my thought of the week was inspired by the mom of one of my closest friends. carolyn, or mama oz as i call her, is a talented artist and owns the cutest shop in tacoma, washington. if you ever find yourself in the area, be sure you stop by creative forces gifts and sundries. you can check out her work here.
what first caught my eye was the beautiful backdrop of this quote. the hues reminded me of my grandmother which made me smile. mama oz and grammy both have the same favorite color – purple. when i read the quote, i knew i had to blog about it.
“once in a while, blow your own damn mind.”
i like this for a variety of reasons. first, it is realistic. it is not likely that you will blow your mind every single day or even have your mind blown by someone else that frequently. all this is asking is that every once in awhile, you astonish yourself with your own awesomeness.
then, i started thinking of when the last time was that i blew my own mind. if you follow me on instagram or twitter, then you know that my brother challenged me to a workout challenge. now, a workout challenge is one thing but he challenged me to workout for 30 straight days. then, once the 30 days are over, i can “drop down” to five days per week. initially, i thought he was crazy. even with the lifestyle changes i have made in the last year (tracking everything i consume, trying to hit the gym or a workout class at least three times a week, being more aware of alcohol consumption, etc.), i just didn’t see myself as a person that would or could work out for 30 straight days. i honestly couldn’t see myself working out for seven straight days. i have only done that one other time in my adult life and it was when i was on a crash diet where my weight went up and down like a yo-yo afterwards. additionally, i am not one of those people who gets super pumped to go to the gym or work out. i am always happy afterwards but that is not always enough motivation to get me there. i am also always happy after watching pretty much any show that is aired on bravo. if you are a fellow bravo fanatic, i am sure you understand how my couch often wins the battle.
with my brother being part of the reason why i started to drop weight over the last year paired with him being a collegiate athlete, i figured why not give it a try. i am just over 1/3 of the way in and i have not just been impressed by my dedication but i have been impressed with the results i can see happening already. if i am seeing this and i am on day 11, it makes me that much more excited to see what changes i will notice by day 30. and now that i have worked out for a double digit number of days consecutively, committing to 5 days per week seems more than feasible. special shout out to pooh bear for pushing me to be my best. i am blowing my own damn mind.
lastly, i love this quote because it is a simple reminder to do something extraordinary.
when was the last time you blew your own mind? how did you do it?