me and turn it into motivation…

ESPN Magazine: The Body Issue (find this year’s photographs HERE)

Every year until now I have avoided this. Why? Because I personally have had body issues. Those athletes with their god-like physiques intimidate the HELL out of me. They make me feel more inadequate than I feel on a daily basis, and that is pretty damn bad. Pure muscle. Pure beauty. Pure talent. Pure poise.

All things I wish I had.

This year, I am taking a different perspective on this. I looked the the photographs once, and will continue to every time I need a pick-me-up, or motivation to work harder, eat healthier, and try new things. These athletes are grateful for their bodies, therefore they take care of them. It is time I did the same, instead of falling into this self-loathing crap.

Now I’m going to look up the healthiest food I can eat at the restaurant I am going to tonight. It’s a start, right?

What are YOU going to do to face what intimidates you?

❤ The Roamin Twin

Fear of “Might”

In the wake of incoming news of explosions at The Boston Marathon, I want everyone to take a moment to think of what makes them happy.

I am happiest laughing. With my family and friends. Going on adventures. Knitting. Jumping in puddles. Doing things to make others smile.

What makes YOU happy?

For some people, it started as a dream to partake in The Boston Marathon. For others, it was to root those running and walking on from the sidelines.

And I am sure, even in the events of today, that most wouldn’t change a thing. Some have fallen, some will never run again, but they were happy. And they should be with such a large accomplishment.

I want to be just like every one of those marathon runners and supporters. I want to reach my large goals and stop dreaming: just do.

I want to remind everyone – including myself – to not live in fear of what might happen. But to do what makes you happy. To love life regardless of the “mights”.

Let’s get happy. Move forward. No fear.

Thinking of those who were affected today. Fulfilling dreams for those who can’t fulfill their own.

❤ The Roamin Twin

Anxiety is Overrated

The last 2 Mondays, my life has been ridden with anxiety.

And I’m not an anxious or paranoid person, by any means. But, life changes have become pretty iffy for me.

Today, there were 2 things making my stomach churn:
1. The decision to choose the “right” apartment complex and turn in my very first rental application
2. My decision to make a life change and join a 90 day fitness challenge

The apartment decision was down to 2 possibilities, and I just had the toughest time choosing, because they are both pretty ideal. Yes, I have lived outside my home before – I attended college half way across the country – but I have been home for nearly 2 1/2 years now, and have been living with my family. It is a wonderful living situation, and very comfortable. But that is just it – it is comfortable. Once I hear my mind saying that, I switch out of reminiscent mode and into “get the heck outta dodge” mode. I love my family, and I have loved my time with them, but if I don’t cut the cord soonly, I will live at home forever.

I will be happy regardless. And I will be damn happy with my apartment of choice as well – as long as my application goes through :/

 

The 90 day challenge…GASP! I have been in the market to transform my body for a long time. It has really driven me to times of unnecessary anxiety and sadness, and it’s time for me to love myself. It doesn’t hurt that there are cash prizes and trips involved. Also, it involves an online support system and workout/food logs, and is totally free! My boyfriend and I have decided to do this together, make it a fun challenge, and to (hopefully) win something along the way.

I wish I could make every challenge as fun.

Actually, maybe I can. And you can too! Let that be our collective goal as we wrap up this Monday, and keep it in mind any time we face a challenge.

It’s 2013. Live honestly. Live fruitful. Don’t be a passive party to your own life.

❤ The Roamin Twin